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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 Windows Your room. Starting point in game.
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Windows Far more confuzing machines than that await you
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Windows Menu screen
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Windows Animation screen from a Volcania.

Promo Images

Lighthouse: The Dark Being Screenshot
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Other The catalogue's cover
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Other
Lighthouse: The Dark Being Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "מגדלור - היצור האפל" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Lighthouse: Las fuerzas de las tinieblas" -- Spanish 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 D P (139) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Memorable -- for one reason or another Robert Minor (3) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Has a certain charm, but... MAT (226263) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
It was interesting because I had never played this type of game before! jeri dakota (2) unrated
This was a real thrill of adventure Zsolt Pardi (7) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Dreadfull attempt at a Myst-like interactive movie helm lehm (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine May 16, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Adventure Classic Gaming Jul 19, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Quandary Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 1996 75 out of 100 75
Adventure Lantern Apr, 2006 72 out of 100 72
PC Action (Germany) Aug, 1996 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Oct 17, 1996 6.4 out of 10 64
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Gamer Dec, 1996 C+ 58


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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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RKL (5735) added Lighthouse: The Dark Being (Windows) on Sep 06, 1999
Other platforms contributed by RKL (5735), MAT (226263) and Belboz (6577)