He’s coming for you in your dreams and the only way to save yourself is to wake up. I’m not talking about the taxman.
Freddy Krueger has appeared in a total of eight video games since 1989. Interestingly enough most of those games were not even part of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.
So if you are a gamer, and a horror fan, we are going to cover every video game appearance Freddy Krueger has made. Even if every title wasn’t a masterpiece, this is
Every Video Game With Freddy Krueger In it
A Nightmare on Elm Street For The NES (1990)
We should start with the one that most retro gamers will be familiar with. Freddy’s introduction to gaming was a Nightmare on Elm Street for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
The objective is to find all of Freddy’s bones so you can burn them and destroy him once and for all. As you go through the game, your “awake meter” will drain over time and if you get hit.
If your awake meter drains all the way, you go into a dream world where enemies are stronger but you can still use weapons like javelins. You have to find a radio that will wake you up by playing music. If you stay asleep too long and Freddy’s coming for you!
This game allows up to four players to play together if you have the NES Four Score. This is an accessory that allowed four NES controllers to be hooked up to the Nintendo at once.
When you play a multiplayer game, only one player has to have their awake meter drained for everybody to enter the dream world. If you want to keep yourself from entering the dream realm, you have to find coffee.
After you make your way through each building, you deal with a boss like Freddy’s glove connected to a row of balls. Once you complete one building, you have to find the next one and so on.
A Nightmare On Elm Street for DOS and Commodore 64 (1989)
Unless you are a long-time PC gamer, you probably have not heard of the “Nightmare On Elm Street” for DOS and Commodore. The story is completely different from the Nintendo version and it does not get as much recognition.
The title is actually based on the third film, Dream Warriors. You can play as any of the main characters from the movie and each has their own strengths and weaknesses so it does matter whom you pick.
The objective of the game is to find Freddy’s house, go into the dream world then navigate through the paths to save the souls of his victims.
Keep Her Awake for Web Browsers (2010)
After the two games that shared the same title as the movies, Freddy disappeared from video games completely. He wouldn’t make another video game appearance until 2010. His next appearance was a web-based browser game called “Keep Her Awake”
It plays like a classic FMV game which is funny for 2010 because interactive movies had not been popular for decades. You control a real woman and the objective is to keep her awake. If she goes to sleep then she could become the next victim.
You can make this woman take cold showers, take stimulants, satisfy herself in bed with electric devices and she could also harm herself.
This game’s release was supposed to coincide with the reboot set to be in theaters the same year but the product was eventually pulled for being too controversial and is now considered lost media. The website where you could play it will now direct you to the WB page about the 1984 movie.
Mortal Kombat 9 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, & Windows (2011)
This entry in the Mortal Kombat series brought back characters that everyone loved. Some were available to use since release day, others would join the fight later as downloadable content.
DLC was not a new concept, however, this would be the first official release of the popular fighter to add icons from other series. One of those characters was Freddy Krueger.
Robert Englund would reprise his role as Freddy Krueger in voice only. His appearance more closely resembles the Springwood Slasher from the 2010 remake. Another difference is that both of his hands are claws instead of just one hand.
Despite how he looks, MK9 was the first game where you could finally play as Freddy and it opened the door for many more awesome cross-overs in the future.
Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff on IOS & Android (2014)
The Quest For Stuff is a mobile exclusive where you create your own version of Quahog, Rhode Island and the cast along with the locations you would expect to see in a Family Guy game are present.
Just like Mortal Kombat 9 however, The developers had the idea to crossover characters from other franchises.
To celebrate the season of Halloween in 2014, There were certain people you could unlock in the game. One of those characters was Freddy Krueger. Once unlocked, he would become a resident walking around the streets of your Quahog.
Freddy would have his own goals to accomplish but you could see him doing comical things like grilling shishkabobs and playing “Got Your Nose.” It’s not your everyday evil Freedy here, but if you like Family Guy I recommend this one for a unique experience.
Mortal Kombat X for IOS & Andorid (2015)
While Freddy showed up on your home console in Mortal Kombat 9, he was nowhere to be found on consoles for the sequel. If you played Mortal Kombat X on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, you had to settle for the arrival of Jason Voorhees.
However, you could play MKX as Freddy Krueger if you were playing this game on one of the cell phone versions.
A welcome addition for fans, the Mortal Kombat X, he only has one claw to fix the mistake made in the previous game.
Terrordrome: Rise Of The Boogeymen for Windows (2015)
Created by an independent developer, Rise Of The Boogeymen was never officially published but that didn’t mean you can’t download it to play for free. Development took over nine years and the result was a fighting game with a cast of all the major horror villains.
Freddy Krueger is playable. The rest of the roster includes Jason Voorhees, Pinhead, Leatherface, Pumpkinhead, Michael Myers, Herbert West, Ash Williams, Candyman, The Tall Man, Matt Cordell, Chucky, and Ghostface, and more.
Every character had their finishing moves based on the movies they appeared in. The graphics are not going to impress anyone, but they are not bad. It was an interesting idea, and if you wanted to see what would happen if characters from different horror movies fought each other, then this was the game for you.
Dead By Daylight for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows (2016)
This is a survival horror game where one person controls a killer while four other players control survivors. The survivors are trying to escape while the killer wants to sacrifice the other players. If the survivors want to escape, they will have to avoid the killer and turn generators on so they can leave through the exit.
Each killer has their own special abilities and like the other entries on this list, you play as Freddy Krueger who was released later as downloadable content.
The year was 2017 when a new DLC pack was released based on the 2010 movie. Quentin also joined the hunt as a survivor. Freddy is able to put you in a dream world so it is much harder to stay alive.
At the time of this list, this is the last game that Freddy Krueger has appeared in.
Freddy: A Nightmare On Elm Street Pinball (1994)
Ok, I know this is not a video game but if you are as old as I am you remember arcade culture and a time where video games and pinball machines went hand in hand.
Pinball machines of the 90s were great because with the digital displays and internal sensors they were able to create whole stories. Here you start in the “awake” state but when you fall asleep, nightmare mode begins!
Once unlocked, it is your chance to beat Freddy. Complete all 6 layers of nightmare mode and unlock the “final nightmare”, a four-ball multiball where you can rake in all the points.
Nintendo Shows Up In The Movie
Not only did Freddy appear in several games, but writers found a way to incorporate video games into the film. In “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”, he used a Power Glove to send a victim into a video game where Freddy then controls him with the glove.
These are the video games Freddy Krueger has appeared in. Should they try another attempt at making a game based on “Nightmare On Elm Street”? Looking at the success of the online multiplayer game “Friday The 13th” it would be pretty hard to argue against giving it another chance.
Luckily fighting games are always looking to expand their potential roster of characters in their product, that number could increase in the future.
When you look at the history of games Freddy Krueger appeared in, it’s more diverse than many other video game characters.