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Varney Lake, the next installment in the Pixel Pulps Anthology, releases on April 28th

Varney Lake, the second visual novel in the Pixel Pulps Anthology, is set to release on April 28th, 2023 on the PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and the Nintendo Switch. Varney Lake follows paranormal investigator Lou Hill as he retraces the steps of three kid’s summer vacation from decades ago to find out the truth about a supposed encounter with a vampire. In case you missed our review of the first visual novel in the Pixel Pulps Anthology, Mothmen 1966, we quite enjoyed it, stating, “Mothmen 1966 is a gripping story of how three characters react when thrust into contact with the paranormal. Fast-paced and featuring fleshed-out characters, the story only falters as it nears its action-packed ending. The retro aesthetic oozes charm and helps elevate the story, while the simple puzzles and gaming sections allow players to take a break from reading to become active participants in the story. At only two hours long, Mothmen 1966 is a no-brainer for those interested in the paranormal.” You can check out a trailer for Varney Lake above and read more below:

VANCOUVER, Canada — March 14, 2023 — Varney Lake, the second visual novel in a series inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and ‘80s home computer graphics from developer LCB Game Studio and publisher Chorus Worldwide, will merge mysteries and monsters on Friday, April 28, 2023 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Paranormal investigator Lou Hill can’t stop thinking about a mind-blowing case dating from the Summer of 1954. Help Lou retrace the steps of three kids’ summer vacation from decades ago, and collectively come to the truth behind their supposed encounter with a vampire. But Jimmy, and Christine, now in their 40s, may have murky memories of the time…and what really happened to Doug?

Recall the trio’s story via choice-based gameplay and explore the multiple roads of a branching interactive fiction without friction. Solve accessible, brain-tickling puzzles while learning more about the paranormal investigator himself in a dual-timeline story inspired by books with choices and branching narratives from the past. Decipher details between generations to finally close the book on a case left open for nearly 30 years.

Created by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel, Varney Lake follows its predecessor Mothmen 1966 as the second installment of the Pixel Pulps anthology.

“We love how differently Varney Lake approaches horror compared to Mothmen 1966,” said Shintaro Kanaoya, founder and CEO of Chorus Worldwide. “The first Pixel Pulp installment hid its cryptic truths in the dark surrounding woods — Varney Lake hides them in plain sight. We’re so excited for you to see the same macabre Pixel Pulps intrigue presented in a whole new light.”

Varney Lake will be available on PC via Steam, PlayStation 5|4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on Friday, April 28, 2023 for $9.99 / €7.99 / £8.49 with support for English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese languages. For more information, join LCB Game Studio’s Discord, follow LCB Game Studio and Chorus Worldwide on Twitter, check out the PC demo on the official Varney Lake Steam page, and visit Chorus Worldwide’s website.

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Richard Allen is a freelance writer and contributing editor for various publications. While he enjoys modern gaming, he is a retro gamer at heart, having been raised on a steady diet of Contra, Mario, and Dragon's Lair.  Chat with him via @thricetheartist on Twitter.

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