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The Smurfs' Nightmare

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Title Screen

The Smurfs' Nightmare

Also known as: The Smurfs 3
Developer: Velez & Dubail
Publisher: Infogrames
Platforms: Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Released in US: February 1998 (GBC)
Released in EU: 1997 (GB), 1998 (GBC)


LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


The Smurfs' Nightmare is a fairly decent platformer, where Hefty must rescue his fellow Smurfs from their nightmares.

Level Skip

At the title screen, press Left, Up, Down, Down, Right, Up, Left. A sound will confirm correct entry. Start the game and press Select to skip levels.

Revisional Differences

The first noticeable change is that the game fades in and out on most screens in the Game Boy version, whereas in the Game Boy Color version it transitions without an effect.

As with the first game, this installment was later released outside of Europe in colorized form, but this time as a Game Boy Color exclusive. Since the second game of Infogrames' trilogy was not released outside Europe, the startup screen removed the numbered title in multiple languages and refers to it as "The Smurfs' Nightmare" in English.

Game Boy Game Boy Color
TheSmurfs3-Start.PNG TheSmurfsNightmare-Start.PNG

Papa Smurf is also missing entirely from the password screen in the Game Boy Color release, but his sprite is still there. It's even been given minor touch ups.

The Smurfs 3 The Smurfs' Nightmare
Smurfs3-PapaSmurf.png SmurfsNightmare-PapaSmurf.png

However, as a result of that, some of the passwords have been changed around. Although the passwords do not typically feature duplicate Smurfs, the removal of Papa Smurf leaves one password using Hefty twice.

There are only two levels that use the same password - The Mysterious Planet 1 (Hard) and The Rabbit Race (Hard).

Level Game Boy Game Boy Color
The Rabbit Race (Easy) Brainy Smurf, Handy Smurf, Papa Smurf Brainy Smurf, Handy Smurf, Hefty Smurf
The Rabbit Race (Hard) Hefty Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Handy Smurf Hefty Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Handy Smurf
The Mysterious Planet 1 (Easy) Astro Smurf, Hefty Smurf, Brainy Smurf Astro Smurf, Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf
The Mysterious Planet 1 (Hard) Hefty Smurf, Baker Smurf, Astro Smurf Hefty Smurf, Baker Smurf, Astro Smurf
The Workbench Gone Mad 1 (Easy) Papa Smurf, Baker Smurf, Handy Smurf Hefty Smurf, Baker Smurf, Handy Smurf
The Workbench Gone Mad 1 (Hard) Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf, Papa Smurf Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf, Hefty Smurf

Papa Smurf can still be added by changing the password icon value to 05, but using him will always cause the password to be invalid.

One other change was the dam at the end of the Village. In the original release, the dam was wider, which overlapped Hefty's sprite. One tile used for the end of the bush was pushed to the foreground, also causing it to overlap Hefty when he jumped. The dam was shortened in the Game Boy Color release, and the bush was extended and remained in the background.

Game Boy Game Boy Color
TheSmurfs3-Bridge.png TheSmurfsNightmare-Dam.png