Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends

Created by Team Nemo

An indie game based on Winsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

We did it!!! Post campaign plans and a few days of rest for the team.
about 3 years ago – Fri, Apr 02, 2021 at 02:13:31 AM

Dear backers,

We did it! Thanks to you, Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends is now officially funded! We even hit 2 stretch goals: the kitchen stretch goal (where you can feed Nemo stat-changing food items and find ingredients in the levels) and the in-game museum (which we have some big plans for, including making a set of mini-quests for unlocking content!) We've said this before, but you have our profound thanks for believing in our dream project and we're looking forward to making an amazing game! 

Thank you!

We're going to take a few days of much-needed rest (Kickstarters are hard work!) but we wanted to answer a few of your most pressing post-campaign questions! Long story short for some of these - we've been hyper-focused on the campaign these past few weeks and now that we've reached the end, our next step is to meet about the specifics of rolling out our post-campaign plan. Not everything is 100% laid out yet but here are some answers to the most pressing questions: 

Will there be a "slacker backer" or pledge management system?

Some of you have asked about doing post-campaign add-ons. We've also heard from folks who learned about our campaign just as it was ending and couldn't get involved in time! We are planning on setting up a late pledge/pledge management system and will announce our plans for that next week. It will be linked directly from a button on the Kickstarter page. 

What about the stretch goals we didn't hit? 

We understand that folks are excited about all of those other potential features - we are too! When we set up the late backer page, we'll be able to put money raised there on games and other items towards our project budget. We'll also be exploring other funding and publishing options. We'll keep our backers updated as these efforts progress! 

When will I be able to make specifications about my rewards?

Like many Kickstarter campaigns, we'll be using backer surveys to collect information for the different reward tiers. We've tried to include some general time windows with the rewards but will releasing more specific information as we finalize manufacturing plans for different items. 

For the game, please keep in mind that it's a game early in development and we are anticipating an 18-month development cycle (this is in the campaign text and in the reward tier information but we wanted to reiterate it here). Some reward items that are tied to the game's production will come around the time the game is released (like art books), others can come sooner (t-shirts, posters, wallpapers, etc). We'll keep backers notified throughout the process. 

What does the post-campaign update schedule look like? 

We've been so touched at the positive response to the updates during the campaign. For me (this is Chris writing), the opportunity to share the parts of the project that I'm passionate about (like the history of the comics and the elements of the artwork) were a highlight of the experience. We won't be continuing to post every single day, but we are considering continuing some of these features like the Sunday Funnies and others! We don't have a schedule worked out yet but you will hear about it when we do! 

We're also taking the trust you've placed in us very seriously. We understand that many of you have stories of backing campaigns that don't work out (we've backed a few of those ourselves!) or where the devs just disappear and never update. Our plan is to keep you posted regularly with updates on the game, any new cool pieces of art, and other fun things. 

We're also going to keep the Discord going! We've got a great community there and it's been a lot of fun to talk about the game, run game streams, talk about the history of Little Nemo, set up animation cel swaps, and other activities. If you haven't joined yet, we'll put out another backer discord access update in the coming days. 

Time to rest before the real hard work begins!

That's all for now - we're off to recharge our batteries before the real work begins! Thank you again for believing in our dream project! 

Many thanks for believing,

Chris and Team Nemo

Final 12 hours and celebration retro game stream!
about 3 years ago – Thu, Apr 01, 2021 at 01:25:19 PM

Dear backers,

We're down to the final 12 hours of the campaign! 

Ben is streaming some Nemo-esque retro games to celebrate the end of the campaign over on his Twitch channel! He's currently streaming NiGHTS Into Dreams! 

We're also closing in on another stretch goal - the in-game museum with McCay comics and concept art! If you're able, please help do some last-minute signal boosting to help us finish off that stretch goal! What can you do?

  • Personally recommend the game to a friend! Personal recommendations go very far in getting new backers. 
  • Share the game on your social media network(s) of choice!
  • If you've been meaning to check out the add-ons but haven't yet, go take a look! We've got fun digital content like 8-bit costumes and making of videos, as well as some of our physical items (vinyl records, art books, and even one-of-a-kind character sketches!) We received a request today to provide a way for folks to buy additional copies via the add-on section so we've added them! Just go to Manage your Pledge and click "Change your Pledge" to find the add-on section (please note, add-ons like the costumes only apply to 1 copy of the game so you'd have to purchase additional ones for extra copies.) 

We're almost there! We'll announce some of our post-campaign plans and reveal our celebration art tomorrow after the campaign officially ends. 

See you on the other side! 

Team Nemo

Last Day! Kitchen unlocked!
about 3 years ago – Thu, Apr 01, 2021 at 06:54:24 AM

Wow, it's the last day of the campaign already and we're in Stretch Goal territory!  Thanks so much for spreading the word and believing in us!  

Nemo's kitchen mock up (subject to change)

The first stretch goal is a biggie, and something we really wanted to include in the game.  Whenever you wake up from a dream you'll be able to visit the kitchen in Nemo's house and get a snack.  Each of the different snacks will give you a stat bonus of some sort.  Some might make you jump higher or run faster.  Some might give you some extra health.  We're even planning on having 'bad' food that will make the game harder, for that 'stinky cheese' run maybe.

These images are mock-ups and subject to change, but here's what we're thinking:

Rarebit! Everyone's favorite late night snack.

We're only around $4000 away from the next goal, the In-Game museum, and this is a pretty cool addition as well.  We're planning on including a fun way to collect pages of the comic (and other related works) that includes a pretty cool McCay cameo character.

Thanks for supporting the game and keep spreading the word, so we can maybe get to a couple more of the stretch goals!

- Team Nemo

Final 48 hour streams!
about 3 years ago – Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 02:45:14 PM

Dear backers,

Happy Tuesday! We're still so excited about reaching our funding goal last night! 

To celebrate, we're going to be doing some live streams over the next two days on Twitch and in the community Discord. We'll be sending out another of our Backer Discord Access updates during the day today, so make sure you follow the link for access if you haven't gotten on the server yet. 

To give a rough timeline of events for today:

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET - Chris art stream at
  • Tuesday evening (exact times TBD) - Adrian classic games stream

We'll keep you all updated in the Kickstarter Backer Discord as more times are finalized. Also please look forward to the release of our Gamedev Brainstorming podcast, coming later today for backers! 

Cheers and thanks again! 

Team Nemo

Thanks for making the Dream come true!
about 3 years ago – Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 06:16:30 AM

We did it!  

Thank you so much to everyone who believed in our vision for Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends and supported us along the way.  We're sincerely humbled that you've put trust in us, and we will do our best to build something we can all be proud of!

We started talking about this project in a "wouldn't it be cool if..." way almost two years ago, and started prototyping in earnest about a year ago.  As things started taking shape, and though the painstaking hours of animation and programming we though we were onto something special, but we had no idea we'd see (checks campaign) over 1200(!) individuals pledge their support.

Nemo is very happy to be returning to gaming!

From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you!  We'll be doing a more full end of campaign update soon (with some celebratory art!) but we wanted to make sure we thanked you all for helping us reach this milestone! We wouldn't be able to do this without all of you!

Now the hard work begins!