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  • Summary: A young cartographer, Parker, is sent to the Cornish harbour town of Trewarthan, where he is to map the lethal rocks that have claimed lives through the centuries. A thick fog rolls in from the English Channel as the faithful light of Fetch Rock Lighthouse is plunged into darkness, puttingA young cartographer, Parker, is sent to the Cornish harbour town of Trewarthan, where he is to map the lethal rocks that have claimed lives through the centuries. A thick fog rolls in from the English Channel as the faithful light of Fetch Rock Lighthouse is plunged into darkness, putting the lives of those at sea in peril. Parker may be their only hope. Armed with his compass, charts and wits he sets off to uncover the mystery. Along the way he discovers that Fetch Rock and its lighthouse have a very sinister history? Is time running out? Or does it have an agenda of its own...More than 50 realistic locations to uncover and explore. Spectral activity to observe and interact with. A virtual cast of actors with voice acting by the original Dark Fall cast (the Dark Fall Players). Explore the lighthouse in three different historical time settings. [Adventure Company] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. This dedication all shows through in the game’s many puzzles, which are both ingenious and challenging. Adventure game enthusiasts looking to test their gray matter have a lot of work with here. It is a bit unfortunate that the ending is not more satisfying, but taken as a whole the entire experience that is Darkfall: Lights Out is simply wonderful.
  2. Again I’ll mention that there is plenty of reading to be done in-game. Rock-skipping past these elements will do you a disservice since a fair share of enrichment stems from these readings. Not to mention that several clues also reside within the texts.
  3. Like the first Dark Fall, for full enjoyment don't rush through Lights Out. Read the letters and books you find, examine the photos and pictures. Listen to the sounds and embrace the dark. It's a many layered experience.
  4. For me, the quality of an adventure is based on its story and its puzzles. Since I didn’t overly enjoy either area in Lights Out, the game isn’t one I’d really recommend. It’s also a little disappointing that Lights Out seems to be a step down from the original Dark Fall.
  5. While the visuals can certainly be pleasant, Dark Fall: Lights Out is ultimately unambitious and relies on very dated and dry presentation methods. It's also very short; you can finish it in a day. Overall, it feels strikingly like its predecessor.
  6. As I drifted from place to place looking at the pretty pictures and listening to the dark, I found myself asking, "Where's the game?" For the majority of Lights Out, I felt that I was simply wandering through a museum - lots of things to look at or read, but not much else.
  7. 30
    Lights Out more resembles a student project for a gaming college than a finished retail product (and not necessarily a passing one either).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PeteC.
    Sep 19, 2004
    10
    Greatl, spooky adventure with flair, scares and lighthouses!
  2. VertityH.
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    Perfect for those who enjoy ghost stories, told with intelligence and flair. The old world meets the new, head on, during this spooky tale.
  3. JeffT.
    Sep 5, 2004
    9
    Beautiful, atmospheric, gripping and the sound is excellent. I'd recommend this to anyone!
  4. MagnusG.
    Sep 27, 2004
    9
    Highly enjoyable, and spooky tale for adventure fans and those who like intelligent gaming. Past and future collide in the lonely, and Highly enjoyable, and spooky tale for adventure fans and those who like intelligent gaming. Past and future collide in the lonely, and beautifully realised, Fetch Rock Lighthouse. The ghosts were artistically realised, and the sound design exceptional. Collapse
  5. TheMonkeyhouse
    Sep 6, 2004
    7
    Not nearly as good as Dark Fall The Journal but still beautiful and atmospheric. 2 major gameplay/story flaws make this a tad frustrating.
  6. DenisM.
    Aug 6, 2007
    5
    The game is totlly insatisfayng.It should have been 3rd person.The Black Mirror is the best.
  7. Jul 8, 2014
    3
    Dark Fall 1 is too clunky and difficult to be fun. It becomes a tedious click-hunt if you missed something in a room, and important puzzleDark Fall 1 is too clunky and difficult to be fun. It becomes a tedious click-hunt if you missed something in a room, and important puzzle pieces are buried in too many notes, diaries, and books. The minor satisfaction of solving a puzzle just isn't worth the amount of story reading that is required to solve it. Expand