Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child. After waking up in the middle of the night to mysterious sounds, you start exploring the dark looking for comfort.
Release Date: May 29, 2014

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"Among The Sleep is a poignant horror adventure more interested in the nature of trauma than scare tactics."
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February 10

The Norwegian Patch - we've got Æ - Ø - Å

Among the Sleep Patch v1.3.2 out!

This patch is mostly a bonus for our fellow countrymen, as it adds Norwegian voices for the entire game, and in addition Neo-Norwegian subtitles, our second official written language!

For full patch notes, see below:

Localization
  • Added Norwegian audio for the entire game
  • Added Neo-Norwegian text language
  • DLC subtitles now available in all languages
  • Added better fonts for Czech and Hungarian languages

General
  • Tweaked behaviour of level selection in main menu
  • Fixed mouse stuttering on Linux
  • Mom's hair shader now responds correctly to lights
  • Tweaked the reflection strength of some floor materials
  • Fixed missing normal maps on some materials in level03
  • Some optimization work in level04
  • Fixed issue where screen froze when skipping intro cinematic

Audio
  • Fixed bug where the toys in the DLC would sometimes not speak
  • Tweaked audio levels on some dialogue that was hard to hear

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December 3, 2014

Among the Sleep patch v.1.3.1 - and demo for Mac and Linux

Heya! What's good folks?

We're here to bring you the new patch notes and tell you a little bit about the current status here at the studio.

We've finally fixed the demo version of the game for Mac and Linux, which should now be available for download. We are aware that there have been Mac and Linux users reporting issues with playing the game, so any feedback on how the game is running now will be greatly appreciated!

It's been a few weeks since the release of the DLC and we hope you have been enjoying it. We had great fun creating it, and it was very interesting to develop it alongside the feedback of some of our backers.

Since then, we've started working on a brand new project. We're super excited about it, and we're looking forward to sharing it with you some time in the near future!


The future of Among the Sleep

The current focus on AtS is porting it to the Playstation 4 console. The development is coming along nicely, but it's a bit too early to estimate a release date. There's still some challenges to overcome, as there are completely different requirements for a game to be released on PS4 compared to PC, so it's a lot more complicated than just building it. We hope to have this ready as soon as possible, as we're very excited about seeing our game on a console!

We're also working on implementing and finishing the support for Oculus DK2. As AtS is on the wave of the first games that is being developed to support the new VR technology, we're bumping into problems that takes a bit longer to solve as there's not many resources of information to look up about it yet. We're loving what we're seeing so far, AtS in VR is an amazingly immersive experience. So hold on to your VR headsets a little longer!

Optimization is a big one we're currently working on, which has a direct connection with both the PS4 and DK2.



Version 1.3.1 Patch Notes

DLC
  • Tweaked AI behaviour
  • Added camera effects & audio to some events
  • More consistent snow particles
  • Fixed some hiding places that were not as safe as they seemed
  • Fixed some drawers having strange behaviour because of objects stuck inside them
  • Fixed parts of the level being unintentionally visible through certain windows
  • Fixed some small objects falling through the floor
  • Improved visuals overall
  • Updated lightmap

Linux
  • Intro no longer breaks due to VR errors
  • Fixed mouse stuttering
Localization
  • Added fan-translations for Czech and Hungarian. (Thanks to everyone who participated!)
  • Edited some button labels to clarify meaning
General
  • Fixed some particles that did not disappear when reloading a level
  • Fixed some cases where objects disappeared when viewed from certain angles
  • Fixed some objects that clipped into the world
  • Fixed some vegetation materials not rendering properly on some Mac and Linux configurations
  • Small changes to menu layout
  • Removed several unneeded error messages printed to console
  • Optimized closet and forest level level

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Reviews

“Among the Sleep deserves a great deal of credit for its story.”
8/10 – The Guardian

“You can never trust what's real and what's you being a scared little kid.”
8/10 – Joystiq

“Krillbite's horror game is an impressive feat in video game storytelling. It leaves more of an impact in a distilled 3 to 4 hours than some games with 60-hour campaigns.”
7.8/10 – Game Informer

About This Game

Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child. After waking up in the middle of the night to mysterious sounds, you start exploring the dark looking for comfort.

The game explores horror through atmosphere and exploration, not with scores and combat systems. In Among the Sleep you’re vulnerable, scared, and trying to make sense of the world.

