Alone In The Dark

Publisher: Infogrames, Interplay (NA DOS, NA 3DO), Krisalis Software (Acorn 32-bit), Arrow Micro-Techs Corp. (FM Towns, PC-98), Pony Canyon (JP 3DO), MacPlay (Mac), Atari (iOS)
Developer: Infogrames, Krisalis Software (Acorn 32-bit, 3DO), Arrow Micro-Techs Corp. (FM Towns, PC-98), Kung Fu Factory (iOS)
Platform: MS-DOS, Mac, Acorn 32-bit, FM Towns, PC-98, 3DO, iOS
Year: 1992 (DOS), 1993 (FM Towns, PC-98), 1994 (Mac, 3DO), 1995 (Acorn 32-bit), 2014 (iOS)

Alone in the Dark was released in 1993 for DOS based PCs and was the very first 3D Survival Horror game. It was ported to the 3D0 later in 1993, to the Macintosh in 1994 and, much later in 2014, to iOS. Alone in the Dark was a very influential game and was at least in part responsible for later games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill being developed.

Other than the iOS release, there really haven’t been any remakes but it did spawn a number of sequels. The latest is the sixth installment which is titled “Alone in the Dark: Illumination” and was released for Windows based computers in 2015. However, while the original game was almost universally well regarded, the latest is complete garbage if you go by the reviews.

The game (or at least the series) has also spawned two movies. The first is titled “Alone in the Dark” and is loosely based on th 4th game in the series. It was released in 2005 and apparently it is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made. So of course there was a sequel, Alone in the Dark II, which was only a slight improvement.

Not all of the sequels were bad. For example, the original DOS versions of 2 and 3 were pretty good and the fourth installment (The New Nightmare) which was a reboot of the series received positive reviews (exponentially better than the movie) but none ever quite managed to meet the high standards set by the first.



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