Lighthouse: The Dark Being
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A Surprise Gem In This Month's Selection. Normally, I can't stand Myst-style adventures -their Cexquisite graphics' always remind me of Roger Dean album covers (which I truly despise), and since I have the attention span of a speed-addled hummingbird, their slow pace often sends me up the wall after about 30 seconds.
One look at the packaging for Lighthouse - poncey-arsed posturing by the skipload - and I'd more or less written it off before I played it.
Well, shucks folks, I was wrong. Quite how they've managed it I couldn't say, but despite owing a very heavy debt to the aforementioned Myst, Lighthouse drew me in from the very beginning.
It's ponderous without being tedious, beautiful without being bland, and quirky without being obscure. I don't want to mention anything about the plot - far better that you should begin the game without a clue as to what's about to happen - but I will tell you that although the mystery begins in the 'real world', things get very weird, very quickly.
You'll be dealing with baby-napping demons with bad teeth, befuddling Hellraiser-style puzzle boxes, and plenty of keys, switches and seemingly inaccessible areas. And yes, there are quite a few CRoger Dean' locations in there, but under the circumstances I'll forgive that.
If you're after a healthy dose of intrigue and stimulation, and you're patient by nature, you could do far worse than giving this game a shot. Just don't expect a whip-cracking pace or you'll want to hurl the thing straight out the window and into a nearby dustbin, pretty graphics or no. Oh, and don't forget to dust off the old brainbox.
Download Lighthouse: The Dark Being
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP