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Lights Out (Windows)

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Description

This point-and-click adventure game is the successor to Dark Fall: The Journal but is not a sequel as such, since Lights Out! has completely different locations, story and characters.

Take on the role of Benjamin Parker, a cartographer, who has been commissioned to map the treacherous shores and waters of Trewarthen, England. Over the centuries, many ships and fishing vessels have gone down there, claiming countless lives beneath the Fetch Rock Lighthouse. It is hoped that his maps will help navigation through the fog in that area.

Upon arriving, Parker is given little to go on by his employer except that the light from the lighthouse has suddenly gone out without explanation and he should go investigate. Why him? Why now .. in the middle of the night?

Making his way to the dark Fetch Rock Lighthouse, he soon discovers that the 3 lighthouse keepers have disappeared without a trace! Sifting through information left behind, Parker finds evidence of another presence - something (or someone) else is here! Is the lighthouse haunted? What happened to the three men? Why did the lights go out? And, what is the real reason he was asked to come here?

To find those answers, Parker will be mystically transported to different periods in the lighthouse's time-line. Exploring in first person "Myst-like" style, interact with objects, reading materials and puzzles. Ambient sound effects, moody shadows and eerie music add to the immersion factor.

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Lights Out Windows This monitor tells you what that thing back in the ruins actually is!
Lights Out Windows Talking to Demarion, the person who commissioned the maps
Lights Out Windows Ben takes his own picture on a camera left behind
Lights Out Windows The lights come on

Alternate Titles

  • "Обитель Тьмы 2" -- Russian spelling
  • "Dark Fall 2: Schatten der Vergangenheit" -- German title
  • "Dark Fall 2: Luces Fuera" -- Spanish title
  • "Dark Fall 2: Lights Out" -- UK title
  • "Dark Fall 2: Le Phare" -- French title
  • "Dark Fall 2" -- Common title

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User Reviews

Hauntingly immersive, but not perfect. Jeanne (75601) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

The Press Says

Mystery Manor Sep 03, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Nexus Oct 22, 2004 8.1 out of 10 81
GameZone Sep 13, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
VGPub Sep 22, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
DreamStation.cc Jan 05, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
GamersHell.com 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Adventure Gamers Oct 01, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2005 68 out of 100 68
Gamehelper Sep 23, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpy Sep 27, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Flannan Isles

The game is based on a real incident that took place on the Flannan Isles in 1900, when three lighthouse keepers vanished without a trace. It also quotes the poem Flannan Isle by Wilfred Wilson Gibson, which is based on the same incident.

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Jeanne (75601) added Lights Out (Windows) on Sep 01, 2004