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  • Summary: A psychological horror of seeking satisfaction on the border of two intertwining worlds. An intriguing plot with erotic and occult themes guides the player's character through the Yelvertons' Victorian mansion and a perverse land inspired with Lovecraft's works and paintings of ZdzisławA psychological horror of seeking satisfaction on the border of two intertwining worlds. An intriguing plot with erotic and occult themes guides the player's character through the Yelvertons' Victorian mansion and a perverse land inspired with Lovecraft's works and paintings of Zdzisław Beksiński.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. 100
    I’m so delighted to say that Lust For Darkness is the real deal. The fact that I can compare it to one of the greatest erotic thrillers of all time in Eyes Wide Shut, and not break down laughing, is in itself is a great credit to the developers. The game lacks the sheer mastery and refinement that Stanley Kubrick had over his canvas, but this is still leagues ahead of the clumsy, overly-simple idea of “horror” that most game developers aspire to.
  2. CD-Action
    Sep 27, 2018
    75
    Despite tricky subject and intention to shock this rather simple adventure game (with some stealth touches) managed to escape unintended comicality by delivering a solid, mature tale set in a twisted and internally consistent (therefore believable) world. [08/2018, p.80]
  3. Jul 2, 2018
    50
    The amount of nudity and erotic horror themes within this game are enough to attract anyone, but sadly, the lack of gameplay mechanics and the disappointing climax are not able to keep them.
  4. Jun 27, 2018
    45
    Lust for Darkness is an erotic psychological horror that relies too heavily on the shock value of nudity and gore in a way that that isn't handled with any level of maturity or seriousness nor has the gameplay chops to back it up. A couple of cheap jump scares is all you'll really take away from this short budget title.
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    40
    Although it delivers an abundance of horrifying imagery, the indiscriminately gratuitous Lust for Darkness falls short of delivering a truly engaging Lovecraft-meets-sex-cult experience throughout its brief three-hour play time.
  6. Aug 14, 2018
    40
    Beneath Lust For Darkness' great atmosphere and creative imagery lies a very average game.
  7. Jun 28, 2018
    32
    Lust for Darkness kills the desire to play horror games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    Very catching story and nicely written plot. Artwork of high quality. Mechanics of play smooth. Game well tested. Good job devs.
  2. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    I would like to admit that this game made me an evening. Wonderfull story for few hours. WORT :)
  3. Nov 1, 2018
    7
    It's better than 5/10, but definitely has some not so great moments. I had a fun time, I'm going to rate it 7/10. You could spend some moneyIt's better than 5/10, but definitely has some not so great moments. I had a fun time, I'm going to rate it 7/10. You could spend some money on this gem, but don't get me wrong, wait for a sale or something. Expand
  4. May 2, 2020
    6
    Lust for Darkness has a great atmosphere and some great lore but it doesn’t seem to know what to do with it. It created this wonderfulLust for Darkness has a great atmosphere and some great lore but it doesn’t seem to know what to do with it. It created this wonderful backstory with an interesting alternate universe and a cult trying to access it but it fails to explore either in much detail. You don’t get to figure out what the origins of the cult are; why they want to find Lusst’ghaa; or just what the beings on the other side are or their motivations. Maybe I’m trying to dig too deep into this but I feel there was a lot of uncovered potential. What I was left with was a game about a man whose wife went missing; no idea the circumstances of that; and he is just blindly trying to get his wife back without asking any questions. The puzzles in the game are not overly difficult but border on annoying at times. They also feel a bit out of place and kind of just there to add some actual gameplay to an otherwise story driven game. There is a stealth section that was a tad annoying as I hate stealth. There was also enemies that you have to run from that can one hit kill you and you can’t fight back against which is another pet peeve of mine. The opening of doors was also annoying as you have to pull or push with the mouse kind of like in the Amnesia games. I didn’t like it then any more than I do now. The graphics were above average for the most part. The world detail such as shelves; doors; furniture; buildings; objects; etc were great. The detail on bodies was also great. Faces and clothing were a little sub par. The voice acting was pretty weak. The main character almost seemed like he was going for a Bruce Campbell vibe except he isn’t Bruce Campbell and this isn’t Evil Dead. His wife was a little better but still wasn’t anything more than decent. There wasn’t much music in the game but the end credits music was a good choice.

    I played Lust for Darkness on Linux using Proton. It never crashed on me and I didn’t notice any bugs. The game auto saves at various points and has only the one save slot. Alt-Tab works. There is 1 AA setting; 1 AF setting; 3 SSAO settings; and 3 other graphic options. The game generally ran from 74-144 FPS but could dip down to 29-56 FPS at times almost randomly. It isn’t a fast paced game so the lag wasn’t very noticeable when it did.

    Disk Space Used: 14.62 GB
    VRAM Used: 3512-5577 MB
    CPU Usage: 40-65 %
    RAM Usage: 3.7-4.4 GB
    Frame Rate: 29-144 FPS

    It may seem like I really didn’t enjoy Lust for darkness but I just feel like it had more to give than it did. If you enjoy HP Lovecraft media; movies like Event Horizon or Hellraiser than you may like this game. If they expanded the lore more I would have loved it. I finished the game in 2 hours and 48 minutes. It feels a bit short given how many questions I had unanswered and it even ended on a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one more before it was all over. There are worse games than Lust for Darkness but there are better as well. Conarium is what this game could have been in my eyes. Hopefully the sequel addresses my issues. I paid $6.79 CAD for the game and it isn’t bad value for the content or length. The full price, which is $16.99 CAD right now, is a bit steep.

    My Score: 6/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 5700 XT 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 20.0.5 | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB | Manjaro 19.0.2 | Mate 1.24 | Kernel 5.6.7-1-MANJARO | Proton 5.0-7
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  5. Jun 29, 2018
    5
    Very poorly executed story. Stories, where you're the partner on the rescue for your other half, have been used many of times in stories goodVery poorly executed story. Stories, where you're the partner on the rescue for your other half, have been used many of times in stories good and bad. Take Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The same premise pulls it off perfectly. This, on the other hand, does not work well. You have point A and point B. It missed a lot of opportunities in gameplay. There is some premise of gameplay where you sneak around and not get caught so you don't die. Only happens 3 times. That is it. Very short as well. While the graphics are superb and there are some puzzles it just didn't execute very well. Plenty of missed opportunities guys! Expand
  6. Jun 13, 2018
    5
    Great visuals (except for the human models) and quite captivating gameplay, but lack of immersive storyline. Absolutely cliche ending andGreat visuals (except for the human models) and quite captivating gameplay, but lack of immersive storyline. Absolutely cliche ending and whole gameplay for around 2-3 hours (I'm not counting collectibles). It's not so scary for a horror game. But as a first game of that studio - it's a good start, I'm waiting for more. Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2018
    0
    Mal juego, malos gráficos, especialmente en los humanos, argumento estúpido, aburrido, les recomiendo Amnesia, un juego más viejo, pero que esMal juego, malos gráficos, especialmente en los humanos, argumento estúpido, aburrido, les recomiendo Amnesia, un juego más viejo, pero que es mil veces superior a este engendro. Expand

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