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Alone in the Dark 3 (DOS)

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Description

After surviving through two encounters with the supernatural in Derceto and Hell's Kitchen, detective Edward Carnby is ready for another round of being Alone in the Dark.

In the third game in the series, we learn that Emily Hartwood (the other main character from the original game) started a career in Hollywood movies after surviving her ordeal in Derceto. Her latest project is a spaghetti western being filmed in an abandoned western ghost town called Slaughter Gultch, which rests precariously on the edge of the San Andreas fault. Originally a gold town set up rather rudely on ancient Indian sacred ground, Slaughter Gultch was founded by a man named Jebediah Stone and run by his own private army of cold-blooded killers. Stone and his men were killed by angry villagers led by the local Blacksmith, and the town was abandoned soon after. Unfortunately, Emily's crew disturbs the spirits of Stone and his men, who promptly return to the world of the living and proceed to kill off the film crew one by one.

Carnby is called to Slaughter Gultch after learning of the disappearance of Emily and her crew, and is soon met by Stone's Zombie Cowboy gang. Armed with various western paraphenalia such as colt peacemakers, bullwhips, and even a gatling gun, Carnby must fight his way through Stone's minions and discover Emily's fate. Along the way he learns some surprising things about Stone's origin, as well as a sinister plan interrupted by his death which involved the destruction of the west coast and which Stone can now pursue once again.

The gameplay is similar to the two predecessors: The player guides Carnby through static 3D screens which regularly switch camera perspectives. He collects various items and uses them to solve puzzles. Additionally to using items there are four actions which are triggered with the press of a button: jump (only at pre-defined places), open/examine, move (e.g. pushing) and fight. The latter is an important gameplay mechanics because many situations require a violent approach: the player either uses melee attacks or other weapons (with scarce ammo resources). The player has to aim manually and can set Carnby's and the enemy's life energy (which greatly affects the difficulty) in three steps.

Screenshots

Alone in the Dark 3 DOS This is your inventory. Here you can select weapons, items and actions.
Alone in the Dark 3 DOS Dark hallway
Alone in the Dark 3 DOS Title screen.
Alone in the Dark 3 DOS Well, this isn't what I was waiting for a welcome.

Alternate Titles

  • "鬼屋魔影3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Alone in the Dark 3: The God's been unearthed, now only secrets remain..." -- Tag-lined title
  • "Alone in the Dark 3: Ghosts in Town" -- Windows 3.1 in-game title
  • "AITD3" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Zombie cowboys, a ghost town and loads of adventuring. Sycada (175) unrated
Just as great as the original. Melvin Raeynes (26) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Mar, 1995 5 out of 5 100
Pelit Feb, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PC Gamer May, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Freak Apr, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Quandary Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
The DOS Spirit Dec 03, 2011 4.5 out of 6 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 19, 2005 13 out of 20 65
Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 02, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1995 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Edward Carnby still listens to the radio after his landlord cut the power off. It was possible for crystal radios with cat's whisker detector: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_radio
Alan Chan (3601) added Alone in the Dark 3 (DOS) on Feb 25, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18320) and Scaryfun (11609)