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.
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Release Date: May 29, 2014

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February 17

Among the Sleep Patch 2.0.0 is out!

Greetings one and all!

We’re back with a big update!

Since last time we’ve upgraded to Unity 5. This was a very substantial upgrade that changed parts of the game’s structure so that we had to find new solutions to various problems. Some of these are more or less noticeable than others.

The biggest changes are the ones affecting performance. We’ve been very hard at work to make the game run a lot better, increasing frame rates and decreasing loading times, especially in lower end computers.

We’ve also added a commentary track where you can get a bit of the developer’s thoughts about various aspects of the production. By turning on the commentary track in the options menu, you will find commentary nodes throughout the various chapters. Walk up to them and give them a click to hear our lovely voices talking about video gamey stuff!

Also, cloud saving is now enabled.

Important notice: Your old save files will not work with the new updated version of the game. You can keep using the old version of the game by opting in to use the development branch on steam. You can also use the console to unlock chapters. For more information, see: http://www.krillbite.com/2016/02/17/major-steam-build-update/

Patch notes:

Unity 5 conversion:
  • Slight changes to physics behavior
  • Visual changes and minor improvements
  • Tons of bug fixes and tweaks

Performance:
  • Brand new manual occlusion system
  • General optimization

Misc:
  • Cloud saving now enabled!
  • Added commentary track!
  • Bug fixes of audio system
  • Overall tweaks of ambience and soundscapes
  • Minor language tweaks and bug fixes
  • Added Polish subtitles

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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.

The game has Oculus Rift DK1 support, but further support will not be developed.

What people are saying


  • "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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
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daniellamaria8
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Not quite what I was expecting... I wanted more of a mystery to unravel, but this provided a decent story. The game was very atmospheric and certainly creepy. I began playing it at nighttime while in bed and actually jumped at on point. (This never happens!) One thing I found frustrating was that If I stopped playing mid-level, I'd have to start all over at the beginning of the level, despite the "checkpoints." However, overall, this was a solid game, worth my time and money.
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Nuke ♚
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Great Game
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ピングー
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I ♥♥♥♥ing love this game!
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GimliHadAnAxe
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
It's a pretty cool "horror" (not that much) game a nice concept, atmosphere, aesthetic, but it's really short, still good
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WESTWOOD
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Chilling, very nice atmosphere, short but decent.
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Raven
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Among the Sleep is both beautiful and tragic at the same time.

The story unfolds in such a way that it leaves room for your imagination to run wild as you explore creatively designed areas, solve fun interactive puzzles, and hide from the monsters under your bed.

I was very impressed with the controls and the detail put into the game, from the cute pajamas right down to the stitching in the rug that you crawl across. Tons of items are intractable and it is surprisingly easy to lose yourself in simple things like stacking blocks or piling toys into chests.

The monsters in the game are unique and tie very well in to the story – no spoilers, you need to play to the end! There are several moments in the game where the monsters can come after you, but if you are patient and hide well then they can be avoided to some extent.

My overall score for the game: 10/10. I really enjoyed this game, I even came back and played it again for the achievements and the prologue. The story is incredibly touching and will leave you with some pretty heavy emotions by the time you reach the end. Among the Sleep is a gem, don’t miss out on this one!
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GirlscoutWithaChainsaw
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This is actually the first game I willingly purchased on Steam and I don't regret it. Between the atmosphere, gameplay, and storyline, i loved every minute of Among The Sleep. The creepy noises had my heart racing at times and it's been a while since a game has triggered any form of anxiety for me. All in all, I highly recommend playing. Among The Sleep provides a completely new outlook in terms of "horror survival" by placing you in big, scary world as a small, defenseless child.
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GuyDude1337
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Extremely unnerving atmosphere that keeps you on edge without too many jump-scares and unkillable enemies, and a great plot with a powerful message.

Would absolutely recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested in the Horror/Thriller genre of games
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SsAaBmEuRs
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
As horror games go, with this one I am unimpressed. Decent atmosphere but overall dull material.

