A "visual novel" game.
Official Website: www.kmick.com/lake/
Story: "By The Lake" is a story of two people who have absolutely no means of communication, even though they are right in front of each other. Bradley Sasaki is an proud American woman of 25 years without a penny to her name. You wouldn't know that by looking at her, however. She discovers that she is to inherit a furnished estate from her late father. But it is in Japan, her father's native country. She receives a phone call from relatives she has not heard from in 15 years. They talk her into physically coming to Japan, despite her wishes not to. With an eviction notice from her landlord, she has little choice but to accept their generous offer. This "estate" however, is far from what Bradley could have ever imagined. It is an untamed forest, mostly occupied by a large lake. And the fully furnished house? A barely-livable shack, heavy with years of neglect. Bradley is set in her decision of selling the property ... But that was before she found him ... Brought down to our most basic instincts of human interaction, how will Bradley react to a mysterious man found living on her property? And why are her estranged relatives suddenly very close to her?
Premise: A youthful but fully grown man is discovered living on the inherited estate. Not only can't they speak, write, or sign the same language, but the man is also found to be deaf. The player must make choices on their daily life as Bradley, and how far they will go to attempt communication with the man. Various relationships can be built from interacting with him, which can lead to multiple endings.
Just a little warning, the game is recommended for ages 16 and older. The game may become ecchi at the discretion of the player.
*positions filled, not seeking artists*