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I can't decide whether I love or hate this game.

 On the one hand it's such a gorgeous game, a thought-provoking and haunting story with beautiful writing and characters that feel real. I never listen to voice-acting or use autoplay, but I did with this VN because the voices were so well done. On the other hand it's 3 am, I've been playing this all day, I've consulted the romance tip sheet, and I'm still missing three CGs, two bonus scenes, and Lu keeps dying just when I think he's safe. Please help, I'm about to throw a tantrum.

Seriously though, I love everything about this game. The art style is so beautiful that at times I had to stop and just stare at the characters' faces or examine a background more closely. The story was complex and brought in so many different themes of fulfilment, sacrifice and love, plus the amazing voice-acting made me feel like I was watching a movie. I love all the characters (although I have to admit I have a soft spot for Bemelle, my sweet stupid sad child) and it broke my heart every time I had to see any of them die. Which was a lot of times.

Anyway. I know you guys only just finished this game but I really look forward to seeing what you make next. I know that with such a talented team behind it, any game you create will be phenomenal. 

And uh, no pressure, but if you feel like releasing a walkthrough before I smash my head through a wall, I'll love you forever.

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Aaw, thank you so much! That's all super sweet and just wonderful to hear. I'll make this comment quick for now so you don't have to wait for a walkthrough, haha. Lu is by far the hardest to save, but there is a way to do it as long as you get on the right story branch and don't ever stop until it's truly over.

To get on the needed storyline for Lu you'll naturally have to romance him. Stay with him as much as possible and always say the things that make him feel better. You have to let Margret or Bemelle die, but you can't let both of them die. Then when you're on the shore at the start of the second night, the romance tip says you 'can' help the guide, but you don't 'have' to like it says in the Margret tips. Instead of helping or not helping, you can do nothing by letting the time run out. That will open up a different storyline. There are new ways for Lu to die, but one way to finally save his skin. Good luck! If you need more advice, just let me know :D.

... Ohhhhhhh. That makes so much sense, thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to help haha!

Haha, no problem!

I've played at least one of the endings, and I'm excited to say that I will definitely be playing more. The art and the voice acting is excellent! Good job!

Thank you so much for making a let's play of the game ^^! It's great to hear that you enjoyed it so far. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in your playthrough next.

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I was so excited to play this game after the demo, and now that I finally got to I must say that it was such an incredible game!

I loved the dark atmosphere and the story and characters were really interesting. The voice acting was a great addition, it made the game even more immersive. The art was also beautifully made, and the bonus events were great lmao

I especially enjoyed how tricky it was to find all the endings (tho I still need to play more since I'm missing 2 CGs), there were so many variations that left me quite surprised. Lu's route was probably my favorite, he's my soft boi <333

Thank you for making this amazing game guys. I also loved your other games, like XOXO Droplets, and I was really surprised to see Lake of Voices came from the same creators. Y'all are so talented, creative and versatile, looking forward to your future releases :)

Thank you for saying so many nice things <3! I'm really happy that the game lived up to expectations. Lu is a precious bby. Good luck finding the last two CGs! If you need any advice on where you might find them, feel free to ask :>.

Haha, and glad you also like XOD. It's nice to do different types of stories.

I finally managed to find them all, I had a lot of fun~ Thank you for being so nice and making these great games, keep up the good work :)

Congrats on getting everything ^^!

Just uploaded my playthrough of the demo version of this game:

I will be making more videos of the full release soon... ;-; 

I can feel the feels getting to me already... lol

I love how polished the game is! The  writing, soundtrack and voice acting are superb as well and contributes a lot to the overall eerie atmosphere. 


I hope you guys don't mind my asking but for some odd reason, I can't skip through read text whenever I start a new game from scratch. I can skip through read text in other save files just fine but not for all, specifically for save files I made during the first night.  I was wondering if there was a way around this? 

Thank you! It's really nice to hear that.

