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Alone in the Dark (3DO)

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Back of Box - DOS (Germany):
    Erleben Sie das Abenteuer von Edward Carnby, Privatdetektik!

    Allein in der Finsternis

    Eine etwas verzwickte Lage...

    Der Maler Hartwood, Besitzer namens eines großen Guts namens Derceto, wurde erhängt aufgefunden.. Überarbeitung? Neurose? Er schien eine unsichtbare Kraft oder Kreatur zu fürchten, und seine letzten Tage waren ein Leidensweg voller Alpträume....

    Das eindrucksvolle Haus ist nunmehr einsam und leer. Diese unheimlichen Fenster, aus denen nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit blasses Licht schimmert, lassen Sie schaudern; aber Sie weiten der Sache auf den Grund gehen....

    Hat sich Jeremy Hartwood wirklich umgebracht? War er wahnsinnig, oder hat eine übernatürliche Kraft den Ort in ihren Bann gebracht?

    Treten Sie ein... Aber vergessen Sie nicht, sobald Sie Dercetos Schwelle überschreiten, sind Sie auf sich allein gestellt.... allein in der Finsternis...

    Spiel und Anleitung auf deutsch

    ECHTZEIT-3D
    Das Gewehr wird Ihnen gegen die Zombies gute Dienste leisten. Aber gehen Sie trotzdem sparsam mit der Munition um.
    Bei allen Gegenständen, die Sie verwenden, werden die 3D-Animationen mit vollen Flächen in Echtzeit berechnet.

    2-5 BLICKWINKEL
    Denk mehrerer Kameras in jedem Zimmer können Sie die Bewegungen Ihres Helden und der rätselhaften Hausbewohner aus verschiedenen Winkeln verfolgen.

    MUSIKALISCHE UNTERMALUNG UND SUPER-SOUND
    Markerschütterndes Gebrüll hallt in den Gängen wider. Woher kommt es? Aus unterirdischen Galerien vielleicht?

    90 GEGENSTÄNDE
    Vergessen Sie nicht das Öl und die Streichhölzer, um Ihre Lampe anzuzünden; es könnte sonst sein, daß Dercetos Finsternis Sie verschlingt...

    256 FARBEN
    Geben Sie auf Ihren Säbel acht, wenn Sie damit den Kohlenhaufen durchstöbern...

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (110482) on May 15, 2011.

Back of Box - Macintosh (United States):
    DOUBLE AWARD WINNER

    A CHILLING 3D FORAY INTO THE MACABRE MANSION OF DERCETO

    A suspicious suicide. A chilling curse. A malevolent power. And a wicked dark secret. Inspired by the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, this is Derceto, legendary Louisiana mansion - home to the late Jeremy Hartwood and a host of unspeakable evils.

    Your quest for the truth drives you to investigate the old house. But you didn’t know you’d be thrown into the daily nightmare that was Jeremy Harrwood’s life. You’re not prepared for the tortuous howls that resound from deep within the halls. What waits for you down the endless, shadowy corridors, in the gloom-filled rooms? What is the source of that heavy sense of evil that fills the house itself?

    The specter of personal danger is real and MacPlay’s 3D polygon graphics make it all the more frightening. You’ll encounter hideous, hidden monsters that conic at you from every corner. View each room in a dramatic cinematic sweep of sinister detail from a variety of different camera angles. From the creaking stairs to the dank catacombs, you are plunged into the eerie depths of Derceto. It is too late to turn back. You must go on and face it alone...and in the dark.

    • Intense 3D polygon graphics bring horror to a new dimension immersing you totally in the game-playing experience.

    • Up to nine camera angles in each room enhance the cinematic feel so you’ll think that you’re playing a movie.

    • Digitized sound effects and music bring this haunted house to life.

    • Winner of Computer Gaming World's “Adventure Game of the Year” and Computer Game Review’s “Golden Triad Award.”

    [Captions] Face off against powerful and mysterious adversaries.

    Beware of traps as you explore the caverns below.

    Death lurks around every corner.

    ...and reaches a terrifying climax deep within its catacombs.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (110482) on May 15, 2011.

Back of Box - DOS (Europe):

    ALONE IN THE DARK

    DERCETO. Le nom de cette sinistre demeure inspire la crainte et pourtant vous avez le courage d'y pénétrer à la nuit tombée. En resortirez-vous vivant ? Entièrement réalisé en 3D, ALONE IN THE DARK, vous plonge dans l'univers inquiétant de HP LOVECRAFT. Les personnages et les objets, en 3D face pleine, sont animés EN TEMPS REEL, avec une incroyable fluidité de mouvement. Découvrez le décor sous des angles différents selon la position du personnage, avec un effet proche du cinéma qui ajoute encore au réalisme terrifiant de votre enquête surnaturelle. Explorez chaque pièce à la recherche d'indices. Recueillez objets et armes car une fois seuil de DERCETO franchi, vous serez seul,... SEUL DANS LES TENEBRES

