Ultra-Indie Daily Dose: The Lake In The Woods Is No Walk In The Park
Hello, you glorious gluttons for all things indie horror! Are you just starving for the newest of the new, the most unknownest of the unknown? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Ultra-Indie Daily Dose! In this series, we’re going to pick a new game every day from an indie horror creator you’ve probably never heard of. No million-dollar budgets or factory productions. This is the space for the little guy with not but a developer toolkit and a dream. So if you’re down to roll the dice on something different, then stick around and check it out!
Fans of Alan Wake will certainly get a kick out of today’s Daily Dose. The Lake in the Woods is a game by itch.io dev Jesnuk. It’s a familiar premise. You play a person who finds themselves in the woods with nothing but a camera and flashlight and knowledge that something is out there waiting to kill them. The goal is to simply get back to your tent, presumably to hide under the blanket where the monsters can’t get you.
There’s a lot about The Lake in the Woods that works really well. For one, you’ve got a very limited amount of flashlight battery left. Much like an actual flashlight, this one does not magically recharge, so you must use it wisely. The camera also makes for an interesting mechanic, which refuses the quality of vision but allows you to see when the whatever is out there is getting close. Balancing out all these while walking through a completely disorienting forest at night makes for a super stressful experience. In a good way, of course.