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.
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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
68 of 76 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
NOTE: I was given the game for free for review purposes.

REVIEW – AMONG THE SLEEP

Details
Developer: Krillbite Studio
Engine: Unity
Genre: Horror
Mode: Single-player
Release year: 2014

Among the Sleep is a first-person indie horror game. What really makes the game unique is the fact that instead of playing as a full-grown man / woman, you actually play as a toddler. Yep! The game starts when it's your second birthday and 'yo momma' has baked you a good ol' birthday cake. During the celebration, you will get a birthday present from a person you don't actually get to see. After enjoying a slice of your birthday cake, your mom will leave you to your playpen. As you're playing with your toys, you will find out that the birthday present is a teddy bear that can move and talk like a 'real living person' (magic *snort snort*). You will have fun time playing with him for a while, but soon he wants to show you something. Something you need to see in the dark, and then the game begins...

Because you're a toddler, you can't run from one room to another within seconds or do any 360 no-scope jumps, m8! Instead, you can walk, crawl and run for a very short time until you tumble down. Walking will let you interact with things that are a bit harder to reach while crawling will give you a possibility to fit into tight places. Controls work very well with KB+M, but I can imagine that playing with a controller will give you a much smoother experience.

Graphically the game is good looking and also sound design is immersive. The game mixes these two well and that way manages to create an excellent atmosphere. Just like pretty much in any other horror game, there are some monster encounters. You can't fight as you might imagine, so hiding and escaping are your options. However, I think in this game the "spooky level" is subjective, meaning that for one person the game might be very scary while not so much for another. I personally didn't find the game to be one of the scariest games out there, even though I must admit that the game made me to jump off my chair a few times and that's always a good when it comes to horror related stuff.

Throughout the game, there are some physic based puzzles, but they didn't offer really any challenge. Now, I'm not necessarily sure whether this is a bad thing or not. I mean, you're playing as a toddler after all. The puzzles aren't very hard, but they were fun to do in my opinion and I guess that's what really matters, right?

I always appreciate great horror games with great stories, and I'm glad this is one of them. The story in my opinion is simple and easy to understand. It's touching and even teaching. The ending was amazing and it really made me think about this all, what really happened and what will possibly happen in the future. Without spoiling anything, I just loved it. Absolutely fantastic and unforgettable.

To me, the game has one and only one flaw: it's extremely short. I completed the game in 2,5 hours. I didn't speedrun the game or anything like that, I was just playing the game how it was meant to be played, yet I still finished it so quickly. According to many people, the length for the game is approximately 2-4 hours, and I got no choice but to agree with that one.

In the end, I loved the game. It's a short, but sweet horror experience, although I must admit that the asking price of 20 dollars might be a bit steep for some people and it's understandable. I guess it's up to you to decide whether 2-4 hour long experience is enough to justify the asking price. If you're a horror fan, I highly recommend buying this one. Just bear in your mind that the game won't keep you entertained for weeks. It can be finished in a day or two. Otherwise you should probably wait for a Steam Sale. I'm sure Gabe will do one sooner or later!

The Good
☺Simple, well written story
☺Has a unique experience to offer
☺Excellent spooky atmosphere

The Bad
☹Overall a very short game

The Verdict: "Worth playing"


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27 of 33 people (82%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) 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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20 of 24 people (83%) 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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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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14 of 17 people (82%) 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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13 of 16 people (81%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
When I played the demo, I thought the game looked good enough to try out. After playing for a bit, I started getting...comfortable. I truly believed that the entire game was just creepy music/atmosphere and jump scares...no big deal. They even get slightly predictable, but I was still enjoying the atmosphere and puzzles.

Suddenly, the creepy, distant monster that pops up occasionally was actually attacking me! The game lulled me into a false sense of security and then yanked that security away. The noises that came out of me were created by sheer panic.

I've played a wide variety of horror games and this is definitely worth giving a shot!
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17 of 28 people (61%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JmcFUSoYi4

Among the Sleep is beautifully done, especially since they used the Unity engine. Bear is innocently creepy. A++ would footy-jammies again.

+ World is engaging and engrossing in atmosphere.
+ Music and audio is haunting and well done.
+ Voice acting is believable and not over-acted/campy
+ The art style is very pleasing to the eye and mystical, though can be cartoony at times (which could be offputting for some)

-/+ Amnesia like controls which while better here than in those games can feel clunky at times and cause you to not do the actions you mean to, but does make the game more immersive.
- Once in a while a frame here or there will drop or a collision detection error will go off, but nothing game breaking
- Puzzles can be feel too easy at times, but the ease prevents breaking the flow of the game as well. but some like a challenge.

This game is definitely worth playing especially when caught on sale, but can be a bit short!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Wow nicely done. Among the sleep is amazing in how well it portrays the imagination and coping of a childs mind to events, really intruiging game. I dont want to give away to much, although many will realize the main plot early on its still worth playing.

Pros:
good voice acting
very nice graphics
good controls
decent story
Teddy is done really well
cons
very short, leaves you wanting more to explore

overall 9/10 only because of the length of the game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This game is good, buy it and play it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
The game was great, the dlc though? Not so much...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Story line shorter than Adalia Roses life Span 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
The idea this game brings up is all too familiar to me,
as I have a junior brother and there were times I regret
when I treated him bad. From the child's perspective,
you see the picture in irrational colors, but it's the truth
and it's core to what would actually happen to the one's
soul. We all did our mistakes and it's quite hard to get
yourself together but in any case, it's not a child who should
suffer from that. A child should not have to go through this...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Very atmospheric, albiet short (3-4 hr) game. I found the ending anti-climatic, but still enjoyed the ride. The death scenes could have been done better, I actively sought out the demons to see how they consumed the toddler when they caught me...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Among the Sleep was a very interesting and unique horror game. The gameplay style is similar to Amnesia. However, this is not a violent/gore-infused game since it clearly involves a toddler (and ripping a toddler apart would be kind of weird). It is a very short game, one that took me about 3 hours to complete (and I take my time sweet with these types of games).
However, this game is definitely worth your time. Even though there is no gore and violence, Among the Sleep definitely captures the essence and perspective of what it is like to be a defenseless toddler and have a wild imagination. The storyline is something that many people can directly relate to and it is a sad reality that many individuals go through/have gone through (I chose not to say anything further in order not to spoil anything). This game's spookiness will surprise you!
P.S.: Although I thoroughly recommend this game, I suggest you wait until it goes on sale. I feel that $20 may be too steep for the amount of game time that one gets.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
If you're into horror, this is a good AND original example of the genre.

You are a little kid, quickly you are lost in strange worlds, searching for your mom... searching for lost memories.
Someone, something is stalking you. Attacking you. You are scared. You must avoid it. You must hide from it.

The more you progress in the game, the more you understand the story and its message: the end is pretty, pretty neat.
Maybe it's a bit short, count nearly 2 hours to beat the main game. There is a free dlc too. Anyway nice work devs.

Now I'm about to try the free dlc, I think it will be good too, I'll edit this evaluation if I have something else to add later.

Edit: DLC was fine too, only problem is that if you can't move/look around when using keyboard+mouse verify that the game didn't checked the "use joystick" box in options.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
nice first person horror game, short but well done.

cant tell much about the story, because if I would, then I would spoil the game :)

If you like Slender or games like slander then you will like this game. I got this game to christmas as gift and it makes fun to play it, nice music, nice atmosphere, good graphic and a few puzzles. Game is realy easy i would recommand buying this game with 50% or more. 20€ are overpriced for an ~5 hour game.

For me 4 of 5 Points. (3 of 5 if you count the price)
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