|Lynne is a short visual novel (about 20k words) released on Halloween about the scariest thing in the world - being a teenager. Watch, with no way to change or alter the events, as the heroine gets steadily more and more stressed in the lead-up to her exams, and eventually falls apart.|
|You might think that a kinetic novel about being exam-induced stress isn't the most intimidating basis for a horror story, but Lynne is filled with the type of creeping dread that makes it an intense psychological experience.|
While some people criticize kinetic novels for their lack of interactivity, Lynne is an example of a story that wouldn't work with a branching narrative. All you can do is watch powerlessly as Lynn continues to have nightmares, as the stress meter keeps going up, and wonder what will happen when the meter inevitably reaches 100%. It took me just over an hour to read, and it's best done in a single sitting, preferably with headphones or at least with sound on--the soundtrack is very effective at reinforcing the VN's haunting atmosphere.
The visual style is striking, making use of detailed pixel art sprites and heavily-edited, dithered photographs for backgrounds. In protagonist Lynn's dreams, the backgrounds often subtly change color, adding to the unsettling nature of her nightmares. Everything combines well to provide a unique, distinct experience that you can't find in any other VN.
|lunaterra - 12 September 2018|
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