|Alone in the Dark 2|
Arrow Micro-Techs Corp (PC-98, FM Towns)
Interplay (North America)
Arrow Micro-Techs Corp (Japan/PC-98, FM Towns)
Electronic Arts Victor (Japan/3DO, SS, PS)
|Designer||Franck De Girolami|
|Released||September 25, 1994 (DOS)|
December 3, 1994 (PC-98, FM Towns)
September 8, 1995 (3DO)
August 22, 1996 (Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Mac)
Alone in the Dark 2 is the second installment of the series and a direct sequel to the original game.
It was announced by Infogrames in 1993, via a minigame called Jack in the Dark, that when finished, showed screenshots of the game.
It is Christmas of 1925, three months after Alone in the Dark. "Supernatural Private Eye" Edward Carnby and his partner Ted Stryker are investigating the kidnapping of young girl Grace Saunders. The trail of clues leads to an old mansion named Hell's Kitchen - the home of infamous gangster One-Eyed Jack and his gang. Edward decides to pick up the trail when he learns of Ted's disappearance. When he soon finds out that Ted has been murdered, he goes even further on the case.
Carnby eventually finds out that the mobsters are pirates that plundered the seas hundreds of years ago. Fighting his way into the house and ultimately onto a pirate ship hidden in the cliff on which Jack's house is built. Edward must rescue Grace and find out why the pirates have taken an interest in her.
Alone in the Dark 2 works exactly the same way as the first game. It counts with, then again: fixed camera angles, where the player can walk/run with the arrow keys; aiming and/or preparing with the space bar and perform certain action with the arrow keys; and an options screen, where the player can sort out inventory items and choose Carnby's next move.
The game mechanics were updated, allowing actions, such as aiming and running, to run more smoothly.
Alone in the Dark 2 received mixed reviews. Most of the critics considered it a good game, but still not a good sequel, as it was a lot less scary, with a much faster pace and an overly difficult gameplay, turning the game to the action/adventure genre, which wasn't well received by most of its fanbase.
The PlayStation and Sega Saturn versions were roughly criticized. Despite the fact that these versions are updated with texture mapped models, the graphics were still considered outdated compared to other games released around the same (namely Resident Evil). Its awkward controls, which weren't an issue years back on the PC but were then considered inconsistent and non-intuitive by most console players, didn't help either.
- This game was awarded for its protection code, which was considered the most annoying of its time. Even today, players seem to have problems to solve the puzzle.
- Jeremiah "Shorty Leg" Johnson-Tucker
- Sean "Music Man" O'Leary
- Tom "T-Bone" Flaherty
- Alister "Black Hat" Fein
- Mister Eye
- Bubble Blade
- De Witt
- One-Eyed Jack
- Elizabeth Jarret
- Hedge Maze
- Underground Tunnel
The Flying Dutchman
- Wine Cellar
- Powder Room
|Alone in the Dark II|
|Characters||Edward Carnby · Grace Saunders · Ted Stryker · One-Eyed Jack · Elisabeth Jarret|
|Creatures/Enemies||Pirate Gangster · Drunk Pirate · Weak Pirate · Underground Spectre · Clown · Animated vines · Ghost Arms · Pirate · Giant Zombie · Snakes · Trident Statue|
|One-Eyed Jack's Crew||Shorty Leg · Music Man · T-Bone · Black Hat · De Witt · Bubble Blade · Mister Eye · The Cookies · Look Boys|
|Collectibles||Items · Documents · Weapons|
|Misc||Hell's Kitchen · The Flying Dutchman · Audio files|
||Alone in the Dark • Jack In The Dark • Alone in the Dark II • Alone in the Dark III|
||Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare • Alone in the Dark (2008)|
||Alone in the Dark: Illumination|