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Lighthouse: The Dark Being

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In this game, the player controls a writer who had just moved into a cottage located on the coastal area of the state Oregon. Near the cottage is a lighthouse, inhabited by the eccentric Dr. Jeremiah Krick and his daughter Amanda. One day, glancing out of the window, the hero(ine) notices that the lighthouse has been struck by lightning. Dr. Krick has also left an unclear message on the answering machine, imploring the protagonist to come as soon as possible. Upon arriving at the lighthouse, the protagonist finds out that its inhabitants have been kidnapped by a mysterious being, and transported into a parallel universe. A strange new world must be explored, and its mysteries solved, in order to bring back Dr. Krick and his daughter...

Lighthouse: The Dark Being is a first-person adventure game conceived in the vein of Myst. Locations are represented as pre-rendered still screens. Interaction with the environment is performed with a simple single-cursor, point-and-click interface. Similarly to Myst, the puzzles are notable for their difficulty, and are logic- rather than inventory-based, consisting of careful observation, clue-gathering, and manipulation of the environments.


Lighthouse: The Dark Being DOS Mr. Krick
Lighthouse: The Dark Being DOS Wrecked ship note
Lighthouse: The Dark Being DOS Control panel
Lighthouse: The Dark Being DOS Weapon plans

Alternate Titles

  • "מגדלור - היצור האפל" -- Hebrew title
  • "Lighthouse: Il Faro" -- Italian title
  • "Lighthouse: Das Dunkle Wesen" -- German title
  • "Lighthouse: A Criatura das Trevas" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

A Strange and Wonderful Adventure Windows D P (124)
Memorable -- for one reason or another Windows Robert Minor (3)
Has a certain charm, but... Windows MAT (103917)
It was interesting because I had never played this type of game before! Windows jeri dakota (2)
This was a real thrill of adventure Windows Zsolt Pardi (7)
Dreadfull attempt at a Myst-like interactive movie Windows helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Macintosh 1997 B+ 83
High Score Windows 3.x Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Lantern DOS Apr, 2006 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot Windows Oct 17, 1996 6.4 out of 10 64
Power Play DOS Sep, 1996 62 out of 100 62
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1996 53 out of 100 53
Entertainment Weekly Windows 3.x Nov 01, 1996 C- 42


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There is a puzzle in Lighthouse that requires the player to open a safe by inputting the appropriate numbers via a combination dial. The deceivingly simple puzzle became such a plight to the players, that Sierra, the Developer, released the solution to the safe-combination puzzle on their web site. Honesty has never been so appreciated.

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