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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 The clouds above the power plant are toxic to the touch
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Marge-ra wafts by
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Genesis All the Simpsons together
The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare SNES Bart dozes off and everything gets wavy, in true dream sequence fashion

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The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Magazine Advertisement pp. 140-141

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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Critic Reviews

Game Players Genesis Oct, 1993 70 out of 100 70
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1992 3.5 out of 5 70
Play Time SNES Dec, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Power Play SNES Nov, 1992 62 out of 100 62 SNES Oct 18, 2012 12 out of 20 60
1UP! SNES Feb 13, 2004 59 out of 100 59
GamesCollection SNES Nov 06, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55 Genesis Mar 19, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro SNES Feb 19, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Score Genesis Feb, 1994 30 out of 100 30


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