There's no reason to be afraid of the dark. Fed up with his fear of the dark, Sam transforms himself into Pajama Sam - world's youngest superhero and resolves to confront Darkness! With help from King the mine car, Otto the boat, and a host of fascinating characters.
User reviews: Very Positive (267 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 4, 1996

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Packages that include this game

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Contains the following Pajama Sam games:
Pajama Sam In: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside (1996)
Pajama Sam's Sock Works (1997)
Pajama Sam's Lost & Found (1998)
Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening (1998)
Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet (2000)
Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff! (2003)

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Reviews

“If your child has any lingering fear of the dark, this software is a must!”
100 – Gamer's Zone

“With this Pajama Sam title Humongous have produced a wonderfully entertaining game with an equally entertaining story.”
100 – Quandary

“Though sure to keep children entertained and engaged for hours, this charming adventure will bring plenty of smiles to their parents as well.”
83 – 1UP

About This Game

Sam is an ordinary kid who, with the help of his red cape, turns into "superhero" Pajama Sam. In No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside, Pajama Sam journeys into the land of darkness (his closet) to face his fears. Help Pajama Sam figure out who or what is behind the darkness and realize that there is no need to hide when it’s dark outside!

Game Features:

  • Think, listen, explore--fun learning encourages critical thinking, fosters listening and memory skills, and reinforces good social skills.
  • Cartoon-quality learning adventure where you choose where the characters go.
  • Explore exciting locations and collect information to complete the adventure.
  • The adventure changes each time you play!

This product uses ScummVM across Windows, Mac and Linux which is released under the GNU GPL v2.
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The GNU GPL can be viewed here - https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Helpful customer reviews
386 of 411 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
564.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I was brought before the devil.. He peered at me with his glowing yellow eyes, echoing greed across the craven cavern. Or rather, I was cravenly, for I had been presented to Satan himself. But I held fast, knowing these might be my last words I may ever speak again.

"Let's make a deal, you son of a ♥♥♥♥♥."

The devil smirked, for he had made a million handshakes over a million deals, and this one would be no different. Men had cowardly traded their souls for greed, power, women. What would be the predictable request of this one?

"Speak."

I gulped, for gulping was quite the only appropriate response. Hesitantly, I returned fire.

"Half Life 3. You give me Half Life 3, and I give you my soul."

The lord of hellfire stroked his mangled beard. A proposition so ridiculous, there was certainly a string attached loosely, but a string Satan himself wanted to attach.

"Too easy. Your soul? Please. I have billions upon billions."

I recoiled, then fired back.

"Then what do you have in mind?

Satan once again gave his beard a tug, deep in thought. He carefully perused his mind for ideas, then rested upon one only he could conjure up. A nightmare so nightmarish that a nightmare would never hold a candle.

"You will get your Half Life. I will promise that. But you will do something for me."

"... Yes. Yes, what do you want?"

"You will play a game that few play, a jewel lost in the desert of Steam. You will make a pilgrimage. You will play Pajama Sam. You will be afraid of the dark that shrouds the outside, you will quiver and hide in terror."

I stumbled backwards, jumbling and fumbling, I could not comprehend his request. It was that of a villain, a villain who could be none other than the demon who guards the gates of Hell.

"Very well, and if I don't?"

"I will take your soul at this very moment, and that will be the end of it. You will never see Gordon Freeman wield a crowbar ever again."

"So what, I just play this stupid game and get Half Life 3?"

The devil smirked, for tricks and turns were his finely tuned speciality.

"No, it is not the mere act of playing, but the act of dedication, of concentration, of disassociated delusion."

I put my foot forward, taking part no more in his babbling.

"Enough riddles, demon. Explain what I must do."

A long pause seperated the two for what could have been an entire eternity.

"One thousand hours. You will play Pajama Sam for a thousand hours."

I think he wanted to break me. I knew he wanted to break me. But I had come this far, and I would not be beat.

"It's a deal,"

The fallen angel adopted an expression of absolute shock.

"Excuse me?"

I firmly restated my position.

"It's a deal, you son of a ♥♥♥♥♥. I will put in my time. I will conquer this game again, and again, and again, a thousand agains until the time count brings you to your knees."

"You're a fool."

"No. You see, I'm not afraid. I won't hide."

"You won't hide?"

