Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare - Game Boy Color

Also known as: Alone in the Dark IV: The New Nightmare

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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Game Boy Color)
Also for: PC, PS2, PlayStation, Dreamcast
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Adventure: Graphic
Adventure: Role Playing
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Pocket Studios Soft. Co.: Infogrames
Publishers: Infogrames (GB/US)
Released: Jul 2001 (US)
18 May 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 11+


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The Alone in the Dark series is not the best-known video game franchise in the world, but it is extremely popular to those familiar with the series and its style. Originally released back in the early nineties, these games were simple to look at, but posed an enormous, mind-blowing challenge. Completing such games was no mean feat in anyone’s books. After a quiet period in the latter half of the decade, the series is back on track, courtesy of Infogrames, with the release of the fourth instalment of the series, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.

Amazingly, the GameBoy Color version of The New Nightmare is reminiscent of the PlayStation classic, Resident Evil. After being subjected to a chilling introduction, you begin your adventure wandering around in pre-rendered environments. Although the handheld’s screen is of a limited size, each location has been designed with stunning detail. Your main character and hero, Edward Carnby, is animated in 2D, but blends well into the game’s atmosphere. To solve the mystery, you must collect all available items and learn where and when to use them. But there’s another side to the gameplay. In certain sections of the game, you will find yourself being sucked into a battle mode. Here, you must use the ammo collected to dispose of bloodthirsty rats and poisonous spiders. Once the area is clear you can continue exploring.

With over 300 environments, six camera perspectives and a few nasty surprises, The New Nightmare is possibly the most atmospheric game available for the platform.