Sleepwalking Saviour: Back To Bed

By Nathan Grayson on May 31st, 2012 at 9:00 am.

Yes, that is a giant eyeball in the background. It sees you - always. And in the game.

Dreams are weird. When you’re in them, everything makes perfect sense: eyeball monsters, people with praying mantis bodies, random celebrities just hanging out in your living room – who are, in turn, also eyeball-coated praying mantis demons. It’s all just so matter-of-fact. And then you wake up, chuckle dryly at the ridiculousness of it all, and drive to your therapy session. That’s more or less the feeling Back To Bed attempts to capture, and it does so shockingly well in the grand scheme of trippy dream sequence games.

You play as the “subconscious protector” of a man named Bob who can’t stop sleepwalking to his untimely demise. And yeah, there are melting clocks everywhere and tophat birds that I wish were real so I could have one as a pet, but the real stars here are the little things. The vaguely unsettling, word-slurring narrator, for instance, won’t be mistaken for Rucks from Bastion any time soon. Puzzles, meanwhile, give your spatial reasoning brain biceps quite a workout – though the perspective caused me to put objects in the wrong places a few times. Beyond minor frustrations, however, it’s a fun, semi-demented little puzzler with a bizarre sense of style. Give it a try hereabouts.

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    Hanban says:

    Reminds me of Little Big Adventure for some reason. Neat!

    • empyrion says:

      I had the exact same thing. I suppose it’s the isometric perspective and colorful palette that does it.

  2. caddyB says:

    I like it! Although bob died quite a few times since I’m sleepy, but he didn’t complain too much.

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      maninahat says:

      I spent more time wrestling with the movement system than the actual puzzles. Good though. Very nice atmosphere.

  3. Jamesworkshop says:

    That’s a very nice idea for the post-lemmings era

    I designate 2012 as P.L. 1

  4. ribobura osserotto says:

    Looks like it was heavily inspired by this old game. Dog and all.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepwalker_%28video_game%29

  5. TechnicalBen says:

    Wow. Amazing how they got that working so smoothly in a browser. Not the graphics, but the load times. It loaded quicker than most flash games.

  6. Ridnarhtim says:

    That was awesome! The levels are weird, the sound design is awesome, and that narrator is just hilarious. Loved it.

  7. AwesomeOwl says:

    I think someone involved with that game likes Twin Peaks.

  8. Calabi says:

    Awesome game, I love wierd stuff like this.

    I think the narrators voice is reversed somehow.