Pros:
1. Good atmosphere with great visuals and sound effects
2. The storyline is sort of intriguing
3. The free DLC, the Prologue, was cool
4. Unique perspective

Cons:
1. The storyline, although intriguing, was overall dull and disappointing
2. Just wasn't interactive enough
3. Not creepy enough for the horror genre
4. (Now this is just nitpicking) The 2-year old in the game does not reflect a real-life 2-year old.

When you find a horror game "not creepy enough" it's kind of hard to recommend it. If there was a fun mechanic about it or a really cool storyline then maybe this could be overlooked. However, that is not the case here with Among the Sleep. Overall, the material felt dull and underwhelming. If they were to make a new game along the lines of the free DLC, the Prologue, then I could probably get on the "recommended" wagon. There are better horror experiences to be had elsewhere. Quite a disappointment, this one!
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reina_raven
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Good game. Pay close attention. This game has a much deeper meaning. It is dark but very good
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803Losa
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I'm torn between "Deeply powerful" story and "Where the hell is the ending".

Either way this is a definite must play if your're into the horror genre.

You ever seen those grown adults who dress up like babies (diapers and all) and live there life as toddlers? One of them took acid and made a video game! turn the lights down and get ready for them sought-after creppy feelings!
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Iophiel
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Very fun game, albeit a tad short. However, if you take your time, turn your volume up high, and make your way through it slowly enough to really enjoy all the little nuances, it's definitely worth the play.

I really do mean it about the volume. The sound effects are one of the best parts about this game, and it genuinely spooked me and gave me a few scares (which don't come easily to me in these games). It had me running (or rather, crawling) under tables to hide from noises frequently for no reason other than some noise scaring the pants off me.

What a unique idea for a game! Really enjoyed it.
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Deathia
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
It's a greally great game I just think youtube ruined it for me so I cant really say anything that great about it cause everything was ruined for me, but I still recomend it the, story line, and me micanics are awesome.
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Blutonic
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Remember all the things that scared you as a baby?

Me neither

But the puzzles are a bit more difficult than I wanted them to be, and the sound design is fantastic.

Not as scary as I found it to be creepy.
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ownosourus
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
The survival horror genre has an identity crisis as of late. Capcom pumps out action titles, calls them Resident Evil and somehow they get classified as survival horror. I miss the classic survival horror titles like Silent Hill and Eternal Darkness. There was hope of a revitalization with Kojima’s P.T. but that ended before it could even get started. Enter Among the Sleep from Killbrite Studio and after a few trailers I thought this could finally be the survival horror return I’ve been waiting for. Does Among the Sleep deliver, and is it truly survival horror?

Among the Sleep takes you through a trippy adventure told through the eyes of a two year old as he tries to find his mother, preventing you from achieving this is a shadow like individual (very similar to Slender Man). Not only that but you have a companion talking stuffed teddy bear (named Teddy for obvious reasons). How could this not be a survival horror title?

Like I said earlier, Among the Sleep is told through the eyes of a toddler and I mean that literally. This is a first person toddler title and through your adventure you will crawl, climb and kinda run. While also picking up objects such as drawings and other children’s toys along the way. Among the Sleep is not a very long game; clocking in around 3 hours. I really don’t want to dive into the stages involved in the game for spoiler purposes. I will say you get to explore the child’s house rather early in the game and this is where the game starts you down the rabbit hole on its eerie nightmarish adventure.

Basic controls involve; crawling, grabbing items (holding items has them float in air which reminds me of Half-Life) and hugging Teddy to lighten up areas as well as calm the toddler down. Controls and gameplay are very basic and honestly that's not what’s important about Among the Sleep. The atmosphere and musical score is what I was looking forward to most, and in my opinion it is the most crucial part of any survival horror title. So I’m happy to report that while the game is very short, the environments and mood throughout really enhanced the storytelling experience. Playing Among the Sleep with the lights off will deliver more creeps and scares than Capcom has been able to deliver with any Resident Evil title for the past 10 years.