What people are saying


  • "With all the lumpen, gristly protagonists clogging up today's starring roles, it's heartening to see somebody trying something a little out of the ordinary."
    - Edge
  • "More, please!"
    - Kotaku
  • "Everything, from the sound of infantile breathing to the wobbliness of the camera and the unsteadiness of little hands, has been designed to accurately put ourselves behind the eyes of a toddler. Watching the trailer, the effect is simply astounding, while the Paranormal Activity-style scares that surround the child are pulled off with panache."
    - Gamefront
  • "Its depiction of a first-person horror told through the eyes and stumbling little legs of a two-year old is as intriguing as anything I've seen all year, and reminiscent of a time when games actively sought out new ways to play and new stories to tell."
    - Eurogamer

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WindowsXP SP2 or higher
    • Processor: Dual core 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Best enjoyed with a headset!
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Quadcore 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 1024MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: Best enjoyed with a great headset!
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.11 or newer
Helpful customer reviews
107 of 117 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I never thought playing as a 2 year old could be so spooky..It is short but still a good game..Easy puzzles that keep the game flowing , great audio and graphics, nice scares..If you like scary games with no gore (who's gonna rip apart a 2 year old), then this is the game for you..
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68 of 81 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This is an excellently executed horror game. It tugged at my emotions and I identified somewhat well with the toddler that stars in this game. While my own mother wasn't too similiar to the one in the story, I did closely identify with the kinds of negative problems a problematic parent can bring into your life, especially at a young age. As such I think I identified a bit too closely with the toddler and it actually left me feeling a bit emotionally upset for awhile. Due to this, I'll issue a minor warning to people that the game addresses some really difficult mother parenthood negatives and how it can effect the child(ren) involved in somehing like that. This could be very disturbing for some people, especially those who had issues with their female parent.
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62 of 77 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Before I say anything else, let me clear the air - I'm a red-blooded two-fisted American straight white male who found Duke Nukem's cigar-chomping sexist mass-killing schtick hilarious. BUT... what do you say about a game you progress through by murdering mobs of faceless mooks? That game mechanic goes beyond "it's been done" to the point of "why are we still doing this?"

Among the Sleep is different. Its protagonist is non-gendered skillfully enough that I could easily assume it was a he... but a female player could just as easily assume it was a she, and neither of us would find anything "weird" about that. And I didn't beat up, much less kill, a single other character in the entire game... even though it was a horror game, and a legitimately scary one. And even though in the reveal at the end of the game I was presented with more than sufficient reason to harbor ill-will toward the antagonist... the natural progression of the game didn't force me to, but allowed me to /discover/ a touching, compassionate gesture instead. That, again, felt perfectly natural when it happened.

Make no mistake, this is a horror game, it is a creepy one, and it has some truly scary moments in it. It is captivating, it is not a light casual romp. And yet... it breaks completely free of the "kill mooks to progress" mold without feeling in any way forced. Do yourself a favor: set three to four hours aside and Play. This. Game.
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81 of 111 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Heartbreaking.

The game is about a 2 year old boy and his teddy bear. From the start it's obvious what is happening, and this isn't just another supernatural horror game. What makes it really sad is the fact you see it from the point of view of the child. As you progress more is revealed as to what is happening, and how a childs mind may interperet and try to block out these things. It just goes to show that children really are innocent.

As for price, a bit expensive with little replay value, maybe wait for a sale or bundle if you are unsure on it :)
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Among the Sleep is a very short game. But it is the type of game that does not need to be any longer. In the short 3 hours it took me to complete this game I built a relationship with all of the characters (especially Teddy). The story to this game is a tad confusing at times but all makes sense towards then end.

All-in-all I definetly recommend this game. I bought it on sale for $6 and I advise you to purchase it if you have the chance.

*SPOILER ALERT*
At the beginning of the story I was convinced Teddy was evil and that he would end up betraying me before the game ended. I kept waiting for the moment where he would turn on me, but when the credits began to roll and he was still my pal I was very conflicted. He definetly gave off very creepy, ominous vibes in the bedroom "tutorial".
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44 of 65 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Cute, Tense and Scary at the same time.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Among the Sleep is a game of perspective and confusion, seen through the eyes of a toddler in a world vastly larger and more terrifying.

