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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Windows)

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Description

Edward Carnby, private eye of the paranormal, is back.

Carnby's best friend, Charles Fiske, has been found dead near Shadow Island, a mysterious island near Maine. It is your duty to take up the investigation and find out the secrets of Shadow Island. But you're not going alone... your companion will be a redhead by the name of Aline Cedrac who has her own reasons for tagging along. Aside from being a woman and inexperienced in the world of danger, she is the only one with the knowledge for translating the ancient Abkhani tabloids which may hold the secrets behind Carnby's friend's death and the disappearance of Aline's father.

Upon arriving on the island, your plane has been shot down by the things unknown, and the heroes have no other choice but to jump with a parachute, thus separating them on the island.

Now you choose the character to play with, either as Edward Carnby or Aline Cedrac, as they explore the mysterious and gloomy island with all its secrets and parallel stories that contain different locations and tasks for different characters, thus adding the level of replayability in a different experience - Carnby's story is more action oriented while Cedrac has more puzzles to solve.

Just like in the predecessors you move your characters through pre-rendered backgrounds while the camera perspective switches around. You collect various items and books which are used to solve puzzles. Many situations can only be solved with violence which means you'll have to use guns to get rid of your foes. Aiming is manual and especially when playing Cedrac ammo is scarce. Saving a game uses up a save medallion which can be found during the game.

Screenshots

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows At the gates of an underground fortress.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows For those who think the game sets you just inside some spooky mansion, would be wrong. There are vast areas to explore, especially in open areas.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows As much as everything else, water effects are real asset to the details. Very convincing character movements while in the water.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows When your line shows blue then your health is at maximum. You con't see any number to confirm your HP, only the color contrast.

Alternate Titles

  • "鬼屋魔影4:惡夢之夜" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "鬼屋魔影4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Alone in the Dark: Koszmar Powraca" -- Polish title
  • "Alone in the Dark 4: По ту сторону кошмара" -- Russian title
  • "Alone in the Dark 4" -- Informal name
  • "AITD:TNN" -- Common name

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User Reviews

When the game surpasses the cinematics. Awesome! コナン (91419) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Horror/Survival game... Alas, the separation between both is *too* clear. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) unrated
The original survival horror giant is back but with more Chris Redfield than Edward Carnby. Sycada (175) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
It's just like Resident Evil! Perfil Falso (3329) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
An unworthy sequel Isdaron (681) unrated

The Press Says

PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Super Play Jun, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Jun 13, 2001 80 out of 100 80
IGN Jul 12, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 2001 77 out of 100 77
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2001 76 out of 100 76
GameZone Jul 23, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Nov, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Clubic Jul 22, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

4X movie compression

The 4X movie compression technology is only used in the Dreamcast version of the game.

Comic Book

This game had a cross-promotional "prequel" comic book, featuring Carnby and Aline Cedrac investigating in Tibet, published by Image Comics in September of 2002. The story was written by Jean-Marc Lofficier, while the illustrations were by Matt Haley and Aleksi Briclot.

Edward Carnby

Edward Carnby is the name of the protagonist in all of the Alone in the Dark games, yet AitD4 is set in the year 2001 whereas the original 3 titles were set in the 1920's. Carnby is also visibly younger in the forth title. The explanation on the game's official website (see links) is that every 40 years a man is awarded with the name Edward Carnby and that man will be destined to fight the forces of evil and darkness.

Engine

Developed with Terminal Reality's Nocturne Engine.

References

The name of one of the characters in Alone in the Dark: TNN is De Certo. This is a reference to the name of the ominous mansion in the original Alone in the Dark title, which was also called Decerto.

Information also contributed by n-n, Pseudo_Intellectual Sciere and Scott Monster

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Matthew Bailey (1143) added Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Windows) on May 28, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (289999), Xoleras (66127) and Matthew Bailey (1143)