Review: Among the Sleep
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||T - Teenagers|
|My Rating:||Ages 13 and up|
|Genre:||First Person Puzzler / Horror|
|Review Published On:||January 15th, 2020|
This uses a checkpoint system: whenever you reach a certain spot in a chapter, solve a puzzle, or collect an item, the game automatically saves your progress. There are a TON of these checkpoints, so don't worry about losing progress.
This game tells a story about an unfortunately commonplace situation many children deal with at home. Going into more detail here would spoil the story, so read the Concerns and Issues entry below for more details if you want.
The first major difference between this game and most other horror games is the player character. You're not seeing the world through the eyes of a police officer, hardened detective, or even an adult. Instead, you've taken on the role of a toddler. This has several side effects, the most obvious one being that everything is much larger than you. Even simple actions like opening an unlocked door can be a challenge when you're too small to reach the doorknob.
But the biggest twist happens after the first act: after you've been put into your crib for the night, your new teddy bear is taken away by some unseen force. Then, for some reason the crib falls over, and you're left alone in the dark. This is where the real adventure begins, as you rescue Teddy and begin searching for your mother. I'm also fairly sure that you're actually dreaming from this point onwards, as most of game takes place in an imaginary wonderland.
However, this isn't a happy place. It's clear that it once was, but every location has been tainted somehow. And that's the real horror behind this game: through the use of symbolism and scribbled drawings, it tells the story of a very real monster many people throughout the world grew up facing. This time, the antagonist isn't some deranged serial killer or supernatural demon from beyond the veil; it's a real person with a real problem, and it's negatively affecting their life and their child.
Once you start peeling away the layers and making connections between events, you might realize what's going on before the big reveal. I certainly did, and I don't think that's a bad thing at all. This isn't a happy topic, and I think it's explored extremely well via this game. I'd highly recommend taking this one for a spin -- the message alone is worth it. On the downside, this game might bring back some bad memories for players who have had to deal with these "monsters" in real life, so if you're really worried, see the Concerns and Issues section below for the details.
Points of Interest
Concerns and Issues
Now, there's a huge difference between having the occasional drink and being an alcoholic, but judging by the number of bottles strewn about and the way it affects her, it's safe to say that Mommy needs help at this point. We'll never know if she gets that help, as the game ends shortly after the big reveal, but we can all learn a lesson from this adventure: If we're willing to admit how we look to others when we've been drinking, perhaps we can prevent more monsters from wandering around.