LIGHTHOUSE OF BETTER DAYS: A Puzzle Game that Tells a Parable of Hope in Times of Despair
Lighthouse of Better Days is a short indie puzzle game produced by andyman404 and published on September 13 this year on the indie gaming platform "itch.io". The game was created for a Game Jam called A Game By Its Cover, where projects are created based on images from Famicom cartridges created by Paul O'Leary. In Lighthouse of Better Days, you control a lighthouse that has the power to give hope to ships that cross the rough seas in the midst of a storm of despair. The message is simple but very interesting: bring hope in difficult times.
Lighthouse of Better Days has a simple gameplay: your role here is to guide the light of hope towards the ships using the WASD keys. Ships have a bar that represents hope, and you must fill them. However, as you fill the ship bar, yours decreases. If your bar is depleted, it will take a while to refill. If the ship bar empties, the ship sinks, and you have only three faults here. If you fail all three, game over.
In terms of graphics, the game is very nice although simple. The soundtrack has only one song, but it's relaxing and blends in very well with the idea and message conveyed by the game. You can check out the Lighthouse of Better Days gameplay by clicking on this link here and, if you are interested, you can download the game from the page below: