Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare

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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare cover
Developers
Darkworks
Windows Spiral House
Publishers
2001-2003 Infogrames
2003-2018 Atari
2018-present THQ Nordic
Retail (Japan) CyberFront
Retail (Russia) Akella
Engines
Shadow Engine
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
Reception
Metacritic 66
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Themes Lovecraftian
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 (2023) TBA

Key points

Unplayable under Windows 10 due to serious graphical glitches,[1] check Issues fixed for a solution.
The GOG.com version (all languages) has been fixed since early October 2018.
Music is very poorly converted from the Dreamcast version

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Russian versions have a simple disc check.
All other versions are DRM-free.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows 10 problems fixed
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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See Launch.exe does not work (Steam version)
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Launcher
Launcher
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.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
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.
Windowed
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
It causes errors during gameplay. See High FPS Issues.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input[edit]

In-game input settings
In-game input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
Controller support
"Action/Fire" will also confirm menu options, while "Run" will work as a back button in menus.
Full controller support
Pause (Esc) 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.[2]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

In-game general settings
In-game general settings

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail and GOG.com only.
German
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Italian
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Spanish
Retail and GOG.com only; download for Steam release.
Japanese
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Polish
Retail only. The FMVs are only subtitled.
Russian
Retail only.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Cheat mode and resolution settings[edit]

Running cheat mode will not allow the game to save the launcher resolution setting.

Issues fixed[edit]

Fix serious graphical issues on Windows 10[edit]

Common issue is white block in menu, and the blue characters models on white backgrounds.
Fix graphical issues[3]
  1. Download these files from dropbox.
  2. Replace the original alone4.exe with the .exe from the Spanish GOG.com version.
  3. Put the LOC_##.COK file in the Provider folder and rename it to Locale (Don't forget to DELETE the .COK extension).

Alternative solution for any windows version[edit]

Fix graphical issues with bonus[4]
  1. Download patch with integrated 10 / 15 save slots for russian version
  2. Download patch with integrated 10 / 15 save slots for english version
  3. Extract any zip archive to the game dir. Renaming is not necessary.

Notes

This fix is based on the english demo version

No movies, audio only[edit]

Sometimes running High Quality means the movie video becomes disabled.
Run as administrator[5]
  1. Set launch.exe and alone4.exe to run as admininistrator.
  2. Set alone4.exe to run in compatibility for Windows 2000.

Launch.exe does not work (Steam version)[edit]

Launch.exe does not work on the Steam version, preventing you from adjusting the resolution from the default 640x480.
The following is a corrected version of launch.exe 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[6]
  1. Download Alone In The Dark TNN Fixes & Cutscenes.
  2. Delete the movies folder inside the installation folder.
  3. Extract everything from the archive into the installation folder and replace as necessary.
  4. Run the game directly through launch.exe instead of launching it through Steam.

High FPS Issues[edit]

Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]
Set the refresh rate to 60Hz

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
OpenGL 1.1 [7]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
[7]

Middleware[edit]

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

Activate cheat mode[edit]

Running cheat mode will not allow the game to save the launcher resolution setting.
Activate cheat mode[8]
  1. Edit the shortcut and replace launcher.exe with alone4.exe.
  2. Add the -wizardmaster command line argument.
  3. The cheat menu will be visible in the inventory.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/259190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (259190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  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).

References