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Nightmare In The Dark Nightmare In The Dark - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Nightmare In The Dark - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A great puzzle-action horror game.

Nightmare In The Dark was produced by Gavaking / Eleven in 2000.

Gavaking / Eleven released only 1 machine in our database under this trade name. Gavaking / Eleven was based in United States.

Other machines made by Gavaking / Eleven during the time period Nightmare In The Dark was produced include:

Nightmare in the Dark
Nightmare in the Dark


Name Nightmare In The Dark
Developer Gavaking / Eleven (United States)
Year 2000
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8873
Class Wide Release
Genre Adventure
Conversion Class Neo Geo MVS
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The player throws fireballs at the ghouls and goblins on a non-scrolling multi level board. After a few hits the enemy will ignite into a giant fireball that can be lobbed at other baddies on the board. Players can attempt to setup elaborate chain with the flaming ghoul to get power ups and points. There are five boards each with five stages, on the fifth stage players will encounter a boss.

The game play is very similar to Snow Bros. - Nick & Tom.

Nightmare In The Dark KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.10 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.20

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 4.00

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Pick Character Color: At the beginning of the game, or at the continue screen, hold the buttons and press the Start button to choose the specific color: A = Blue, B = Red, C = Green, D = Yellow, AB = Grey, CD = Purple, AC = Orange, BD = Black

Shoot the treasure chests with fire and they will churn out lots and lots of diamonds until they disappear. As long as you do not get hit, the diamonds will continue to go up in value until they finally reach 10,000 each. Grabbing the sacks will add multipliers (2X, 4X, up to 8X) that will further increase your score.

There are many cracks in the wood/stone of most levels. Some of these will reveal a fireball that will make your shot fly all over the board. Experiment with throwing at different angles to find these hidden spots. Most will clear the entire board as the ball flings out of control.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Nightmare In The Dark Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Common - There are 35 known instances of this machine owned by Nightmare In The Dark collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 33 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Nightmare In The Dark circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Nightmare In The Dark.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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