As a huge fan of the film series this title takes its inspiration from I was sad to have somehow missed out on the game until college. I had played Friday the 13th though and was not impressed, and something in my mind tied the two games together, causing me to pass it by in the video store. I would later learn that both games were published by the same company—the infamous rainbow, LJN. A Nightmare on Elm Street is quite different though and is its own interesting cut into 8-bit horror.
The game was actually made by one of my favorite companies, Rare, back in their early days before I had begun worshiping at the altar of Donkey Kong Country. The game was released in 1990, appropriately in October for Halloween. In this adventure the player must collect the bones of the legendary killer and burn them in the furnace to stop a series of mysterious deaths on Elm St. for good—if they can stay awake that is.