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Let's Play One-Shots: Jack in the Dark

You've probably at least heard of Alone in the Dark, arguably the grandfather of survival horror games.  So what is Jack in the Dark?

In a nutshell, Jack in the Dark was a demo for Alone in the Dark 2, available as a standalone floppy disk release and as a bonus with the CD version of the first game.  Its main purpose was to showcase the improvements in the engine, from the simplified interface to the fact that the run command actually works better now (no more tricky timing on where and when you have to double-tap the arrow key).

While Jack in the Dark is very short and unrelated to the rest of the series plotwise, it does have a few in-jokes pertaining to the second game.  Grace Saunders is the secondary protagonist in Alone in the Dark 2, and the villainous jack-in-the-box in this game strongly resembles that game's villain, One-Eyed Jack. They both confusingly also try to fit in a Christmas theme for no particular reason.