Its appeal is largely wrapped in this unusual viewpoint, but it's so novel and well executed that it's a strong enough hook to pivot a game around that if shown any other way would likely fall entirely flat. Seeing the dark and often surreal world around you from barely a few feet off the ground, your awkward steps making a quick escape unlikely as you stumble and fall in an attempt to run from the nightmares that haunt you, is frightening and enthralling. The vulnerability felt through playing as such a small character is immense, and had me scurrying under chairs and attempting to pry open cabinets as my only defense was to hide where the monsters pursuing me wouldn't think to look.

It's hard to deny that beyond making your way from each twisted environment to the next there's very little interactivity to be found in Among the Sleep, but in most cases this works in the games favor and makes sense given a toddler's limited motor skills. There aren't involved puzzles or elaborate mechanics to deal with, it's simply you and your teddy bear trying to find your mother before the horrors around you find you first, and this simplicity allowed me to fully embody my role in this world that was intentionally beyond my comprehension. Much of the narrative is told nonverbally through the environment, with themes of alcoholism, domestic abuse, and child abandonment dripping out of bits and pieces of the world as they painted an exceptionally bleak picture in an already oppressively eerie game.

Among the Sleep isn't without its flaws; there are moments when its gameplay becomes too shallow even for how deliberately designed it is to be that way, the voice acting ranges from acceptable to weird, and many of the textures can be shockingly muddy. But what it's trying to be, and in most ways entirely succeeds, is something that will stick with me long after the credits finish and I sit in the dark hoping the child I'd been playing as finds better days to come.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Among the Sleep is horror type adventure game where you are a 2 year old boy who has got a brand new talking bear for his birthday. You work your way through progressively harder and longer puzzles to find your mother who has gone missing.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere set by the lighting and sound in Among the Sleep. It is on par with Amnesia in that sense. Although it's not as scary as Amnesia, there are still times where it had me pausing the game for me to catch my breath because I was wetting myself.

For some reason I couldn't get my controller to work with this game, which is a shame since it is the perfect game to use with a controller, but there isn't anything wrong with mouse and keyboard controls, ever.

I'd say wait for this game to go on sale before you pick it up, it's quite short and the £14,99 is a bit much for a game which is only about three hours long.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Two years old boy in the hands of a player. Plus, a horror game. Remember how excited I was when I saw that game coming. Even tried the alpha version, which scared the hell out of me already. But even then I feared that this game will be too short, which happens sadly often today. And this is the main defect of the game, for me maybe the only one. I literally crawled in fear and sometimes ran till I fell down (literally, again - remember that you're just a little boy - if you will run too long, your character will simply fell down). I listened to the weird sounds surrounding me and wandered through dream-like locations. I was scared to death. All of this happened too fast, but it was very intense experience!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This was a pretty unique game. You are playing as a two year old whose birthday it is. Your mom givse you a teddy bear, but then something happens that cause her to get freaked out and puts you in your room while I suppose she is dealing with it. You and your now animate teddy go on a little adventure at which point your mom realizes you got out of your playpen and puts you to bed for the night. You hear somethign and start to wake up. Your teddy is taken from you and your crib knocked over, which is where the real adventure begins.

This is a horror game as seen through the eyes of a two year old, and it brilliantly handles this through creepy sights and sounds and some ambiguous monster that starts to hunt for you as the story progresses.

There are a couple times where you will jump a little, but it isnt really a scary game per se. It is however creepy, and the subject matter is quite dark and depressing. The end is both sad and hopeful all at once.

I will say without giving anythign away that this topic will be relevant and quite poignant for a lot of people, and it may even be the sort of game that brings real tears to you depending on your own set of circumstances growing up. While I didnt experience the things that happen in this game, I can appreciate how much this might affect some people.

Outside of that, the adventure is filled with mystery and awe.

I think this was a very well made game that also handled a sensitive topic quite well and did an amazing job of bringing the world as seen through two year old eyes to life perfectly.

This one is a 10/10 for sure.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I really enjoy this game. The sounds are really creepy.
However, I am also very scary but me and my wet hands are in agreement:
it was worth it.
I played with my gamepad and after I remapped the keys it was very comfortable.

So after being totally clamped after this horror story the end is really sad.
I do not want to give too much away, but it's worth the price.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is a horror game with a really unique concept, and a good atmosphere. Where it goes wrong is the amount of content you get. I played the entire game in 3.5 hours, that’s including the DLC. I would not recommend this game for the $20 price tag it has right now, but maybe if they add more content in the future.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
just buy it for god sake its an amazing game
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
You get to play as a baby and be about as useless as a baby. Baby simulator 10/10 would cry again.

