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Lakeview Cabin

DoraPart horror game part comedy of errors, Roope Tamminen's puzzle game Lakeview Cabin at first seems like little more than a "quiet weekend simulator" as you guide a voiceless ginger-haired man around a quiet lakeside cottage. Use the [arrow] keys to move, [X] to interact and use or drop items you've picked up, and [Z] to pick up/throw items. You can also hit [R] to restart. The goal? Well... that takes a bit of exploration and experimentation, and the game offers virtually nothing in the way of direction or explanation to help you. As day turns to night and back again, you can trundle around chopping wood, annoying bees, wrestling with your obstinate rideable mower, even shucking off your clothes if you feel like it. After all, it's just you and nature out here, right? It's, like, all idyllic and jOH MY GOSH WHAT IS THAT

Lakeview CabinViolence aside, which is admittedly fairly gross in a way that I will detail in a spoilered comment below this article for those of you who have certain sensitivities, Lakeview Cabin's main problem isn't the frustrating aiming or the way you can't just sidestep certain hazards. It's that it has so many red herrings, intentionally so, and so few "right" solutions to surviving. The game frequently gives little feedback as to why something doesn't work, or whether you're making progress or not, and just as many players will find the deliberate trial-and-error design of the gameplay frustrating as those will appreciate the madcap challenge of it. There are multiple solutions to your "problems", at least. You'll initially have to wait two in game days for the pivotal moment to happen, and then the game will give you a means of triggering it yourself for when you inevitably have to retry. Winning actually only takes you a minute once you know what to do, but getting to that point sort of starts to feel like you're playing your own version of Supernatural's "Mystery Spot", only without the pig in a poke.

Still, despite the lack of text or outright exposition, I wouldn't call Lakeview Cabin without a narrative. There is a story, it's just contextual, gleaned from the details in your surroundings... like the photo above the bed, the alcohol lying around, the isolation... the sounds you hear when you think you're alone. If the ending were more satisfying, or satisfying at all given the disturbing things you're forced to do, Lakeview Cabin would be a great example of a horror story open to interpretation. But despite its flaws, its clever twist on the concept of a puzzle game wrapped inside a surprising and atmospheric experience is still worth checking out, and something I hope we see explored more in the future.

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Lakeview Cabin Strategy Guide

Note: Part of the coolness of Lakeview Cabin is how items can combine in inventive ways. Of course, that makes it likely that I've not sussed out a particular solution. If I've missed something, leave a comment and I will update the guide.
Gathering Supplies

  • Pick up the block of wood and bring it into the outhouse. Leave the outhouse and pick up the axe. Enter the outhouse, and use the axe to split the wood. One of the pieces will fly up and knock the key down. You only need to pick up the key to unlock the cabin. This key unlocks the left cabin, containing the gas can, the shells (which are just added to your inventory, not carried), and another bottle of beer.

  • Another key can be found buriend in the ground, just to the left of where the deer spawns. There will be a little lump you can see. Hit it several times with your axe, or run it over 2-3 times with the lawnmower to uncover it. As before it unlocks the left cabin.

  • Inside the left cabin is a box. Use the axe on the box, or throw one of the and you will find a pair of binoculars. This binoculars can be used to look far to the left and right, very helpful once the The Woman shows up.

  • On the left cabin is a bear trap. Walk by it with a bucket or full log in your hand and you will dislodge it. Be careful: when it's open, walking over it will injure you. Throwing at item on it will set it off, allowing you to pick it up and set it at another locations by throwing it with [X].

  • Inside the center cabin is a shotgun. You can get it off the wall by throwing a full log of wood at it, or by chopping the log with the axe inside the house. The shotgun is only useful with the shells you find inside the left cabin, once you unlock it.

  • Notice the Franklin Stoves in the center and right cabin. If you put a chopped log inside it, the fire inside will be lit. It will go out after a while.

  • The generator by the right cabin can have its cord cut with the axe.

  • Inside the right cabin is a bucket. You can take it outside the cabin and fill it with the pump.

  • The lawn mower can be turned on by standing near its rear, and pressing and holding [X] several times, as if you are pulling a cord. It can be ridden. It will run out of gas quickly though, even if not ridden, and will be disabled if it runs into a log.

Killing The Woman

  • There are several different ways to kill The Woman. Though she will come automatically with darkness, she can be spawned at any time with [o] (as in "octopus). Most ways will require you setting things up ahead of time.

  • Method 1: Place the set-up bear trap in a place where The Woman will walk over it. This will disable her long enough for you to finish her with the axe. Be quick, though. She will get back up.

  • Method 2: Get both the shotgun and the shells. Fire the shotgun at the woman with [X]. This will disable her long enough for you to finish her with the axe. Be quick, though. She will get back up.

