Amongst the endless hordes of indie games on Steam, there can be found one unlike any other. This game may look cute with its pixelated graphics and retro charm but it is not for the faint-hearted. It contains bloody mayhem, dismemberment, raunchy humour and every other thing you’d normally find in a 1980s slasher film. This game is called…Lakeview Cabin Collection!
It’s a ‘Horror Sandbox’
So, why am I telling you about this game, you ask? Well, have you ever asked yourself what you would do if you were at a camp by a lake and a masked killer suddenly started going on a killing spree? Well, Lakeview Cabin Collection allows you to answer that and other questions with its sandbox gameplay.
You could find a way to survive the onslaught or accidentally kill every playable character (and the dog) before the killer even arrives. This game holds nothing back. Every mishap will leave a look of disgust on your face and a chuckle for the more morbid amongst us.
The game has a HUB world which is a movie theatre and players can choose which ‘movie’ they want to watch. Each movie is actually its own level and each level is a clever parody of classic horror movies.
The levels are inspired by Friday the 13th, The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween and an Aliens/The Thing Hybrid and a bonus one that revolves around Christmas and involves reindeer people…yeah…reindeer people. The inspirations are there and it’s clever how the game mashes tidbits of lore from those movies then spits out its own chewed up version of it.
It’s a Challenge
No one said surviving a horror movie would be easy and Lakeview Cabin Collection takes it to the extreme. Players get to control a group of survivors but there’s a catch, you can only control one at a time.
So, you need to find hiding spots to hide the others while you’re busy playing as the one character. Another thing is that the enemies are relentless. This is like the Dark Souls of indie horror games and the game constantly trolls players.
From their dropped jaws to their sighs of annoyance, this game brings the worst out of people and it’s funny. But the best is when they try something risky and succeed which always brings a smile to their faces. Of course, it is short-lived because then the game throws something unexpected at them and then it is game over.
Lakeview Cabin Collection is a fun game. It really captures the fun guilty pleasure that’s had when watching a classic slasher movie though it does require a bit of patience and a strong stomach. It is currently available on Steam.