[[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Winks]] are happy little creatures who bring good dreams to humanity. Their job is also to stop the [=HoodWinks=], their {{Evil Counterpart}}s who bring people nightmares. And for the most part, this cycle of giving dreams and stopping nightmares goes smoothly... until Nitekap, a [[BuffySpeak mad scientist/sorcerer-type guy]] with raging insomnia, decides that if ''he'' can't sleep well at night, well, ''no one'' will. He and his sidekick [[BearsAreBadNews Threadbear]] kidnap all of the Winks until there are only 40 left, and even those he manages to snatch up.

Enter Ruff and Tumble, a pair of [[BrotherSisterTeam siblings]] who have taken it upon themselves to rescue the Winks from Nitekap and Threadbear. Fearlessly, they enter the [[DreamLand world of dreams]] to hunt out the missing Winks. Armed with only a candle and a teddy bear (well, and the ability to transform into a number of more powerful forms), the two siblings set out to stop the evil Nitekap and ensure the world's good dreams continue for all eternity!

This {{platformer}} was released in 1998 for the original PlayStation. However, more unusually is the fact that a N64 version of the game was planned, advertised, and completed--but it's not entirely clear ''whether or not it was released.'' Wikipedia claims the game's release was cancelled, but there's a full English-language [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes ROM image]] available on the 'net that seems to imply it ''did'' see some release (if limited) in Europe, and of course, some claim to have seen or purchased it themselves. It's an UrbanLegendOfZelda on a huge scale, related to an entire game's existence.

The PS1 version definitely exists, though, and isn't difficult to find (indeed it's included on the Playstation store's PSOne Classics) --so it's perfectly tropeable for us, of course. Now, where to start...?

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!This game contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Tumble, especially in her Ninja and Superhero costumes.
* BearsAreBadNews: It's debatable if Threadbear is a straight example or not. On one had, he's a threatening-enough boss, and he is TheDragon to Nitekap. On the other hand, he's so beleagured, he almsot falls into MinionWithAnFInEvil status.
* BigBad: Nitekap.
** TheDragon: Threadbear.
* BigBoosHaunt: The whole first world, Haunted Hijinks.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Ruff and Tumble, respectively.
* BubblegloopSwamp: Drip Drop Swamp, in Ancient Adventures.
* ChildMage: The Magician transformation.
* DistaffCounterpart: Ruff and Tumble to each other; the only difference being their hair color, hair style and color of their pajamas.
* DownTheDrain: The Pirate land, complete with many of the trappings appropriate to it.
* DreamLand
* EternalEngine: Some of the space levels are a bit like this.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Ninja costume has a spinning attack you can use while running. Keep pressing the button, and you'll keep spinning--but do it too long, and your character gets dizzy!
* EvilBrit: Nitekap and Threadbear.
* EvilCounterpart: The [=HoodWinks=] to the Winks.
* ExplodingBarrels: In abundance in the pirate levels.
* ExpositionFairy: Wakey Wakey the alarm clock. In early levels, you can touch icons of his face for advice, but in later ones, he just describes the levels to you.
* GangplankGalleon: There's a whole pirate-themed world!
* GoombaStomp: It's doable, if not always feasible.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The titular 40 Winks, of course, but also the 12 [=DreamKeys=] in every world, necessary to face the boss.
** Within the levels, you've also got to typically find all 40 cogs to complete it.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Nitekap just needed a good night's sleep is all.]]
* HubLevel: The house is the main hub, but each of the individual worlds also has its own hub from which you access the sub-levels and enter the world's race.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: There are multiple GameOver cutscenes wherein the game taunts you for your failure.
* LethalLavaLand: Goes hand-in-hand with {{Prehistoria}}, as it often does.
* LittleMissBadass: Tumble, especially in her transformations.
* LittleProfessorDialogue: Tumble in the opening cutscene, on the origin of dreams.
* LostWoods: Witch Way Woods, as part of the horror-themed level.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Your basic ranged attack, when not transformed, is a scream attack.
* {{Ninja}}: The Ninja costume, of course.
* OxygenatedUnderwaterBubbles: There are underwater vents that spew breathable bubbles. Just running through them is not enough, however; you have to linger on them to get a full-sized gulp of air.
* PaddedSumoGameplay: Even the {{Mooks}} in the very first levels of the game have ridiculous amounts of health! You yourself have 50 "Zzzs," but they drop away fast.
* PaletteSwap: Most enemy types have two or three different color variants. They're pretty much the same in terms of damage and health, they just provide some variety.
* {{Prehistoria}}: The prehistoric level, Ancient Adventures, of course. However, its individual levels hop around a bit in theme.
* PunnyName: Threadbear is a pun on both his status as a teddy bear, and on "threadbare," or worn-down. There's also [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Ruff and Tumble...]]
* PurelyAestheticGender: You can choose between playing as Ruff (male) or Tumble (female), but they're identical. In the N64 version, however, a second player could control the one you didn't.
* RacingMiniGame: Each world has one, against Threadbear's Champion in that area. The N64 version would've had/does have (depending on your opinion on things) multiplayer racing.
* RaymanianLimbs: Both the Winks and the Hoodwinks have feet but no limbs.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Aww, wookit the cute widdle Winks!
* RuinsForRuinsSake: Tippy Toe Temple.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Ruff's scream attack is actually much more high-pitched and louder than Tumble's.
* SimpleStaff: Tumble's Ninja costume uses one.
* SpaceZone: Astral Antics.
* SpeakingSimlish
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: "Ruff" and "Tumble?"
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