Summer, 1954. A perfect vacation awaits three best friends, playing games, making crazy plans, and running from bullies... Until they meet the vampire. What really happened that summer at Varney Lake?
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Positive (42) - 100% of the 42 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 28, 2023

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“Saraintaris, as an experienced author, brings a real sense of polish to the prose, while Ruppel's work is a perfect complement to the sensationalist overtones of pulpy fantasy and horror. If pixel-pulps want to become the pulp fiction of visual novels, I'm all for it.”
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“LCB’s strengths come from having an author and an artist lead the overall vision for a small team. The end result is something that draws from familiar sources, but just wouldn’t have the same impact if it was made in any other medium.”
8.5 – PS Universe

“Minimalism breeds great impact in this adventure, with a sparse narrative approach allowing the game’s inner mystery to grow deeply as the corners of its story darken.”
**** – Games Hub

About This Game

What really happened at Varney Lake?

1954. During the long, hot summer, Jimmy, Doug and Christine are spending their fourth vacation together at Varney Lake. Teenage crushes, pranks and card tricks, long days of adventure, a pipe dream of saving the local drive-in from demolition; they’re kids, coming of age.

Until they find the Vampire.

1981. Lou Hill, paranormal investigator, has a lead on a mind-blowing case. Will he be able to convince the now 40-something Christine and Jimmy to tell him the truth about that Summer? Do they even know themselves?

And what really happened to Doug?


Varney Lake, is for anyone who enjoys fine storytelling and engaging puzzles:

  • Search for the truth in the nostalgic, branching narrative
  • Immerse yourself in the story with its rich, evocative illustrations
  • Witness the fate of Varney Lake’s characters in ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style gameplay
  • Solve accessible, brain-tickling puzzles along the way
  • Learn more of Lou Hill, the Pixel Pulps' recurring investigator

The follow-up to Mothmen 1966
Varney Lake is the second of the Pixel Pulps; a new series of interactive adventures created by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel. Pixel Pulps tell gripping stories inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and illustrated by 80s home computer-inspired graphics. The Pixel Pulps Collection comprises three games: Mothmen 1966, Varney Lake, and Bahnsen Knights.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Some scenes of fantasy violence; some scenes of more realistic violence (rendered in pixel art graphics); some adult language.

System Requirements

    • OS: 7
    • Processor: Intel i3+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 450 GTS / Radeon HD 5750 or better
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: Intel i5+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460 / Radeon HD 7800 or better
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9 or later
    • Processor: Intel i3+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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