Among the Sleep

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Eerie toddler adventure has mature themes, charged emotions.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Although players might glean a few positive ideas -- such as the notion of holding on to special memories with a loved one -- the overall story is negative enough to mostly counter the few positive moments.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Teddy, the stuffed bear, guides the main character and helps him feel safe, but his motives aren't always clear.

Ease of Play

The keyboard controls are easy to figure out, but it's sometimes difficult to maneuver and manipulate objects. Also, the game images are fairly dark due to its nighttime setting and nightmarish imagery, so it can be difficult to see where you're going in some sections.

Violence

There's no blood or gore, but there are a few instances of physical violence tied to key plot points of the story that have a strong emotional component, especially from the view of a 2-year-old kid. The game also has some disturbing and creepy moments as the main character gets chased by a monster that frequently knows exactly what he's trying to do at key moments, which boosts the tension and scares of the game.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are alcohol bottles throughout the game, and alcohol plays a key role in the story.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Among the Sleep is a downloadable survival horror adventure experienced through the eyes of a 2-year-old. In addition to being extremely creepy, it's emotionally disturbing. Your companion is a talking teddy bear on whom you're supposed to rely for comfort but who always seems a bit sinister. Alcohol is clearly an issue from the beginning, as bottles are strewn throughout the various locations. And the settings are eerie long before the monster appears for the first time.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 6-year-old Written byxyntacx November 17, 2017

Perfect horror for kids

Playing as a 2-year-old toddler, you roam a house and a fantasy world of memories, toys, and kid’s drawings. And nobody else is there! You are alone! Or not? Yo... Continue reading
Adult Written byJJJJohnson April 15, 2020

Among The Sleep- A game for your Child

Your child should play this- absolutely. Not only is it a great horror game, but a game that should teach your child a good lesson. Any kid should be allowed to... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byPanipuri October 21, 2015

Awesome!!

I played this game alone by myself and honestly i think that this game was AWESOME!!! This game would be perfect for kids who love scaring themselves. BUT, i wo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 16, 2015

For 10 and up.

For 10 and up because I think some kids 10 and under would be scared unless they know there are no such things as monsters.

What's it about?

AMONG THE SLEEP gives players the perspective of a child who's celebrating his second birthday with his mother. After escaping a playpen, you meet Teddy, a talking, walking, glowing stuffed bear. Later in the night while you sleep, Teddy is removed from your crib. Awakened and upset, you set out in search of Teddy and your mother, only to find that the house looks very different at night than it did during the day. With Teddy as your glowing guide and your 2-year-old motor skills, you must explore a dark, dreamlike version of your home to seek out memories to help you find your mother, avoid the monster that seems to be lurking around every turn, and figure out just what's going on. There are some puzzles -- which mostly involve looking for keys or other missing objects -- but a lot of the challenge comes from just being able to figure out how to get from point A to point B when you're not tall enough to see over the furniture. You're also being tracked by a monster who seems keenly aware of where you are at any given moment. If that isn't enough to scare you, the sound effects are bound to give you a chill. Much as in Peter and the Wolf, you'll want to hide when that orchestra starts playing ...

Is it any good?

Among the Sleep is visually stunning and emotionally challenging. It's not a particularly long game, and the puzzles aren't terribly difficult; it's more about the experience, which is both deliciously creepy and disturbing. The toddler perspective skews everything, so you'll spend a lot of time wondering what's real and what's in this child's imagination. Just considering what might be menacing for a young child is fascinating. Trench coat? Looks like it's alive! Deserted playground? Yikes! 

The keyboard controls can be a pain to work with, but it's worth it to figure out what's going on, especially since it seems clear from the beginning that this story can't possibly end well. Be forewarned that you'll be asked to adjust the in-game brightness (or lack thereof) early on -- and if you get it wrong, it's nearly impossible to see anything. Accidentally crawling into a pond is deadly for a toddler, so you'll definitely want to be able to see to avoid that scenario. Even with those drawbacks, this is a compelling story that draws you in, excited but possibly afraid to reach the conclusion. Those who like figuring things out and don't mind (or even prefer) some emotionally charged horror will definitely want to give this a try.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the perspective of Among the Sleep. How does it impact the game to play through the eyes of a 2-year-old? How would the experience differ if the lead character were a teenager?

  • Talk about alcohol. What role does it play in the game? What effect does it have? Are there realistic consequences?

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