|Game: Lakeview Cabin
Developer: Roope Tamminen
Publisher: Roope Tamminen
Release Date: Mar 25, 2015
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 8/10
Replay Value: 8/10
10/10 would zip down a line into a working wood chipper again.
Ahhh, Lakeview Cabin. I was the lucky winner of this game on one of the steam groups I belong to, and I was pleasantly surprised with the creepy pixelated experience.
Really, the game page says it all:
”Relive the horror movies of the 70’s and 80’s by answering the question: What would you do if you found yourself in a slasher film?”
And that’s exactly what the game is: A perfect, pixelated representation of your typical horror movie of the 80’s. There you have the girls with their lovely hair, and the boys with their handsome beards, and the creepy lake, and the cabins, and the creepy nude stalker…
Wait, what? o.O
The game is a horror/comedy/parody/adventure type of game. Your goal? To prepare yourself to survive the creepy, murdering monster as long as possible. Or, you know, you could just hide forever.
There are several characters for you to deal with, and switching between them is super easy.
You get to explore the cabins, find items to aid you with surviving, places to hide, and weapons to use against the horrors of the night. Whenever you get hurt, you actually… get hurt. As in, you miss a leg and you’ll be hopping down that pixelated grass on one leg while bleeding off. the game spares no expenses in the pixelated gore.
You can also kill yourself, kill others, and promptly die when you’re the only one left to face the evil from the lake. There’s more than one way to kill or be killed, and exploring them all is as fun as playing the game as you should be.
And you know what’s more satisfactory than surviving? Not giving the monster the chance to kill you all off, by doing it yourself first.
The game is mostly funny to play, but it also, despite being just pixels, manages to be sufficiently creepy as to unnerve you. The replayability is fairly decent, as you can just replay it to see how many different ways you find to survive, whether you can kill the monster at all, and how long you can last.
If you’re into a bit of pixelated parody horror, give this one a try! Be warned, though: If you want to play this as it’s intended (as opposed to killing everyone yourself, actually laying traps out for the evil thing), be prepared to be a bit frustrated at the time constraints until you get the hang of what to do.
Looking forward to future episodes!