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Retro Vault: Sonic 2, Track & Field, Bart's Nightmare

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Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.


October 1992 - Bart's Nightmare magazine ad

In a way it's a shame Bart was still very much the main character in The Simpsons back in the early '90s. These days Homer's considered the hero: imagine all the brilliant 16-bit games we could have had if people had realised that sooner.

Still, that's not to say Bart's Nightmare was a bad game with young spikenut in the leading role. Developed by Sculptured Software (Super Star Wars) and published by Acclaim, it was an odd mini-game type affair released on the SNES and Mega Drive.

While staying up late to study, Bart falls asleep and enters a dream version of Springfield. Here, he has to avoid such dangers as Principal Skinner (who tries to dress him in his Sunday best) and his sister Lisa (who, dressed as a fairy, has the power to turn Bart into a frog).

The aim is to find pages of Bart's homework that are scattered along the street. Jumping on one triggers one of five different mini-games. These range from an Itchy & Scratchy game where Bart has to avoid attacks, to a Bartman-themed side-scrolling shooter, to the best of the bunch, a smash 'em up in which Bart is Godzilla.

Bart's Nightmare was a relative success although these days, when recalling retro Simpsons games, nostalgia fiends still tend to immediately recall its predecessor Bart Vs The Space Mutants instead.

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