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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:Atmospheric and dark, but not challenging , December 7, 2009
by SorrelThe Lighthouse has a moody, dark atmosphere, with a few plot surprises that might make you shiver a little if you've been reading carefully. You start of as a tourist, heading to see the famous lighthouse in the midst of a heavy rain, with a broken arm, and a hill to climb. The plot itself isn't very original. The scenario of tourists stumbling onto dark secrets in creepy buildings has been done before. However, the author does put a new spin on it. There are some poignantly scary seems that have been written well.
Unfortunately, the puzzles (if you could call them that) are quite easy. There are no codes to crack, no mazes to explore, no and no hidden doors to find. The procedure is routine and the only interesting thing about the "puzzles" is manipulating your actions to find an undiscovered ending. There are multiple endings you can reach, but (from what I've seen) only one can be considered moderately happy.
I wasn't quite sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. In the end, I settled for 3. The writing is good, but then again, if I only wanted good writing I could have read a book. I want some challenge out of my IF games and I didn't get it here. (Of course, I might be missing some important piece of information that prevented me from reaching another step of the game, but I doubt it.)
So, if you're looking for a short, atmospheric game that will put you in a dark, slightly paranoid mood, then play The Lighthouse. However, if you're looking for challenging puzzle games, move on.
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Danielle, February 19, 2010 - Reply
[Hm, I wish I could just PM this to you...]
"...the only interesting thing about the "puzzles" is manipulating your actions to find an undiscovered ending. There are multiple endings you can reach, but (from what I've seen) only one can be considered moderately happy. "
Multiple endings? Care to share some tips? I made it into day 2 of "Anchorhead" without any hints, yet no matter what actions I try in "Lighthouse", I always end up dying by about move 5 or 6. I haven't found any hints online about it either--what am I missing here?
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Sorrel, February 23, 2010 - Reply
I assume you're getting stuck at the point where (Spoiler - click to show) the sweet old lady comes at you with a knife. It is a bit tricky to figure out the verb for that part. Think about your location at that point, with that terribly unsafe railing so close by... The verb you need to use is (Spoiler - click to show) "push" . From then on, you should be able to figure it out.
Hope that helped
Danielle, February 24, 2010 - Reply
Ooh, that helped! Hm, I think I figured the rest out, but 2 additional endings isn't much now, is it?
Thank you for your help!