Welcome to our regular gameplay impressions and video post where we record our first 10-30 minutes with a new game, and provide some general impressions on that early playthrough. Today’s game is: Among the Sleep from developer Krillbite Studio.
By now it feels like if it’s possible within the horror genre than some developer has done it. From survival horror featuring a lanky white-faced man in a suit to explorations of dank prisons that feature only a night vision camera, the genre is certainly in need of new ideas.
Enter Among the Sleep, a game that likely wouldn’t have made it off the ground a decade ago, but thanks to the growing indie scene can now find an audience. And trust us when we say this is a game that needs to be seen by more people, especially horror fans.
The premise of the game is fairly straightforward. Players take control of a two-year-old toddler who, after some particularly troubling nighttime visions, sets off on a “quest” to find his mother. The toddler can’t do much aside from pull and push objects, and hug his/her teddy bear for a source of light.
But where Among the Sleep might be lacking in terms of deep mechanics, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. It might not be for the faint of heart, but this is a game that’s best played with headphones on and the volume turned up. Also, if you happen to have one of those Oculus Rift VR headsets lying around, we suspect that’s the optimum way to play the game, but few have access to the peripheral just yet.
Either way, Among the Sleep is a clever spin on the horror/suspense genre. It uses a few very straightforward mechanics well, and creates a creepy mood and atmosphere that is almost impossible to shake-off.
In a way, the game calls to mind the same atmosphere created by another great indie, Gone Home; but where that game was focused on subverting genre conventions this game seems more concerned with putting its own unique twist on them. If you’re looking for some scares, we highly recommend giving Among the Sleep a look.
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Among the Sleep is available now for $19.99 on Steam.
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