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Lighthouse: The Dark Beginning

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We gave it a C-

Starting out in the modern-day Pacific Northwest, Lighthouse surely must be the first CD-ROM adventure to require players to tote a virtual umbrella. But this game’s half-baked gothic plot (involving an imperiled infant and mysterious midnight experiments), ludicrous voice-overs (the hero’s boss sounds like a Jon Lovitz impersonator, while the lighthouse attendant recalls a bad Bela Lugosi), and crude control scheme (using quirky, unsophisticated on-screen navigational icons) make it a near washout. Move the whole thing to Maine, and you’ve got a talentless rip-off of a Stephen King novel. C-