Absolute stunner of a game. So stinking thought provoking and gritty. I keep replaying and replaying.
Lake Of Voices
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Voices is a story that forces you to accept that there’s no perfect way to
handle dire times and asks you to decide what, and who, is going to be
- 88,000 words
- Full English voice acting
- Multiple endings with variations
- Decide who you'll protect and who will be left behind in the dark
- Timed choices. Make split second actions or determine that standing by is for the best
- The option to develop a close relationship with anyone in your traveling party
- A haunting, piano based soundtrack
- Silly unlockable bonus event
We've also released a romance tip sheet that you can reference HERE!
Anyone can be saved, but not everyone can be.
Kikka the Steadfast is a sensitive and empathetic woman who uses a mask of stoicism to protect herself from the harsh world she lives in. Much of everything she’s done has been an attempt to find some semblance of security, including the career path she chose to pursue. Kikka works as an official guard for one of the many tiny villages in the region. Her most recent assignment is to travel with fellow guard Bemelle to an allied town that’s been under siege by raiders.
With an ever-present sense of urgency, the two find themselves on the shore of Sinnlos, a cursed lake of black water that is home to the Nixi; twisted creatures who take joy in drowning humans. The two need the assistance of a nameless guide to even attempt to cross the maze of bridges spanning the dark waters. But they are not the only ones seeking passage that night. The guide agrees to lead them all, whilst also giving a warning that a group this large has no chance of making it across whole. Someone will be lost along the way. None of them volunteer to stay behind, regardless. And so the ill-fated journey over the lake of voices begins.
Thank you for checking this out! If you give it a try we'd love to hear what terrible things ended up happening your playthrough(s), haha.
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I have a question. Does the Guide romance route have two alternates? I keep getting the one where he hugs you and we both end up in the water. Please help. I want a better ending with him! Great game, btw. I've been playing and replaying it for days!!
There is an alternate ending with the guide. If during his route you make a choice where Kikka doesn't feel interest/affection for him, she'll come to a different decision on how to handle the last moments of the story and it goes another way.
And there is an even more alternate ending you can get that highlights him, but it's through an entirely different path.
love it thank you
I'm not sure I've encountered a VN that has engrossed me as much as this one did. From my very first (highly unsuccessful) playthrough I knew I had to play and replay and replay this one until I unveiled the truth.
All of the characters are endearing in their own way, and also have human elements that can make them irritating, and yet I always felt a moral duty to try and get everyone across this darn lake in one piece.
I will proffer one piece of advice. Stick with this one, because no matter how many times you traverse this game there's something else lurking around waiting to be discovered. Explore every route, pay attention to those response options and prepare to die, die and die again!
An absolute corker of a game, one of the best VNs I've ever played.
Love this game <3
Somebody help TwT
I'm trying to get Lu's ending but I keep getting the one where he gets executed. As far as I know, there is another ending. Anyone know how to get that??
I got the True Ending where the secret of the Nixi is revealed to us and I must say, I'm not disappointed at all. I love how nuanced this game is. The guide was indeed right when he said that death wasnt always the worst outcome in some situations.
any chance on releasing the music used in this game? Its really amazing i really wanna listen to it outside of the game.
You can use RPA Extract. It's here on Itch.io. It will extract all the game's assets, including the soundtrack.
kjjdfkldaslkgh I'm screaming. I've tried to get the guide's route four or five times and I finally got a few different endings and did I just die in the best one? I got all four points and the cg with a scene longer than "go away and never come back" / "Okay, I guess I will" and everything... I am missing his top left cg though? Are all of his endings just going away and living or staying and dying?
When I picked this game to suffer, I didn't think I'd romantically suffer too. Excuse me while I go laugh and cry.
In just wondering... Will you ever make a game like this again? I really enjoy these types of games the one with horror and stuff :'))
Maybe someday! I'm glad you like it. Horror is my favorite genre to play personally, but I also like making people happy so right now our next major project is a very pleasant game, haha.
