It usually takes me about a week to review a game. That didn’t happen here because this game is only two hours long.
In Among The Sleep you play as a nameless two year old child. The game started off quite slowly and I had to endure some of the worst voice acting I’ve ever heard, but after about 15 minutes you get to actually control the main protagonist.
Among The Sleep does a good job at making you feel helpless. All of your movements are very wobbly because you’re a baby and you have problems getting around. You move faster by crawling, but this felt strange to me because I have a two year old and she can run very fast without losing her balance.
Among The Sleep is filled with small puzzles for you to solve. None of them will challenge you in anyway whatsoever. I like how I have to move things around in order to reach higher places. Opening doors is obviously challenging for a two year old so you’ll have to play Rugrats and climb on top of things so you can reach the doorknob.
The best thing about Among The Sleep is the soundtrack. It’s creepy and really sets the tone of the game as you’re crawling through hallways and avoiding the big bad monster that seems to be stalking you while you try and find out what’s going on.
The story was alright, but it was ruined by the abrupt ending. I know what the ending means so understanding it isn’t an issue. It was just disappointing and honestly this game isn’t scary at all.
Once I learned how to avoid the monster it became a cake walk. Graphically, this game looks okay. It’s nothing spectacular and it won’t blow you away, but it gets the job done. The animations are terrible though. When my mother lifted me off of the ground and carried me into my crib I saw her arms along side her. So how in the hell did she pick me up?
And why is a two year old still in a crib? There are some inconsistencies, but they’re not major problems. I just feel like they should be mentioned.
The gameplay leaves much to be desired. Among The Sleep isn’t fun to play. When you’re in a really dark area you can hug your teddy bear to light the way for you and he’ll always have something to tell you about your current situation, but I just didn’t care about any of it at all.
I didn’t care about the ending or what happened to the little boy because the story that was told to us isn’t a really good one and when a game like this isn’t scary it should at least have a good story, but it doesn’t. It’s just an okay story backed by some excellent music and ambient sounds.
Among The Sleep is okay, it isn’t bad and I know I might have made it sound that way, but I did find some enjoyment as exploring my surroundings as a toddler. It was something I’ve never experienced before, but honestly I’d rather not play this game again. There just isn’t enough here for me to recommend this game or want to play it again.
Our Verdict: 6/10
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