In Back to Bed you guide the sleepwalker Bob to the safety of his bed by taking control of his subconscious guardian named Subob. Together they will travel through a surreal and painting-like dream world, avoiding dangers and getting safely back to bed.
User reviews: Very Positive (187 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2014
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About This Game

Back to Bed is an artistic 3D puzzle game with a surreal twist. It tells the story of Bob, an unlucky narcoleptic who has a tendency of falling asleep in his boring office and then proceeding to sleepwalk into the dangers of the big city. Luckily, Bob has a subconscious guardian named Subob, whom spawns from the mind of Bob and whose job it is to protect the sleepwalker from any danger and guide him back to the safety of his bed.

The ever vigilant Subob must guide the constantly sleepwalking Bob on a journey through a series of surreal painting-like cityscapes where the boundary between Bob's dreams and reality have vanished, as Subob is part of Bob's subconsciousness. The result is an artistic dream world that is recognizable, yet totally different from the real world, where many things are not what they seem and dangers to the sleepwalker lurks deeper in.

Key features

  • Unique surreal and artistic game universe
    A strange but beautiful dream universe that mixes elements from the real world and the world of dreams to create something unique, surreal and sometimes a bit scary.

  • Isometric puzzle levels
    Navigate detailed 3D puzzles that defy the laws of physics, wherein the player must manipulate the strange environment to create a safe path for Bob and avoid the dangers of the puzzle.

  • Two characters as one
    Play as the embodied subconsciousness, in the form of a small guardian creature, trying to save its own sleepwalking body from dangers of the the dream world.

  • Picturesque visual style
    Discover the feeling of playing in a piece of art set in a digital frame. A visual style inspired by hand-painted techniques, surreal art and impossible shapes.

  • Nightmare mode
    Unlock a hard mode of the game, made for those who truly want to test their puzzle solving skills and enjoy thinking many steps ahead, or who are just too stubborn to give up.

Best played with controller

Back to Bed is best played with a controller, but fear not, if you do not possess one, mouse can still be used.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent (lower might work but is untested)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, NVIDIA 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, several Logitech and miscellaneous controllers.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent (lower might work but is untested)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, several Logitech and miscellaneous controllers.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer (other distros may work)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent (lower might work but is untested)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, NVIDIA 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, some Logitech and miscellaneous controllers. Please follow this link if vsync and/or aa does not work. Japanese and Chinese is not supported on Linux.
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Back to Bed is a casual puzzle game with short, (mostly) simple levels and an abstract, surreal atmosphere. It is a very short game, with simple mechanics and a lack of depth… however, the small offering of gameplay it does have should be enjoyable enough for puzzle-game lovers. Still, the game’s clear defining feature is the atmosphere, which is clearly inspired by Salvador Dali’s famous “Dream Sequence” in the 1945 movie Spellbound.

The main gameplay takes the form of puzzles in which you move your character from an isometric viewpoint to safely guide the sleepwalking NPC, Bob, to his bed. The puzzle aspect of the game revolves around the methods you must use to manipulate the rules of the gameworld to alter Bob’s path without letting him die. The puzzles are mostly easy; the NPC won’t die unless he collides with specific objects— in which case the level restarts. Fortunately if he sleepwalks right off the edge of the platform, he will simply respawn at the start; so you can let him loop around while you figure out how to solve the level.

Once you beat the game you will unlock “Nightmare Mode,” which is more challenging, but still relatively simple. The “Nightmare Mode” felt to me like what I would have personally preferred as the baseline difficulty. It will actually make you think a bit, and is significantly more fun.

This “easiness” of the game only contributes to the fact that the game is very short. There are only 30 levels, most of which can be solved in a minute or less. In “Nightmare Mode” you will replay the same 30 levels, only you must hit several points on each map instead of just the end one. This will take a little longer to play through. Expect two to four hours if you play through both modes. There is also an achievement for speed running the game in less than 45 minutes.

As I alluded to earlier, what makes the game stand out from other short and mediocre puzzler/platform-lite games is: the well-crafted, surreal atmosphere. As the game is related to sleep, sleepwalking, and the “subconscious,” the art style and soundscape are purposefully very abstract and dreamlike. The whole dreamlike ambiance in the game is undeniably a direct homage to Dali’s work and is definitely very well put together.

Back to Bed is certainly an enjoyable affair, albeit a short one. This game is great for any fan of the genre that might be looking for something casual and light that still offers a quaint experience. It is the kind of game you can just zone into and beat in one sitting. If you understand this and it sounds like something you would enjoy then I would posit it would be a pretty safe bet for you.

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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Back to Bed throws together abstract and surreal art styles to create a unique-looking puzzle game that never quite develops its mechanics to the extent of its potential. However, the surrealist style is unlike anything else out there and as a short but affordable puzzle game, Back to Bed is worth a look.Suffering from narcolepsy Bob’s stressful condition means he’s frequently sleepwalking in some bizarre and dangerous dreamscapes. Controlling Bob’s subconscious, dog-like helper, you must place Magritte apples and later, fish bridges, in Bob’s way and guide him back to his bed. Thwarting you are fish trains, aggressive dogs, holes in the ground and the evil morning alarm clock.The best strategy is usually to allow Bob to wander off into the void while you take the level in. If the chronic sleepwalker falls off the level then he just gets deposited back at the beginning without interrupting your flow. I found myself doing that anyway as the mixture of Dali, Escher and Magritte art styles provide some stunning backdrops to the puzzle action.Reminiscent of Echochrome, the impossible architecture and disquieting staring eyes that gaze upon Bob’s otherworldly walking are truly unique. The problem is that they mask the rather plain puzzle mechanics that Back to Bed uses and never really develops further than it could.With only two campaigns available the game is only a few hours long, quicker if you have the kind of brain needed for this type of puzzle mechanic, and although you unlock a Nightmare Mode after completion there’s not enough here to fully explore the mechanics possible. That said, it’s rewarding to get Bob back to safety in the normal mode and the difficulty ratchets up nicely as you progress adding the fish bridge mechanics and enemies that cause a reset of the level if they wake up Bob. Aside from the surrealist art-style mash up that amazes and unsettles you, Back to Bed also has a very weird sounding narrator explaining the simple mechanics occasionally. It’s close to being ridiculously silly but fits in perfectly with the style of the game and when playing you know you’re in the hands of someone with a unique style they wanted to convey.I feel a little caught in the middle with Back to Bed. It’s a very stylish looking game with a unique surrealist bent but the puzzle mechanics don’t feel developed enough to fully engage me yet. The payoff for finishing the game isn’t enough to make some of the levels worthwhile and it feels like Back to Bed is selling itself short by being constricted to just two campaigns. That said, Back to Bed is reasonably priced and if you’re a fan of the art-style mentioned or want something a little different to play for a few hours then there’s value here.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
pretty good puzzle game where you have to lead Bob to his bed using some items from the scenario.
you can end the game pretty fast like 1 hour more or less,
but then you unlock the nightmare mode with harder puzzles
and the achivements can extend your gameplay time too
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Back to Bed is a puzzle game that is easy on the eyes and pretty easy on the mind as well. It is a short game with a beautifully created unsubstantial and abstract environment and has a very unique voice for the narrator. I love puzzle games and this game was far from a challenge, it was too easy. It's recreation for kids. 6.5/10.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Weird game to play, loved the artwork across each and every wall!
I absolutely love the concept of helping him get back to bed...
As well as the puzzles involved to manipulate his movement in order to get him to safety...

I may also add that the levels become harder and harder - great for people that love a challenge!

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