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Lorelai will never forget that day. The little she had, it was taken away. Her whole world disintegrated. She never really had a chance, but Lorelai refused to give up. She will fight. And not even death will stop her from getting it all back.

Lorelai is a side-scrolling Horror Adventure Game by Harvester Games, released April 2019, also known for Downfall and The Cat Lady.

Laura "Lorelai" Wood is a young girl living in a dilapidated flat with her mother Miranda, her stepfather, John, and her baby sister Bethany, with indie game developer Zack living next room. She returns home from her first day of work as a carer in an elderly care facility to her squalid home life. When tragedy strikes, Lorelai finds herself stuck in a weird, creepy afterlife, in a very dark Coming-of-Age Story, trying to save her loved ones with the help (?) of the returning and ever enigmatic Queen of Maggots .

It is the last game of the Devil Came Through Here thematic trilogy along with Downfall and The Cat Lady.

Due to the game's very high Story-to-Gameplay Ratio, expect frequent spoiler tags below.


Tropes present in this game:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: As usual, the afterlife or another dimension where the shack of The Queen of Maggots is located. This time it features a factory where The real Queen of Maggots is located, a horrific man-eating giantess that is shown snacking on corpses.
  • Abandoned Warehouse: The final confrontation takes place in John's former brick factory, where he has taken the corpses of Miranda and of the two police officers that had come to investigate a domestic situation in his loft, and where he drowned Bethany.
  • Adorkable: Lorelai whenever she can goof off and be herself. Zack is totally this, with his I Know Mortal Kombat and his precious Breaking Bad beanie.
  • Adult Fear: Plenty, such as your mother committing suicide, finding the corpse, your stepfather trying to murder you and your baby sister, alcoholism, dementia, depression...
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  • Abusive Parent: John is Bethany's father and it's implied she's the only reason he stays with Miranda. He utterly resents her and eventually succeeds in killing her by drowning her unless Lorelai doesn't light up her candle again.
  • Alien Lunch: Shark stew is not that uncommon, but considering that it's The Queen of Maggots that is cooking it...
  • An Aesop: Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
  • Author Avatar: Possibly Zack for Rem Michalski. He's an indie game developer, not particularly successful, but with his heart in the right place and more concerned about making art than success. Not that he would mind both.
  • The Alcoholic: John, of course. Al, the cook, is shown to be a recovering one and goes to support groups. Whether he succeeds, it's up to you.
  • Are We There Yet?: Lorelai can pester Jimmy the Traveler as they walk.
  • As Long as There is Evil: It is heavily implied that the Queen of Maggots, as the embodiment of evil and especially depression, cannot be truly destroyed, with her "death" being little more than an inconvenience; but if one learns to cope with one's demons, as Susan and Lorelai do in their good endings,the Queen can be kept in check.
  • Back from the Dead: Lorelai herself, giving her dealings with the Queen of Maggots. Zack and Bethany, too, depending on your actions.
  • Big Bad: John for the more mundane side of things. The Queen of Maggots for the other side.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Maria, the nurse. On her first day of work, she pulls a cruel prank on Lorelai by locking her in a room with a corpse (Who can still talk, but it's not her fault) and locks Al, the recovering alcoholic, in the shed where the sherry is, filming as he struggles and eventually sobs.
  • The Cameo: Susan Ashworth makes an appearance, working as a clerk where Al can (or not) buy alcohol.
    • After Lorelai completes a puzzle in a locked room on The Queen of Maggots' domains, Joe Davis can be seen on the other side of a mirror carrying an axe. The axe then appears in the adjacent room, allowing Lorelai to break the lock.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Zack's lighter. Lorelai can use that to bring him and Beth back to life.
  • The Determinator: Bordering on Made of Iron. John survives being stabbed, hitting his head on a toilet and being actually squashed flat by a container. Justified, as he may be an actual Parasite.
    • Lorelai definitely counts. As the game's description says, not even death is able to stop her.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lorelai actually kills the Queen of Maggots with a Molotov cocktail.
  • Driven to Suicide: John's abuse of Miranda finally breaks her, and she takes her life by hanging herself in the bathroom.
  • Dream Walker: Jimmy the Traveler. His real body is fast asleep, but his spirit wanders in the various afterlife dimensions and he tries to help Lorelai. Doubles as Spirit Advisor and Occult Detective, complete with stubble and trenchcoat.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Lorelai can rescue Jimmy, bring Bethany and Zack back to life, kill her evil stepfather and live with her boyfriend and sister as a loving, functional family, with a bright future ahead of her. She can also help Al to fight his addiction and stay sober, which allows him to be alive by the game ending.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a metaphor for depression, The Queen of Maggots shows herself one last time as Lorelai before dying, implying that she will never truly go away as man suffers and abuses each other.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Lorelai sports a pair of red roses on both sides of her head throughout the game. In a flashback when her father was alive, she still was wearing them back then.
  • Foreshadowing: Maggots are shown crawling where Greta, the elderly resident who died on Lorelai's first day, has recently died. Giving the words her corpse speaks, she too had dealt with the Queen of Maggots and so will Lorelai at the end of the day...
    • In a more lighthearted way, Zack says he's just an adept of lockpicking and as anyone that tried to pick a lock in Skyrim can tell you it's not that impressive.
    • Also, After Jimmy is turned into a crow, he craves fertilizer found in the Queen of Maggots' garden. Lorelai can feed him with it until he explodes. She carries over some in the real world, with which she can upgrade her molotov cocktail, finally killing the Queen.
  • Good-Times Montage: Lorelai's first day of work goes actually well if you don't mind the talking corpse.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: John kills Zack at the factory by impaling him with a piece of rebar. He also stabs Lorelai in their final confrontation, culminating in a Mutual Kill.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: For interfering with Lorelai's ordeal, the Queen of Maggots turns Jimmy into a crow.
  • It's All About Me: Why John does what he does. He claims that 'you lot never loved me'. Not that there was that much to love...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zoe, the senior care assistant, is very rude to Lorelai when she starts working at the Pinecroft Residential Home, but she's the one who cheers her up after one of the residents dies and eventually compliments Lorelai to the owner of the place.
  • Karmic Death: Lorelai finally kills John by slashing his throat with a broken bottle, just like he did the first time he killed her.
  • Last Kiss: Lorelai can give one of these to the dying Zack.
  • One Degree of Separation: Jimmy's real body is located in a flat right next to Susan's. It's also the same flat where Joe and Ivy used to live.
  • Pater Familicide: While John is not responsible for killing Miranda, his abuse did drive her to suicide, he kills Lorelai (not that she stays down), and drowns Bethany.
  • Police are Useless: Played With. Officer Manley does come to investigate a domestic violence case or is outright sent because of Lorelai's call to the police. He listens to her and approaches to a difficult situation with professionality. Too bad John is much smarter than he seems and outwits him and his partner, killing them both.
  • Pet the Dog: Lorelai can feed a cat, return a starfish in the ocean and use Jimmy's change coins in the electricity box, earning her good karma.
  • Shipper on Deck: In a thoroughly dark example, the Queen of Maggots herself refers to Zack as "Your goofy boyfriend to be."
  • Take That!: Zack talks about the mundane object simulator craze as if it was the worst thing ever.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You can literally be the good conscience for Al as he struggles with his addiction.
  • Wicked Stepfather: John is definitely this, as the rest of the page implies.

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