I admit, I don't know. The skipping option is a standard feature of the engine we use, Ren'Py. It wasn't something we added, so I don't know exactly how it works. Maybe try deleting those not-properly-working saves (hovering the slot and hitting the delete key) and creating new ones?

Also, sometimes there are repetitious scenes that seem like something you've already gotten and should be able to skip through, but they are slightly different and so can't be skipped. There's nothing that can be done about that one, I'm afraid.

Good luck and I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

It's alright! I just reread them anyway because I genuinely enjoyed the writing. I've only got one route (?) done so far with Lu's end that reveals the truth. And gosh darn I enjoyed every last bit of it!!! The characters I thought I'd come to like the least upon my first initial impression of them ended up being my favourite characters. GOD. I LOVE MARGRET AND LU SO MUCH. ;; I have to admit that Margret rubbed me the wrong way at first but after several playthroughs I grew to love her so damn much. I love Margret. I can't wait to start on her route! 

That being said, the best character (so far at least) imo is Kikka. I'm sorry but Kikka is my best girl in this entire game. If you threw me a game that featured only romancing Kikka then I will gladly buy it over my dead body. She's just so strong, kind, and compassionate, especially  in Lu's end where faced with those kind of choices, she just??? Sorry. I'm just overflowing with so much love and appreciation for Kikka too much right now.

Anyways, this is a really really great game! Thank you so much for making this and sharing it to the world! You guys did a really great job! 

That's great! Haha, I'm glad those characters were able to grow on you. And it's really nice that you like the MC ^^. I appreciate all the kind words and hope you'll enjoy Margret's route!

A really good game, the art and the story was just stunning, I really loved Lu, my god, Lu's road made me cry so much, his story was by far my favorite, and the bonus story really xD ! No complaints, it was a very good game

Thank you very much ^^! I'm so glad you feel that way about it. Lu's path is certainly a difficult one, haha. It's great you were able to find the end of it!

You guys did such a good job on this game! I just couldn't stop myself from replaying this game over and over again. Especially because I wanted to get a Guide related ending. Well I got the ending.. and will probably never recover from it lol. But in all seriousness though I really loved every second of playing LoV. Such good writing!! Keep up the great work :)

Thank you very much :D! Haha, I'm sorry the guide's route is somewhat... unfortunate. I'm glad you enjoyed the game, though.

It's a wonderful game that I loved from start to finish. You all did amazing on this project ♥♥

Thank you so much <3!

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Thank you very much for all the kind words! It's always neat when a character ends up surprising you. I'm happy the characters you weren't so keen on were able to endear themselves to you in the end. It's also nice to hear that you enjoyed those bonus events, haha.

I hope you'll like the projects we put out in the future as well!

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Lol I read it said "anyone in your traveling party" and my first thought was "mmm let's romance the guide" xD

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Haha, if you want to go for that stick in the mud, you're welcome to try. He does have a route.

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It's been pretty tricky. Does he have an....actually happy end?

(also i've done the other routes I love this game so so much! Thank you for making it for us)

It's hard to say. No ending in the game is 100% happy. What separates an ending that sucks from an ending that's good, at least for the circumstances, depends on the person. He does have more than one conclusion that's centered around him, though. Some of the results have been considered pretty okay to the people who have gotten them. And there's also one that pretty much everyone agrees is terrible, haha.

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME LET ME SAVE MY PRECIOUS BOY

Haha, I'm sorry ;v;. LoV can be a harsh game. But no character dies with 100% surety, so there is something that can be done~

I managed to save my precious boy *_*  The game was definitely tricky, and finding the right choices and combinations and story branches was a challenge indeed, but the art is super pretty and I love VN's with full voice acting! The story is really engaging and although short in theory it has so much content and oh my gosh the truth about you-know-who took me completely by surprise, although it makes so much sense now that I've seen the story from so many different sides x_x Keep up the awesome work! 

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Woo! Congrats. And thank you so much for all the kind words. I'm really happy you enjoyed the game ^^.