  • Method 3: Place either the beer bottles or the gas can in the path of the woman. Fire the shotgun at them and they will explode, disabling her long enough to finish her with the axes. And yes, she can get up again. The gas can makes a bigger boom than the beer bottles, but flames hurt you too. You might want to keep a bucket of water nearby to douse the flames in your path, and if you get tagged by a spark, jumping in the water is a good idea.

  • Method 4: Cut the cord of the generator. When The Woman comes up on it, chuck the bucket of water at it electrocuting her.

Killing The Child

  • Once you have killed The Woman, The Child will come out. The Child can be picked up and thrown with [Z], which can buy you some important seconds.

  • Method 1: Once the child spawns, head into either the central or right cabin. Get a fire in the stove going with a chopped log, pick up The Child and put them in the stove.

  • Method 2: Start up the lawnmower and run The Child over with it. This will require perfect timing, as it will require you to get that engine running before it gets to you.

  • Method 3: Activate the bear trap. Pick up The Child and throw them into the bear trap. The bear trap will not activate if they just run over it. This will require perfect aim.

Random Red Herrings And Extra Bits

  • Inside the left cabine is a box. Chucking a full log at it, or using the axe on it, will reveal a flashlight. It has little use beyond making things easier to see in the dark. And you might not want to be looking

  • Using the binoculars, you can gaze out from the left dock and see the scene from the title screen. Was The Woman's death an accident? Or not? She does drag you back there after she finishes you off. Of course, you can also use them to gaze out from the right dock and perv on pixelated teenagers. If that's your thing.

  • You can use the bear trap to wound the deer. And finish him off with the axe or shotgun. Then cook the meat in a stove.

  • The outhouse can, of course, be used for its intended purpose.

  • Hitting [X] by the bench at the right cabin will have you remove your clothes. Drinking a beer will have you randomly vomiting and mess with your sense of direction. Chopping a block of wood by the bee hive will cause the bees to attack you until you jump in the water. Drunk, naked, and attacked by bees is no way to go through life, son.

  • The building on the left is actually a sauna, which explains why you remove your clothes outside it. Build a fire in it, then chuck the bucket of water at it, and you'll get a nice steam room, where you can sit and chill on the bench.

  • Put four chopped logs in either of the stoves, and you will set the building they're in on fire. And probably yourself, too.

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The following spoilered text contains a description of some of the "disturbing content" found in the game and as such ruins the big twist. You should only click if you don't mind having that ruined for you, or if you're trying to figure out whether you want to be exposed to the game's more graphic content or not.

The game's "monster" is actually a sort of demon/zombie/creature that's a pregnant woman. She lopes towards you with her distended belly. To advance the game, you must figure out a way to kill her, and one of these ways includes violently chopping her to death with an axe. After she's killed, the demonic unborn creature she was carrying bursts out of her and you must figure out a way to kill that as well. Additionally, using the bench on the far right near the pier will cause your character to remove all his clothes.

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jimstphns9 Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 12:48 PM

I get the title page and then nothing am I missing something?

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argyblarg Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 3:09 PM

This is really cute (and frustrating). I love the retro graphics!

Is it possible to

set something on fire? Once you get the

hidden key

you can get some gas and matches, but using them seems impossible.

I was really disappointed that

throwing bees at her

didn't work. I really wanted it to.

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Sean Collier Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 3:23 PM

argyblarg, it is indeed possible to

set things on fire. There may be more than one way, but the most direct path is to get the shotgun

throw something large at it to knock it off the wall

and, after picking

up the shells in the same place you got the gas can,

shoot either the gas can or the beer bottles; quite a lot of fire will result. Obviously, the fire can burn you too.

Did anyone find a way to

kill the parasite/creature

besides the following, which I must admit I had to do some Googling to figure out:

throw it into the trap, or throw it into a lit fireplace?

Also, did anyone find uses for the

deer meat or chopped electrical wire

?

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Got rid of the first demon

cut the wire to the generator with mower near the cabin by the right side of woods. Then fill bucket from that cabin by placing it in front of pump outside. Pick up bucket and when the demon woman arrives, throw the water on her as she passes over the electrical spark and she will go up in flames.

But then...

Can't get rid of demon baby - tried shooting it but no good.

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laughingmonkey Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 4:07 PM

So I have figured out a few things


if you cut the wire and throw the water on the wire it electrocutes her

to get the gun

throw the log inside the room

to get the key so you can access the ammo

chop a piece of wood inside the toilet

to get the bees

chop a piece of wood below them

General hints

you can electrocute her, shoot her then hack her to death with the ax.
I can not figure out how to kill the demon that comes out of her. I have tried to get it to eat the deer, electrocute it, shoot it, throw it in the water (it disappears and comes back when you enter a room).. any ideas?