Among the Sleep is a baby step (see what I did there) in the right direction when it comes to the survival horror genre. It’s an original concept and a very unique experience. Not to sound like a broken record, but Among the Sleep feels like it’s over just as it’s getting into its groove and that’s really my only major complaint. Hopefully this isn’t Killbrite Studio’s only entry into the survival horror genre because I would love to see what else they could pull off with a longer story and bigger budget.
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MiMi
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
An amazing game, it wins the creepiness trophy! Play it in the dark with headphones and a controller, don't waste it.
It's a horror adventure game, you'll have to find your way, find items and often have to hide. If things get too rough, hug your teddy and squeeze him hard as he'll light your way :) There's child drawings to collect along the way and 10 achievements to make. The game is divided in chapters and you can choose to replay any chapter in the main menu. The save system is a bit odd: if you quit the game you'll have to restart on your latest chapter but within the game there's a lot of checkpoints. The game lasted approximately 6 hours. There's no replay to it though, unless you want to find all the hidden drawings.
This game have an amazing atmosphere, graphics are okay - simple but effective - you see the world through a child's eyes so the objects and the textures are simples, the colors very saturated and everything look huge. They did a great job on the sounds and the music.
This game is a small gem, go play it now! Wait.... what's that behind you?
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Kiddwilliam21
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Being in the shoes of a little kid who has his own demons to face youll be thrown iinto a journey unlike many other horror games. Eqiupped with only your Teddy Bear to keep you safe and to feel a warm embrace when the game gets dark and gloomy, you'll never forget your Teddy will always be there for you. 7/10.
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Hardcoreex
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
It is a short (it took me 2 hours) but fantastic game! Great story and atmosphere! 8/10
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starnasity
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Hello world and all that inhabit it, starnasity here with my persinal review on Krillbites Among the sleep. I gave this game a 10/10 and that means alot, very rarly do I give a 10/10. This game sets you in control of a child that gets a birthday present. Befor you know it you are tossed into an unsafe shadow representation of the real world. The story telling leads you to beleave one thing but there is more to this title. I absolutly loved it and for the price....I would have payed double to play it.
https://youtu.be/SyMfVrQDtCw?list=PLJU0BYqotmg-OoI3h2hSpFtf-EZrUzwO_
Here is a link to my playthrough on youtube

stay awsome
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Rashed
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Spoiler

The baby is Chuck Norris. No other explanation.

10/10
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
You know, a good mother is supposed to breastfeed her child and change diapers every now and then. Not surprised he started drugs so early.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
The survival horror genre has an identity crisis as of late. Capcom pumps out action titles, calls them Resident Evil and somehow they get classified as survival horror. I miss the classic survival horror titles like Silent Hill and Eternal Darkness. There was hope of a revitalization with Kojima’s P.T. but that ended before it could even get started. Enter Among the Sleep from Killbrite Studio and after a few trailers I thought this could finally be the survival horror return I’ve been waiting for. Does Among the Sleep deliver, and is it truly survival horror?

Among the Sleep takes you through a trippy adventure told through the eyes of a two year old as he tries to find his mother, preventing you from achieving this is a shadow like individual (very similar to Slender Man). Not only that but you have a companion talking stuffed teddy bear (named Teddy for obvious reasons). How could this not be a survival horror title?

Like I said earlier, Among the Sleep is told through the eyes of a toddler and I mean that literally. This is a first person toddler title and through your adventure you will crawl, climb and kinda run. While also picking up objects such as drawings and other children’s toys along the way. Among the Sleep is not a very long game; clocking in around 3 hours. I really don’t want to dive into the stages involved in the game for spoiler purposes. I will say you get to explore the child’s house rather early in the game and this is where the game starts you down the rabbit hole on its eerie nightmarish adventure.

Basic controls involve; crawling, grabbing items (holding items has them float in air which reminds me of Half-Life) and hugging Teddy to lighten up areas as well as calm the toddler down. Controls and gameplay are very basic and honestly that's not what’s important about Among the Sleep. The atmosphere and musical score is what I was looking forward to most, and in my opinion it is the most crucial part of any survival horror title. So I’m happy to report that while the game is very short, the environments and mood throughout really enhanced the storytelling experience. Playing Among the Sleep with the lights off will deliver more creeps and scares than Capcom has been able to deliver with any Resident Evil title for the past 10 years.

