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Game Maker Games - Light in the Darkness
 Light in the Darkness by Arkano
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Review by tapeworm
Light in the Darkness is an action RPG with a fair amount of depth to it. While making my way through the game, I noticed many similarities to Mage Craft. Arkano cites darthlupi's game as inspiration, so this makes sense. But Light in the Darkness isn't merely a Mage Craft knockoff. It has its own style and a lot of unique elements.

In this game, you take the role of a Lightbringer, a member of a group trained in armed combat and in magic. Only there's no longer a group--demons have killed all of the Lightbringers but you.

You battle your way through a series of areas, each with its own theme. The usual environments are all accounted for (fire, ice, forest, and so on). Your game is saved each time you finish an area, and you can go through each area more than once.

One interesting feature of the game is the drag-and-drop inventory system, which reminds me of the Baldur's Gate PC games. You find things such as money, jewels, and potions to restore health and magic energy. Some of these items you find by exploring areas and some are dropped by monsters you've dispatched. I had a little trouble with the inventory at times--I found it easy to lose things in limbo when dragging them around. But if you're careful, this is not a show-stopper.

You become more powerful by buying new weapons, learning new spells, and using your experience points to upgrade abilities. You can do these things any time, but it's generally not a good idea to try to do them while enemies are after you--they don't wait patiently while you mess with your inventory as in many games. You may also want to plan your upgrades and purchases around the automatic saves that occur between areas.

Graphics throughout the game are clean and varied. There is a lot of detail in the environments, the enemies, and the actual interface (which, incidentally, looks as if this were planned to be a larger game). Sound effects are sparse but used well, and the music has good variety.

Things are pretty challenging at first. It takes a little time to figure out what to do and to get used to the controls. Depending on the weapons you buy, the spells you select, and whether you play through some of the earlier areas more then once, things can either remain difficult and somewhat slow or you can become powerful enough that most enemies no longer give you much of a problem. Ranged weapons and spells help a lot.

Light in the Darkness has a lot going for it. Leveling up and gaining new items and abilities is well implemented, the bosses are fun, and you can probably get through the entire game in an hour or two. Definitely worth a try, in my opinion.

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2008.12.13 calek
Rating: 3

I think this game is terrible...i cant grab money or attack or go to any other places....so...i think it is pretty disastrous as all those things are the main points of and RPG game.
2006.12.22 BraedenX
Rating: 9

Great game, i was just playing it... i hope i can do something this good someday :P
2006.08.07 game_master664
Rating: 10

THIS GAME WAS ASWOME!!! I just have to give it a 10, I noticed one problem though, if you were being attacked by almost all directions you could get jamed in between the enemies and die because they are attacking. Besides that the game was great. Graphics were good, the spells were good, the waepons were good, well you get the point
2006.03.02 nunez12
Rating: --

2006.3.2 Nunez12
rating: 7

This was a very nice looking game and had decent game play, though that skeleton king on the 2nd level was a bit to strong for me. It took forever to beat him, anyways...pretty good game, keep up the good work
2006.02.18 El Jozoren Games
Rating: 1

So bad. Masacure Swords works with me. I agree. Fairly horrible.
2006.02.05 Masacure Swords
Rating: 2

Horrible. Can't attack. Can't go anywhere. Horrible!
2006.01.23 Master of Illusions
Rating: 9

Hey Arkano,

You should place this on the internet!
So everyone can play against and with each other!
2006.01.22 Master of Illusions
Rating: 9

I have all weapons and are in that vulcano level.
I have also all the spells.
I think its a great game only there should be more weapons and spells.
And no bugs in the inventory.

Well done :-)
2006.01.22 Master of Illusions
Rating: 9

Oh, and you can defeat the giant skeleton by just keep hitting him (he has a lot o lives) i used a boomerang.
2006.01.15 smolkomotion
Rating: 9

the BEST User Interface direction and intro screen of any game maker game.

Pretty damn good game

Hails!
2006.01.14 Concrete
Rating: 7

Sweet game , just one little prob. No offence or nut but its a wee too short and my boomarang keeps getting stuck in enemys dealing massive damage!!!
2005.03.04 Bwebster
Rating: 9

This game rox!!!!!!!!!!! The only REALY annoying thing about it is that it says 'unexpected error occured while running the game when I am on the graveyard level!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2005.02.27 Kaleta
Rating: --

Diffcult game for guys with weak nerves, as me. But the inventory is perfect, everybody wants to have it, me too. So, will you put any tutorial somewhere?
2005.02.05 sora333
Rating: 10

awesome game one of the best games made by game maker, DOWNLOAD IT! its awesome. great graphics, good weapon system, lots of detial, a must have! also has a great experience system.
2004.11.29 LKCS
Rating: 8

It is a good game but not as good to be added in my favorite game list.
2004.11.26 Feet First
Rating: 8

I like the 'leveling up' in this game and the spells are pretty good. But this game is way too short. I finished in about an hour and hoped I'd get a bit more play. Also more weapons are needed and the inventory needs work, with the losing of money because you made a mistake. Graphics are alright, didn't really like the music.
2004.11.20 Yardstick
Rating: 9

Really awesome game. Full compliments and good luck in future games. I look forward to them.
2004.11.19 davidolson22
Rating: 4

The inventory is a bit buggy. When I got to the skeleton level, the game crashed and ruined my save game. The graphicvs are good, and so is the sound. If not for the bugs this would be a great game.
2004.11.09 JackRussel
Rating: --

Awesome, now if only I could figure a way to kill that giant skeleton...
2004.10.18 greentec
Rating: 8

Very good, but bug on my computer...... why? 'unexpected error occurred???'
2004.10.09 zilark
Rating: 10

This game was awsome!!! you should make this a gmd, like starcraft, because I want to know how you did this.
2004.10.09 Deeje the Great
Rating: 9

Woooooo!!! this game is incredible!! just the quality of games we need around here! i love the way everything is original. Arkano obviously planned on getting somewhere with this game, seeing that he'll have no copyright problems because everything in the game is made by him! I did however, get an error right after the end of the graveyard level. when it switches to the boss music, i get a popup that says 'An unexpected error occured while running the game.' and then it shuts it down. this happened on two different occasions. I'm really anxious to beat it but i can try somewhere else. The problem is probably with my computer, so i still give this game a 9/10 and it goes into my favorites. Good job.
2004.10.07 angrykoopa
Rating: 10

I hate you Arkano! I lost my girlfriend, friends, trust of my family, and everything else important to me because I couldn't stop playing this game! WAAAH!!
2004.10.02 ruhtrA
Rating: 10

This is one of the best of its category. Reminds me of Diablo. You should make a sequal to it, with more items and spells.
2004.10.01 Razor
Rating: 9

Lovely game. I especcially like the graphics. Haha! I gave that title to the game!
2004.09.24 krossfire
Rating: 9

Great addition to the archive !
2004.09.23 Sensei Eggwoah
Rating: 9

Very nicely presented. Great game here. Great graphics, coding, gameplay.
2004.09.23 PJizzle
Rating: 9

very good game...not much to improve...seems to be perfect for the most part.
2004.09.23 Seal
Rating: 9

Very good game. Graphics, and everything rocked.
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