With $100,000 raised on KickStarter, Among the Sleep is half-way to its goal. If their goal is reached, one of the most unique games of the action-adventure genre will be available on PC, MAC and Linux.
The folks at Krillbite Studio in Hamar, Norway decided to take the concepts of beloved action-adventure games and spin it on its head. What if the entire game was told from the perspective of a two-year old?
It starts where you, the toddler, wake up in the middle of the night to find your house encased in ghoulish shadows and bizarre situations to deal with. But is it reality or just the product of an overactive imagination? Maybe it’s just a bad dream? Either way the lines are blurred…very blurred.
While travelling through diverse environments inspired by dreams and driven by the endless imagination of the child, the game is heavily based on atmosphere and exploration. For example you’ll be able to see your own body at all times, and you will have to interact with the environment to find places to hide from dangers.
One of many goals with Among the Sleep is being able to tell a compelling story both through an interesting storyline and through metaphor, relating to what actually evokes this fear and confusion in the child. The aim is to include the surrealistic theme of dreams and children’s imagination, both as a setting and an active part of the game.
What also makes this game different from the rest is the overall goal. It’s not to become a killing machine, attacking any and everything that might jump out from the window or behind the curtain but to find safety and comfort by finding safe places to hide from danger; for example, in cupboards and under furniture. They’re aiming to include some puzzle and adventure elements as well, but the main focus lies on exploration, atmosphere and horror; experimenting with environmental interaction such as being able to push, pull and climb objects to reach places, open and close doors, make a staircase out of drawers, peek around corners, carry and place small objects.
To pledge your own support, you can check out the game’s KickStarter page.