Personal Nightmare

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Personal Nightmare
Developer(s) Horrorsoft
Publisher(s) Horrorsoft
Distributor(s) Tynesoft
Director(s) Mike Woodroffe
Producer(s) Mike Woodroffe
Designer(s) Keith Wadhams
Programmer(s) Alan Bridgman, Alan Cox
Artist(s) Teoman Irmak
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS
Release date(s)
    Genre(s) Adventure Survival horror
    Mode(s) Single-player
    Distribution 3 disks

    Personal Nightmare is a survival horror adventure game that runs on Amiga, Atari ST and DOS. The DOS version can only make use of EGA Graphics. There is no direct plot, but the game focuses on a town where The Devil has invaded and the player has four days to eliminate all possessed citizens and purge the evil before it can take over.


    The game makes use of a combination of text-based commands, clickable verbal commands and clickable objects to progress. A compass indicates which directions the player can travel. Much of the game's movement and actions are real time based so there is a day and night cycle. The player's inventory can be viewed in the respective menu. There are many encounters that can kill the player (ideally at night time) unless the player performs a proper action to avoid them. Newer versions of the game omitted the encounters where the players gets garroted. The player loses the game if four days pass and all the required possessed citizens have not been killed and the devil has not been repelled.


    Personal Nightmare was generally well-received, including the ratings of 87% by Zzap! (Amiga),[1] 84% by Computer + Video Games (Amiga and Atari ST),[2] 74% by CU Amiga (Amiga) [3] and 7/10 by Datormagazin (Amiga).[4]

    Review scores
    Publication Score
    Zzap! [1] 87% (Amiga)
    Computer + Video Games [2] 84% (Amiga, Atari ST)
    CU Amiga [3] 74% (Amiga)
    Datormagazin [4] 7/10 (Amiga)
    ACAR Vol 7 No 1 (Jan 1990) (Amiga) [5]


    1. ^ a b "Personal Nightmare Review from Zzap 53 (Sep 1989) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (53). September 1989. pp. 20, 21. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
    2. ^ a b "Personal Nightmare Review from Computer + Video Games 93b (Aug 1989) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (93b). August 1989. p. 79. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
    3. ^ a b "Personal Nightmare Review from CU Amiga-64 (Jul 1989) - Amiga Magazine Rack". July 1989. p. 62. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
    4. ^ a b "Personal Nightmare Review from Datormagazin Vol 1989 No 11 (Aug 1989) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (11). August 1989. pp. 14, 15. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
    5. ^ "Personal Nightmare Review from ACAR Vol 7 No 1 (Jan 1990) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (11). Questor. January 1990. p. 67. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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