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Latest revision as of 13:56, 11 June 2024

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare cover
Windows Spiral House
2001-2003 Infogrames
2003-2018 Atari
2018-present THQ Nordic
Retail (Japan) CYBERFRONT Corporation
Retail (Russia) Akella
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Shadow Engine
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
Metacritic 66
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Genres Action, Puzzle
Themes Lovecraftian, Horror
Series Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare on HowLongToBeat
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare on IGDB
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare on MobyGames
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare on Wikipedia
Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 1992
Jack in the Dark 1993
Alone in the Dark 2 1993
Alone in the Dark 3 1994
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare 2001
Alone in the Dark (2008) 2008
Alone in the Dark: Illumination 2015
Alone in the Dark (2024) 2024

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is a singleplayer third-person action and puzzle game in the Alone in the Dark series.

The PC version's music is very poorly converted from the Dreamcast version as it only plays MIDI files. The FMVs are also of a lower quality than on Dreamcast. As with other versions, it also lacks the lip-syncing present only in the PS2 version which was the last produced version of the game.[1][2]

The game is unplayable under Windows 10 due to serious graphical glitches. See Issues fixed.[3] The version has been fixed since early October 2018.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
International releases.
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Russian release has a simple disc check.
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Includes compatibility fixes.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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See Game launcher does not work (Steam version)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Spiral House\launch\Data
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\_Alone4_.000.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Only two graphics options are available. Resolution can be set manually and a High Quality mode can be enabled; greatly improving shadow quality.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 aspect ratio only. Selecting a 16:9 resolution will only stretch the image.
Select a 4:3 resolution to see the correct aspect ratio displayed.
4K Ultra HD
4k resolutions can be selected, but it will be a stretched 4:3 image.
Field of view (FOV)
Backgrounds are pre-rendered; no camera controls are available.
Run alone4.exe with -windowed x=custom y=custom command line argument.
Replace "custom" with any value (e.g. -windowed x=800 y=600).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
VSync does not work on Windows 10
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Causes errors during gameplay. Manually limit the frame rate to 60 FPS or set the refresh rate to 60 Hz combined with Vsync.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


In-game input settings
In-game input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse buttons cannot be bound to commands
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse buttons work but no cursor is visible while in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Game does not use the mouse for gameplay
Controller support
"Action/Fire" will also confirm menu options, while "Run" will work as a back button in menus.
Full controller support
Pause cannot be bound to a controller
Controller remapping
By default, all buttons are unbound.
Options allow for one keyboard binding and one controller binding.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
"Tank controls" with fixed camera angles. Aiming cannot be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Triggers, thumbstick clicks and D-pad inputs are not detected.[4]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game general settings
In-game general settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX and Dialogue.
Surround sound
Stereo & mono options
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation - #1#2
Retail and only.
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only.
Retail only; download for digital releases. FMVs are subtitled.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only;[5] download for digital releases.
Local retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail and only; download for Steam release.

Issues fixed

Serious graphical issues on Windows 10

White block in the menu screen and blue characters models on white background.
Fix graphical issues[6]
  1. Download these files.
  2. Replace the original alone4.exe with the executable file of the Spanish version.
  3. Copy LOC_##.COK to the Provider folder and rename it to Locale.COK.

Alternative solution for any Windows version

Fix graphical issues with bonus[7]
  1. Download patch with integrated 10 / 15 save slots for the russian version.
  2. Download patch with integrated 10 / 15 save slots for the english version.
  3. Extract the contents from any ZIP file to <path-to-game>. Renaming is not necessary.


This fix is based on the English demo version.

Black screen when movies are played

May occur if the option High Quality is enabled.
Run as administrator[8]
  1. Set launch.exe and alone4.exe to run as administrator.
  2. Set alone4.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows 2000.

Game launcher does not work (Steam version)

The game launcher does not work in the Steam version, preventing the usage of any resolution other than the default one (640x480).
The following is a corrected version of the game launcher for Steam. It also comes bundled with a partial fix for the game not running on Windows 8 or 10, as well as higher quality movies ripped from the Dreamcast version.
Use unofficial fix[9]
  1. Download Alone In The Dark TNN Fixes & Cutscenes.
  2. Delete the movies folder in <path-to-game>.
  3. Copy the contents from the archive to <path-to-game> and overwrite files when prompted.
  4. Run the game directly through launch.exe instead of running it through Steam.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.1 [10][11]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0h
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0x

Activate cheat mode

Run alone4.exe with the -wizardmaster you can also add STENCIL x=1440 y=1080 in the command line argument. The cheat menu will be visible in the inventory and enable the highest resolution at the correct aspect ratio of 4:3.[12]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
AMD K6-2 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia RIVA TNT
ATI Rage Pro
8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
The game is not compatible with the Savage 4, 4 Pro +, Savage Rage II C, SIS 6326, Permedia 3, Riva 128ZX chipsets


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Details about version differences - last accessed on 2024-04-17
  2. Higher quality FMV mod with details about FMV differences - last accessed on 2024-04-17
  3. - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2019-06-21
    Tested with an Xbox One wired controller on Windows 10 v1809
  5. Infogrames Brasil - last accessed on 2023-09-06
  7. AITD4 Patch (with 15 save slots bonus) - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  8. - last accessed on May 2023
  9. Fix pack and higher quality FMVs :: Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare General Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-17
  10. 10.0 10.1 Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-12-04
    Tested using GOG version and apiTrace (build 2019-11-28 07:35).
  11. Verified by User:Williamjcm on 2022-12-01
    There is no D3D support. Tested with the GOG release.
  12. - last accessed on May 2023