Nightmare Ned is an adventure game released in 1997. It was developed by Creative Capers Entertainment and published by Disney Interactive Studios. It centered on Ned Needlemeyer, a young boy with an overactive imagination who dealt with problems through his nightmares. The nightmare realms were in a style that bore a resemblance to Tim Burton's work.
On a dark and stormy night, Ned falls asleep in bed. He soon falls into a twisted void, where shadowy creatures have hidden hemselves within the quilt on the bed. The quilt contains passageways to five realms:
- Alcatraz Elementary
- Attic, Basement, and Beyond
The player must help Ned overcome his fears by changing the shadow creatures to things from reality who are somehow connected with each problem. Ned can interact with certain objects and defeat and ward off enemies with his yo-yo. Each time Ned returns to the quilt, the player uses up one hour (there are only eight tries before Ned awakens). Hours can also be lost if Ned gets "clobbered" too many times. Each of the realms are linked to one another by secret passageways, which Ned can enter to transport from world to world. The game is won when all five shadow creatures are changed and Ned awakens in his parents' arms.
The game inspired a short-lived television series which ran from April 19, 1997 to July 5, 1997 on ABC. The show had only 25 episodes before it ended. The show was cancelled due to parental complaints about the show being too frightning for their kids.
- The show premiered on April 19, 1997, which was also the tenth birthday for Ned's voice actor, Courtland Mead.