Alone in the Dark Beta
Does anybody remember an old 1992 ms-dos/pc/3do game called Alone in the Dark? Well did you ever know there was a beta version? Well I'm here to talk about it
Alone in the Dark Beta Version
In my sophomore year towards the end of the year, my friend told me he had a present for me, it was in a cardboard package with the infogrames logo on it, I opened it and inside was a box with the game Alone in the Dark and a bunch of other old infogrames games, he knew how much I wanted this game. He is good friends with one of the workers who used to work for the now defunct game company infogrames. The box also included other titles such as both tintin games for my pc, both Dragonball Z Legacy of Goku games for gameboy advance, Godzilla Destroy all monsters for the Xbox, many of the backyard sports titles, and many more great titles. I noticed a sticker on the Alone in the Dark game that said beta, I realized that I have the beta and I was very excited to get home to see what the early version of my childhood was like, I remember playing this game at my old friend's house as a pre-schooler late at night and getting scared to fall asleep. Once I got off the bus, I ran downstairs where we keep our old windows 95 computer, the first game I played was tintin in Tibet, I was a huge tintin fan as a kid and loved reading the books, I still love tintin til this day, after beating the whole game in 1 hour, I decided to get to alone in the dark, I popped in the floppy disc and installed the game, then the game started. It started off with the infogrames armidillo logo with the black background, a thunder clash sound went off and then the armidillo spun around like in the final version but was very different from the final version and more creepy, how was it creepy? well the thunder clash was followed by a demonic laugh and the background went flashy with hell red colors. Then the game went to the Alone in the Dark start screen like in the final version, I pressed space the game went to a message screen that said "welcome to Alone in the Dark Beta Edition, play at your own risk". Then the game went to the main menu, it looked exactly as it did in the final version, I pressed new game and then went to the character select, I chose Edward Carnby, I skipped the dialogue intro that told Eddie's back story, it went to the starting cutscene with Eddie driving his car to the old mansion, I noticed on one of the trees there was a man who hung himself which I believe was not in the final version, it cut to the part with the road with the frog getting ready to hop across the road, it went to the image of the frog's face but instead of the happy smiley face, it had a more sad face with blood in its eyes, when the car drove by the frog didn't make it across like it did in the final version. When Eddie pulled into the mansion, he walked towards it and when it cut to the window view, you would see an evil claw resting on the window but what was very different was it twitched which was also never in the final version. When Eddie entered the house, he headed up to the attic and the game started. I opened the chest and got my rifle, I tried to push the chest over the trap door but the chest didn't move, so I pushed over the wardrobe and itt moved and I blocked the window so I wouldn't have to deal with demon chickens which is the most annoying enemy in the game. Just then the trap door opened and unexpectedly, no zombie came out, I walked over to where the note was and I read it, instead of what it said about Jeremy hartwood's death, it said get out before it gets you. I was getting really scared, not scared for fun like when I was a kid with this game but really freaked out, so I ran towards the exit but the game took over the control and forced Eddie towards the trap door and he fell in, I ended up in a room which looked like the basement in hell's kitchen from the 2nd game, I walked towards the room which was where the target practice was in the 2nd game, it looked the same but with no targets that looked like playing cards, I walked towards the beer storage room and get this very long hallway, I keep walking for 5 minutes and nothing happens, just then I hear the sound that sounds like a rubber glove rubbing a violin which was a sound in the final version which can be heard in the statue room where you get arrows for the bow near the music room. I kept walking and find a note, it says "I told you to turn back, well now you are in the hall where you will meet it. P.S you shoulda moved the wardrobe over the trapdoor". I turned around and before I moves, the battle music began playing and I saw behind me was what must be it. It looked like a typicle zombie but with no facial features and no hands and arms like tentacles and still had green skin. I took out my rifle and began firing, nothing happened, it did the demonic laugh from the intro logo and then lunged towards me and then it opened it's mouth (it turns out it has a mouth but you can't see it when it's not open) and then I got sucked in, I ended up back in the attic, the music got very slow, I walked out of the attic and then I walked got to the flying demons blocking the stairs and killed them with both mirrors I found, instead of blowing up like in the final version, they just disinagrated into a pile of bloody dust, I walked downstairs and then went to the entrance and then I opened the door but then a portal was blocking the way and sucked me in, the screen started flashing different colors and then went black, a 3d polygonic mask with red eyes appeared on the screen and said in a digitalized voice "Hell begins now" and made an evil smile and then the game over screen with the outside of the house with the monsters from the final version came up but instead of the thunderclash, what I was greeted by was which sounded like the windows 98 mystery sound scheme startup which was very impossible because this game used adlibm sound and not midi which the sound was processed on, maybe it was a digitalized sound effect then an adlibm music file.
The final version was released in 1992, the beta was made in 1991 according to the start screen I remember
This was the last beta copy but there maybe still more copies laying around in the abandon infogrames buildings
The character It was never mentioned or referred to in final version or later titles in the seriesThe only surviving footage I found is the game over screen