Among the Sleep is a baby step (see what I did there) in the right direction when it comes to the survival horror genre. It’s an original concept and a very unique experience. Not to sound like a broken record, but Among the Sleep feels like it’s over just as it’s getting into its groove and that’s really my only major complaint. Hopefully this isn’t Killbrite Studio’s only entry into the survival horror genre because I would love to see what else they could pull off with a longer story and bigger budget.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I'm torn between "Deeply powerful" story and "Where the hell is the ending".

Either way this is a definite must play if your're into the horror genre.

You ever seen those grown adults who dress up like babies (diapers and all) and live there life as toddlers? One of them took acid and made a video game! turn the lights down and get ready for them sought-after creppy feelings!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
An amazing game, it wins the creepiness trophy! Play it in the dark with headphones and a controller, don't waste it.
It's a horror adventure game, you'll have to find your way, find items and often have to hide. If things get too rough, hug your teddy and squeeze him hard as he'll light your way :) There's child drawings to collect along the way and 10 achievements to make. The game is divided in chapters and you can choose to replay any chapter in the main menu. The save system is a bit odd: if you quit the game you'll have to restart on your latest chapter but within the game there's a lot of checkpoints. The game lasted approximately 6 hours. There's no replay to it though, unless you want to find all the hidden drawings.
This game have an amazing atmosphere, graphics are okay - simple but effective - you see the world through a child's eyes so the objects and the textures are simples, the colors very saturated and everything look huge. They did a great job on the sounds and the music.
This game is a small gem, go play it now! Wait.... what's that behind you?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2peVQrd090

This game does a wonderful job at making you feel like a 2 year old. Everything is scarier as a rugrat, when not only are you defenseless, but you've only just recently learned how to walk. The game itself keeps you on edge, timing each new threat perfectly, and keeping it interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Extremely unnerving atmosphere that keeps you on edge without too many jump-scares and unkillable enemies, and a great plot with a powerful message.

Would absolutely recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested in the Horror/Thriller genre of games
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This is actually the first game I willingly purchased on Steam and I don't regret it. Between the atmosphere, gameplay, and storyline, i loved every minute of Among The Sleep. The creepy noises had my heart racing at times and it's been a while since a game has triggered any form of anxiety for me. All in all, I highly recommend playing. Among The Sleep provides a completely new outlook in terms of "horror survival" by placing you in big, scary world as a small, defenseless child.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Good game. Pay close attention. This game has a much deeper meaning. It is dark but very good
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
this game is so awesome pros: good puzzles, a lot of tenses up over all a great game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Among the Sleep is a freshly distinct title to the PC gaming franchise, which leads up to why I give it its 9 points.

For an indie game, it's is almost one of the best of its kind. One thing being the good 3D graphics, despite the texture quality being a little bit on the low side, losing its 1 point. The game play keeps you on the edge of your seat as a baby having to deal with its mom disappearing due to a metaphorical storyline, making you ponder about all the possibilities. Leading to a climactic ending to which no one could have expected! The puzzles may be simplistic, but only adds to the realism that the main protagonist's mind is still developing as a young baby. Can't say that the game itself is very long, but it's a game you can play over and over and not get tired of the grim storyline and climactic events.
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58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
***After latest patch***

I've always been fascinated by the game concept, to be introduced to the world through a child's eyes. Where everything and anything is possible. A world so full of life and colors, danger and adventure, fear and magic. Nothing your plain adult life could bring you close to. A world where you can be the hero of your bedtime story. You begin your adventure at night, the time when we rest after a long day, time where nothing mostly ever happens. But not for a 2 years old!

Among the Sleep, introduces you to a terrifying experience, which is completely insane and traumatizing on a basic human level. Takes place on a stormy late night, your mother is missing and you're a helpless little infant who sets off on a quest to rescue her. While he faces his fears of being lost in the dark, monsters lurking in the closets and every dark corner, worlds shifting, objects stretching which gives the illusion of hellish presence in the most clever ways I have ever seen, that you begin to imagine things and jump at the slightest noise. A psychological masterpiece.

Many recent horror games, such as Outlast, Amnesia, DreadOut and more, have been aiming to achieve making the player feel helpess in the face of danger or supernatural exsitence, by stripping away any means of fighting back. Which is probably the scariest feeling of all. But I can't imagine what could be more helpless than a little toddler, who can't yet talk and can barely walk, so you're basically forced to cope with your surrounding.

