24-HOUR VISUAL NOVEL
Lakeview is a short visual novel that I made with Sierra St. Onge for the Becker College IGDA's 24-hour Game Jam in the fall of 2016. While Sierra was the primary writer and created the title art, I created all of the in-game art assets, served as a secondary writer, and implemented everything in the engine. I also created the music and sound effects for the finished version after the Game Jam was over.
The version of Lakeview uploaded at the end of the Game Jam was not complete. The writing was largely finished, but we ran out of time to implement much of the end-game content. It is still possible to reach the first "bad ending," but the more conclusive endings are inaccessible in the Game Jam version. There is also no audio. Sierra and I have since updated the game to fix these issues.
The story of Lakeview follows three friends: Beryl, Cleo, and Mint. Because the theme of the Game Jam was "experiment," we decided to have a social experiment as part of the story. For a school project, Mint asks Beryl and Cleo to go on a mock date. The game starts with a very innocent atmosphere, but can take a number of dark turns ending with the death or disappearance of the main characters.
The Game Jam version of Lakeview can be downloaded from the itch.io page. We plan to upload the finished version, with a complete story and music, at a later date.
Artwork that I made for Lakeview. Most of them were made in under an hour each, due to the time-constrained nature of the project. Click on them to enlarge them and view captions.
The main player character of Lakeview. An artist, observant and philosophical, with a snappy side.
The main love interest in Lakeview. She's kind, earnest, and really loves rocks.
The third wheel of Lakeview, Beryl and Cleo's best friend Mint, who suggests that the two get together. A quirky and upbeat individual who's struggling in their sociology class.
Mint's sociology professor, who's doing his own research into love. He seems to have a secret.
The campus of the college that the main characters attend.
Beryl's dorm room at college. She leaves her dirty laundry on the floor like some kind of barbarian.
A lecture hall where Professor Eros teaches. By coincidence, the characters look like they're standing on the desks when they appear in this room.
A quiet Lakeview street at sunset.
The lake Lakeview is named after, featuring a pier and a shed. Something dark sleeps under the surface.
At the promised time, the water in the lake takes on an eerie red tint.