Sink you teeth into this one. LCB Game Studio and Chorus Worldwide have another retro visual novel ready to terrify players, with Varney Lake.
Fangs for the memories
This second entry in the Pixel Pulps Anthology following paranormal investigator Lou Hill, Varney Lake finds him investigating the story of a supposed vampire encounter in 1954. Jimmy and Christine have murky memories of their childhood vacation where they claim to have met a vampire. Their friend Doug, who was with them, has long since gone missing. Lou Hill must follow the tracks of aged recollections to deduce macabre truths and discover Doug’s fate.Chorus Worldwide press release
While Varney Lake, like its predecessor, is officially a “visual novel”, it’s not devoid of gameplay. As you can tell from the trailer, players will have to make choices, solve puzzles, and uncover the truth of what happened to missing boy Doug. And quite frankly, it certainly seems as though the retro aesthetic makes that quest all that much scarier.
Varney Lake is out right now for Xbox and PlayStation platforms, as well as the Switch and PC. Once finished too, players will be able to get a taste of Bahnsen Nights, the next title in the series. Casting players in the role of a private detective, that next title will feature a doomsday cult, and send players on “‘route exorcisms’ while biblical storms rip across the country”.
Man these games just keep getting creepier.