A big thank you to the Devs for releasing an update with new achievements. Being an achievement hunter, I had to replay the game, and it was even more rewarding than my first playthrough. It opened my eyes and made me realize what a special little game it was. It also added a Slenderman feeling into it, only a toddler version.
The game runs perfectly smooth, haven't encountered a single problem, still has its amazing visuals and physics and I noticed a greater update in the ambiance and sounds, which creates a much better horror atmposphere.

I strongly believe this game deserves a lot more credit, as it leaves a strong impact on you that a lot of big titles can't do. With its provoking story and innovation to the horror genre, I urge you to try it.
Such rich gem is very rare to find!
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Being 2 years old sucks.

PS. Glad that I've kept most of my teddy bears all these years.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Among the Sleep is an insidious, beautiful and terrifying game of hide-and-seek. Its dream-like environments are extremely beautiful, its story is surprisingly good, and the game is very scary at times. Overall, an excellent experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
More like this please!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Baby crawl through the night and your subconuss just tries to scare the pizza out of you with all these hallucinations and balogne and its like cmon bro get along with your sub conncess no need to be poopin all over eachother over just be cool my man
Also its like you gotta solve the puzzle but your a baby so fine motor control hasnt been invented in your body yet so you just gotta go with the floow and hope abradolf lincler doesnt try and eat you teddy bear tyronne
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I'd say this game is more creepy than scary. Although it has a good story, even if it's a bit short I suggest this game because of the idea, the subject and the fact that you finally see the world from the eyes of a toddler on a wild journey through what you could call, a nightmare.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
It’s hard to know how big an effect a parent’s actions can have on children, until certain mannerisms start to materialise in that child’s behaviour. In Among the Sleep, you’ll be confronted by such scenes that might bring a tear to the eye of parents who play through. I’m not a parent myself, but at the end I couldn’t help staring at the screen in bewilderment of what I had just played through. Read more in our Among the Sleep review below.

Having just finished watching the film “Room”, I was reminded just how much an adult’s behaviour can impact the lives of their children. Among the Sleep touches on quite a lot of issues that parents face, but more importantly, it takes you on a two-year old toddlers journey through a world of imagination that depicts just how different a child’s perception of their surroundings is.

There is so much about Among the Sleep’s story that I’d love to talk about, but unfortunately that would involve spoiling the majority of the game. I’m going to do my best to touch upon certain aspects without potentially ruining the experience of those who are yet to play it.

Happy Birthday

The beginning of Among the Sleep starts with the toddling protagonist downing a glass of drink. Because of the way you are first seeing the world through the rounded walls of a drinking glass, my first impression was that I might be witnessing a birth scene. But as I moved my mouse around, more and more of the world became visible. Eventually I was left looking at the beaming face of the toddler’s mother. It was the two-year old’s birthday and the mother was preparing a cake.

As you wait for the cake to be presented to you, you’re given the opportunity to look around the kitchen, and even play with an abacus. Finally mother comes back with the cake and cuts a slice for mister toddler to eat. Unfortunately, before we got to sink our teeth into this tasty looking cake, we were interrupted by a knock at the door of the toddler’s house.

Here’s where the strangeness begins. Distortion lines start to appear around everything and the sound becomes muted. A growing feeling of unease pierces the atmosphere. Just as you’re starting to think you’ve fallen into a scene from Paranormal Activity, the distortion dissipates when you hear the mother shout “NO!”, and slam the door.

Back she comes with a present in her hands and a face conveniently disguised with a big smile. But before you’re allowed to open it, she picks you up and takes you and the present upstairs. You get placed in a playpen and the present is set down upon a chest of drawers. When the mother leaves the room, you gain control of the toddler.

The usual ‘WASD’ keys control your movement while the mouse is used to look around. Also, ‘left-click’ allows you to interact with objects. Obviously toddlers aren’t known for their jumping prowess, so instead of jump, the ‘space-bar’ allows you climb onto platforms such as chairs and open drawers. Holding ‘shift’ lets you sprint for a short period of time, but instead of being presented with a stamina gauge, you’ll simply fall over when you can no longer keep up the pace. The ‘control’ key drops you to the floor and allows you to crawl through narrow nooks and crannies.