Amazing sprites and great CGs. i like the music. It fits to this game :) I love good paino music :) . Voice-acting was great idea. Very good voices and each character has matching voice

interesting plot. I usually don't play horror games but this one is very climatic and well-done. Multiple, different endings :) and a lot of meaningfull choices.  I usually don't like time based choices but in this kind of plot and situations they seem to be good idea 

A bunch of interesting, well-written and well-designed charcters. I like that each of them has their own story and role in this story. and MC can build relationship with each of them :D yay!

I'm waiting for more ♥

Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm really happy you enjoyed the experience and liked the voices :D. The full version will be out before the end of this month. I hope you'll enjoy the entire story once it's available.

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hello, have there been any updates since the first demo?

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Haha, I'm afraid not. We wanted to release a demo that's fully voiced, but have just been super busy.  Maybe we'll still do that this month, though with the full release being so close it might be better to just keep focused on finishing the game. Thanks for checking in c:

aaaah so its close that's great to know :D 

I hope you'll enjoy it when it's ready in a month or so!

so today on my feed it said there was an update to the game but i don't see anything new on the page???

I ended up having a little time and released a version that has full voice acting :>. There's no new content outside of that, though. It stops at the same place as the original demo.

"anyone can be saved ,but not everyone can be" this phrase had been replaying in my mind while i save and rest in denial crying,, if someone had to die can't it just be the guide XD  

i love everything about this.. the creepy atmosphere , unique story EVERYTHING i can't wait for the full game !

P.S you guys are my favorite game developer . have a nice day <3

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Aaw, thank you so much for all of that ;v;! It made our day. The guide is very experienced, so he won't be bested easily. It's all the nicer people who are more likely to die. Life's just unfair that way.

I hope you have a nice day as well :D

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this game is incredible!! the background remains consistent throughout most of the game, but enraptures me all the same. i love how each choice makes such a significant change in how things play out; the character development is like a soft hum beneath a bridge, ever present, but not overwhelming. the relationships blossom well, and the character designs are beautiful. i love kikka and her valiant heart. kudos, GBPatch, for making a game that is both thought-provoking and stirring. 

Thank you so much for the kind words ^^! It's very encouraging to hear someone feels the game was thought-provoking. I hope you'll enjoy the full game it releases this August.

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This is so good it's ridiculous. Love the "tonight, someone dies" aspect and the sense of dread that comes with that. That, paired with how loveable the characters are, made me feel genuine anguish whenever I had to make a choice. If that's not good storytelling, I don't know what is.

When is the (estimated) release date for the finished version? I don't mean to pressure you or anything, I just need to mark that date on my calendar XD

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Aaw, thank you so much for all the kind words! It's really nice to hear someone enjoyed our project that much ^^. 

The planned release date is going to be sometime between August 20th and 31st 2018. We'll likely be able to set a specific date next month.  

looks good im waiting for the full game thoe so i dont hav to stop half way through XD

Haha, that's fair. It should be out in just a couple months. I hope you'll enjoy the finished game!

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yep i look forward to it :) i might play it on a stream or youtube :)

Cool. I'd enjoy seeing someone's reaction to it!

This game is great. I just finished the demo and find myself continuously getting deep into the story as it goes on. The art style is beautiful even I though I first saw Bemelle and thought he's just some guy. But then he just grows on me. Haha.

I wonder about the route for now. Is there a way to save all people? I tried few times but kept loosing someone. Or "Anyone can be saved, but not everyone can be." is the answer to my question..

By the way, good work, guys. I'm waiting for full release.  :D

Thank you so much! I'm happy Bemelle grew on you, haha. There are no endings where everyone lives, I'm afraid. Lake of Voices is pretty bleak that way. The lowest death count is 1 person, though most endings have 2 or more deaths.

We're working on getting it out in a few months. I hope it will be worth the wait!

This is shaping up to be an amazing game. I'm not sure what price point you plan on putting it at but i'll pay it gladly regardless. Great work and best of luck ! Also thanks for having a Linux version.

