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
186 of 203 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Among the Sleep is a horror game that has a really unique aproach to horror. But will you want to play this through ? In Among the Sleep you dont play as an adult but instead as a two year old child. The game begins and its our birthday and we get a teddy bear as a present. But one night you wake up to find out that the teddy bear and your mom is missing so its up to you to find them. So how is Among the sleep ? Im kinda mixed on this game honestly. The gameplay is smooth and its a blast to play but there are problems that weigh down the experience. First of all the game is just like amnesia. The main charecter is defensless and theres nothing you can do about it so you have to hide to get away from monsters. The game also throws in puzzles you need to solve to get to the end. So now for the pros and cons. Pros: The game looks amazing. Its just amazing to see a nightmare world through a childs eyes. The story has a great set up and the ending is also really good. Atmosphere is outstandng and its one of the best i have ever seen in a horror game. But now for the cons. The game is incredibly short only an hour to beat. Easy puzzles that dont feel like they should be there. Sometimes frustrating stealth segments. Confusing map layouts and sometimes wonky controls. Overall Among the Sleep is an excellent horror game but it has its fare share of problems. I highly suggest you get this game on a sale and not full priced and dont go in expecting a masterpiece and you should be all good. I give Among the Sleep a 7/10
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90 of 98 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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56 of 66 people (85%) 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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48 of 59 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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72 of 100 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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101 of 153 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Starts off strong, with great atmosphere and potential, but seems to run out of ideas quickly, falling into standard tropes and game mechanics. The beginning was somewhat tense and could have developed into something truely frightening, but in the end became quite pedestrain.

The over naraitive was interesting with subtle hints along the way to reveal the climax, and whilst it was strong it didn't really add to the experience.

Most damning is its very short length, even if you take the time to explore and lack of replay value.

Overall a decent game, but falls short of expecations and its potential.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I honestly love this game. The fact that you are only 2 years old and you are getting put through all this. With great atmosphere and Heart-Pounding moments, you always are wanting to look behind you to see if you are being chased. I think this is possibly more scary than Amnesia. While you are struggling for survival from 3 monsters, you and your compainion, Teddy, are forced to escape. When i played this, I was scared to death. I think this game is best horror game of 2014!
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I really dislike horror games. They tend to have a very weak or pointless story (if they even bother to have a story at all) and the settings in which they take place are pretty over done (stone castle/old mansion or science lab/hospital). Then there are monsters like "unknown killer monster x" which have very little reason to exist in the game's world other than to walk around and make you hide. Then there are stupid level design choices and puzzles that don't really work or are far to complicated when your character can just use that freaking axe its carrying and break a damn window to get out. But enough about annoying horror tropes, lets talk about Among The Sleep.

This is one of the best horror games I've played. Its not something I say ever find easy to say since I dislike horror games in general but Among The Sleep is just that good. The art and level design of the game really stands out overall. Twisted but familiar the levels of the game never feel like they are repeating and the developers took great care in crafting each and every part of them. It was fun just exploring the levels (like a child) just to see what little bits they had hidden around.
The puzzles aren't hard at all and or pretty much "Find item X to open door" but the search for the key never feels tedious or repetitive since there is always new places to explore. I often ended up finding a key to a door before finding the door due to me having fun wandering around.

The monsters feels very much like part of the world. It is familiar but also very twisted. Throughout the game you start to discover what the creatures are but that doesn't make it less scary and only enroots it to the world the developers have made.

The game is about 3 hours long, shorter if you just run around as fast as you can without taking the time to look around but its a great 3 hours. This game does not need to be 12 or 20 hours long since there is barely any back tracking or filler content trying to push that gameplay timer just a bit further. During those 3 hours though you get a strong sense that they kept everything that worked well and weren't afraid to remove what wasn't working. This is a quality game that deserves to be in everyone's library even for people like me who are not fans of horror.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Absolutely terrifying with a beautiful ending which makes you think about your whole journey through the game.
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127 of 210 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Toddler Parkour Simulator 2014

10/10
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40 of 59 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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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Amnesia:Early Years

Among the Sleep brings out the best of horror/adventure/puzzlesque genre.

First thing you have to realize, you play for a two years old kid. You are not very fast, neither tall and of course everything is from his point of view so scary things can be more scarier.
This (for me) original concept, thrives on stunning level design where children nightmares become reality, where every sound creeps me out, and where biggest fear comes from unknown evil.
As we progress further and further, we're recovering earliest happy memories, while environment around us hinting, that every one of these memories are hiding terrible truth from us.
Ending sequence is somewhat heartbreaking and it added another layer to story - emotional this time.

Among the Sleep is game of high quality. It has amazing atmosphere, terrifying moments as well as emotional impact.
I strongly recommend to give this game a try.

8.5/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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10 of 10 people (100%) 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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10 of 10 people (100%) 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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11 of 12 people (92%) 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Very powerful story, and a great example of "do, don't show" in its presentation. This isn't some Dear Esther "walking simulator," but the mechanics of the game are so rooted in the narrative that they only add to the atmosphere, while never feeling like "game tropes." For exmaple, hugging your teddy bear makes you feel better, and also provides a little bit of light to see in dark areas. There's a sequence toward the end that really made me feel like a toddler who's just knocked something over and knows he's in trouble for it. This is not the scariest game I've ever played, at least not until I reached the end and understood what was actually going on.

If you like horror games but don't want something too intense, or if you think maybe games can be art without having to be boring, this is well worth your time.
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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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