"Not when it's dark outside."
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Well, here we are, burning.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
sock collecting simulator 100/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
I'm a 17-year-old playing a game made for toddlers HAVING SAID THAT this game is really good with nice atmosphere and cute characters and humor, it's great for kids. a really nice, simple, point-and-click with a lot of life to it! I love this game as a kid and tbh i still love it now.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Whatever the reason, be it the sense of the unknown, the dulling of the sense we tend to rely on most, or some other more inherent instinct, at some point we've probably all shared a fear of the dark and what might be lurking in it. My solution to this was pulling the covers over my head and sleeping with the lights on, but I suppose I didn't have a surreal world living in my closet like Pajama Sam so I couldn't very well head out and attempt to capture darkness in my lunchbox.

Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside is the blanket garbed, flashlight wielding protagonist's debut and one of the few Humongous games I never got a chance to play as a kid. And that's a bit of a shame as it might possibly be the best written, most logical and entertaining series the studio put out in their edutainment boom.

Characters are lively and over the top, with clever writing and a lighthearted sense of humor that makes them delightful to interact with. The twisting art is somewhere between a haunted house and an Escher painting and still looks fantastic even with the original low resolution, clearly distinguishing between items you can pickup and packing a lot of charming little touches into almost every nook and cranny.

This certainly isn't the most challenging (or possessing any challenge whatsoever for that matter), but its simple puzzles are no less fun to solve and helping Sam and his friends overcome their feels is all kinds of heartwarming. Perhaps I'm simply biased toward all of Humongous's catalog, even those I never played, but whatever the case the hour or so I spent with NNtHWIDO (oof, that's some acronym) was a rather surprisingly entertaining bit of breezy adventure gaming, and I'm now eager to see what Sam's future endeavors have to offer.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXBAE00ysoI

An Instant Childhood Point-and-Click Classic from the Days of my Childhood, which consist of the old MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98 & Windows 98SE PCs in which you help Pajama Sam capture Darkness in the Land of Darkness by recovering his Superhero Gear (Pajama Sam Mask, Illuminator Mk. 5 Jr. Flashlight & Signature Edition All Metal Pajama Man Lunchbox aka Portable Bad-Guy Containment Unit).

[Deep in the bowels of an old power plant, a sinister plot is hatching...]

Darkness: Ha ha! At last the time has come to hatch my sinister plot!
This lever will activate my BLACKOUT GENERATOR and
the whole world will be thrown into eternal night!

Heroic voice: Not so fast, Darkness!

Darkness: Wha-?! PAJAMA MAN!

Pajama Man: That's right, fiend! And I have some gadgets of my own! Take that!

Darkness: AAARGH!! Not the Illuminator Mark 5!!!

Pajama Man: It takes 20 "D" batteries, you know. Do you have anything to say
before you're sucked into my portable bad guy containment unit?
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside - Raymond K. Turcotte

I love this game, the whole consept of it is quite unique in it's own way. Obviously it's a kids game, but now as a grown adult i still enjoy playing it. The whole seris "Pajama Sam" is like this one, brilliant!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
played when i was like 4.20 years old, played now, still couldnt find all the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ socks. this convoluted piece of ♥♥♥♥ sam ♥♥♥♥♥♥ keeps losing all the socks and it pisses me tf off. ♥♥♥♥ off sam i love you 8/8 m8 would find all socks for ♥♥♥♥
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside is a point and click adventure game for kids with a few educational aspects thrown in. The plot is based on a comic that the main character, Pajama Sam, reads. He is on a mission to venture into his closet and defeat darkness so he won't have to be afraid of the dark anymore. You mainly click around to go to different screens and explore. You can talk to other characters, pick up items, and click on various parts of the environments as well for reactions or clues. And key locations of items are changed between playthroughs, giving it a few different ways to play. There's a lot of voicework in the game, with many characters having multiple dialogues for continued clicks. There's also a good amound of music and lots of sound effects to help go along with the colorful, cartoon style. You'll need to use a bit of problem solving for getting items and figuring out where to use them. There are even a few minigames to try out. Plus, there's a side quest for the more adventurous players to try and collect 10 pairs of socks. The socks are hidden throughout the game so you'll have 20 to try and spot as you search the screens of the game. It's a nice little touch for some extra challenge. Oh, and some of the humor is actually pretty good.

