You drop in on Meredith’s daily life, working late on a computer program called Addit ’87 while her entire office, including her boss Steve, are at a Labor Day party. She’s working late to make the deadline on the program and is entering in a journal entry talking about the events of the day and how she is excited to get the two weeks away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Followed by a call from her boss essentially trying to guilt her into staying, you pick up very quickly on how demanding and toxic her current work situation is and begin to understand the necessity for the get away. Meredith is a lovable and goofy character who you easily believe needs some sort of change in her life. The problem is, will she find it in Providence Oaks? Or will you lead her right back into the demanding position she is taking a break from?
You get a quick run down from your new coworker, Frank, and then you’re ready to go on your first day! Delivering packages and letters throughout the town while running into some old familiar faces from Meredith’s’ past. You soon learn that Meredith left the scenic lake town for college 22 years ago. You quickly begin to understand the big and small changes that have taken over the town and even have an opportunity to make your own mark. Will you rekindle old relationships or start brand new ones in your short time in Providence Oaks?
As Meredith, can reconnect with an old friend, Kay, and become a regular part of her life again. Touching even the coldest of hearts with the story of her time while Meredith has been away you have to navigate the choppy waters of a long-forgotten friendship that ended at the worst of times. Kay is a loud and fun character who spends her time running around the house with her kids or running shifts at the local diner. Decked out in hammer pants and loud floral designs, Kay was easily one of the most amusing characters you get the pleasure of meeting. Meredith could also romance the resident movie buff, Angie who is a goofy and intelligent soul who prides herself in being as forward as possible, not shying from correcting behaviors, including her own poor ones. Angie is bright and bubbly with lots of jokes ready to roll and you may find out just how free of a spirit she is if you play your cards right. What about the other romance option, Robert Harris? The local lumberjack, while tough and buff, has a soft spot in his heart for the expansive woods that surround the town. Stepping right up to the plate to take action of protecting the forest from being picked apart and torn down. How does the song go again? “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Will you allow Meredith the option to be up-in-arms with her fellow Providence Oakens?
These aren’t the only notable characters, mind you. The local crazy cat lady, the sassy and wise diner owner, the local DJ Farmer and even Meredith’s parents have plenty of personality to pass around. Legal activity, illegal activity, and why exactly the town has a 15-year-old mechanic, all of the interactions I had with these unique characters had me chuckling and in awe of their audacity while all I tried to do was deliver their mail. When it comes to storytelling, Lake delivers. Truly the purpose of this game is for you to learn about the characters and their daily lives. If you choose to avoid them, the game would be quite simply the absolute worst, so have fun with it.