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Among the Sleep

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Among the Sleep is a psychological horror game where you get to play as a two year old child. You get to experience the world through the eyes of a toddler with a vivid imagination that could easily scare your pants off. Welcome to an atmospheric horror game with an eerie feeling of helplessness. You are abruptly awoken one night and find the house completely dark and empty. You start searching for your mother, but she is nowhere to be found. What you find is a teddy bear that warns you that everything is not all right and that it is crucial to find out what is going on.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I did not know what I was getting into when I started playing the game.
I saw the cute logo, and the screenshots - and it looked like a nice walking simulator with puzzles, which you play as a little kid.
Boy, was I wrong!
The game literally made my skin crawl!
Now I'm not sure that a true horror game fan will like this game.
Horror games have become longer and scarier in recent years, and people playing them become desensitized - needed bigger and longer portions of horror to enjoy.
This is not the case here.
The game is relatively short.
And much less scary than Outlast and the likes.
But for someone like me, not used to horror games - it was scary AF!
One negative thing I do need to mention about the game - is the nausea it causes (to people susceptible to it).
Most modern first-person games don't cause nausea, as they run pretty smoothly.
The last game I've experienced nausea in was "Black Mesa", being on an outdate/unoptimized game engine.
Unfortunately, Among the Sleep suffers from the same issue.
Somehow the jerkiness, and the climbing, just did not sit well with me. And I couldn't play it more than 1 hour at a time.
Other than that - it's everything the other reviewers mentioned.
And you should at least check it out (if you enjoy these kind of games).

Review from Steam

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Highly recommend. Playing from a child's perspective was quite unique.

Review from Steam

I rate Among the Sleep: Enhanced Edition 3/5. OK. This is a pretty creepy, very tense and very short game with only one ending. Including its prologue, it only took me 5 hours to play through, so get it during a sale.
+ Great graphics which strike a perfect balance between a childlike cartoon style and an absolute creepfest of terror. What should be fairly ordinary, common, house-hold objects take on terrifying aspects.
+ But really, it’s the fantastic sound that makes this game as good as it is. I have never heard a heartbeat sound effect done so well and so subtly in ANY game. All the other ambient, environmental sounds also combine to create one of the most tense, foreboding atmospheres I have ever heard in a game.
+ Great idea to make your character be a defenseless 2 year old child. I have never felt so weak or helpless in any game. The consistency with which this game presents that first-person perspective is excellent. You walk poorly. You crawl faster but then can’t see as well. Everything is tall and most things seem hopelessly out-of-reach. You wind up constantly looking for things to hide beneath, just in case.
+ There’s no gore in this entire game but I found it to be one of the more creepy games I’ve ever played. Although this game is about a little kid, this game is not intended for little kids I think.
+ Don’t forget to play the ‘prologue’ in the level select menu. It is possibly even better than the main game However, it might be best to play it after you play the main game.
+/- This game features unlockable making-of extras in the form of a 3D museum of sorts. I think it would have been better to have ALL included background information about this game unlocked by default instead of hidden behind a requirement to collect various children’s drawings during the game. Why hide your work?
+/- The key bindings menu recognized my additional mouse buttons. However, the controls can be clunky at times. It is overly difficult to climb onto objects or to lift your feet over short changes in elevation. Sometimes you cannot easily get into cabinets or onto shelves which should be (and appear to be) easy to get into or onto.
+/- Dying isn’t scary. Being in danger of dying is really scary but actually dying isn't scary. This can cause dangerous situations to lose their sense of danger and this is one of the greatest challenges facing horror games; how do you maintain a sense of danger without making the game frustrating?
+/- This is, ultimately, a fairly easy game. The puzzles are usually straightforward though they do involve several basic fetch-quests. However it can be hard to know exactly where the game wants you to go.
+/- There is perhaps too much mystery in this game. Until you get to the end of the game you really don’t have any real clue as to what is really happening.
+/- The end is poignant and meaningful but it is also somewhat unsatisfying. You might feel like you, as a game player, went through a fairly anxious, stressful and tense game for not much of a reward. But perhaps that makes some sense too, given the game’s ending circumstances. This game's ending has important messages.
- There is only 1 ending for this game and the events in this very short game are so memorable that there is little reason to ever want to replay it. Hence, this game has no replay value.
So what we have here are 5 possibly overpriced, (unless you get this game on sale) fairly stressful, creepy hours of quasi-fun before you get to an ending which is so serious in its tone that, while it explains the game it also, in a way, spoils any sense of fun it previously had (and you might even guess the ending before you get there). This is all presented with nice graphics, truly excellent sound effects and from a very unique first-person perspective.
If Among the Sleep was a little longer and allowed more freedom to get different, alternate endings I’d almost certainly rate it higher (if its greater length didn’t also make it repetitive). As it is though, it’s merely OK but, if you get it cheap, it's certainly worth playing through once.

Review from Steam

Is the developer ok? What happened in their childhood?

Review from Steam

It's better than Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Review from Steam

Interesting view from the eyes of a baby on a very usual problems in family.
Great thing shown here is how an infant can try to interpret behavior of parents, their problems and arguments using just a small experience and knowledge about life.
Nobody is perfect, life situations can be not strictly good and bad, but more complex.
And when young family decides to have a children, already having problems in their relationship - this often leads to trauma for the kid.
I like such indie games, because they can ask hard, serious questions. And can show the consequences of our possible errors.
I enjoyed Among the Sleep. And can recommend you to do the same :)

Review from Steam

I like it. It's a good game.
Lovely art style, easy puzzles and sad story.
It isn't really horror, but a creepy atmosphere (O.O)

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