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
Windows Spiral House
Former Infogrames
Current THQ Nordic
Japan CyberFront
Russia Akella
Shadow Engine
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
Metacritic 66
Series Alone in the Dark
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
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

Key points

Unplayable under Windows 10 due to serious graphical glitches,[1] check Issues fixed for a solution. The version (all languages) has been fixed since early October 2018.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Russian versions have a simple disc check. All other versions are DRM-free.
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Windows 10 problems fixed.
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See Launch.exe does not work on the Steam version.

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


Only two graphics options are available; resolution can be manually set, 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.
Launch alone4.exe with -windowed x=custom y=custom command line argument. Replace "custom" with any value ( ex. -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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game limited to 60Hz refresh rate in some cases.
Otherwise uncapped FPS. Use 3rd party SW or GPU control panel to lock FPS.


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 (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


In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, dialogue
Surround sound
Stereo & mono options
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only.
GOG only. Patch for Steam release here.

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 under 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 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.

[WARNING: This fix based on english demoversion]

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 on the 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.

Other information[edit]


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


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 inventory.

System requirements[edit]

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 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).