Aside from some odd (and not always fun) distractions, this has an engaging (though pretty brief) story to take in
Billed as one in a series of Pixel Pulps, Varney Lake (which wonderfully ties to the old-school “penny dreadful” called Varney the Vampire) primarily features a teenage coming of age-ish story set in the early 80s. It was definitely a time when kids were expected to entertain themselves for the most part, so this trio of friends seem to be on the lookout for an adventure one summer, which they certainly find by accident when they encounter a vampire. While I appreciate the attempt to prolong the experience, since the game would play out pretty quickly in just an hour and change without them, for me the mini games drag down whatever momentum you can generate getting wrapped into what’s otherwise a very “Choose Your Own Adventure” style tale. Regardless, if you don’t mind the old-school pixel art look and what feels like a pretty rushed narrative, this can be an engrossing experience for at least a little while.
Justin Nation, Score: