When Lights Go Out

Player Rating4.03/8

"#437 overall, #34 for 2017"
based on 57 ratings since 01/16/2017
played 839 times (finished 76)

Story Difficulty5/8

"run through the jungle"

Play Length5/8

"Not going to lose any sleep"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.

A group of teenagers set out on a doomed school expedition only to find that they're in grave danger when a killer begins to hunt them down.

Very loosely based on a true experience I had whilst out on an expedition. This is the first game I have made so it is fairly short. The story doesn't take itself too seriously but I think that adds to the charm. Enjoy :)

Player Comments

Eurgh. This story was frustrating. The author clearly put some effort into this and, persistent punctuation issues aside, the writing itself is pretty decent.

I was just so, so disappointed with the unbelievable mess the plot turned into and the generic non-characters. I had a whole thing written out after the first few pages questioning all the POV switching, from what started out seeming like Matt, to an unknown 'you', to Tom, then David, then others, sometimes right in the middle of a page or scene. But, then I get to the point where people are dying and none of their friends have a reaction stronger than a shrug, and I realize that if the other characters and the story itself doesn't care about any these people, then I really don't either.

Added to that, nothing about Alexis' actions or explanations or that of the villain's made any sense, and (as was pointed out in one of the first few pages by the story itself) it was sort of ridiculous the kids were there in the first place. That same teacher got five kids killed in the same place the year before, apparently multiple other kids have died there since then, and the police haven't looked into it? The school is still sending field trips?

Sure, this is a genre where that sort of thing can be handwaved away more easily than in others. The premise of the plot was such a basic and extremely familiar one, there was nothing keeping this from being a solid, if not terribly creative entry into the campground slasher genre. But if the author doesn't put in an effort to make it believable it's just a dull parody.

I'm actually way more annoyed with all this than I wouldn't been with the typical two page wonder, given the overall quality of the writing. To the author, all I can say is that you can do so, so much better than this, and I hope you keep practicing and write something that makes the reader want to be drawn in and care about what happens next time.
-- mizal on 1/17/2017 8:17:10 PM with a score of 0
You put time and effort into this, so I applaud you for that.

The biggest weakness of your CYS is that the plot is severely underdeveloped. Short story games don't correlate to unfinished plots. We shifted characters and the time of the events without much forewarning or cohesion. The premise itself seems like it would make for a decent story, but I felt that the execution wasn't quite right.

I know you said that you didn't intend to take this too seriously, but in my opinion, you should've either gone for a "full" comedic or a serious approach. This "half-way" you have going to pretty strange. The nonchalance expressed by the students, teachers, and parents alike would be okay if the entire story took a comedic approach, but it doesn't. Oh, he/she died; tragic.

Finally, I felt that the ending was quite abrupt. We go from the bridge being cut off straight into a car shooting out of a clearing to psychopathic son. Then again, maybe this is part of your "not too serious" idea.

4/8. You can write, no doubt. Work on your plot development. If you plan on continuing, I look forward to your next work.
-- LNFyle on 1/16/2017 6:39:31 PM with a score of 0
For my first experience with this genre, I loved it! The deaths were creative and unique, and while the characters were underwritten (especially the villains) the overall experience was worth it. Great job!
-- GeneralAchilles on 5/25/2020 5:57:09 PM with a score of 0
If it had a clearer ending, I would have given it a 7. I don't know if I won or lost.
-- Quorrah on 9/15/2018 7:11:43 PM with a score of 0
I loved the story, but I wish there was more. The only problem was there were some grammar errors that you had to pause and look at ruining the mood. It also took a little to adjust to the change of characters, but in the end it was amazing and I hope for more things like this.
-- piratedude66 on 4/17/2018 11:18:58 AM with a score of 0
The writing is pretty good, I'll give it that. But the story is borderline annoying. Your POV changes several times, and it doesn't really make sense who the people are. You don't really know why they're there, and the plot doesn't really make sense. Also, the total lack of empathy of the characters is really disappointing. Someone dies and none of the other people care. They react at all. Also, the killer in the story seems really lame, and the entire premise is illogical, at best.
-- WizzyCat on 12/1/2017 5:54:48 PM with a score of 0
What the hell was this? Short and mediocre at best.
-- jcury on 2/25/2017 12:27:26 PM with a score of 0
-- EZunmaker on 2/14/2017 12:59:32 AM with a score of 0
This was an interesting piece. Despite various changes in POV (which made the story quite confusing at parts) the story was rather well written aside from a couple of grammatical and spelling errors.
I admired how the choices actually made an impact on the rest of the game and could move the game in certain situations. However, I suggest more than two choices for every scene to make the story seem a bit more developed.
The game, though quite short, was pretty fun to play. 5/8
-- Snowflame on 1/28/2017 9:07:33 PM with a score of 0
Made me smile at some parts. There were one or two small errors here and there in the text but I enjoyed the story anyway. Very good for a first attempt!
-- 1ceCold on 1/16/2017 5:10:47 PM with a score of 0
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