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Nitemare-3D is a horror-themed first-person shooter and a sequel to the adventure game Hugo III: Jungle of Doom. Hugo's girlfriend Penelope is kidnapped by the nefarious Dr. Hamerstein, who intends to conduct terrifying experiments on her. Hugo has to explore the Doctor's twisted mansion, travel through underground caverns, and eventually face the villain himself and rescue his sweetheart.

The gameplay mostly follows the conventions of Wolfenstein 3D, which the game also resembles visually. However, its gameplay is somewhat more slow-paced and includes heavier doses of puzzle-solving. There are four weapons in the game - plasma gun, magic wand, pistol and auto-repeat plasma gun; enemies may be vulnerable to a certain weapon and resistant against others. The levels are maze-like and contain secret areas. The first episode was released as shareware; two commercial episodes followed, for a total of thirty levels.


Nitemare-3D Windows 3.x You get to fight bats...
Nitemare-3D DOS You can't see it on this screenshot alone, but this house has an awful lot of chimneys.
Nitemare-3D DOS In the kitchen
Nitemare-3D DOS Select one of the three episodes

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Plasma Core" -- episode 2 (registered) of Nitemare-3D
  • "Nitemare-3D: The Complete Trilogy" -- American Software Laboratories release title
  • "Nite Mare 3D" -- Australian title
  • "Nitemare 3-D" -- Ingame title
  • "Hugo 4" -- Informal title
  • "Death or Glory" -- episode 3 (registered) of Nitemare-3D
  • "A House Of Horrors" -- first (shareware) episode of Nitemare-3D

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User Reviews

Fun 3D shooting game, it could have been better. DOS Andrew Shepard (1411)
A more obscure, seemingly unprofessional, however fun game. DOS J. David Taylor (28)
Is this a game or a sick joke? DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2074)

Critic Reviews

Examiner DOS Aug 11, 2013 1 out of 5 20


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Art style change

With the DOS v2.0 release, many of the hand-drawn sprites were replaced with pre-rendered graphics (sprites created from 3D models). This includes most monsters and the player's face on the HUD. Items and level decorations remained unchanged. The updated graphics are also used in the newer Windows releases of the game.

German ban

On January 31, 1996, Nitemare-3D (Windows) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


Winner of the Ziff-Davis European Shareware award for Best Game.

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