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.Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!