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Bart Simpson has to stay up late and write a paper for class tomorrow. For once, he is determined to get a good mark. However, very quickly, he falls asleep. Nightmare after nightmare haunt his subconsciousness, and it is up to you to get over each one, so that Bart will eventually wake up.

Bart's Nightmare is an action game based on the TV cartoon show The Simpsons. The player navigates Bart through the side-scrolling overworld, collecting pages of his homework while avoiding various enemies modeled after characters from the show. For example, his sister Lisa would occasionally turn him into a frog, Principal Skinner may force him to wear a Sunday school uniform (slowing his movement), etc. Bart can repel enemies by blowing a bubble gum at them.

Once a homework page has been found, the player can step through colored doors and engage in various mini-games. These involve Bart transforming into a "Bartzilla", a giant monster out to destroy Springfield; swimming through Bart's own bloodstream, using air pumps to kill germs; being attacked by Itchy and Scratchy, the duo from the meta-fictional violent cartoon; flying over the city as the superhero Bartman, fighting boss enemies; and exploring the treacherous columns in the Temple of Maggie as Indiana Bart.


The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Battling Homer as King Kong
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Bart in his own home, being pursued by Itchy and Scratchy, who want him dead
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Apu antagonizes Bart from his flying carpet
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Bart falls into his nightmare

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Alternate Titles

  • "バートの不思議な夢の大冒険" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Bart no Fushigi na Yume no Daibōken" -- Japanese title

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N-Force Nov, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Dec, 1992 3.5 out of 5 70
Play Time Dec, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Power Play Nov, 1992 62 out of 100 62 Oct 18, 2012 12 out of 20 60
1UP! Feb 13, 2004 59 out of 100 59
GamesCollection Nov 06, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55
Just Games Retro Feb 19, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Video Games Feb, 1993 47 out of 100 47


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lechuck13 (308) added The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare (SNES) on Aug 12, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Oleg Roschin (174012)