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DescriptionJeremy Hartwood has committed suicide in his Louisiana mansion, Derceto. You take the role of either Edward Carnby, a private investigator, or Emily Hartwood, Jeremy's niece, and investigate the suspicious death. The three-floor mansion is reputed to be haunted by its eccentric past owner. Very quickly, you realise that it is. Warped rats, zombies and giant worms are among the foes who are after you, and you must somehow escape.

Alone in the Dark is an action-adventure survival horror game. The action is displayed from a number of fixed viewpoints. The backgrounds are 2D painted images, while the player character, all items and monsters are rendered as 3D models.

To escape the mansion, you'll have to solve a number of puzzles. They usually involve finding an item and using it in a proper place. Apart from items necessary for the puzzles, you can also find books and documents that can be read, healing items which can be consumed to restore hit points, and weapons.

Weapons come in handy, since Derceto is full of various monsters. Some monsters can be killed with weapons, but others are either impossible to kill or require a bit of thinking to take down. Note also that you have limited amounts of ammunition, so you have to use firearms carefully.

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<moby developer="H. P. Lovecraft">H. P. Lovecraft's</moby> work is an inspiration for this 3D action adventure game, perhaps the first game which could be termed 'survival horror' and thus an inspiration for hits such as <moby game="Resident Evil">Resident Evil</moby> and <moby game="Silent Hill">Silent Hill</moby>. ¶

Jeremy Hartwood has committed suicide in his Louisiana mansion. You take the role of either Edward Carnby, a private investigator, or Emily Hartwood, Jeremy's niece, and investigate the suspicious death. The three-floor mansion is reputed to be haunted by its eccentric past owner. Very quickly, you realise that it is. Warped rats, zombies and giant worms are among the foes who are after you, and you must somehow escape. ¶

The graphics combine 3D people with hand-drawn backgrounds in a manner that was new at the time. Limited supplies means that you can't go in with guns blazing, but instead must carefully conserve your resources. Books in the rooms are not mere props; they can be read to gain further information and clues to solving the game's puzzles. Most of the game is non-linear and encourages exploration.
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Jeremy Hartwood has committed suicide in his Louisiana mansion, Derceto. You take the role of either Edward Carnby, a private investigator, or Emily Hartwood, Jeremy's niece, and investigate the suspicious death. The three-floor mansion is reputed to be haunted by its eccentric past owner. Very quickly, you realise that it is. Warped rats, zombies and giant worms are among the foes who are after you, and you must somehow escape. ¶

<i>Alone in the Dark</i> is an action-adventure survival horror game. The action is displayed from a number of fixed viewpoints. The backgrounds are 2D painted images, while the player character, all items and monsters are rendered as 3D models. ¶

To escape the mansion, you'll have to solve a number of puzzles. They usually involve finding an item and using it
in a proper place. Apart from items necessary for the puzzles, you can also find books and documents that can be read, healing items which can be consumed to restore hit points, and weapons. ¶

Weapons come
in handy, since Derceto is full of various monsters. Some monsters can be killed with weapons, but others are either impossible to kill or require a bit of thinking to take down. Note also that you have limited amounts of ammunition, so you have to use firearms carefully.

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view changes 5 Jun 26, 2009 Game Description JudgeDeadd (26760) Approved major update
view changes 4 Jan 25, 2009 Game Description LepricahnsGold (141635) Approved minor edit
view changes 3 Jun 27, 2008 Game Description Travis Fahs (95) Approved edit
view changes 2 Jul 19, 2006 Game Description Terok Nor (29273) Approved edit
view changes 1 Jul 06, 2006 Game Description Martin Smith (69969) Approved update