YMMV / Dark Fall

  • Adaptation Expansion: The Director's Cut of Lights Out has different versions of the journals and books within the time zones, some with added ominous music; more ghosts can be seen around the lighthouse, and interactive prompts can be used to talk to them rather than simply waiting for a response; and a few of the puzzles are made easier.
  • Adaptation Distillation: is also present, as some of the time passages have been removed, there is only one pair of Ghost-Hunting Goggles rather than two, and Polly does not mention the Dowerton Experiment in her journal, probably due to the Cosmic Retcon. James Woolf is also made a little too more prominent in 1912.
    • Both of these also apply to the first game, which had multiple rereleases, including one that came after Lost Souls. An example being Edith's record player: In Version 5 from 2003, the name of the track she likes was originally "As Time Goes By", but in this rerelease, the name was changed to "On Hastings Pier" in reference to other clues elsewhere in the hotel. But "As Time Goes By" is still mentioned in Polly's journal and the Dark Fall's graffiti, and you can still hear Edith singing it in a few places.
  • Guilt-Based Gaming: Malakai needs people to help him get back to the time and place he came from, and you're the last one available since the others went nuts. But come on, does Malakai sound like someone you'd want to help? Sure, several of the vanished people deserve rescue, but the game doesn't actually hint that saving them is even possible until the space probe's parting words.
  • Headscratchers: If the Dark Fall had been locked away in prehistory, and remained trapped in its can until George and Arther started messing around with the occult, how did it make off with Tom Oliver back during the English Civil War?
  • Ho Yay: George Crabtree and Arther
  • Iron Woobie: Timothy Pike.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Matilda Fly, though she drops the jerkass part in Lost Souls.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Play enough Dark Fall, and sooner or later you'll get really sick of the oft-reused "over here!" ghost-voice soundclip used in every game. Especially when you actually do go "Over there" in Light's Out and the little *** starts LAUGHING at you! And let's not forget that short violin tune that plays every time you move to a certain screen in Lights Out. It's even right at the start of the game!
    • These issues are likely due to an oversight in the games where any screen containing a sound will, more often than not, play the sound that's meant to show up, every time you pass that node.
  • MST3K Mantra: Best not to ask how or why Benjamin Parker can manipulate the various devices in time periods that are futuristic to him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty. It's a horror adventure, after all.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Spooky noises, creaking floorboards, creepy writing on the wall, ghosts telling you repeatedly that you're doomed and going to die...
    • Probably Up to Eleven in one of the rooms of the hotel in Lost Souls. From the music and overall atmosphere of the place, it would seem like that the pupae in there are going to hatch at any moment, but fortunately, they don't.
  • Prop Recycling: A book called "The Stationer's Guide to Photography", found in James Woolf's bedsheets, was eventually carried over to the Argentinian horror game, Scratches, partially developed by Boakes.
  • Schmuck Bait: If you have the soundtrack for Lost Souls, look at the track names and play The Butterfly Room. Definitely not what you think it's going to be.
  • Tear Jerker: The Journal.
  • Technology Marches On: Lampshaded by Mitsoyu Taku in Lights Out. She goes digging for fingerprint files backed up on DVDs, which she calls "primitive". But Ivan Krozt, next door, apparently wrote the code to his toy robot onto a floppy disk.
    • Inverted for another disk that has an EVP recording of Malakai, found in 1912. Mr. Demarion has no idea what it is, but the people at the Fetch Rock exhibit in 2004 still used floppies.
  • That One Puzzle: Placing the symbols to activate the scrying bowl in the original game. Better be good at sketching subtle grain-lines in wood if you want to tackle this one without peeking at a pic of the solution...
  • The Woobie: Arther.


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