A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)

A Nightmare on Elm Street was developed by Rare and released by LJN for the NES in 1990. There was a completely unrelated game with the same title released the previous year on the Commodore 64 and PC (DOS).

This version is similar in gameplay to Castlevania. It is a pretty descent game but if choosing between Castlevania and this, then Castlevania is the easy choice. The goal of the game is to collect Freddy’s bones and dispose of them in the high school furnace. The unique aspect of this game is it’s use of a “sleep meter”. If you fall asleep you go into a dream world where you are more vulnerable to attacks.

Apparently, the original prototype of this game was quite different and had the player playing the role of Freddy and trying to kill everybody. The concept was changed to avoid negative publicity.

The unrelated computer license was completely different. Instead of being side-scrolling it was played from an overhead perspective and your goal was to save your friend from the dream world.

Above is the title screen for the NES version.