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Varney Lake

LCB Game Studio, Chorus Worldwide Games
Apr 27, 2023 - Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

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The follow-up to Mothmen 1966 is another fascinating, spooky treat.

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On the surface, Varney Lake is just more of the Pixel Pulp adventure we got from the excellent Mothmen: 1966. Yet Varney Lake's story of childhood interrupted by a chance encounter with a vampire is a more captivating one.

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Varney Lake is an interesting coming-of-age story with a supernatural twist. The characters were all fun and the interactions between the children were great. If you have a couple of hours to spare, check this pixel pulp story out and learn what happened in the summer of 1954.

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Varney Lake was, at its heart, exactly what I expected it to be: a mystery story, a horror story, and a coming-of-age story all rolled into one neat package. There’s even some surprises in there. Playing Mothmen 1966 first was definitely useful for referencing characters, but it’s not absolutely necessary to play it first. The developer did a wonderful job at creating an immersive experience while confined to the visual standard it set for itself. I’m eagerly awaiting the final title in the series: Bahnsen Knights is about a cult. I’m also awaiting further news on the recently-announced Pixel Pulp physical edition for Nintendo Switch, which I will definitely be adding to my collection.

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8 / 10.0

Summer vacations and vampires. You know, the usual

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Varney Lake tries to be a compelling thriller that obviously wants to keep its players guessing. The narrative lacked in its ability to keep me entertained and wanting to know what actually happened during that summer. What kept me interested was the way it looked, sounded and made me feel. It pulls off the "pixel" elements but very much fails to live up to the exciting, suspenseful narrative of the pulp fiction genre. If you're into game and audio design, or love the pixel artstyle , you may be able to forgive this, but if you're looking for a narrative that will have you clicking your mouse for more, best look elsewhere.

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With a low play time of 2 hours or less, I would definitely recommend this game if you are at all interested.  The story is engaging, even though it ends abruptly.  You might feel yourself wanting more, but if you save your progress along the way, you can go back and complete those mini games you might have skipped or try to find the secret scenes.  there isn’t much to dislike about this charming installment other than it ends too soon.

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Aside from some odd (and not always fun) distractions, this has an engaging (though pretty brief) story to take in

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