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Lake (2021) is a narrative adventure where you play Meredith Weiss on a career break in 1986 while she returns to her hometown and ends up delivering the mail. As you talk to locals, meet up with old school friends and even fan a few romantic flames from your past, you discover a story about life's changing seasons.

The game loops around delivering mail, navigating and talking to people as you drop off their packages. This is punctuated with an exploration of different locations. How you play the game and make choices about interactions, affects your character. But there's no one path that is better than the others. It's a game of competing options that lead to different outcomes.

"Lake is a game of second chances," says the developer. Along with the relaxing location, the pressure is reduced by offering players a chance to change their minds. and correct any "mistakes" they may fear they have made.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Lake 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Communication and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features the use of strong language and prominent use of alcohol and tobacco. This game includes infrequent use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms such as 'spaz', '*!@?*', 'bloody' and 'bugger'. There are scenes in which the player's character can actively choose to engage in drinking alcohol and smoking. It is implied, by verbal references, that some of what is being smoked maybe marijuana, although this is not visually confirmed. There is some mild violence in an arcade-style mini-game titled 'Ghostblasters', in which the player's non-detailed and pixelated human character must shoot at and destroy waxes of pixelated ghost characters. Enemies disappear in puffs of blue clouds while the player turns red when hit. No blood or injuries are depicted. The game also includes some mild sexual innuendo, as well as references to gambling.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although you could get around the game as a younger player, you need substantial perseverance to dig into the different locations and piece together what is happening. It's a slow game that you need patience and inquisitiveness to enjoy.


Lake usually costs £15.99.


XBox Store Xbox X|S £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/09/2021, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Communication and Traversal)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Gamious (@Gamious)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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