Among the Sleep is a first-person survival-horror video game that was developed by Krillbite Studio. The game was released on May 29th, 2014, and it is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game puts the player in the shoes of a defenseless infant whose mother has just been abducted. After waking up in the middle of the night, the player starts exploring the dark corners looking for comfort. While searching for clues, the toddler is accompanied by a teddy bear named Teddy who was a present from his father. Teddy is no ordinary bear, he can speak and once hugged he can shine a light to brighten the path.
The search for the mother quickly leads the toddler and Teddy into a small cabin and the door inside leads them on a journey through several surreal environments. In order to find his mother, the toddler has to find four memories that take the forms of four different objects. All of these objects are briefly shown at the start of the game. The mother’s pendant is from her necklace that is shown right at the start of the game, the music box is shown when she plays to put him to sleep, there is also the story book and the pink elephant. To make matters worse, while the toddler is searching for these four memories, he is pursued by a feminine figure and a trench coat-wearing figure.
The whole gameplay in Among the Sleep is seen from the view of a toddler. The toddler can walk or crawl around the place. Running is also an option, but the two-year-old toddler will fall down if it runs for too long. The player can also interact and drag objects around, open drawers and climb them to reach the doorknobs and higher ground. There are objects that can be stored in the inventory and can be used later in the game.
As we said earlier, Teddy is a bear that can emit light once hugged, and help the toddler navigate through dark environments. However, the light loses its potency after a while, but it will recharge quickly if left unused. The biggest problem the toddler has is that he is helpless against the feminine shadow figure and the trench coat-wearing figure. All he can do is crawl and hide in wardrobes or under a piece of furniture. Luckily, there are clear indications set in place when the monsters are about to appear such as blurring of the toddler’s vision or hearing the feminine monster hum a slow lullaby.
In summary, Among the Sleep is a great horror experience that is more interested in exploring a childhood trauma rather than providing big scares. Seen through the eyes of a toddler, the game builds an engaging and terrifying experience.