A Nightmare on Elm Street

aka: Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors
Moby ID: 1791
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A Nightmare on Elm Street is an action game based on the movie of the same name, where the player attempts to free their 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 - Kristen - Special ability: Power Kick - Will - Special ability: Lightning - Nancy - Special ability: Time Freeze - Taryn - Special ability: Magic Knives - 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.

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Credits (DOS version)

10 People

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Manual by
  • Westwood Associates
  • Monarch Software



Average score: 72% (based on 1 ratings)


Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 1 reviews)

The Diablo of my childhood.

The Good
I was a fan of Freddy Krueger and this little game is inspired on the film "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors". It has to be on the greatest games ever made and it's actually the best gaming experience I've had.

To those who have played this game, the comparison between it and more recent action adventure RPG style and top down view classics like Diablo are inevitable. You have a list of characters to choose each one with a particular dream power. You use different kind weapons and equipment for a variety of foes and tasks. You also have to interact with some characters in order to upgrade your skills and obtain tips. In the house you'll find several coins that you use as money to buy supplies. Your mission consist in rescuing your dream friends and, of course, killing Freddy Krueger...

Freddy's house is full of surprises. The level maps are cleverly designed. There are several traps, minions, bosses, characters, items, weapons, intriguing passages with lots of secrets... and the never-ending menace of Freddy Krueger. The levels are not just a figthing arena, you have to play with levers, portals and switches and to solve littles puzzles in order to open rooms and advance. I'm still impressed at how rich this game is, so full of myteries and hidden rooms (I haven't entered all the secret rooms, to this day I'm still intrigued about them). There is a serious amount of creativity invested here. Who needs lots of RAM or MHZ when you have imagination?

The Bad
Dunno. I think it's pretty good. Maybe it would seem too hard or cheap to some people nowadays.

The Bottom Line
An underrated old action adventure (and sort of RPG) top down style game.

DOS · by Czar Husk Qi (27) · 2007


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Split? BurningStickMan (17916) Jan 19, 2010



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


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  • 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.

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Game added by ROFLBLAH.

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Game added June 26, 2000. Last modified January 20, 2024.