I think we are into the swing of the new year at Completexbox, and CX readers may have noticed a few different feature posts at the start of 2022. We hope you’re enjoying them, after all – gamers like you are the reason we provide the content, and you always come first in our book.
Welcome to Snapshot, in a nutshell – Snapshot is a little feature that provides a snapshot of information on a game that we have checked out or have been playing recently. The article will be packed with screenshots, and a general overview of our opinion of the game without review score.
Having spent the last few months chatting away to the gaming community, Developers, publishers, and PR companies alike, I have come to the conclusion that whilst game reviews are important, and we will always continue to provide them at Completexbox, they are not always the be all and end all.
Sometimes people just want a snapshot of a games make up and what it has to offer, so that they can decide for themselves, and out of this research Snapshot was born.
Next up for the Snapshot treatment…
Lake, a slice of life interactive story where you take the role of a postie. Lake is a feel-good story, with simple mechanics, beautiful scenery, and the perfect chillout factor. A wonderful game to play after a stressful day, and the ideal game to play when you’re looking for something a little bit different. Stress-free gaming at it’s best!
Oh, and it’s on Game Pass (at the time of writing)
Lake is brought to you via Whitethorn Games on behalf of a talented indie studio named Gamious.
Gamious are based in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and have real passion and love to create original and accessible games with gameplay being the main ingredient in their mix.
Setting the Scene
It’s September 1, 1986. You take on the role of forty-something Meredith Weiss, who returns from the big city to her quiet hometown. She exchanges her busy career at a software company to fill in for her dad, the local mail carrier.
During her two-week stay in beautiful Providence Oaks, Oregon, she runs into a few familiar faces as well as plenty of new folks. As Meredith, you get to decide who to talk to, who to befriend and perhaps even start a romantic relationship with.
Whatever happens, at the end of her stint she’ll have to make up her mind: return to her demanding job in the big city, or stay in the town she grew up in?
- Escape to a beautiful, rustic environment without cellphones and the Internet.
- Drive around the lake in your dad’s trusty mail truck, or let the auto-pilot do the work.
- Talk to a range of engaging characters, each with their own personalities and quirks.
- Choose after-work activities: hang out with your friends, help out your neighbours or stay home and read a book.
- Experience two weeks of branching story that doesn’t shy away from slice-of-life themes.
- Determine your own story: there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers or endings, simply what you want to happen.
Lake is very enjoyable experience, totally different from other indie games I’ve played. There’s a decent story flowing through your two-week stint as a postie, with various tasks to complete and people to meet, and the voice acting isn’t bad either.
The setting adds to the experience, as does the easy to play controls.
Lake is a neat little package, with a calming relaxing atmosphere. It may only have few hours of game play at best story-wise, but Lake does offer alternative endings, allowing you to change your choices and enjoy the perfect chillout experience all over again.