Ten Years of VNs Now Special Feature: Fifty EVNs JP Recommends (50-30)
46. Lake of Voices (GB Patch Games)
Horror will play a major theme in this list because visual novels are uniquely suited for horror. Similar to comics, each scare can be punctuated with the audience’s interactions and build upon certain character archetypes for maximum dread or despair; depending on how dark the developer wants to go. Lake of Voices takes this concept and runs with it: evoking a lot of dread as you try your best to stay alive against the literal unknown. But it’s the cast that makes this one. One of the things I note in a few entries here is that good visual novels write their casts in such a way the audience wants to replay the game to get everyone’s full story. Here, as impractical as it may be, the more you play the game, the more you want to save them as you learn of them. It’s survival horror at its best and a great showcase of what can you do in the subgenre.