Lust for Darkness
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|Movie Games Lunarium
|7/10, based on 1 review
|8.7/10 - 3 votes
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|Horror Games, Quest Games
Lovecraftian horror has gained a bit more than a cult following in the last two decades. It’s cult status seems highly appropriate because games like Lust For Darkness focus on the outlandish cults that obsess over summoning or sacrificing to an ancient, seemingly immortal being. Movie Games Lunarium attempted to push the envelope with Lust For Darkness, hoping to not only strike the right chords for a Lovecraftian vibe, but incorporate a form of sexual horror that is rarely seen in any form of media, let alone in a video game. Keeping this in mind, it comes as no surprise that this title is similar to other walking sims, namely Amnesia or SOMA, but the overall approach could not be more different in regard to setting and tone.
Become Ensnared in Eldritch Eros
Your role as Jonathan Moon, who is on a desperate hunt to locate his wife Amanda, is comprised of a journey that’s anything but normal. You quickly learn that the mysterious cult, the Unchanged, which congregates at the immense Yelverton Manor, must have something to do with her disappearance. Infiltrating the party and mansion, rumors of the mysterious realm of Lusst’ghaa ring in your ears as you scour the halls for Amanda. Despite successfully gaining entry to the party without arousing suspicion, you have a puzzling, perilous path ahead before you’ll begin to unravel the mess you’ve been thrown in to.
Seek the Truth
Being akin to Amnesia in mechanics, Lust For Darkness is a walking simulator title with bits of gameplay mechanics and puzzles mixed throughout. The challenging portions of the game will have you trying to maneuver your way around patrolling NPCs in a few different ways, though you generally won’t have trouble sneaking past them if you’re patient. There are also a relatively limited number of puzzles, making the core gameplay heavily centered around some stealth and navigation, but its clear the developers want your focus devoted to the story. It is important to note that there is a heavily sexual theme that persists from the start of the prologue. Some scenes may cause you to tilt your head in confusion initially, but there are no graphic scenes that are truly portrayed so much as implied. Equally notable, the approach to this sexual content can be a bit odd, but was approached in a mature manner. At worst, it gets a be a bit reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Grey, but that will be about as far as it goes (either to your disappointment or pleasure).
Become Immersed in Lusst’ghaa
What LFD does incredibly well is create a powerful, impending atmosphere, exactly what is expected of a game surrounding eldritch horrors. Not only are the visuals impressive and layered with dingy lighting (though not overdone), the sound design is truly creepy and inspired. Playing with the lights off with your headphones in for this one may be the intended real-world setting, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you if you were to forego that just this once.
While the story, and game as a whole, is clearly the result of sincere dedication from the developers, there was still a lot to be desired in terms of length and core mechanics. Aside from a few interactive items, the majority of set pieces serve no purpose and the average playtime to completion is just under two hours.
Despite these aspects, Lust For Darkness has a lot to offer, which is particularly notable since this was the first true game released by this team. Additionally, they are already working on a direct sequel, Lust From Beyond, which is due to release in Q4 of 2020.
- Immersive eldritch/Lovecraftian story
- Detailed sound design
- Rich atmosphere and unique genre approach
- Very short when compared to price
- Walking sim, little interactive pieces
- Story, while immersive, noticeably has trouble staying focused