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Alone in the Dark (1992) is a survival horror video game developed by Infogrames (now Atari). The game has spawned several sequels, as part of the Alone in the Dark series, and was one of the first survival horror video games, after the 1989 Capcom game, Sweet Home. Alone in the Dark was also the first game to use 3D characters, and set the standard for later survival horror games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill. In 2005 a film adaptation (by Uwe Boll) was released, which did very poorly at the box office.
Jeremy Hartwood, the owner of the legendary Louisiana mansion Derceto, has committed suicide. His death appears suspicious yet seems to surprise no-one, for Derceto is widely reputed to be haunted by an evil power. The case is quickly dealt with by the police and soon forgotten by the public. The player assumes the role of either Edward Carnby, a private detective who is to find a piano in the loft for an antique dealer's shop, or Emily Hartwood, a woman who also is to find the piano only for her because she believes a secret drawer in it has a note on which Jeremy explained his suicide, and either character goes to the mansion to investigate. As they enter the house, the doors mysteriously slam shut behind them, but they just continue up to the attic and nothing else seems to happen.
In the attic, however, after a short while, strange, evil things start happening. The player is attacked by a rat-bat hybrid creature (often described in walkthroughs and reviews and such for the game as a "rat-thing") jumping in through the window, and then by a zombie coming up through ......
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