However, there are problems with this game. While there are many things to click on in any given location, a majority of them are simply there as goofy asides. There are typically a variety of different reactions for each item, but all they do is distract you from the main game. They don't really add much atmosphere, instead generally being there to keep kids entertained. It makes sense, sure, but it's not really something I'd call good game design, regardless of the target audience. There are even a few parts that don't have any real point to them, depending on which random set of circumstances the game gives you on your playthrough. Sometimes areas will have things to interact with but no reason to do so. Not that the extra bits aren't nice for a little more world there, or possibly an area to house a sock or two, but they don't feel necessary enough to include without looking at it as padding just a little bit. There also doesn't seem to be much reason to get all the socks. Not that there NEEDS to be a reward, and possibly there is as I missed a few, but it seems like the game just ends and doesn't really give you much incentive to go get them other than just wanting to do it for yourself.

Overall, it's a surprisingly solid game. I just randomly won it in a giveaway and figured it was going to be some lame kids' game. It actually isn't too bad. It could do more, do some things better, and be more challenging... but I understand its for kids that would probably spend more time figuring it out as it is. I didn't grow up with this game. I'm not blinded by nostalgia. I just thought it was genuinely a nice little experience. My only gripe is that it costs 7 bucks. That's a bit steep for this game, unless you're actually getting it for a kid. If you're getting it to check it out and you're not a kid, especially considering it's on Steam, then you're better off waiting for a sale to get it for only a few bucks. I wouldn't say it's worth full price, but if you're curious, it IS worth checking out. Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside gets a 6 out of 10 for being an older game for kids that has held up over the years, even without the nostalgia.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I was lost, and now I am found. I was blind, but now I can see. I was in the darkest place in my life. I didn't know where to turn. I thought, "what is the point of life?" Then my friend gifted me Pajama Sam. This game saved my life. Pajama Sam was the hero I was looking for. He pulled me out of my darkness by telling me that I did not need to fear it. If you are struggling in life, pick up this masterpiece of a game. Let Pajama Sam be the hero in your life, and bring you out of your darkness. God bless Pajama Sam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
scary
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
GRATUITOUS EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
i play this
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
oh my gad this gam is amasing. it taut me how to live in the wurld we all live in now and it relly helped me threw hard times. I cry everitim i have to go to skool becas thers no pajam sam in that plase. so the only thing i ask u peeple is that yew all can halp me get pajam sam in skool so we can have fun time. i liekd the part of this gam when the tini ant in his hat starts to danse..its rally funy! WqreZSTXDTCFYGVUBHINJOwfdgw2@!#$%.............im sorry about all that random leters..i bashd my hed on the keybord becuz i was hapy for pajam sam. tank u for reeding this revew. now if youl exuse me..im gonna go ply sum more pajam sam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game makes me reflect on my youth..Ah youth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
The original, the nostalgiest and my favorite of the Pajama Sam games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Pajama Sam, what a classic nostalgic point and click game I remember playing a lot back in my youth. And funny seeing as how this kid is a fan of some comic book hero who goes around fighting crime, in his pajamas. As story wise, it's the classic, overcoming your fear of the darkness story. Sam, or Pajama Sam as he calls himself, travels to the Land of Darkness only to loose his stuff that he needs to fight Darkness. Now he needs to find them with the help of a western minecart named The King and a peter lory sounding boat named Auto. It was fun going back to this, everything is how I remembered. I only had one problem where I clicked on somthing and the animation wouldn't stop and I was stuck so I had to reset, too bad there ain't no save feature but then again it's a short game. So yeah, I was happy in seeing this game on Steam and was able to re-live part of my childhood, clicking on almost everything to make weird stuff happen, collecting socks, solving puzzles and of course a good ol fashion game of Cheese and Crackers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
if you don't have this in your library, you're not a real person
pros:
spooky
pajama sam is sexy
thick and detailed plot
realistic
amazing graphics
cons:
sometimes way to spooky

Pajama sam > freddi fish, no matter what anyone tells you
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
im not scared
find socks
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Pejema sem is truly a triumph of French ingenuity. With breaktaking load times and expertly crafted animated porn it is certainly a masterpiece to behold. Unfortunately this game gave my whole family tree chronic swamp ♥♥♥ so im afraid i cant recommend it to anyone. However it is worth enduring this crippling ailment in order to play the Snake minigame found in the mines outside of darknesses house. For this i rate this game 4/5 dead family members,viva la resistance.
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