Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Prototype)

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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Prototype)
Build name N/A
Dump status Released, redump needed
Released by Hidden Palace
File release date January 1, 2022
Origin EPROM cartridge
Labels N/A
Game Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
System Game Boy Color
Genre Survival Horror
Final build JP Unreleased
EU Mar 23, 2001
US May 10, 2001
Release date JP Unreleased
EU May 18, 2001
US Jun 27, 2001
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A prototype of Alone in the Dark for the Game Boy Color.


  • Early prototype.
  • European build.
  • The initial trademark screens have a slightly grayer color palette while the final build made the palette slightly red.
  • No Alone in the Dark trademark screen before the title screen in this build.
  • Different languages to select from despite being a European build.
  • Different font on the title screen. The final uses an icon of a flashlight on the main menu while this build uses an asterisk.
  • Selecting CREDITS from the main menu crashes the game.
  • The save game slot select spells out the slot number while the final uses a decimal number instead.
  • Different PAUSE menu. The menu in this build lacks the sprite and the highlight colors have been inverted.
  • The cutscene graphics are slightly worse in comparison to the final build.
  • No sound effects in game.
  • Grammar and text changes. The different font from the main menu is used in this build for the cutscenes as well.
  • Different item icons.
  • Upon leaving the first area, the cutscene that normally appears after walking foward a bit uses different dialog that explains that this particular build is a test build.



File Type Date Size Comment SHA-1
Alone in the Dark (Prototype).gbc ROM file 2019-12-22 21:22:06 4 MB ROM file. 120e2dd012cfe47a7e37cc91fcbbce92494bdf2a


Special thanks to Frank Cifaldi at the Video Game History Foundation and the anonymous donor for this part of the lot! A huge thanks to ehw for researching this prototype!

See also