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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
Release dates
Windows June 22, 2001
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare at 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. Gog version (all languages) problems fixed since early October 2018.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Problems windows 10 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
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/259190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option 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)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game limited to 60 Hz refresh rate in some cases.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native 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
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only. Patch for digital 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[2]
  1. Download these files from dropbox
  2. Replace the original alone4.exe with Spanish the GOG.com version
  3. Put the LOC_##.COK file on 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[3]
  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[4]
  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[5]
  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
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable

Activate cheat mode[edit]

Running cheat mode will not allow the game to save the launcher resolution setting.
Activate cheat mode[6]
  1. Edit the shortcut and replace launcher.exe with alone4.exe.
  2. Add the wizardmaster command line argument.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2, 98, ME, 2000
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 compatible


  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.