I wish there were more games like this. Like seriously I need more games like this
I love it so much!
But can someone help me get lu's good ending???
I swear I the guide to romance him but instead he falls in the water and me, Margaret, and the guide survives and the game ends. I need help please!!!!
Go past the part where he falls in and when the Guide leaves you and Margret alone, decide to go over and see what's going on with the guide instead of staying with her.
OH MY GOD THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!
ALSO THE ENDING WAS AMAZING I LOVED IT!!
Can I also get a tip on how to get Margaret last cg???
I'm happy it worked out! For Margret's last CG, you need to spend your time with her, be understanding towards her, make sure she doesn't die, and only lose one person (Bem or Lu, but not both) on the first night. On the second night you need to help the guide when he's in trouble on the shore, then eventually, choose to stick behind with Margret and survive the second night with her.
Such a wonderful game! I loved every second of it! The characters, the story, the music, the art... it was all so beautiful!
I must say, The Guide and Bemelle are my favorite characters. Love them both!
On my playthrough, Bemelle was the only one left (Kikka died as well). Playing the other routes made realize how bad I am at this and that I would probably die in the first five minutes if I was in their position lol
The bonus scenes were hilarious and made me want to see more of Lu's and The Guide's relationship.
Anyway, great job with the game! This was really a special one.
Ohh my god memory unlocked! I played this game back when I didn't really made lists to keep track of what I have played, commented or had money to pay tributes and save the link. Point is, totally forgot. But it was hella good! I now remeber neing very emotional about it. So glad I found it again.
Honestly, Kikka is so great, kind and stoic. Can protect you. Strict but never harsh.
Move aside, other potential bachelors/ette!! I will date Kikka!
Oh no, I'm an absolute wreck. This game is stunningly beautiful. Everything felt so fragile: the characters, any moments of relief, everything. I was scared the entire time, just knowing we couldn't all make it. And with no true 'good' ending, it felt like there weren't any right or wrong choices, just ones you have to accept.
This game is such an experience. The art, the writing, the music, the voices, the atmosphere. I feel so torn... highly recommend haha.
This game made me so anxious and in my first playthrough I lost literally everyone except Bemelle omfg 10/10 great game
This story is amazing, but i don't see the reason saving Lu. I don't know if you intend to make him unsympathetic or if it's just me anyways it's really good especially the heart to heart talk between Bemelle and Kikka. They have a good dynamic and i love them also Margret is awesome. Sadly can't let the Guide die instead of someone else.
whereas i've owned this game for years and have the pride of helping fund it (even if just by a few bucks; heck, the only reason i haven't subbed to patreon is b/c i have a personal hate for subscriptions), i still feel the pressing need to mention how absolutely incredible this game is.
the storyline is incredibly compelling, with a solid hook. at first, i shrugged it off, thinking it was just "one of those games"; and then, i was completely proven wrong.
warning // spoilers //
the voice acting is tremendous. i can't imagine any of the characters without it. these choices were perfect. kikka's voice has a sense of familiarity, bemelle's ties in the "bastard" personality perfectly, margret gives the curt, whimsical feel of her character, the guide's offers a smooth, stoic, and surreal feel that deeply contrasts his emotions (honestly my favorite), and lu really hits home with the meek and insecure voice.
the art is breath-taking. it brings so much vivid life and color that i could drone on for days about all of the ways it went right. the lighting is beautiful, the emotions perfect, the texture wondrous.
the storyline ties it all together. the rich vocabulary ties it all together with a novel's disposition. its timing, emphasis, the shocking plot twists, the way that you can notice so many more foreshadowing and details once playing it through... and then again. i fawn over the guide and lu's set-up and characterization; it really pulls you in for a parasocial relationship, and tricks you into the false sense of security and humanity.
there's still so much more to show that it's truly the backbone of it all.
i play this game from time to time, and i will continue to recommend it to others. i cannot stop fawning over the perfection of it, and it's an incredible shame that it's so criminally underrated.
