Moby Poll: What kind of game collector are you?

A Nightmare on Elm Street (DOS)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
...
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.5
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
Not an American user?

Description

A Nightmare of Elm Street is an action game based on the movie of the same name, where the player attempts to free friends from the grasp of the evil Freddy Krueger. Find a way into Freddy's house on Elm Street, enter the Nightmare World, and fight him with unique powers or die trying!

Selectable Characters
Before the game begins, the player must first choose one of available five characters in an attempt to free Joey who, as informed by this selection screen, has been already been captured by Freddy. Spending too much time during this section will allow Freddy to capture random character, until all but one selectable character is left, so choose a character quickly! When a character is selected, all the other characters are deemed captured by Freddy and must also be rescued.

Each character has a different Soul mater and Power meter rating, as well as unique abilities. Soul represents the player's health and if it runs out, the player dies. Power is used up every time the player uses a special ability. The characters are:
  1. Kincaid - Special ability: Power Punch
  2. Kristen - Special ability: Power Kick
  3. Will - Special ability: Lightning
  4. Nancy - Special ability: Time Freeze
  5. Taryn - Special ability: Magic Knives
  6. Joey - Non-selectable (victim)
Finding Freddy Krueger's House
The game starts on Elm Street with the player viewable from a top-down perspective. The player must find Freddy's house through this maze of streets while avoiding Freddy (displayed as a giant character) himself. Bumping into Freddy during the search may damage the player's soul.

Inside Freddy Krueger's House
Inside the house, the player must explore and find a way to the other levels. The level location of each friend is displayed on the right frame as well as their remaining soul. As time passes, their souls may decrease, indicated by a text informing the player of their screams.

While exploring, the player may encounter monsters, items, and traps. Monsters and traps will decrease the player's soul. Items may consist of weapons, ammunition, gold coins (to buy items), batteries, objects to restore soul, and other uses. Items will automatically be picked and placed in the player's inventory, also displayed on the right frame. Items must first be selected in order to use or drop them. During exploration, power will gradually recharge; however, soul may only be restored by using specific items.

Screenshots

A Nightmare on Elm Street DOS The game starts out with an overview of the town. The player must find Freddy's house before Freddy finds him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street DOS Chased by a rather lively Wheelchair...
A Nightmare on Elm Street DOS Oh MY WOW, Why Look at that... It's a key...
A Nightmare on Elm Street DOS Greeted at the door by a nun... Hmmmm....

Alternate Titles

  • "Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors" -- Setup title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The Diablo of my childhood. Czar Husk Qi (39) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

There are no rankings for this game.


Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Split? 3 BurningStickMan (17738)
Jan 19, 2010

Trivia

Distribution

Due to limited distribution, A Nightmare on Elm Street is very hard to find.

Related Web Sites

  • Nightmare on Elm Street Comprehensive Review (This contains numerous screen shots from the Nightmare On Elm Street game, as well as a description of all characters, powers, maps of all the levels, and a complete comprehensive step-by-step walkthrough.)
ROFLBLAH (352) added A Nightmare on Elm Street (DOS) on Jun 25, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (4740)