Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child. After being awoken abruptly by some strange force you explore the eerie house while looking for comfort.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,388 reviews)
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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“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
194 of 225 people (86%) 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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Holly ♥♥♥♥!!! This game is...CRAZY! Look, first of all buy this game, second just play it and dont watc videos on Youtube because you will know where gonna be the scary parts of this games... I have 3 tips for you guys:

- Play this f****** game at night (On a bedroom, living room, just play it somewhere dark without any light on);
- Play this with headfones (Remember: Put the sound on 150%!!!!)
- DO NOT PLAY THE DEMO pls just... BUY THE GAME!!!

Be happy and please be scared!!! It's worth it!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Among the Sleep is a cleverly written survival horror game developed by Norwegians. It is a unique little game in the sense that the protagonist is a two-year-old little boy who's aided by his Teddy bear in order to go through various horrors that are lurking in their house.

The story begins with a birthday celebration that reveals Teddy to be the gift. However, he is taken from the boy and in chapter 1 we need to retrieve him quickly only to realise that the real protection from the dark can only be offered by mom. The journey then continues to find mom and along the way we encounter some monsters and cleverly thought out puzzles.

The game has a great atmosphere and for full immersion a headset is required - similarly to the Amnesia games. The Unity engine does its job properly and the visuals look great. The only downside is the game's short story: it can be completed in a mere 2 hours including its DLC content which is a kind of prologue and is meant to be played after the story is done.

Overall, Among the Sleep is a good game that I can recommend mainly to the fans of the genre. Hopefully, the guys at Krillbite Studios will develop a - much longer - sequel or another game with similar level of quality.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I'm a newbie to gamey horror, in fact I think this is my first 'pure' horror game. Closest things are the Master Reboot and F.E.A.R. series. Scariest experience was the hotel in VtM:R: Bloodlines. So I am rating this game from this point of view. If you are a seasoned spookymans player then this could be a boring baby simulator for all I know.

In this game you play as a toddler accompanied by a talking bear (who doesn't turn out to be a pawn of Satan as I predicted the moment I met him) and you'll have to achieve your goal by going through a world too big for you.

Gameplay itself is mostly walking, climbing on stuff and some very simple puzzles. You can walk upright and sprint like that for short distances, or you can baby-crawl. Instead of a flashlight you hug your bear.

The 'horror' is mostly achieved with atmosphere and ~spooky~ stuff happening, there are no screamers or monsters rushing at you. The (for me) scariest part was just at the beginning and I'm sure there is not even a 'monster' in that part.

Speaking of monsters, there are two that I saw (plus one in the Prologue), and many that I imagined. I can't really describe them as I didn't want to look at them, and only took better glimpses from a distance. Hiding from them is easy and I don't know what happens if you're caught as I avoided it. But I think that 'being easy' is a very good thing in a horror game, as imagining what would happen to you is scarier than being torn apart or eaten or whatever a monster would do to you. And when the scary goblin rips you apart for the fifth time, there's not even a shred of horror left.

The story is quite predictable (judging from me, a dumbass, figuring it out) and in the end you will be beaten to the head with it, in case you didn't get it. But the matter is handled quite well I'd say.

Graphically the game is good, considering it's an indie kickstarted game. Some sceneries are even stunning.

The free DLC Prologue is quite cool also, although I had a problem with the monster being stuck in front of my hiding place so I had to retry from last save point, which wasn't a setback at all, honestly.

Note that the game is very short, even with the free DLC you can finish it in around 2,5 hours.


1 solid spooky golden sloth.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Decent little title. An atmospheric jumpscare game that is short and to the point. Beatable in 1 hour, so i'm not quite sure about the value, look for it on sale for sure.

6/10 teddy bears
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