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Sean Collier Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 4:14 PM

laughingmonkey and Marc not sure how many ways there are to

kill the demon, but the following work:

Pick it up you can pick it up like anything else, it just wriggles out of your grasp every so often and throw it into a set bear trap. If it just runs over the trap, it'll be fine, but if you THROW it in, it'll die.

Light one of the stoves in the cabin by dropping chopped wood into them; you can throw the demon into the stove and it'll die. The stoves only stay lit for a short time, though; I'd kill the woman, light the stove, then run back to get the demon and chuck it in.

I saw the game designer also imply that there's a way that involves

the lawnmower, but can't figure out how.

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silent george Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 4:19 PM

I see the

key in the outhouse sparkling

but nothing I can do gets it down.

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How do I start the mower? Has anyone done that?

Also to kill the little creature:

Light a fire in one of the cabins with a stove by dropping a piece of chopped wood on the stove. When the creature comes after you, pick it up and drop it in the lit stove.

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Sean Collier Author Profile Page October 23, 2013 5:29 PM

silent george

Carry in a big log and drop it to the left of the outhouse. Go back out, get the axe, come in and chop the log the resulting wood will fly up and knock down the key. (You'll need to carry the axe and wood out before you can pick up the key; once you do, it'll vanish and the door will be open.)

jkballes

You just have to keep doing it, sometimes pausing in between. Stand at the back of the mower and press X again and again. I usually get it on with three quick presses, pause, another one, pause, and then the next should fire it up.

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Lakeview Cabin Strategy Guide

Note: Part of the coolness of Lakeview Cabin is how items can combine in inventive ways. Of course, that makes it likely that I've not sussed out a particular solution. If I've missed something, leave a comment and I will update the guide.
Gathering Supplies

  • Pick up the block of wood and bring it into the outhouse. Leave the outhouse and pick up the axe. Enter the outhouse, and use the axe to split the wood. One of the pieces will fly up and knock the key down. You only need to pick up the key to unlock the cabin. This key unlocks the left cabin, containing the gas can, the shells (which are just added to your inventory, not carried), and another bottle of beer.

  • Another key can be found buriend in the ground, just to the left of where the deer spawns. There will be a little lump you can see. Hit it several times with your axe, or run it over 2-3 times with the lawnmower to uncover it. As before it unlocks the left cabin.

  • Inside the left cabin is a box. Use the axe on the box, or throw one of the and you will find a pair of binoculars. This binoculars can be used to look far to the left and right, very helpful once the The Woman shows up.

  • On the left cabin is a bear trap. Walk by it with a bucket or full log in your hand and you will dislodge it. Be careful: when it's open, walking over it will injure you. Throwing at item on it will set it off, allowing you to pick it up and set it at another locations by throwing it with [X].

  • Inside the center cabin is a shotgun. You can get it off the wall by throwing a full log of wood at it, or by chopping the log with the axe inside the house. The shotgun is only useful with the shells you find inside the left cabin, once you unlock it.

  • Notice the Franklin Stoves in the center and right cabin. If you put a chopped log inside it, the fire inside will be lit. It will go out after a while.

  • The generator by the right cabin can have its cord cut with the axe.

  • Inside the right cabin is a bucket. You can take it outside the cabin and fill it with the pump.

  • The lawn mower can be turned on by standing near its rear, and pressing and holding [X] several times, as if you are pulling a cord. It can be ridden. It will run out of gas quickly though, even if not ridden, and will be disabled if it runs into a log.

Killing The Woman

  • There are several different ways to kill The Woman. Though she will come automatically with darkness, she can be spawned at any time with [o] (as in "octopus). Most ways will require you setting things up ahead of time.

  • Method 1: Place the set-up bear trap in a place where The Woman will walk over it. This will disable her long enough for you to finish her with the axe. Be quick, though. She will get back up.

  • Method 2: Get both the shotgun and the shells. Fire the shotgun at the woman with [X]. This will disable her long enough for you to finish her with the axe. Be quick, though. She will get back up.

  • Method 3: Place either the beer bottles or the gas can in the path of the woman. Fire the shotgun at them and they will explode, disabling her long enough to finish her with the axes. And yes, she can get up again. The gas can makes a bigger boom than the beer bottles, but flames hurt you too. You might want to keep a bucket of water nearby to douse the flames in your path, and if you get tagged by a spark, jumping in the water is a good idea.

  • Method 4: Cut the cord of the generator. When The Woman comes up on it, chuck the bucket of water at it electrocuting her.

Killing The Child

  • Once you have killed The Woman, The Child will come out. The Child can be picked up and thrown with [Z], which can buy you some important seconds.

  • Method 1: Once the child spawns, head into either the central or right cabin. Get a fire in the stove going with a chopped log, pick up The Child and put them in the stove.

  • Method 2: Start up the lawnmower and run The Child over with it. This will require perfect timing, as it will require you to get that engine running before it gets to you.

