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Nightmare Creatures is an Action-Adventure Beat 'em Up released in 1997 by Kalisto Entertainment for PlayStation, Windows, Nintendo 64 and Cellphone. Set in the 19th century, London is threatened by a horde of creatures released by Adam Crowley. Now it's up to Ignatius Blackward and Nadia Franciscus to combat these threats and stop Crawley and his monster invasion.

A second game was released in 2000. Set in 1934 London and Paris, it tells the story of Herbert Wallace, a man who was captured as a young kid by Crowley, whom tortured and experimented on him. After many years, he decides to take revenge on Crowley. A third game, Nightmare Creatures III: Angel of Darkness, was planned but it went to Development Hell after Kalisto went out of business. In late 2004, the game's development and release were officially scrapped.

A Continuity Reboot was announced in 2017, with Albino Moose games, the studio of the HD version of Spookys Jumpscare Mansion, having picked up the rights to the franchise.


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  • Action Girl: Nadia.
  • All There in the Manual: Everything concerning the game's history, the creatures created by Crowley, and what happened after.
  • An Arm and a Leg: These games were most famous for the amount of limbs you'd sever.
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: The Thames Monsters are giant octopod heads sticking out of the water, who lashes out at you with their Combat Tentacles. They're incapable of moving and relies entirely on their ranged attacks via tentacles, although it is possible to access Dummied Out versions of the game via a cheat code to see the rest of the monster... which is just a single, long, tentacle-like body rooted to the bottom of the Thames.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Ignatius Blackward.
  • Ax-Crazy: The protagonist of the sequel.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: The final boss, of course.
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  • Been There, Shaped History: Ignatius and Nadia's two-person war against Crowley end up sparking the Great Fire of 1834.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Samuel Pepys was a member of the first Brotherhood of Hecate and recorded the process of creating the monsters in his diary. He also became a Defector from Decadence and destroyed them.
  • Big Bad: Adam Crowley.
  • Blade on a Stick: Ignatius uses a Simple Staff, but it can be upgraded to a Double Weapon Halberd, Morningstar, and later Axe.
  • Body of Bodies: Pepys Creatures are created by fusing together multiple bodies.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: All the bosses save the final one decide to pick a fight with you in some very convenient locations. The Sewer Snake is surrounded by trees that injure it when they're chopped down, the Snowman is standing under an ancient roof that could collapse at any minute, and Jose Manuel is standing in a chamber where the walls have retractable spikes.
  • Deadly Lunge: While not exactly slow to begin with, a lot of enemies do this.
    • Also the Mutated Mice and the Giant Bugs, which are weak but can knock you down with fast, powerful attacks.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Adam Crowley makes a ton of strange and terrifying monsters to kill the populace of London, which fails almost straight away due to numerous realistic reasons, including the hilarious background material showing that the gargoyles literally froze to death, that the Thames Monsters were rooted to the ground making them easy pickings just by virtue of stay far enough away, anything that didn't have a massive design flaw was very easily beaten by the civilian population, the only thing that was even partially successful were the mutated rats...
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Nadia's 360 gun attack.
  • Giant Space Flea From No Where: All the bosses except the last one. Seriously, would you expect to face a fire-breathing multi-headed serpent near a sewer, or a Yeti in a church, or Jack the Ripper in a storehouse?
  • Giant Spider: Despite looking more reptilian than insectoid...
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Pretty much the only way to keep a zombie from getting back up is to separate its legs from its torso.
  • Heart Container: A literal heart. No, not a pink, heart-shaped talisman, but a pulsing red organ with white stripes and blue veins protruding from it.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Nadia uses a thin sword, which can be upgraded to a spiked blade, then to a falchion, and then to a broadsword.
  • Historical In-Joke: The Great Fire of London is blamed on attempts to destroy the cult. Later, The Great Fire of 1834 is caused by Adam Crowley.
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Averted, as you can smash said Waist Height Fences, but the other walls are really tall.
  • Jack the Ripper: A.K.A. Jose Manuel, described as a Knife Nut psycho who slaughtered many people. And Crowley has infected him with a strange serum, turning him into a monster.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Torch item. It won't work on Hell Hounds.
  • Kill It with Ice: The Frost item, which turns into popsicles and later shatters all enemies. Except the Hell Hounds.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Well, justified, since at least you're stopping a blasted monster invasion.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: High-levelled weapons or the Chainsaw item will allow you to cut enemies to ribbons one limb by one.
  • Mad Scientist: Crowley, of course.
  • Monster Mash: Werewolves, Zombies, Gargoyles, Harpies, Giant Spiders, Snow Monster, and Jack the Ripper (sort of).
  • New Game+: And you can play with infinite items, or as a monster (or both!)
  • Nintendo Hard: The first game for its adrenaline system (which thankfully can be turned off in the N64 port) which requires you to constantly kill monsters to keep the bar high so you don't die, awkward controls, and levels that require you to jump precisely into platforms (also improved on the N64 port), since the jump system is awkward in this game, and the sequel for its hard-to-kill monsters and items being in less supply than the first game, requiring wise use of them.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues : In the first game, certain enemies such as gargoyles and winged demons like to disguise themselves as statues, before revealing themselves to attack the players. But subverted in the first level: you can come across a gargoyle in a park, but that one was actually a statue. Real gargoyles don't show up until several levels later.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Nadia goes around fighting monsters in a low-cut, sexy red corset.
  • Off with His Head!: Crowley's eventual fate. But he comes back in the sequel in a more powerful form.
    • You can do this to the zombies and the chainsaw-wielding monsters as a fatality in the sequel.
  • One-Winged Angel: A cornered Crowley uses his last potion to turn himself into a large, powerful demon who can be damaged only with full combo attacks. Have fun.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Don't be surprised if you see a monster still trying to maul you after losing his arms and jumping on one leg.
  • Puzzle Boss: All of them.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: And they have won where the Ogres and Thames Monsters have failed in depopulating the docks. Think about it.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: One of Nadia's sword upgrades is a silly-looking spiked sword.
  • Simple Staff: Ignatius starts with this one.
  • Sociopathic Hero: The hero of the sequel was a former victim of Crowley, and now looks for him in order to kill him again.
  • Spider People: The giant spider enemies in the first game resembles closer to humanoid beings instead of arachnids, capable of walking upright on their two hind legs while attacking the players with their forelimbs.
  • Spin Attack: Nadia's "Bloody Ballerina" move, which allows her to execute a tornado-like spin move.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Your characters can't swim. Neither can the monsters. Since the waters are infested by large tentacled monsters with huge jaws, it seems justified...
  • Title Drop: In the animated intro.
    Narrator: And should no one stop him, this city will be consumed by a horde of...Nightmare Creatures!
  • Unique Enemy: The first level of the first game have small, grey imps - three of them - that pops up in level 1, and nowhere else. Larger red imps does appear regularly in later levels, but you won't see the grey types after the initial encouter.


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