Among the Sleep

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Among the Sleep
Among the Sleep cover artwork.jpg
Cover artwork for Among the Sleep
Developer(s) Krillbite Studio
Producer(s) Ole Andreas Jordet
Designer(s) Anders Ugland
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
OS X
Linux
PlayStation 4
Release date(s) 29 May 2014
Genre(s) Survival horror, adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Among the Sleep is a first-person horror adventure video game developed by Krillbite Studio for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4 and Linux. It was released on 29 May 2014 in North America and Europe.

Story[edit]

The story begins as a toddler is having his birthday celebration at home with his mother. The celebration is interrupted by a visitor at the front door who is hidden from the player, but the story suggests it is the player's father, with whom the mother has divorced. The conversation is muffled and partly kept from the player as the mother raises her voice, refusing the father's request to see his son. The mother's angry tone frightens the toddler, whose fear is presented as blurred vision. Quickly, the mother returns with a gift, but the mother doesn't tell who the gift is from. Instead, she carries the child and gift upstairs to his room, a place of bright, warm colors and streaming sunlight. Before the present is opened, the telephone rings, and the mother leaves her son in his bedroom to play alone. The gift is revealed to be a sentient teddy bear. The bear introduces himself as Teddy. Teddy has a friendly, curious nature. After a few minutes playing together, they go into the closet, which turns out to be a large, dark room filled with long, black coats. Teddy says that if the boy gets scared in the dark, he can hug Teddy to feel more safe. The small adventure is ended by the mother finding them; she tells the child, gently, to "stop hiding from mommy" and puts him to bed. The boy wakes in the night to find Teddy being taken by an unseen force. His crib becomes overturned, and the player escapes. He leaves the bedroom and rescues Teddy from a washing machine. The bear grunts that 'something is not right', and that they need to find mother.

The search translates into a journey through several surreal environments. Teddy instructs the player to find four memories the boy shared with his mother that will lead them to her. The memories take the forms of four objects: Her pendant from her necklace shown at the start of the game, the music box she plays to put him to sleep at night, a story book, and the boy's pink elephant. Throughout the search, the player is pursued by a large, shadowed monster.

After the last memory is found, the boy and Teddy are captured by the monster and in the ensuing struggle, Teddy's arm is torn off as the boy falls into a large, dark room. He follows his mother's voice as she keeps telling him to leave her alone. He sees her drinking from a bottle as she transforms into a large, black monster before disappearing. The boy is left alone in the dark, with light coming from cracks in a nearby door. It leads the boy back to his own room. He heads downstairs to find his mother crying in the kitchen, the damaged bear in one hand, an empty wine bottle in the other, which she drops. When the player attempts to retrieve the bear, the mother knocks him over and shouts at the player to leave her alone. She apologizes and tells the toddler she "didn't mean to", and that "it's too much". The toddler has the option of briefly comforting his mother should the player interact with her again.

There is a knock at the front door that the mother doesn't react to; instead, she continues crying. When the toddler goes to the door, it opens and reveals a glowing white light. The player's father is heard talking to the child, remarking on Teddy's broken arm, stating that he can fix him.

Development[edit]

Development of Among the Sleep began in 2011, and attracted 225,000 NOK (€28,000) on 27 May and 200,000 NOK (€25,000) on 28 October in 2011 in funding from the Norsk Film Institutt (Norwegian Film Institute) [1][2] The NFI awarded the company a supplementary 400,000 NOK (€50,000) on 1 March and another 820,000 NOK (€102,700) on 1 November in 2012.[3][4]

Krillbite Studio also gained subsidies by launching a Kickstarter campaign[5] at 18 April 2013, where they managed to pledge $248,358 of a $200,000 target. Achieved stretch goals included a commentary track, downloadable content developed in collaboration with backers, and support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Reception[edit]

Reviews
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 61.52%[6]
Metacritic 66/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 4/10[8]
Game Informer 7.75/10[9]
GameSpot 7/10[13]
IGN 7.3/10[10]
Joystiq 4/5 stars[11]
PC Gamer (US) 60/100[12]
Polygon 7/10[14]

Among the Sleep was met with mixed to positive reviews, receiving 7/10 from both GameSpot[13] and Polygon[14] and accruing a Metascore of 66. [7]

As of March 7, 2015, over 100K copies of the game had been sold.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. Chalk, Andy (31 May 2012). "Stay Awake Among the Sleep". The Escapist. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. Johnson, Stephen (29 May 2012). "Among The Sleep: Horror Game From A Baby's Point-Of-View". G4TV. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. Hilliard, Kyle (29 May 2012). "Among The Sleep". Game Informer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. Smith, Adam (29 May 2012). "Wild Things Still Roam: Among The Sleep". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. Mitchell, Richard (29 May 2012). "Among the Sleep, a horror game played through the eyes of a child". Joystiq. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. Totilo, Stephen (29 May 2012). "A Horror Game In Which You Play as a Two-Year Old". Kotaku. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. Hafer, T. J. (30 May 2012). "Among The Sleep is a first-person horror game that has you play as a two-year-old". PC Gamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. Denton, Jon (3 July 2012). "Among The Sleep Preview: They Mostly Come At Night". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. Khaw, Cassandra (29 May 2012). "Trailer: Among The Sleep (Krillbrite Studios)". Indie Games: The Weblog. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  10. Grayson, Nathan (27 June 2012). "Why Among The Sleep’s Toddler Lead Isn’t Just For Shock". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. O'Connor, Alice (29 May 2012). "Among The Sleep reveals childhood horrors". Shacknews. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  12. Sterling, Jim (29 May 2012). "Traumatize a two-year-old in Among the Sleep". Destructoid. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  13. Dutton, Fred (29 May 2012). "Play as a 2-year-old in first person horror Among the Sleep". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  14. Maxwell, Ben (29 May 2012). "Childhood nightmares in Among The Sleep". Edge Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Funding from NFI". Norsk Film Institutt. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Funding from NFI". Norsk Film Institutt. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Funding from NFI". Norsk Film Institutt. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Funding from NFI". Norsk Film Institutt. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Kickstarter campaign
  6. ^ "Among the Sleep". GameRankings.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/among-the-sleep/critic-reviews
  8. ^ Cobbett, Richard (4 June 2014). "Among the Sleep review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Turi, Tim (30 May 2014). "Among the Sleep". Game Informer. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Among the Sleep - Teddy scare". IGN. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Among The Sleep Review: Real monsters". Joystiq. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Tyler, Wilde (29 May 2014). "Among the Sleep review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (29 May 2014). "Among the Sleep review". GameSpot. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Kollar, Philip (29 May 2014). "Among the Sleep review: Sweet Dreams". Polygon. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Jeffrey Matulef (2015-03-07). "Among the Sleep has sold over 100K copies". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2015-03-07. 

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