absolutely loved playing this! the entire mood of the game was perfect down to the limited color palette--amazing work!!!
The Thing in The Lake
A downloadable game
"The Thing in The Lake" is a horror game made for the Fishing Horror Jam.
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The death of your uncle does not seem accidental: what does disfigurement have to do with drowning?
It does not look like the fish were that hungry for the man's face.
Merge yourself in this spooky adventure that will lead you deep into the lake. After all, there is something down there that wants you to.
Explore the park and interact with objects and people. And don't forget your fishing rod!
How to play: move and interact with the arrow keys.
TW: horror, gore, human and animal death.
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Read about it here: Kotaku.
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cool game i was honestly scared but the good ending was what i expected if you know what i mean.
My video on the game.
Very neat, enjoyed moving to interact and inspect. :)
It's rare that I find a game that gives me chills. The Thing in the Lake succeeded in doing just that. Good job!
Hey, there, thank you for playing and making a video! I like how calm you were playing the game xD
I really enjoyed this game. I think how simple it looked really added to the overall unease feeling leading up to meeting the creature. Also, not an ending I expected. Feel free to check out my video below :)
i feel like there is a secret ending...
Cool storytelling game! The minimalist graphics and colour palette always add to the spooky factor. The details missing from the image are left to the player's imagination, enhancing the feeling of unease. I also liked how the path branched out while the player had the choice of exploring or not to further unveil the plot. The ending I got first was quite unsettling. I liked how the story mentions things without fully explaining them, so you're left wondering what they mean and at the same time get chills from the uncanny feeling of there being something beyond what the game's showing you.
Funny how no sooner had I thought 'I'd like to be able to make a decision now' than the game threw me with two options, which were much welcome.
A simple horror game? Sure, and quite good at it!
Thank you so much for your review!
The more you explore and interact with items, the deeper you get into the story; they pull you into the game. It's an interactive fiction game, after all, so I'm always glad when players actually do that xD
And indeed there is something beyond what the game/story shows you >:D
Thanks for playing! <3
How many endings are there?
This game is just beautiful and simple. It has a great story! I love it.
My ending was "Face Intact"
Thank you so much for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the game <3
I wonder what the story is behind the thing in the lake. Why does it need love that bad? Good story, gave me the chills.
Thank you for playing!
There IS a reason behind the creature's need to love and be loved, but I'm afraid it will have to wait for now as I plan on further developing the (back)story, making it into something bigger/something else! Don't want to give spoilers hehe but I'll happily read your theories if you have any!
(And I'm glad it gave you the chills >:D)
In that case I can't wait for you to release the prequel.
one of my theories I have a butt load of theories. The bigger ones is that the Thing in the lake was a person who had their heart broken by the uncle's uncle or someone in that bloodline. The concept of needing to love and be loved has to come from somewhere, but I am not sure what incident provoked this.
But I do think that the Thing in the lake has some connection to the males of main character's family history because it only goes for those men and not random guys from elsewhere.
I figure there is something like a curse that causes to draw those specific men to the lake and give them nightmares, and that the thing itself caused that chain reaction from the very beginning. I figure it was passed down from generations or something activates it to bring a new victim to the lake.
Also, why the lake?? The lake itself or maybe even water has to have some sort of connection behind all this.
- Was the Thing someone the uncle's uncle dated and got their heartbroken by the lake?
- Was the Thing married to the uncle's uncle, died, and killed the man after he remarried?
- Was the Thing or the uncle's uncle in a relationship where one hurt the other?
- Was the Thing related to an unborn child?
- Maybe the Thing wasn't in a relationship with the uncle's uncle, but rather in a relationship with someone else and the Thing wanted the uncle's uncle from itself.
- Maybe the Thing was originally murdered by the uncle's uncle and it's spirit sought revenge.
- Maybe the uncle's uncle tossed a body into the lake and the spirit decides to do the same.
- What if the Thing was a camper that got mauled by animals, and the uncle's uncle was supposed to protect the Thing but didn't? It could explain the deformed faces.
... Yeah. I know you won't either confirm or deny any of this, but you did say you'll happily read my theories.
Keyword: theories (aka. more than one theory, and I have several of those >:D)
You have no idea how happy I was reading your theories /( ; o;)/~~
Thank you so much for sharing them with me! <3
The concept of needing to love and be loved does come from somewhere! There will be an explanation, I just hope it won’t disappoint :D
Also, maybe this one I can tell you: the lake is important because it’s the creature’s home, it’s very precious to it.
If your storytelling here is any indication, you won't disappoint :D
Thanks for the little hint! Now I can make more batshit crazy theories! Starting with...
iS tHe CrEAtUrE a MeRmAiD??
(haha jk :P)
or am i?)
Love this; the color palette is simultaneously cute and unsettling and the story is very rich w/ multiple endings! Super impressive work!
Thank you for playing! <3
I confess that I always take a while to find the perfect color palette for a game xD but I’m glad you found unsettling and cute at the same time :D
I really liked playing this one. Also, your drawings are really cool! I played it twice to get both endings. The story and the art are amazing. Can’t wait to see what you make next! 🎣
Thank you for playing!
It was a fun game. I feel like it connected to how I feel sometimes. Lonely, desperate to be accepted, to feel like I belong. Is that weird? XD Anyways, yeah I enjoyed playing this game. It has a kind of like... hmm.. vague... no... distant... no... maybe... can't find the word for it feel to it. (edit) Surreal! That's the word I was looking for... maybe.
All that suffering, and the heartbreaking ending. It was unexpected, and yet it was incredible
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Loved it! Very nice work. Good writing and story !
That was really amazing! Thank you, for sharing your game with us!