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  • Summary: It's 1986 - Meredith Weiss takes a break from her career in the big city to deliver mail in her hometown. How will she experience two weeks in beautiful Providence Oaks, with its iconic lake and quirky community? And what will she do next? It's up to you.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    Lake is a truly beautiful narrative adventure. The sound design is excellent and the story progresses in a delicate way, with feeling. An oasis of relaxation in a chaotic world that is always in a hurry.
  2. Aug 31, 2021
    80
    A fantastic feat of storytelling and character building in relatively short time, Lake demands to be played. Compelling narratives and characters unfold beautifully and organically in an adventure game that lets the player cobble together their own tales of Providence Oaks.
  3. Oct 3, 2021
    80
    Lake amazes for its coherence and compactness, for its essential and at the same time deep and melancholy nature.
  4. Sep 3, 2021
    70
    Does Lake push the boundaries and redefine the genre of a narrative adventure? I wouldn’t say so, but I would contend that it’s a welcome addition. The game is a great exploration of the impact one can have on others’ lives with simple interactions in a peaceful manner. There are quality-of-life issues, and the impact may not be as great as you would hope. In fact, there’s nothing grandiose about the game, but that works in its favor–it’s a calming presence in a world of chaos.
  5. Sep 10, 2021
    70
    Between the walking simulator, and the video game experience, Lake is a contemplative title that takes advantage of rather well-written characters, and a system of dialogues enough impacting for us to think about the meaning of life and its priorities. No choice is better than the other, which means that the title really lets us choose what we want, without it having a positive or negative impact on the gaming experience. The sublime artistic direction, the incredible landscapes, and the chill soundtrack are a perfect setting for such a reflection. Lake could almost be reimbursed by social security because its soothing virtues are numerous. Unfortunately, a few bugs tarnish the picture, while we admit to having trouble releasing the 20 € requested for 6 hours of play, with very low replayability. In short, hop on Lake in a few months, after a few patches, and during a promo.
  6. Sep 6, 2021
    70
    Lake is a peaceful narrative adventure that interestingly enough, is better at its art and gameplay than its narrative.
  7. Jun 6, 2022
    50
    An interesting idea marred by a subpar execution, Lake is more tedious than it is relaxing and immersive. The atmosphere is neat, and the whole process of taking it easy and just enjoying the simple act of delivering the mail is surprisingly cathartic, but it's not enough to keep you here for more than an hour. There is some talking to be done with a number of characters as well, but this is sadly the least exciting thing here. The townsfolk are so boring that driving the empty roads and simply delivering the mail is more preferable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Jan 3, 2022
    10
    Simplesmente um jogo bonito, relaxante e muito envolvente. Valeu cada minuto do meu tempo.
    E por ser curtinho eu consegui fazer todos os
    Simplesmente um jogo bonito, relaxante e muito envolvente. Valeu cada minuto do meu tempo.
    E por ser curtinho eu consegui fazer todos os finais que me interessaram.
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  2. Sep 5, 2021
    10
    Nice and chill
  3. Nov 1, 2021
    10
    Wonderful game which has a great atmosphere so far. Love the gameplay and the characters. Great experience.
  4. Dec 22, 2021
    8
    Beautiful and relaxing "adventure" game with no twists, mysteries or challenges. Just a nice 2 weeks at the lake delivering mail. And contemplating.
  5. Sep 7, 2021
    5
    Es un juego difícil de valorar, la mayoría del tiempo haces de cartero en un pueblo con un lago, es una experiencia tranquila y apacible peroEs un juego difícil de valorar, la mayoría del tiempo haces de cartero en un pueblo con un lago, es una experiencia tranquila y apacible pero con el paso del tiempo se me ha hecho un poco aburrida, es lento a morir pero eso ya lo sabia, los personajes no se me han hecho demasiado interesantes y he ido perdiendo interés.
    Para mi gusto le ha faltado una historia mejor, pero el relato es demasiado lineal y costumbrista para mi gusto.
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  6. May 3, 2022
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This really had so much promise. The concept of a woman returning home from the big city and her high stress job. Reuniting with estranged friends, creating new romantic relationships. The delicate balance between maintaining relationships with work colleagues and telling the truth. It all added up to nothing. Frank was investigated and then after a few days just returned to work. The inspector left without an explanation. Angie closed her video store, disappeared and then came back to sweep Meredith away without any question or objection. Every storyline fell completely flat. Whether that is due to writing, budgets, or limitations of a small development team. Who knows? Maybe all of them. There is a definite market for games like this. I just wish they were told in a more meaningful way. Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2021
    1
    It's a perfectly pleasant game. An amiable stroll through Boringville and Vanilla-Town. You'll be entrusted with everyone's favorite trove ofIt's a perfectly pleasant game. An amiable stroll through Boringville and Vanilla-Town. You'll be entrusted with everyone's favorite trove of federal secrets - The Mail.

    Said secrets don't really exist though, that'd be too much actual something. No, the point of this undaunting time-waster is to merely place white pieces of envelope in boxes.

    But there's a twist! Oh wait, no there's not. Other than getting frustrated at the non-turbo they give you, twists or drama of any kind is deemed too stressful, so they replace it with an innocuous walking simulator.

    Enjoy!
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