  • Method 3: Activate the bear trap. Pick up The Child and throw them into the bear trap. The bear trap will not activate if they just run over it. This will require perfect aim.

Random Red Herrings And Extra Bits

  • Inside the left cabine is a box. Chucking a full log at it, or using the axe on it, will reveal a flashlight. It has little use beyond making things easier to see in the dark. And you might not want to be looking

  • Using the binoculars, you can gaze out from the left dock and see the scene from the title screen. Was The Woman's death an accident? Or not? She does drag you back there after she finishes you off. Of course, you can also use them to gaze out from the right dock and perv on pixelated teenagers. If that's your thing.

  • You can use the bear trap to wound the deer. And finish him off with the axe or shotgun. Then cook the meat in a stove.

  • The outhouse can, of course, be used for its intended purpose.

  • Hitting [X] by the bench at the right cabin will have you remove your clothes. Drinking a beer will have you randomly vomiting and mess with your sense of direction. Chopping a block of wood by the bee hive will cause the bees to attack you until you jump in the water. Drunk, naked, and attacked by bees is no way to go through life, son.

  • The building on the left is actually a sauna, which explains why you remove your clothes outside it. Build a fire in it, then chuck the bucket of water at it, and you'll get a nice steam room, where you can sit and chill on the bench.

  • Put four chopped logs in either of the stoves, and you will set the building they're in on fire. And probably yourself, too.

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At the cabin on the right you can

put wood in the stove to make a fire, then throw the bucket full of water on the coals.

I had to throw from the left side of the room to make the bucket hit the coals.

The room will fill with steam. Then if you hit x by the bench outside you will get naked and hit x on the bench on the inside to chill in the sauna. As far as I know nothing happens after that.

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Just a wonderful game all around. Glad I didn't expect much from the beginning and just try to chill until the second night.

As for the deer:

You can cook the meat at the stove beside your bed. And then eat them.

Also there's an alternative way to obtain the first important item:

There's a small "bump" on the ground between the lawnmower and the deer. Either drive the lawnmower twice/thrice over that bump, or just grab the axe to chop 5~6 times, and you can get another copy of the golden key.

Also in the end I have no luck

to kill the child with the lawnmower. I guess he just jumps a lot and dodged successfully. That's one lively fetus.

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You can light either cabin on fire:

Chop both logs and get all four pieces into one stove before they go out. You light yourself on fire, but I'm sure you can do other stuff with it too.

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you can also cook and eat the deer on the stove

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throwawayx3t Author Profile Page October 24, 2013 9:52 AM

In addition to other issues mentioned, I'd rather not have seen the guy's privates.

I really wish the site would give more detailed information about what is objectionable about a game.

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Sorry throwawayx3t, my comment has been edited to reflect the fact that you can get naked, although to be fair I DID specify that in the review itself. :)

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Which key do you have to use to summon her. Neither the letter O nor the number 0 worked for me (maybe its because I'm using an european qwertz keyboard?)

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You can also set yourself on fire by throwing an item on the beer bottle.

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Sorry, not any item it seems. But the trap does work, it makes the bottle catch fire.

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throwawayx3t Author Profile Page October 24, 2013 9:32 PM

Dora:
I appreciate your consideration, and to be fair you did indeed give fair warning by specifying that the guy got naked. In video games, there's naked and then there's naked. It can be done in anything from a G rating (you know they're naked but their hidden from neck down by scenery) to X rating (this game probably). I always appreciate detail in this area. Thanks

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Also, you can

shoot the teenagers on the far left..

and I also found a bug, by

sitting naked on the bathroom and summoning her. She breaks into the door and throws the character to the side, then he falls off the bottom of the screen, and can then move freely around the scenery. If you keep going left, you'll see all the insides and eventually get back to the far right of the lake.

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malone.audrey Author Profile Page November 6, 2013 1:40 AM

RAGE QUIT!

I can't get the gun no matter how hard I try. I managed to kill the monster lady by throwing the pail of water on her when she's right on the power lines and then chopping her to mush with the axe. But some little alien face-hugger/possessed liver pops out and tries to get me! It jumps OVER the bear trap the ONE time the trap doesn't fall on top of ME. I throw it into the lake, but then when I went into the outhouse, the little demon-turd breaks the door down and kills me!

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jennykim610 Author Profile Page December 14, 2013 8:18 AM

Can't get started...Help please

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tinatunalu Author Profile Page May 26, 2014 9:57 PM

As far as I can tell, there's no real story behind the woman and the child. That kind of disappoints me. This is what I was able to find out

In the middle cabin, you can see a picture of the guy and the woman above the bed. When I walked into the cabin at the first sign of dusk, a phantom of the woman was hovering over the bed and beckoning me to it. She disappeared soon after.

As far as I can tell, the woman was your wife or lover... and the child is your son. I would've liked to know a bit more than that. How did the woman die? Why / how did she come back from the dead?

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