I’m not going to lie to you, dear reader, but if there was one horror movie that did frighten me, it’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Even after all these years the bizarre plot and the situations the characters got into still frighten me (though much less than back then, of course) and so I was tempted to play this game and see whether it manages to capture the atmosphere of the film…
In the beginning, the player gets to choose what character he wants to play, as each character has his or her own special ability. After selecting a character, it is up to the player to rescue the five other characters from Freddy’s sharp claws. But before you can do that, you must first find out where Freddy lives…
Once you have found out where Freddy lives, you have to move through his maze-like house collecting keys, pulling switches and defeating hordes of strange and creepy enemies.
You will gradually venture deeper into his house, and into madness.
I have to say the game managed to capture at least some of the atmosphere featured in the movie. At times, you can really feel that Freddy is gaining on you and you hope that you will not run into a dead-end street. The graphics, while of course not spectacular, manage to evoke a dark and nightmarish feeling. The level design is typically mazelike, and although I normally despise mazes, it fits right into this game. The player will become disorientated, and the feeling of being trapped inside a nightmare will take hold of him. The enemies are varied and unusual, like for example the evil wheelchairs. The fact that some weapons work better on some creatures adds an element of strategy to the game (saving it from being just a hack-and-slash game).
The negative points:
Alas, 'tis true… A Nightmare on Elm Street has some glaring problems. The most prominent problem is that it will get boring quickly; you can only run around attacking wheelchairs and collecting coins for so long before the novelty wears off (not that the game is very novel to begin with).
Another weak point in the game is the music, which was nearly nonexistent as far as I could tell. It's also not a very difficult game (at least not for me).
What is there to say? A Nightmare on Elm Street is a nice game to play when you are bored and you are in the mood for a quick tense game. It’s neither very special, nor is it very bad. It is just a nifty little game which can keep you entertained at least for a few minutes.