Lights Out


About the Game

Prepare a good dose of courage and face the darkness with only your lantern, “Lights Out” is a turn-based video game in which the objective is to find the exit of the castle before the lantern runs out and the forces of darkness completely envelop you in the cold embrace of death.


In a world enveloped by darkness, horrific creatures emerge from the void, their one weakness being light. Your mission is to bring light back to an abandoned castle, navigating through the dark, evading creatures sensitive to the faintest glimmer. Each step towards lighting up the castle is a step towards salvation.

Would you reach the end and save the castle from the imcombent black void or perish in the attempt?

Game Mechanics

The game revolves around turn-based mechanics: every three squares you lose a percentage of fuel, which would be your “health points”, incentivizing you to find the shortest path to the exit.

However you are not alone, some monsters are lurking in the darkness and want to extinguish your lantern!

On the map you can also find the following items:

  • “fuel” canisters that can extend your life;
  • “cloak” that allows you to be temporarily invisible from enemies;
  • “flashbang” that allows you to reveal a large area around you.

Behind the scenes

This is our game project if not one of my first games.

With my team we explored as first approach to the game design principles and think of a slow movement game with survival elements moving on a grid based map.

The grid was one of hour main challenge, which I took care personally: I used a mouse raytracing in a 3D world enviroment with isometric view, the map system look at the tiles object and map them into a grid with specific distance and spaces from each other. It also removes holes in the grid and take care of occupied and free tiles.

Note: The grid system requires the origin tile to be at the most bottom of the screen, in this way he can map properly all the tiles in the scene.


The artistic view we gave was focussed on pawns similar to the chess game, we wanted to reach a style iconic but at the same time unique in his way.

The whole ambience is obscured, for the only exception of the character source of light, indispensable for see and survive.

If you want to try the game feel free to download it here on your windows PC.


The game is far from perfect, there still some important bugs, but remember that this is just a concept project.

  • Date: April 23, 2024
  • Categories: Games