The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare

The Simpsons have been around for, in entertainment terms, absolutely forever. Every couple of years or so a new, maniacally difficult, game comes out based on the series. 1992’s game was Bart’s Nightmare.

In this game, Bart is staying up late doing homework and eventually drifts off to sleep. He dreams that his report gets blown out the window, so he jumps out and tries to rescue it. Once he gets down to the street he enters an inexplicable dreamworld, filled with confusing imagery. It’s also apparently very windy in dreamland, as the missing report pages are flying around everywhere. You’d think it’d just be a matter of collecting the pages and moving on with your life, but it’s not that easy. When you find a page you have to play a minigame. Win the game and get a page. What could be simpler?

As it happens, these minigames are quite lengthy and quite difficult. And you have to clear them all to get all of the pages. The more pages you get, the better of a grade you get on the paper the next day. How exactly this works is beyond me. But since I wasn’t ever able to get enough pages to get more than a ‘D’, I decided to not worry about it too much.

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