Eventually you come across Teddy. A loveable soft toy who accompanies you on your adventure. In the toddler’s mind, Teddy can talk, and informs you that by pressing ‘F’ to cuddle him, you’ll feel safer. What he really means is that he’ll light up and allow you to see in really dark places. To be honest, I was constantly pressing ‘F’ because it gets quite creepy in the dark… Not only is Teddy a provider of light, but he also acts as a guide to the toddler.

Playing Around

The gameplay in Among the Sleep mainly consists of solving puzzles. Each puzzle rewards you with a memory that’s required for progressing to the next area of the game. The puzzles are relatively simple and won’t require a lot of thinking to solve, but the journey involved in solving each puzzle takes you through some incredibly imaginative environments; from dark, creepy playgrounds, to mazes of bookshelves haunted by a tall, crazy-haired, lurching monster.

Speaking of monsters, you’re not going to find as many of them out in the dark as you believed you would as a child. However, in later areas of the game, the tall monsters will appear more frequently. If they catch you, you’ll be in trouble and have to start again from a previous checkpoint. Thankfully the checkpoints come around often, and you won’t be replaying certain parts of puzzles over and over.

Among the Sleep incorporates a great physics engine that allows you to open drawers, cupboards, fridges and interact with pretty much anything you can see. Some puzzles and achievements require you to pick up certain items and throw them. This gives things an extra injection of realism and also lengthens the overall gameplay experience.

An extra little incentive when playing Among the Sleep are the many toddler-like drawings scattered around each area. The drawings depict some scenes we can only imagine are events the toddler has lived through.

All throughout Among the Sleep, you’ll be followed by a feeling of unease. Teddy will whisper to you that things look dangerous and you should be careful. Creepy sounds and crescendos in the music add a feeling of panic to your journey, and when you first encounter the creepy, tall, crazy-haired monster, you’ll be looking over your shoulder every time you hear something out of the ordinary.

Aesthetic Charm

From the moment you are taken upstairs and witness the introduction credits apparate before your eyes in the form of glowing lights, you can tell that you’re in for a visual treat. The graphics have a cartoony feel to them, resembling something you might see in a Pixar film. Everything in the real world is drawn with such bright, vivid colours. Each colour stands out the way you’d imagine a toddler to see them. In contrast, the imaginary world is dark, full of shadows and incorporates creepy distorted shapes to the overall design of things.

Playing as a toddler, you would expect their movement to be quite wobbly and Krillbite Studios certainly deliver in terms of wobbliness. It definitely injects an extra bit of realism to the character you are playing. Otherwise it might just feel like you’re playing as any FPS character in an overgrown world.

The soundtrack is eery and coats everything with an unnerving sheen. Sounds and effects raise goosebumps on your skin, especially when the monsters commence their pursuit of your tiny form.

Final Thoughts

Among the Sleep is truly a masterpiece and tells a story we’re all too familiar with. This could be confronting to some, but the way it plays out through the eyes and imagination of a toddler, portrays it in a different light. Those of you who aren’t parents might stop and reflect on the adventure you’ve just played through. Parents might shed a tear or go and give an extra hug to their children.

The entire game is so smooth to play, and although it only lasts for around three hours, you’ll feel like those three hours just flew by. Krillbite Studios have added Steam achievements to the game, so there’s a bit of replayability in terms of collecting everything and unlocking each achievement.

If you’re looking for a game that relies more on telling a rich story rather than throwing you deep into an action-packed shootout, Among the Sleep will not disappoint. It’s story will leave you speechless but you won’t be able to help yourself from wanting more.

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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
So let me start out by saying i love this game i was so excited the day it came out.Its a really good playthrough with some twist and turns.Its just really short. They did come out with a free dlc which i think i enjoyed more then the main story for some reason lol but that only adds 30-45 minutes of playtime.If your thinking about getting it i would wait until theres a sale but other then that i would definitely recommend it. I think everyone who loves these kind of games should experience it.

If you want to check out the free dlc here is some gameplay of it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=useFv0ybfLg
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Great game! But i almost wet myself when the shadow jumped in front of me...
+ a great story!
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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Decent game, fun story, short playthrough though.
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