    DERCETO. Allein der Name dieses verruchten Hauses flößt Furcht und Schrecken ein. Sie haben zwar den Mut, es bei Nacht zu betreten, doch werden Sie es auch lebend wieder verlassen? ALONE IN THE DARK ist gänzlich in 3D aufgebaut und führt Sie in die beklemmende Welt von H.P. Lovecraft. Die Animationen von Personen und Gegenständen (in voller 3D) werden in Echtzeit berechnet und sind erstaunlich flüssig. Entdecken Sie die Räume aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln je nach Standort der Hauptperson, wobei die filmreifen Effekte den packenden Realismus Ihrer übersinnlichen Entdeckungsreise hervorheben. Durchsuchen Sie jedes Zimmer nach wertvollen Indizien. Sammeln Sie Gegenstände... vor allem Waffen. Denn sobald Sie die Schwelle Dercetos übertreten haben, sind Sie allein... ALLEIN IN DER FINSTERNIS

    DERCETO. El nombre de esta siniestra morada inspira temor y, sin embargo, usted tiene el valor de penetrar en ella plena nocha. ¿Saldrá con vida? Totalmente realizado en 3D, ALONE IN THE DARK le sumerge en el inquietante mundo de H.P. LOVECRAFT. Los personajes y objetos en 3D total, se animan en TIEMPO REAL con una increíble fluidez de movimiento. Descubra el decorado bajo diferentes ángulos según la posición del personaje, con un efecto próximo al del cine que se suma el terrorífico realismo de su sobrenatural investigación. Explore cada estancia en busca de pistas. Recoja objetos y armas, ya que una vez franqueado el umbral de DERCEO estará solo... SOLO EN LAS TINIEBLAS.

    DERCETO. The mere name of this sinister mansion is enough to fill anybody with dread. Nevertheless you've got guts enough to enter the house at nightfall. But will you leave alive? Designed entirely in 3D, ALONE IN THE DARK makes you dive into the disturbing world of H.P. Lovecraft. All the characters and objects are fully animated in real-time 3D and the action is viewed through several unique camera angles in each room. The movie-like approach, mixed with fluid animation, adds immense atmosphere to your terrifying investigation into the macabre. You'll have to explore each room searching for clues... and weapons, for once you've crossed DERCETO's threshold, you'll be alone... ALONE IN THE DARK

    DERCETO. Il nome di questa sinistra dimora incute terrore, ma siete abbastanza coraggiosi per penetrarvi a notte fonda. Riuscirete ad uscrine vivi? Interamente in tecnica 3D, ALONE IN THE DARK vi trascina nell'universo inquietante di H.P. I personaggi e gli oggetti, in completa prospettiva 3D, sono animati in tempo reale, fatto che conferisci loro un'incredibile scioltezza di movimento. Scoprirete gli scenari da angolazioni diverse, a seconda della posizione del vostro personaggio: grazie a questo effetto quasi cinematografico aggiungerete un tocco di realismo terrificante alla vostra indagine in questo mondo soprannaturale. Esplorato ogni stanza alla ricerca di indizi. Raccogliete oggetti e armi, perché, una volta varcata la soglia di DERCETO, sarete soli.... SOLI NELLE TENEBRE

    JACK IN THE DARK, un conte où il vous faudra libérer l'homme le plus important de la planète de griffes de JACK, votre ennemi de ALONE IN THE DARK 2. JACK IN THE DARK, a tale in which you will have to free the most important man in the world from the claws of JACK, the archenemy in ALONE IN THE DARK 2. JACK IN THE DARK, ein Märchen, in dem Ihr den wichstigsten Mann der Welt aus den Klauen Jacks, Eures Feindes in ALONE IN THE DARK 2, befreien müßt. JACK IN THE DARK, un'avventure in cui dovrete liberare l'uomo più importante della terra dalle grinfie di JACK, il vostro nemico in ALONE IN THE DARK 2. JACK IN THE DARK, un cuento en el que tendrá que liberar al hombre más importante del planeta de las garras de JACK, su enemigo de ALONE IN THE DARK 2.

    Contributed by PolloDiablo (16614) on Apr 26, 2010.

Back of Box - DOS (UK):

    Alone in the Dark

    Private detective Edward Carnby's terrifying investigation into the macabre.

    A somewhat tricky situation...

    Suspended by a rope, the painter Jeremy Hartwood breathed for the last time. Was he overworked? A nervous breakdown perhaps? Or was suicide his escape from the evil presence that resided in his manor house, Derceto?

    Unwelcoming and overbearing, Derceto is now an empty manor house avoided by the sane. However, something compels you to explore its depths and discover its secrets...

    Did Jeremy Hartwood really commit suicide or was he just insane? Is there an evil presence residing in Derceto?

    Enter at your peril ! Derceto is not a country cottage and this is no holiday. Entering is just the easy part, leaving could be hell !

