History Franchise / AloneInTheDark

4th Sep '17 8:18:19 PM PaulA
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''Alone in the Dark'' (Infogrames, 1992) is an ActionAdventure game [[GenreBusting and]] the progenitor of the SurvivalHorror genre. It was also the first game to feature [[SpritePolygonMix 3D polygon characters over fixed 2D backgrounds]], allowing for cinematic camera angles. Featuring a mix of combat, puzzle-solving, inventory management, and exploration, the game was well-received and made a rather large impression at the time. Set in the 1920's, the game had players take the role of private detective Edward Carnby or socialite Emily Hartwood, who were locked in the haunted mansion of Derceto, searching for a way out while battling zombies, monsters, and a lurking evil inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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''Alone in the Dark'' (Infogrames, 1992) is an ActionAdventure game [[GenreBusting and]] the progenitor of the SurvivalHorror genre. It was also the first game to feature [[SpritePolygonMix 3D polygon characters over fixed 2D backgrounds]], allowing for cinematic camera angles. Featuring a mix of combat, puzzle-solving, inventory management, and exploration, the game was well-received and made a rather large impression at the time. Set in the 1920's, the game had players take the role of private detective Edward Carnby or socialite Emily Hartwood, who were locked in the haunted mansion of Derceto, searching for a way out while battling zombies, monsters, and a lurking evil inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Creator/HPLovecraft.
1st Sep '17 5:03:00 AM jormis29
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* AllThereInTheManual: The enemies in ''The New Nightmare'' aren't named in-game, and their names can only found in the Prima strategy guide: they're called Ophtalmicid (the monsters that are seen attacking the dogs in Carnby's path), Hound of Tindalos (the dog-like monsters), Photosaurus (the monsters in the attic who are afraid of light), Arachnocid (the spider-like monsters), Luxrat (the rat-like monsters), Night Ripper (the huge scorpion-like monsters), Phocomelus (the aquatic monsters) and Procuraptor (the library boss in Carnby's path).

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* AllThereInTheManual: The enemies in ''The New Nightmare'' aren't named in-game, and their names can only found in the Prima strategy guide: they're called Ophtalmicid (the monsters that are seen attacking the dogs in Carnby's path), [[Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos Hound of Tindalos Tindalos]] (the dog-like monsters), Photosaurus (the monsters in the attic who are afraid of light), Arachnocid (the spider-like monsters), Luxrat (the rat-like monsters), Night Ripper (the huge scorpion-like monsters), Phocomelus (the aquatic monsters) and Procuraptor (the library boss in Carnby's path).
3rd May '17 12:03:12 PM timotaka
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The first three games had streaks of goofy humor while still firmly entrenched in the horror genre. Perhaps the most outlandish bit is in the second game where you can dress up as Santa Claus (without a false beard) to fool a midget zombie cook. Yes, you read that right. From the fourth game onwards such odd moments were completely absent.
26th Jan '17 2:09:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SoundtrackDissonance: The second game keeps a light, upbeat track for most the game, even when Elizabeth is summoning black magic.
** Of particular note is the third game, which uses bouncy banjo music (albeit with a more appropriate dark tune playing alongside it) for most of it.
20th Jan '17 1:10:23 PM TrollBrutal
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** The original was the originator of the fixed-camera survival horror angle where movement was based entirely on camera angle, sometimes resulting in pressing a given direction walking you halfway across the room and then repeatedly switching between views because the camera angles were flipped 180 degrees.

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** The original was the originator of the fixed-camera survival horror angle where movement was based entirely on camera angle, sometimes resulting in pressing a given direction walking you halfway across losing view of the entrance to the room and then repeatedly switching between views because the camera angles were flipped 180 degrees.just when a monster conveniently enters it.
20th Jan '17 12:37:37 PM TrollBrutal
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* SandWorm: The Chtonian, a great burrowing worm that lives in caverns and makes new tunnels.

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* SandWorm: The Chtonian, a great burrowing worm that lives in caverns and makes new tunnels. He's the one independent monster not under the control of Pregzt.
20th Jan '17 12:36:15 PM TrollBrutal
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* BorderPatrol: In the first game, the thing outside the front door, and the Chthonian Worm that blocks the secret passage from the basement (which you need to unlock anyway to get back in later).

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In the first game, the thing outside the front door, and the Chthonian Chtonian Worm that blocks the secret passage from the basement (which you need to unlock anyway to get back in later).



** NamesToRunAwayFrom/UnpronouncableNames: The BigBad of the first game is an undead pirate named Pregzt, and there's also a giant SandWorm called the Chthonian, named after an Creator/HPLovecraft beast, although it looks nothing like Lovecraft depicted (which was more like a squid).

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** NamesToRunAwayFrom/UnpronouncableNames: The BigBad of the first game is an undead pirate named Pregzt, and there's also a giant SandWorm called the Chthonian, Chtonian, named after an Creator/HPLovecraft beast, although it looks nothing like Lovecraft depicted (which was more like a squid).


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* SandWorm: The Chtonian, a great burrowing worm that lives in caverns and makes new tunnels.
20th Jan '17 8:23:34 AM TrollBrutal
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* ActionizedSequel: The original is a slow-paced horror story. The sequel has Carnby repeatedly gunning down and being gunned down by gangsters and pirates.
20th Jan '17 7:53:07 AM TrollBrutal
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* AndIMustScream: Captain Pregtz from the first game was turned into a tree and has lived in an underground city for 300 years
12th Jan '17 2:53:21 PM TomServo3000
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* AndIMustScream: Captain Pregtz from the first game was turned into a tree and has lived in an underground city for 300 years. Subverted in that he still has servants waiting on him hand and foot. Er, branch and root.
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