if you can, play the game, support the devs. it's too good to be free. i wonder if, one day, there'll be more content than just the bonuses and previous story.
lakes are scary
this was such a fun ride, i loved the plot and the CGs. I've only played through lu and the guide's route but i can't seem to get the other endings of guide's route (spoilers) except for the one where MC reaches land and they never meet again :v 10/10
i'm honestly in shock that this game is free! it's amazing. i spent an afternoon with it and unlocked every ending, i believe (or at least every CG). for anyone wondering, the order i went in was margret, bemelle, lu, and then the guide, which i honestly feel was great for unlocking the ~ lore ~ in a more metered way (minor spoilers, but the guide's endings basically ONLY made sense because i'd already played lu's). even though i saw some of the bigger plot points coming, the way they were revealed were still fun + shocking! and i definitely didn't predict them all. 10/10 :)
This game was incredible. I'm enjoying going through and seeing different endings. I love the characters.
I managed to make it with Lu, Bemelle, and the Guide. I saved my boys!! I kept playing until I saved them, I was shocked whenever they died because it was so sudden.
Great game, really powerful storytelling. I think the background music is just amazing too, the way it switches between tones really highlights whats happening in the story. Loved it, truly.
I just did two playthroughs with Bemelle and have gotten two separate endings, one where we were distant and one where we were together a lot. I'm curious if there's two endings for every LI (like one good one bad)? I'm not sure I have it in me to try to hunt for every CG but I definitely want to do all the Bemelle and Guide ones at the minimum.
I just came here after the reference in Our Life! these little references to you other games give me life haha! I might just need to replay this game ~
Amazing experience ! The atmosphere, the voices, the designs was so good that I felt I was in Kikka's shoes, from the very beginning until the end ! Timed choice was very stressful but made everything so REAL ! I was completely in the game ! When it was finally over and we succedeed to survive with the guide and Lu, it actually took me several minutes to slow down my heartbeat.
About the characters, I found the Guide is really intriguing and really well written !... Even if Lu was my favorite, I didn't go for the romance side, I was more focused on survival haha !
Thank you for this great thriller ! Highy recommended !
Thank you for the kind comment! I'm so glad you had a good time trying to make your way across the lake. And it's nice to hear you found the characters to be interesting ^^.
I really love this game and can't wait to see what other amazing games you come out with <3.The twisted was perfect, I had to take a five minute break during Lu's route where I stared in shock.The bonus stories had me laughing! I just want to hug Lu ( I love him). The Guide is a complicated character and it seems like he really does not want anyone to die (
he might want Bemelle dead) but he feels it has to be done! the writing for the character is amazing
Thank you for the comment! I'm so glad you appreciated the story and characters ^^. We hope to be able put out more serious and spooky VNs someday.
Hey! So, I just downloaded this game, hoping to be entertained for like half an hour or something like that, and ended up crying at midnight xD I played Lu's route, and I don't know if I should be dissapointed because of his ending or just find it beautiful. The game is really amazing, the characters are written so well (I immediatly fell in love with Lu lmao) and so is the story, and the artstyle is stunning too. So overall, thank you for this amazing experience :)
Aw, it's great to hear you got invested and that you love Lu! He's a sweetie. Lu has two main endings, I'm not sure which one you got but one is definitely longer/more complete than the other. If you have missing CGs on the last page of the gallery that means you can still find another conclusion.
I'm never going into the water again...5 stars, 10/10, would recommend
omg I remember 2 years ago playing the demo and being so impatient for the full release... and now here I am 2 years later stumbling back on itch to see this fully released GEM of a game! :,-)
This was a wonderful visual novel, truly. Since the game isn't extremely long, I find myself being able to play it multiple times to explore the different endings. I've played twice, dying once and finishing with Lu and The Guide. Lu is a sweetheart and I have to try again to romance him! I'll definitely be checking out more of GBPatch's games.
