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Among the Sleep will leave you speechless

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What does the world look like when you’re a toddler? Do you remember the sounds, the colors, or even your mother’s lullabies? What about your nightmares and/or night terrors? Thankfully, most of us don’t remember these horrifying things. However, in Among the Sleep by Krillbite Studio, you’ll be reminded – or at least will experience once again – about all of these things, and not necessarily in a good way.

Successfully funded on Kickstarter in May of 2013, Among The Sleep is about a two-year-old toddler who wakes up in the middle of the night and sees his (or her) new birthday gift, a fluffy and patched teddy bear named Teddy, get dragged away by unseen forces. Next thing you know, your crib is tipped over and you’re on your own, crawling the dark hallways in search of your new best friend. When you do find him, this is when the story begins as you and Teddy must look for your mother.

Among The Sleep is one of the most terrifying games I have ever played. Even in broad daylight.

I don’t want to tell more in case of possible spoilers but let me just say this: Among The Sleep is one of the most terrifying games I have ever played — even in broad daylight. The atmosphere in which your world unfolds is a very tense one, offering jump scares, horrifying-looking monsters, and a soundtrack to leave you with goosebumps and a fast-beating heart, leaving you on the edge of your chair as you try to figure out the many puzzles the game has to offer. But don’t let the darkness fool you: Among The Sleep is not only a horror game, but it has really deep psychological meanings behind it. I can’t say more. You’ll have to experience the game for yourself to find out!

Some of the strong points Among The Sleep has to offer are a great soundtrack filled with scary noises and a lullaby you’ll be humming for days, beautiful designs set in eerie levels, a storyline that will keep you speculating until the very end, and you will get to experience how scary the world can be through the eyes of a two-year-old child… once again. The controls are easy to get used to as you’ll be crawling, walking, running, and climbing all over the levels. The graphics are wonderful despite a few bugs that can be found in the game, but overall, Among The Sleep felt clean and easy to navigate through.

I’ve purchased the game on Steam and was happy to see that there were achievements and cards to collect for badges. Unfortunately, only four achievements were available. Someone who is not going for those isn’t going to care. However, I absolutely love achievements and this would have made me go through the story once again. In the game’s defence, I will probably be playing again because I now see bits and clues that I’ve missed through the game about its progression and reason to be, after experiencing the ending.

The graphics are wonderful despite a few bugs that can be found in the game, but overall, Among The Sleep felt clean and easy to navigate through.

I have mentioned jump scares before but I should specify that those aren’t the focus of the game. It isn’t about cheap scares and the fear of progressing. You’ll find yourself compelled to run to the finish line because you want to know what is going on. The story is intriguing and keeps you going right until the very end. And then you’ll need to play again to go back and see the things you’ve missed.

I would recommend this game to anyone, and to parents especially, as Among The Sleep will reach out to loving mothers and fathers. It is a very emotional game in a lot of respects. Lately, we had one of our staff members, Nick, stream the game on Twitch and it was very interesting to see it being played by a person who is not a parent. It’s a whole new world through his eyes and Krillbite Studio did an amazing job creating a world for everyone to enjoy — or rather for everyone to soil their pants in. If you love going through games for the story, go and buy it. If you love playing horror games to be scared out of your wits, go buy it. If you can’t play it because it is too scary for you, you can watch my Let’s Play of it from part one.

And then go buy it because you’ll probably want to play it.

Among The Sleep
  • Gameplay
  • Eye Candy
  • Sounds and Music
  • Immersion

Summary

GOOD THINGS
You'll be left wanting more
Beautiful graphics and soundtrack
Deep psychological meanings
Easy to navigate through

BAD THINGS
A few graphical bugs
Few Steam achievements

4.8

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