Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Among the Sleep Review

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I remember when I first heard about this Kickstarter for a horror game from the perspective of a toddler, and I was terrified already. They didn't have to promise me any more than that, I was sold.
Among the Sleep certainly delivers on that particular promise. It doesn't go much above and beyond, but it really didn't have to. It was suitably scary, with good flow and an appropriate arc. The minor platforming and puzzles were rarely challenging, but they helped a lot with the pacing of the game, and appropriately added to the tension or distracted from it. There really isn't anything I can complain about in the game.
My biggest issue with it was how short it was; it took me just over 2.5 hours to complete, and I was thoroughly looking through every room because I wanted to get all of the achievements in one playthrough. They are planning on coming out with a free DLC, but there is no word yet on what that will be about or how long it will be.
Because of the length of the game, I would recommend spending $10 on this game at the maximum. Unless the DLC absolutely blows me away, I wouldn't expect that verdict to change.