Among The Sleep Review

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Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure game. The player is placed into the eyes of a two year old baby boy on a mysterious night where something dangerous is lurking within the house that he lives in. The player is tasked to find his mother before whatever is after the child is able to capture him. The game begins with the baby boy that the player will play as, celebrating his birthday with his mother. After a series of events, the boy will find himself in his room which is where a tutorial of the games mechanics will take place. This is also the location where you will meet your companion that will stand by you throughout the game, a talking teddy bear that goes by the name of Teddy. After eventually being put to sleep by your mother, you awake to a night of mystery as you embark on a quest through your house to find your lost mother.

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Among The sleep is presented as a first person horror adventure that places you right into the eyes and actions of a two year old baby boy. Krillbite Studio did a tremendous job of making you feel that you are truly playing as a baby. For example, you have to walk very slowly and instead of being able to run to move faster, you must crawl on the floor. These gameplay decisions are subtle, yet make complete sense when you are playing as a two year old child.  Another example is whenever a door blocks your path it is not a simple task to open the door like it would be in another game. Instead, part of the challenge of being a baby is that you are forced to find creative ways to reach the doorknob and open the door. Ways to do this consist of: pulling chairs close to it or climbing on furniture. It is a different way to think about progressing through a game but makes complete sense when playing as a two year old child. The gameplay also consists of solving different kinds of puzzles and finding keys to unlock specific doors in order to advance. Teddy is also a key part of the gameplay as he is able to guide you through the house by lighting up very dark areas within it. He also serves as your guide and gives you moral support throughout your adventure. The game does create a creepy atmosphere, but has very few actual scare moments which I thought the game could have done better to really immerse you into the creepy setting. The gameplay is simplistic but it works and I found it to be a fun and unique experience.

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The story involves you guiding the baby boy on a quest to find his mother on a dangerous night with something mysterious occurring. The story is very short and not much more can be said other then what was mentioned above, without spoiling the experience. I will leave it to you to discover this fun journey for yourself. Among The Sleep can be completed in as little as two hours and offers little too no replay value after you have beaten the story, with the exception of a few clever and fun achievements that can be achieved.

Final Verdict:

Among The Sleep is a unique first person horror adventure that will keep you entertained from start to finish. It has an entertaining story and an interesting premise that is executed very well. The environments are well done and they create a creepy atmosphere, but more scare tactics could have been utilized to create a greater sense of danger and urgency throughout the game. Among The Sleep will conclude before you know it, however, it is a psychological thrill ride and a journey that is well worth taking.

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Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating : Silver Game

Developer: Krillbite Studio

Publisher:  Krillbite Studio

Available On: Steam (Windows PC | Mac OS X | Linux)

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Matthew Myrick on 20140625 and was last modified on 20140625 .