Thank you so much! It's really nice to hear you're enjoying the game <3
Good luck finding more endings and romancing Lu. I hope you're able to find his full ending/all his CGs, it's pretty neat.
Man, I wish there were more visual novels like this. The whole dimension of the plot and the characters really weighs in on you. You have no idea how frantic I was to save everyone, until I had to give up on the inevitable. Plus, that twist with the guide. Gives me the shivers.
Thank you so much :D! It's really nice to hear it had an impact. Hopefully sometime we can make another serious and mystery type of story.
I really love this game and how its made but i just wish i could romance the guide and actually have a good ending being with him.I really like him and how he is.
I'm really glad you liked it! But I'm sorry the guide is such a miserable heart breaker, aha. He's not willing to take a chance, I'm afraid.
Dang.Just one more question before i go sulk in my room. Do you plan on making a part two to this one? I know this one is finished but can ya blame a gurl for not wanting to give up on the guide...XD. I feel like even one of those bonus stories (with the guide) is enough to make my inner guide fangirl shut up.
I'm afraid we're probably not going to do more content for Lake of Voices. We're really busy trying to finish Our Life and XOXO Blood Droplets, plus Floret Bond. We have to let LoV rest and complete new projects.
But there are other fans who feel the same way as you! If you're interested, you can check out this really nice Guide/Kikka fanfic that was made a little while back-
god I played this forever ago and i still think about it, it left such a weirdly lasting impact on me that I can't explain, I romanced the guide my first time through and it was such a weirdly bittersweet thing that it stuck with me, sometimes I wished for a happier ending but I think that might be why i still think about it, because it was so heckin beautiful and it left me with a hole in my girly soul, the voice acting was great and honestly i love the horror/romance vibe, i wish it was more popular, not the spooky vampire stuff but genuine horror, like this, stuff that I really should not be playing at 2 in the morning but I do anyway because i'm irresponsible. Sorry i'm rambling a bit, i've recently been looking into more VNs of this genre and Lake of voices is the standard I keep comparing them all to, my weak heart can't take it ;~:
Aw, thank you so much for the thoughtful comment ^^! I'm happy to hear the game stuck with you, even though it's something of a downer route. It's really nice that you appreciate the tone we went with for the game.
I finally got around to playing it! I'll be doing the rest on my own, but I'll just drop this short let's play/try here.
OMFG, those bonus scenes killed me XXDD Also, I know it isn't canon because Dour is an emotionally constipated bastard, but I choose to believe he's just really frickin bad at handling crushes hence him pushing Kikka away or killing her lol
Haha, thank you very much! Yeah, Dour is a miserable pill. If only his situation was different. Then he could've allowed himself to actually feel something for a change.
I love this game, as much as it irks me to no end to feel so cheated for so many routes, and the bonus content is so on point I couldnt help but end smiling at the end. Was a nice remise from all of the deaths.
Srsly, I rly wanted everyone to live, but I think it feels fitting after all of the ends, to acknowledge how it goes.
thanks for making this game, is truly brilliant.
Thank you very much! Haha, yeah, the game is meant to be a bit of a pain/downer. I'm glad you enjoyed it for what it was!
I'll be playing the game soon. 100% sure it will emotionally crush me because I always try to save everyone in games like this one, haha. Will let you know when I finish playing!
EDIT: Wait a minute, if at least one will die, can I sacrifice myself to save others?
Good luck! There are endings where the MC dies trying to help others, but either someone else has already died or it's so early in the story that it's pretty much inevitable that more people are going to die as the journey goes on, . The MC of this game is pretty important to have around. With her gone there isn't much hope for the others. The guide and just one other person, or possibly only the guide, will make it to the end. Though the MC won't be around to see it. I'm sorry it's such a downer, aha. Being that MC is a rough job.
Well that's quite unfortunate, haha. It will make the experience even more heartbreaking, knowing that I cannot sacrifice myself to save the rest. I'm sure this game will be quite the emotional rollercoaster, can't wait to play it!