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Alone in the Dark (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Resident who? אולג 小奥 (168980) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Truly a remarkable game Zovni (9360) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
An excellent classic game. Period. Yeba (60) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The grand-daddy of survival horror Alan Chan (3597) unrated
A landmark arcade adventure which started the survival horror genre. Sycada (175) unrated
Horror, Cthulhiana and great fun Christian Svindseth (2) unrated
What can I say? A game genre in itself! James1 (240) unrated
The grand-daddy of survival horror - it's just not very scary. RussS (781) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The House the Lovecraft Built Terrence Bosky (5235) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
An okay-game of horror and survival Zsolt Pardi (7) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall MobyScore (149 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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This particularly creepy game (in a good way!), was based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Its unique (at the time) approach to story telling was via polygon characters, which were able to be detailed --even on slow CPUs-- thanks to static backgrounds used to depict the various "camera angles." This animation trick was to be re-used in any number of similar games and Alone in the Dark clones, including the ever-popular Resident Evil series. It also spawned two sequels (at least). A thriller classic, that even made it on Techtite's listing of Top 50 Multimedia Classics.
If you're a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, a short story horror writer widely considered to be the master of the weird, you will enjoy this game even more. It's the best game I've come across that is based on his works by far, easily outdoing Infogrames' own Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice. From books that maim and kill once opened, to Cyclopean grottos, to undead creatures raised by dubious, mysterious methods--this is survival horror meshed with the king of horror, and the result is fantastic.
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
И еще раз вслушайтесь в само название — Alone in the Dark. Зачастую оно одно способно объяснить все, и уже незачем становится писать развернутые рецензии или нажимать на скриншоты, чтобы посмотреть на увеличенные до неприличных размеров картинки. Знайте лишь, что это самая современная, самая технологичная, самая интересная, самая интригующая, самая атмосферная, самая страшная, самая красивая, самая загадочная, самая лучшая игра современности. И ни эпитетом меньше.
PC Games (Germany)
(Disk version)
Die Tatsache, daß sich die Zahl der freiwillig geleisteten “Überstunden“ erhöhte, darf man wohl ebenfalls dem neuartigen Spielkonzept von Alone in the Dark zuschreiben. Infogrames hat uns mit diesem Spiel eindrucksvoll bewiesen, daß “Virtual Reality“ nicht zwangsläufig das Ziel aller Dinge sein muß. Es bleibt die Überzeugung, daß dieses Adventure viele in seinen Bann ziehen wird. Zu hoffen ist, daß die weiteren Vertreter der “Virtual Dreams Collection“ ähnlich kurzweiligen Adventurespaß bieten. So sollen sie denn mal kommen, die langen, dunklen Winternächte. Mit diesem Adventure-Thriller werden sie zwar nicht heller, aber sie sind auf jeden Fall mal wieder um einiges zu kurz.
Just Adventure
Overall, Alone In The Dark is one of those neat games with some irritating flaws. It sets a good atmosphere and maintains it well for the most part. Using Lovecraftian overtones adds a lot to the game. The view shifts are a novel and effective addition. Most of the puzzles are fair. The game did NOT crash on me, or exhibit technical problems (big plus right there). Graphically, the monsters could have been better; some of them looked more ludicrous than horrible, dangerous though they were. The viewing angles could have been planned more carefully, and the design in general should have been tighter to prevent nasty dead ends, such as running out of oil in the tunnels. Since you've been warned about those, however, you should find Alone In The Dark a nice change of pace from the usual run of adventure games.
Game Players
The concept of being imprisoned inside an evil house has been used in dozens of horror movies, and Alone in the Dark succeeds wildly in creating the nervous, claustrophobic terror of being both trapped and pursued.
PC Games (Germany)

Kein Adventure hielt uns in der Vorweihnachtszeit des letzten Jahres so in seinem Bann wie Alone in the Dark. Kurz vor dem Erscheinen des zweiten Teils gibt es jetzt die CD-Version.

Die ersten Previews für Alone in the Dark 2 sind schon geschrieben, aber erst jetzt konnte man sich bei Infogrames dazu entschließen, den ersten Teil auf CD-ROM zu bringen. Zumindest äußerlich mutet das Spiel als stark verändert an. Die Packung wurde neu gestaltet und erinnert nur durch den Titel an die über ein Jahr alte Diskettenversion.
Adventure Europe
Long before the Resident Evil Era emerged – a game that define the standards to which the survival horror genre would be measured - there was a title that is now long forgotten yet it is a timeless titan that started it all: Alone in the Dark. Directed by Frédéric Raynal (creator of the LBA series), the game is a great tribute to Lovecraft's horror stories. With a spellbinding atmosphere and an eerie mood, Alone in the Dark had sent a tingling sensation down the spine of many players.