Additionally: I don't know what ♥♥♥♥ the baby is on because the bear talks and coats attack. Not to mention the trees are also hostile. Games teaches kids to stay away from trenchcoats and bushes. Solid advice 10/10.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
One of my favorite games. You constantly feel like something will pop out at you at any moment. The 'big reveal' at the end was not hard to see coming, it's pretty obvious what the real story is but that doesnt take anything away from how good this game is. Wish it was longer.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
It's an interesting concept but the game is a little too simple and short. That being said I did enjoy my time with it. I really liked the art style and the way it did horror was unique. I didn't really know what the game was about prior to playing it and the ending wasn't what I would have expected.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
A very unique and enthralling experience. This game deffinately had my attention and it's fair shares of scary moments where I felt my heart leaping out of my chest. I highly recomend this game to all those who like suspence, horror, or something different. It's not a game that takes too long to play, but it's also not a game that is too short. Totally replayable, cute, unique, genuinely compelling with an interesting plot line, Among the Sleep is deffinately something worth playing.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is honestly terrifying at times, the atmosphere itself sets it apart from other horror games. I won't go into too much detail as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone planning to play Among the Sleep, but I ♥♥♥♥ myself when the forest ♥♥♥♥♥ got involved. That's something straight out of a nightmare. I'm pretty certain a lot of the horrors the toddler is going through are due to his mother. During the early stages of my playthrough, I was certain I heard her having sex in the next room. So far the puzzle aspects of the game are pretty simple but when it's combined with such an enthralling environment and a great story, it's easy to look past those things and enjoy it for what it is. An awesome game and at the time of writing this review, my favourite in the First-Person Horror genre.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Game horor yang cukup bagus, dimana kita bermain sebagai anak kecil 2-3 tahun menjelajahi mimpi ditemanin boneka teddy.

Gameplay sangat baik bisa berinteraksi dengan benda2 sekitar, dan ada crosshair ditengah, graphicnya mendukung dengan effect2 kejutan dipadu dengan sound effect yang sangat baik membuat bulu kuduk berdiri sepanjang permainan dibuatnya. Dan cukup ringan dimainkan di laptop middle end.

Perasaan seram sekali hanya diawal 15-20 menit pertama, kemudian sudah mulai terbiasa hanya saja sound effectnya membuat kaget sepanjang permainan. Dan 2 map ada hantu yang merupakan sisi buruk dari orang tua (menurut saya) menghantui mimpi dan kita hanya bisa berlari maksimal sebagai balita dan bersembunyi dibawah lemari atau meja so creepy.

Sayangnya untuk puzzle-nya hanya memindahkan kursi, menggeser laci, dan melempar benda. Dan kalau gagal sembunyi atau lari dari hantu, maka hantu tidak muncul lagi setelah kita continue games.

Tips bermain : mainkan dimalam hari jam 10 malam keatas, sendirian, dengan kondisi cahaya redup dan menggunakan headphone, barulah game ini sangat terasa baik.

Cukup baik untuk menambah koleksi library steam dengan harga yang tepat jika dapat dibundle atau pas diskon

Penilaian saya : 58/100
Gameplay 75
Graphic 75
Sound 100
AI 25
Tingkat kesulitan 25
Alur Cerita 50
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
As much as I wanted to like this, I found myself wishing for the end of the game and given that it's a short game anyway, that's not so good. Whilst there are some well done / clever moments and the designer did a great job of making the change of perspective into something that was a little overwhelming and scary, the experience was more of a walking (crawling?) simulator with a rather overblown story.

For a horror, it was more creepy than scary and the 'monsters' were very much more of an irritant that something to fear. This was partly due to the poor AI presenting very little challenge, but also grinding visual and audio effects that made me want to go brew a cuppa whilst I waited for them to pass.

Similarly, puzzles were unchallenging - pretty much 'pull this to free this' and 'move this then jump on it', wrapped up in fetch quests. Not that other horror games don't do unchallenging, but Among the Sleep isn't distracting you with the anticipation of terrifying things happening. There are plenty of pretty bits, some very nice alice moments and the aforementioned change of perspective, but it's just not enough. Not at fifteen quid a go.
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