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Thank you so much! I'm happy you like how it's coming along so far. Lake of Voices will be an entirely free-to-play game upon release. It's very flattering that you'd be willing to purchase it, though.

the game was very interesting  thank you for the game it was fun and interesting i hope the game is done 

so hope you have good luck :3 

 I can't wait to learn more about the characters too and the mysteries surrounding 

it so much fun 

from ilow 

p.s love your art work :D

Thank you! It's really nice to hear that you enjoyed it and like the artwork ^^. We're hoping to have the full game out in August. 

This was wonderful, I have never saved as much in any other VNs;; The art is stunning and I love the voices!! I can't wait to learn more about the characters too and the mysteries surrounding The Guide intrigues me as well.

I can't wait to play more (No pressure of course!!) Good Luck !!

Aaw, thank you so much! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed the experience. We're aiming to have the full game out by August! I hope that won't be too long of a wait, aha.

I absolutely adored it. Beautiful game with characters that I loved immediately. I'm dying to play the full game! 

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Thank you so much! We're on track to have it finished by August or possibly even sooner :]

When will it be finished?

August 2018 is the release frame we're shooting for!

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Hello! I've enjoyed the demo a lot! The story so far seems interesting, and the art is so so nice, glad the kickstarter is still going :)
Heads up: I've encountered the error where save\load options caused the game to freak out. Here's the log:

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.

While running game code:
  File "renpy/common/00gamemenu.rpy", line 173, in script
    $ ui.interact()
  File "renpy/common/00gamemenu.rpy", line 173, in <module>
    $ ui.interact()
  File "game/screens.rpy", line 651, in execute
  File "game/screens.rpy", line 651, in execute
  File "game/screens.rpy", line 676, in execute
  File "game/screens.rpy", line 685, in execute
  File "game/screens.rpy", line 688, in execute
NameError: name 'recent_save_page' is not defined

ETA: somehow unpacking the demo to the different location solved this problem for me, idk why.

Thank you! I believe that shouldn't be too hard to fix. We'll look into that today. We really appreciate you sharing the error code with us.

I loved this so far! The story is very intriguing, and all of the characters bring such a unique flair to the story. I love Kikka so far, and I hope to learn more about the guide in the full game! I also really like the quick-time events. They add the perfect touch of urgency and feeling of engaging decision-making. The art is absolutely gorgeous (kudos to your illustrator!), and the overall style makes for such an eerie yet engaging ambiance. Also the soundtrack is very well done and suits the overall mood very well. 

One criticism I do have is the voice acting does sound a little strange at time (can't lie, I found Bemelle's "Damn" to be a little too watered down, among some other lines), but the voice actors clearly do have a lot of talent and I can't wait to hear the rest! Wonderful job so far! I'm excited to follow this development.  <3

Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the demo and that the timed choices weren't a bother. And, yeah, there's definitely a lot of info on the guide that you'll have the opportunity to learn.

Because the voice acting comes in starts and stops it can be a little weird since there's not the normal progression from one emotion to another, it's just suddenly there. Like with the 'Damn' example, Bemelle isn't meant to have any kind of noticeably emotional response. His strong emotions from earlier scenes have passed and he's mostly just mildly disappointed. Hopefully since the finished game will have every line voiced things will flow better.

Sounds interesting! I'll get to playing right away!

Thank you very much! I hope you have a nice time with it :]

I just finished playing through the Demo and i really liked it! :D                                                        Looking forward to the official release c:

oh and by the way! the only way i could get to the save section was to press escape. Clicking the save option on the conversation bar/main menu only opened a page where it said something went wrong. i'm hoping i could be of some help with this :)

I'm really glad you enjoyed it ^^! 

I'm sorry about that issue with the save screen. Unfortunately we can't replicate the error. The quick menu save button works for us when we click it. If possible, could you copy the error and send it to us?

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I am very very excited to give this a try! <3

Thank you! I'm super glad to hear that. I hope you enjoy it!

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Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your let's play :D. I'm so glad you had a good time with it!

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yes yes yes yes

Haha, thank you :>

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