Among The Sleep is a first-person survival horror game. Released in 2014 for PC, 2015 for PS4, 2016 for Xbox One. An enhanced edition which included the DLC and museum was released for PC n 2017, and 2019 for Switch.
The game begins with David celebrating his second birthday with his mother. It is soon interrupted by a visitor. The game suggests David’s parents are divorced.
David hears his mother arguing with the visitor and his fear is presented as blurred vision. Soon after, his mother returns with a gift. David’s mother takes him to his bedroom to open his gift but before she can open it, the phone rings and she puts David in his playpen.
This is now where the player gains control and finally begins playing the game. You have the ability to walk, run for a short period, crawl which is the fastest way to move, climb, and grab items.
After exploring the room, you find Teddy hiding and giggle in the toy box. The Teddy Bear was David’s gift. Teddy talks and asks David about things in his room. Eventually, they explore a creepy closet together before his mother puts him to bed.
David awakes in the middle of the night after his crib is pushed over and finds Teddy in the washing machine who says something is not right.
And so begins the two-year-old’s nightmarish journey to find his mother.
Among The Sleep is only around 4 hours long. Probably less if you don’t try to get all the collectible drawings. It’s definitely a creepy game. It always has an unsettling and unsafe feeling. They did a great job with the creepy atmosphere in the game.
There are only a few monsters but some parts you really have to be careful so they don’t catch you.
I feel they did everything well from the child’s movements to the whole feel of the game and the story though it is quite heartbreaking.
Problems I had with the game were I had to restart it three times. There is something wrong with the save system. Not everyone experiences it but doing research, I found out I wasn’t the only one who had that problem. I would collect a new memory, reach the chapter, and decided to take a break for a bit. Upon returning, I would find the game had erased my progress and started me back at the first chapter.
I beat the game by just playing through the whole game without taking any breaks. It took me about 4 hours, maybe a bit less. Although it is not a long game, the save system not working properly is quite frustrating. I had wanted to take my time with it but had to complete it in one playthrough to even be able to beat it.
The character also got stuck on things a lot. That was frustrating especially at parts where an enemy was prowling about.
I have the enhanced edition with the DLC of the prologue and the museum. The museum is quite cool. It shows monsters that they decided not to put in the game and even the original ending.
It seems the original story was different than the one that ended up in the game. And it was really cool, perhaps a bit horrifying, to see the original ending.
Among The Sleep is a very creepy game with a good but heartbreaking story. I enjoyed it very much. The bugs, however, did make it frustrating. And I was not happy about having to restart it more than once.
If you want a good creepy horror game, I do recommend giving this a try.