Family camping vacations are supposed to be fun bonding times far removed from the stresses of everyday life, but that is most definitely NOT the case in Midnight Hub's Lake Ridden, a new first-person 3D adventure coming early next month.
Summer is giving way to fall in 1988 when players are thrust into the role of 13-year-old Marie. Despite your initial reluctance to "join your younger sister and her friends for one last camping weekend in the wilderness of Maine," the trip was going well until the second night around the fire, when "an argument with your sister ended with her running off into the forest." The search for your sibling eventually leads you to a "forgotten estate" where you "uncover an old conflict driven by poisonous envy, eccentric puzzles, and buried secrets." What starts out as a simple rescue mission in the woods soon becomes a "thrilling supernatural adventure" in which you must "investigate for clues, solve tricky puzzles and communicate with former residents" of this secluded home.
You can freely roam the remote estate and its surrounding forest, as teased in the game's initial screenshots and trailers. Quick to clarify that Lake Ridden is neither a horror game nor a walking simulator, the indie Swedish developers (whose collective pedigree includes the likes of Mojang, Paradox and Tarsier) describe the game as a "story-driven puzzle mystery, focusing on narration and atmosphere." As with any good investigative adventure, players will be required to explore thoroughly, seek out clues, and solve puzzles in what promises to be a "time-bending" challenge.
Fortunately for gamers, this late summer excursion is due to come early for us, as Lake Ridden will be available for Windows and Mac on GOG.com and Steam on May 10th.