    3D REALTIME ANIMATION

    Sometimes you'll have to resort to a rifle, so make sure it's loaded...

    All the objects you'll use are fully animated and calculated in real-time 3D.

    2-5 CAMERAS/ROOM

    There's no escaping the horror.

    All the action is viewed through several unique camera angles in each room.

    MUSIC & SOUND EFFECTS

    From deep within the belly of the catacombs, torturous howling resounds through the corridors above.

    90 OBJECTS

    Without the lamp, the darkness of Derceto may envelop you forever...

    256 COLOURS

    Be prepared with a sword for a search in the coal heap, you may uncover more than you wish to find...

    To discover the secret of the house you'll have to solve a number of mysteries.

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (11696) on Jul 05, 2009.

Back of Jewel Case - DOS (CD-ROM version) (US):
    DERCETO. The mere name of this sinister mansion is enough to fill anybody with dread. Nevertheless you've got guts enough to enter the house at nightfall. But will you leave alive? Designed entirely in 3D, ALONE IN THE DARK makes you dive into the disturbing world of H.P. Lovecraft. All the characters and objects are fully animated in real-time 3D and the action is viewed through several unique camera angles in each room. The movie-like approach, mixed with fluid animation, adds immense atmosphere to your terrifying investigation into the macabre. You'll have to explore each room searching for clues... and weapons, for once you've crossed DERCETO's threshold, you'll be alone... ALONE IN THE DARK

    JACK IN THE DARK, a tale in which you will have to free the most important man in the world from the claws of JACK, the archenemy in ALONE IN THE DARK 2.

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (11696) on Jul 05, 2009.

Back of Box - DOS (US):

    ALONE IN THE DARK

    A Chilling 3-D Foray Into The Macabre Mansion Of Derceto

    A suspicious suicide. A chilling curse. A malevolent power. And a wicked dark secret. This is Derceto, legendary Louisiana mansion—where, against your better judgement, you're drawn into a world of shadows to explore the darker side of Jeremy Hartwood's imagination.

    Despite a paralyzing sense of personal danger, your quest for truth drives you to investigate the old house. But, you didn't know that by entering Derceto, you'd be plunged into the daily nightmare that was Jeremy Hartwood's life. You weren't prepared for the torturous howls that resound from deep within its halls. You didn't foresee the shadowy corridors that seemingly have no end. You couldn't anticipate the brooding, gloom-filled rooms, the pervasive weight of dread, the heavy sense of evil that fills the atmosphere and the very house itself.

    Had you known, you might have refused your task. But alas, you accepted, and now you must make your way through this spine-tingling adventure alone ... and in the dark.

    Learning how to deal with the hideous, hidden monsters is all part of the creepy fun.

    Designed with an action format, this is the first full-screen 3-D Adventure game for the PC.

    Depending on your location in the room, you will view the action from up to nine different angles.

    Down in the creepy catacombs. Derceto is dark and sinister. Unfortunately, this is where your quest must ultimately lead.

    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (11696) on Jul 05, 2009.

Press Release - 3DO:
    AWARD WINNING ALONE IN THE DARK NOW AVAILABLE FOR 3DO FROM INTERPLAY



    Irvine, California (August 3, 1994) -- The award winning computer entertainment title, Alone In The Dark is now available from Interplay Productions for 3DO. This spine-tingling adventure game places players in a riddle wrapped up in a mystery, and features cinematic styling and 3-D polygon graphics. "Because of the success of the PC and CD-ROM versions of Alone In The Dark, the 3DO title is highly anticipated," said Kim Carino, director of marketing for Interplay. "The 3DO is the perfect platform for this kind of interactive entertainment with the speed and graphics that the 3DO is capable of producing."

    Named 'Adventure Game Of The Year' by Computer Gaming World and the winner of the 'Golden Triad Award' from Computer Game Review, Alone In The Dark places players in the horrific and terrifying world of Jeremy Hartwood's life. Players must decide whether Jeremy was a victim of suicide or something more sinister. Around every corner is hideous, hidden monsters that come at you when you least expect them and they become life-like with cinematic zooms, pans, close-ups and scaling.

    Inspired by the macabre imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, Alone In The Dark 3DO is more chilling than ever in the exciting new 3DO interactive multi-player system format. All the dreaded secrets and unspeakable evils of Derceto come to life in heightened reality and cinematic power.

    In a quest for truth, players are driven to investigate the mysteries of a strange house. The action is brought to life with cinematic zooms, multiple camera angles, pans, close-ups and scaling. Ominous hand-painted backgrounds make it all the more frightening. Players will encounter hideous, hidden monsters when they least expect them in this new 3DO title.

    Now available for the 3DO, Alone In The Dark utilizes the platform's revolutionary graphics system and brings game play to your fingertips with exceptional picture quality and quick, dynamic pacing. Suggested retail price for AITD 3DO will be $59.95.

    Contributed by skl (1142) on Mar 03, 2004.