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Video Game / Lust for Darkness

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Lust for Darkness is a horror/adventure created by Movie Games Lunarium and published by Movie Games S.A and PlayWay S.A., released on PC in 2018 and on Nintendo Switch in 2019.

One year ago, Jonathan Moon's wife Amanda mysteriously disappeared. One evening, Jonathan receives a strange letter sent by Amanda herself, revealing where she's held and that she left some clues and objects to help Jonathan rescue her. Now, Jonathan must sneak inside the creepy Yelverton estate, which is the headquarter of a apocalyptic sex cult, which is then revealed to be related to another dimension...

The game is played in first-person, with puzzles and stealth sequences (Jonathan can't fight and must avoid or flee enemies). It is also notorious for being very sexually explicit.

Has a sequel, Lust from Beyond.

This video game provides examples of:

  • Achievement Mockery:
    • There's an achievement for looking at the fourth level's orgy for 10 minutes. The scene is very short, linear, features no exploration at all, and ends after activating the only interactable item in the level, so getting the achievement means the player spent 10 minutes staring at animated NPCs doing dirty stuff (completing the level normally is much, much faster than 10 minutes).
    • There's also separate achievements earned by dying during the game (one for being caught by the cultists, one for dying inside the Lusst'ghaa dimension, and one for wearing the mask long enough to become insane).
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Downplayed. There's plenty of nudity, both genders have nipples apparent. Men genitals are fully modeled, but there's no female genitals at all. There's also no pubic hair. In the orgy scene in the fourth level, some women still wear panties and are braless, or they wear bras, but are in a position where there is no clear view of the genital area.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Jonathan manages to save Amanda, but learns that 1) she was pregnant when she was kidnapped and 2) she lost the baby during her captivity.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Being a sex cult, the Cult of Ecstasy has a lot of sex toys and BDSM equipment at their disposal.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: An alternate dimension full of brainwashed being and a cult attempting to merge it with our own dimension through a sacrifice. Jonathan managed to thwart the plan, but the dimension still exist and the victim of the planned sacrifice is still alive...
  • Decoy Protagonist: You play as Amanda during the first chapter and switch to Jonathan for the rest of the game.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Amanda manages to sneak robes and a mask in the garden of Yelverton estate, allowing Jonathan to blend among the other cultists. After Willard discovers him, removes his mask and attempts to kill him by shoving him through a gate to Lusst'ghaa, Jonathan makes his way back to the mansion and sneaks around until he is able to replace the mask that was taken with one from a dead cultist.
  • Evil Is Visceral: The Lusst'ghaa dimension looks like something taken straight of H. R. Giger's work.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Apart the first and last levels (respectively one year earlier and two years later), the whole game happens during a single night.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The game contains "Side Stories', 15 collectibles adding background information to the setting, sorted in 3 thematic collections named "Yelverton's Legacy", "Cult of Ecstasy", and "Arcanes of Lusst'ghaa". You gain an achievement for gettin each 5 parts of a Side Story, then another achievement once you gained all of them.
  • Human Sacrifice: The Cult of Ecstasy intends to perform one to merge our Earth with the Lusst'ghaa dimension, and the right victim is the descendant of "a Seeing" (Harriet Yelverton). Willard Yelverton eventual intended to sacrificate a baby he had after impregnated Amanda, who also related to the family.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Getting kidnapped while being pregnant, being forcibly aborted by your kidnapper, then bearing his child.
  • Mask of Power:
    • Wearing the mask found in the Lusst'ghaa dimension allows to seen normally invisible things, materialize bridges (which you can walk on to cross empty spaces), open special doors, or obtain the "Arcanes of Lusst'ghaa" Side Stories.
    • Near the end of the game, you have to wear a special mask found in the Lusst'ghaa dimension to force a monster to flee.
  • Meaningful Name: A dimension of eternal sex named "Lusst'ghaa". A group of cultists can be overheard discussing the matter, stating that the word "lust" was created from the dimensions' name.
    • Amanda's name in Latin means "worthy of love," which could possibly be tied to Jonathan's forgiveness of her confession of liking what the sex cult did to her.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: You're immediately sent to the previous checkpoint if you're busted by the cultists or die in the Lusst'ghaa dimension.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Orgy scenes with the Lacrimosa in background.
  • Sequel Hook: While Willard gets killed at the end, the baby that was supposed to be sacrificed to summon the Lusst'ghaa dimension is still alive.
  • Shout-Out:
    • There's an achievement named "Ears Wide Shut".
    • There's a statue similar to Cthulhu in the Lusst'ghaa dimension (though without tentacles in its face).
  • Stealth-Based Mission: Jonathan must sneak and avoid guards and cultists until he gets the cultist disguise (the sequence is short, as getting said disguise is the first thing Jonathan does once he enters the estate's garden). There's later a much shorter stealth sequence, when Willard takes Jonathan's mask (the goal is then to find another mask). Jonathan keeps his robe and thus can approach enemies closer before being spotted.