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:

Discord Invite Update!
about 3 years ago – Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 03:40:52 AM

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The Environment Art of Slumberland
about 3 years ago – Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 12:06:15 AM

Dear backers,

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to check in very briefly and then give you all some insight into how we're using modern game development tools to recreate the rich detail of Winsor McCay's world! 

Home stretch!

We're in the middle of a massively busy period of the campaign - the HOME STRETCH! As always, we need your help signal boosting the campaign anywhere and everywhere you can, especially so we can make this final push towards 100% funded! 

Also, don't forget to check out our add-ons, containing a number of Kickstarter-exclusive items like 8-bit character skins and making-of videos. Last night we even added an add-on option for vinyl soundtracks that I'm sure a lot of you will want to check out. If you already have a physical soundtrack in your reward tier, these are already included in your tier and you can snag yours when we sent out our backer surveys after the campaign. 

To do the add-on version, you can click on "Manage your Pledge" and then "Change your Pledge", which will take you to the place to do the add-ons. Thanks for your patience with this as it's a new feature of Kickstarter!

The environment art of Slumberland

Now it's time for another Friday look inside our game development process! This time I wanted to talk about how the background elements and environment art of Slumberland work. 

Winsor McCay was fond of adding tons of rhythmic architectural elements in the Beaux Arts style: his backgrounds were rarely boring and more often then not, part of the attraction of a Little Nemo comic. 

Notice the repeating background elements - some of them have found their way into our version of Slumberland already! Image source: Comic Strip Library

To capture some of this magic in our own game, we're using our level editing tools to create stretch-able and repeatable pieces of environment art that let us get a lot out of a little bit of artwork. Check out the video below for more details! 

I hope you're enjoying these looks inside the gamedev process for the game! Remember Dreamers - home stretch! We can do it! 


Chris and Team Nemo

Over 76% and Vinyl soundtrack option
about 3 years ago – Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 01:55:07 AM

Thanks to everyone's support we just broke 76%!  We still have a long way to go over the next 5 days but with your help, we can make it!  Keep posting on social media and if you see any articles mentioning the game be sure to join the conversation.  

We have a couple of great pieces of news!  First up, Nemo got a fantastic write-up on PCGamesN you can check out at  We loved this quote from writer Ian Boudreau: "If you were a big fan of Cuphead’s revival of the Fleischer brothers’  animation style, this might be a good one to check out and support."

Little Nemo OST on CD or LP

Also because we've got a critical mass of physical soundtracks we've unlocked Vinyl records as a backer perk!  The Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends OST features Hip Hop artist (and nemo super fan) Mega Ran with an exclusive track, and is composed by Wayne Strange who has done work on Star Trek: The Video Game and God of War: Ascension, as well as arrangements for Materia Collective and Video Games Live.  You can check out Wayne's previous work at: Wayne Strange | Materia Collective and Mega Ran at Music | Mega Ran (

If you've backed at a tier that includes a physical soundtrack you'll be able to choose between the Vinyl Record or CD.  Otherwise, both the record and CD are available as add on options.

Thanks so much for believing in us! We're super excited about how far we've come so far in this campaign and we're looking to finish it out strong!

- Ben and Team Nemo

Artwork Wednesday! The animation process of Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends
about 3 years ago – Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 01:51:10 AM

Happy Wednesday Dreamers! 

One of the most remarked-upon aspects of the project is the use of hand-drawn animation and how it resembles Winsor McCay's own art style. We get a lot of questions about how we're implementing things so today I thought I'd do a video tour of some of our asset files. 

First, we look at the famous Walking Bed from the July 26, 1908 episode of Little Nemo in Slumberland, where Nemo's bed takes a gallop around town with Nemo and Flip in tow. I've previously written about the bed for Vault of Culture, so please go check that out! 

We'll also look at the animation of one of our favorite characters, Bosco the Dragon, who is a big green puppy, but also our fast-travel system! 


Chris and Team Nemo

Project status - final week push!
about 3 years ago – Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 07:35:17 PM

Dear Backers,

Our time on Kickstarter is getting short. As we enter the final week of the campaign, we on Team Nemo first wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU. Thank you for believing in this project, for trusting us, and for cheering us on. Your support means the world to us. We’ve loved hearing why you’re excited about the game, from love of the comics and art, to fond memories of the 80s movie, to not-so-fond memories of the Capcom game being really really hard (or for some...your ability to beat it faster than anyone!) We love it all- keep it coming!

The dream is almost over! We need to hurry!

So, with 7 days to go, here is where we are. As I write this, we’ve reached 70% of our funding goal thanks to over 850 awesome backers. The team is hard at work designing levels, making art, programming, and doing everything in our power to make it the game of your dreams. We’re excited about a stellar soundtrack from Wayne Strange, with a special guest track by Mega Ran. We’re excited to bring a classic comics character back in a way that honors his origins while updating him for the 21st century!

But, we’re not there yet, and this is where you all come in. Here’s what you can do:

  • Join the community! At the $5 tier and above, backers get access to our Discord community (we can release the latest invite link later today.) We’ve loved seeing all kinds of Little Nemo fan art, hearing folks get excited about the game, and getting feedback as we’re working, and we’re looking forward to keeping it rolling long after the Kickstarter ends. And if you’re on Twitter, tweet using #LittleNemoGame to join the conversation there. Welcome!
  • If you’ve been following the project but haven’t backed yet and are interested, we encourage you to become a backer. Questions about the project? Reach out to us! We’re happy to talk.
  • If you’re able, consider upping your pledge, even by just a few dollars. In addition to the reward tiers, we’ve got some great add-ons, like digital wallpapers, 8-bit character costumes, and an archive of making of videos. You can also add-on for physical items like t-shirts, posters, and art books (shipping is included in the price). Take a look. Every dollar gets us closer to the goal.
  • Share Posting, retweeting, sharing- it all really, really helps to get more eyes on the project. We are so grateful for everyone who’s done this, and we encourage you to let others know why you’re excited about the game.

Making Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends a reality truly is a community effort, and we can’t do it without you. We’re so close, and we know that we can get there. So again, THANK YOU for your support and your enthusiasm throughout this project. Let’s do this Dreamers!


Need some examples of tweets to send? Try some of these:

  • Listening to @MegaRan this morning and getting PUMPED that he’ll be doing a special guest track on the soundtrack for #LittleNemoGame! This game needs to happen so show it some love at
  • I’m pumped to see a new #LittleNemoGame, especially since it’s also referencing Demon’s Crest and Little Samson! It’s like a retro game dream come true! Why haven’t you backed it yet?
  • Have you seen this game that’s bringing Winsor McCay’s original Little Nemo comics back? #LittleNemoGame is a tribute to McCay's art and animation, drawn in his style with colors sampled from the comics. I’ve backed it! You can too:

Many thanks as always, and we're almost there! 

Team Nemo