Abandonia Times
As I said at the beginning of this review - play this game with the lights off and the volume up and you will be on the edge of your seat, waiting for something to jump out and get you. I highly recommend Alone in the Dark to any lover of the horror genre, try it out and see if you can defeat the many traps and dangers inside Derceto.
The DOS Spirit
Alone in the Dark er et fantastisk godt gjennomført spill, med både overlevelses- og mystikkelementer nøye innvevd i hverandre. Setter du dette sammen med mange utfordringer gjennom husets mange dører og rom, har du en opplevelse du sent kommer til å glemme. Vi tar hatten av, dette er en \"Golden Dos Spirit\" på noe av sitt beste.
Power Play
Seit einigen Tagen linse ich verstohlen hinter die Tür, bevor ich mich in andere Zimmer wage - Alone in the Dark fordert Tribut. Nach dem fraglichen Hound of Shadow ist Alone in the Dark das erste Spiel, das ein Gruselflair auf H.P. Lovecrafts Niveau an den Spieler vermittelt. Die Fürchte-Dich-Story der Infogrames-Schmiede ist eine gelungene Adventure-Arcade-Mischung - eine Gruselmixtur, die immer wieder mit neuen Überraschungen und Effekten aufwartet. Dabei halten sich knackige Rätsel und handfeste Schlägereien die Waage. Musik und Geräusche gehen ins Ohr und bringen das gewisse Etwas in die Story. Knarrende Türen und quietschende Geister gehören ebenso zum Alone in the Dark-Alltag wie der Donauwalzer. Die Grafik ist extrem spektakulär.
Adventure Classic Gaming
The game Alone in the Dark is considered to be the grandfather of all action adventure games. Released in 1993, little do developer Infogrames and publisher I-Motion know that this title will someday inspire a whole new breed of computer games that combines action with adventure elements in a real-time generated 3D game world. Using a revolutionary polygon based graphic engine, the game unfolds through the artistic use of multiple camera angles to create dramatic cinematic shots that play in a movie style. Together with a horror epic story inspired by the work of H P Lovecraft, Alone in the Dark gives a chilling new face in the genre of graphic adventure gaming.
PC Player (Germany)
Wenn Sie einen ausgewogenen Kompromiß zwischen Adventure-Grübelei und Action ebenso schätzen wie eine doppelte Portion gepflegtes Grusel-Feeling, werden Sie an diesem Spukhaus-Besuch Ihren Spaß haben.
Just Games Retro
Alone in the Dark is long-credited with being the first true "survival horror" game. If you're unsure of what this genre entails, all I have to say is Resident Evil. If you're not familiar with either game, "survival horror" generally describes a type of adventure where you are alone in some kind of terrifying/haunted situation, and must find a way to solve a mystery and escape. There are always more enemies than you have weapons. There's always some kind of inventory management going on, and frequent item puzzles. Any puzzle that cannot be solved with an inventory item is solved by moving some mobile object in the world. All of these requirements fit Alone in the Dark to the letter.
Just Adventure
Alone in the Dark has a very cool cinematic feel, scary monsters, and fun gameplay. On the down side, lots of combat makes this not a game for adventure purists. Alone in the Dark is a game that lives up to its hype!
L’ancêtre des « survival horror », ce style de jeu qui plonge le joueur dans une ambiance glauque à souhait, incarnant un personnage en 3D dans des décors en 2 ou 3D (pour certains objets), vu à la troisième personne, s’appelle Alone In The Dark et a indubitablement marqué de son empreinte griffue l’histoire du jeu vidéo. Dans ce premier épisode de la série, vous incarnez soit le détective Edward Carnby, soit la nièce d’un pendu, Emily Hartwood. Selon le personnage choisi, bien entendu, l’histoire se présente différemment. Dans le cas de Carnby, vous êtes engagé par un antiquaire qui souhaite récupérer de vieux objets dans un manoir abandonné. Si vous incarnez Emily Hartwood, vous vous rendez dans le manoir de votre oncle pour découvrir ce qui a poussé cet homme si charmant à s’y pendre.
Imperium Gier
Dziś - w 8 lat po fakcie - AITD wciąż pozostaje tytułem przyzwoitym. Jego magia wciąż działa, i to niekoniecznie za sprawą dwóch kolejnych części, które były, mówiąc delikatnie, przęciętniakami... Ponieważ zaś robią już AITD 4, proponuję wam sięgnąć po jakiś zakurzony dysk starszego brata i odpalić pierwszego Alone. Z pewnością stracicie kilka jakże cennych godzin.
Unfortunately, the game hasn't aged very well. The monsters look awful. There are no lighting effects and only minimal sound (although what's there is pretty effective, particularly the weird glassy musical riff). The third person perspective is an early and egregious instance of fighting the camera to play the game; although the fixed perspectives are suitably eerie, they'll often get you killed and they completely confuse any situational awareness about how the house is laid out. Alone in the Dark should have included a map, in part to help you get around, but also because it was an early example of good level design.