The Only Lights in the Darkness are Flames

Player Rating5.59/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 49 ratings since 12/01/2016
played 62 times (finished 3)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length5/8

"Not going to lose any sleep"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

Take control of four members of SWAT in Tijuana raid a large, ancient mansion inhabited by the Espada de Dios, a Satanist cult that's kidnapped several people. Switch between these members as they stumble upon a horrific scene of horror, gore and perhaps something much worse...

This is my second horror story, a short little game I made just to help with Writers' Block on my larger games. Thanks to MasonJarGuzzi for proofreading. Enjoy!

Player Comments

Wheeeew. What a ride! This was a thrilling read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. You have an incredible gift for writing visceral, gripping scenes, and horror is your best genre, in my opinion.

And what makes your horror so gripping is that your characters are so instantly relatable and fleshed out. The beginning of the story, showing the squad just hanging out together, was an excellent opening that established their personalities through dialogue. I liked everyone on that squad (though Rivera and Blanco were my favorites to play as), and making us care about the characters really ratcheted up the dramatic tension.

I liked how the horror and gruesome deaths were also balanced out by opportunities for genuine bravery and camaraderie between what is clearly a close knit squad. You managed to convey a sense of helpless terror while still giving the player a sense of control over the fate of the characters, which is a very fine line that was brilliantly executed.

Awesome game, and thank you for continuing to churn out games of this quality.
-- the_quiller on 3/17/2016 12:22:46 AM with a score of 0
I agree with Aman, your goft is pretty prominent Steve :) Haha you (and Chase) are truly fantastic writers, this horror is gripping and the story reminded me of a creep's cellar where you're a bit horrified by it but you want to keep going in further to see what else you might find. :) Having a good amount of writing skill in genres as varied as Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror is a sign of a truly excellent all-round writer and I definitely think you should write more Horror stories :)
-- Will11 on 3/16/2016 6:40:26 AM with a score of 0
Make a sequel. 8/8
-- NecroKid on 12/28/2016 10:17:27 PM with a score of 0
Only saved Rivira and Porras. But my goodness was that quite the ride! Great sorry, plenty of atmosphere and adrenaline pumping action!
-- BigRonn77 on 9/8/2016 11:15:08 AM with a score of 0
I got out with Parros, Rivera, and Sindile.
-- SoupLover on 7/12/2016 11:59:50 AM with a score of 0
Where's The Nuke!
-- CagedShadow on 4/10/2016 1:44:20 PM with a score of 0
Damn... you did a good job. I enjoyed it.

7/8
-- Raven47 on 4/5/2016 8:30:35 AM with a score of 0
Yes! I made it with 4/5 alive!
-- Guy on 3/22/2016 11:09:37 PM with a score of 0
Great horror story - would love if it would connect to something larger in a sequel or something!
-- Doomcomer on 3/20/2016 6:40:00 PM with a score of 0
Nice game, Steve. I like how you can see what happens to each character. I plan to play this again some more, and see all the different endings! Great job! I wish I could write at this pace... :P
-- breezy134 on 3/19/2016 2:29:18 AM with a score of 0
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