Where The Riled Things Are: Among The Sleep

By Adam Smith on March 14th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Among The Sleep has a great hook. Horror games often require the player to feel defenceless, unable to fight back and barely able to flee. Well, says the man at Krillbite Studios, what could be less capable of defending itself than an infant? A slug, perhaps. A slug in a salt mine. But tiny toddling humans are quite rubbish, particularly when they find themselves trapped in a surrealistic nightmare that requires them to navigate a warped version of their own home. A new in-game video shows a game of hide and seek, and makes the game look even more like a prequel to Amnesia than previous footage had indicated.

Actually, that’s not an Amnesia prequel at all. Pajama-clad protagonist? Nightmarish monstrosities? It’s Weird Dreams, by Gad.

If you’ve ever complained about a boss battle, skip to around seven minutes in that video. Giant electricity-sponge wasp beaten to death by man wielding electric eel.

In Britain, children used to call into a Saturday morning television show on which the hosts played Weird Dreams. The caller shouted instructions down the phone, making a mockery of the already laggy controls. We live in a strange land.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Dear christ – another game i’d love to be able to play but can’t because I have carpet and don’t want shit all over it.

    Also Weird Dreams looks incredible!

    • haze4peace says:

      Also, this game is going to support the Rift. It should be a scary good time.

      • King_Rocket says:

        I backed it as a Oculus owner and I regret it, not because it was a bad idea but because I will probably never have the courage to play it.

  2. The Random One says:

    The wasp is also obviously a vampire, since it doesn’t have a reflection.

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    Jackablade says:

    Has there been any discussion on how the fear mechanics and fail states and whatnot work in this game? Are there stealth mechanics? It’s looking really impressive, but it’s still not really clear what this game actually is.

  4. SillyWizard says:

    *Ahem*

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT FUCKING MIND WOULD PLAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS?!

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    Sinomatic says:

    Fuck. No.

    Whilst the imagery or setting isn’t similar, I think more than any other game I’ve seen, this captures the sense of helplessness and panic I feel in a really bad nightmare. I genuinely felt my insides curling up watching that.

    • Bassen_Hjertelos says:

      Yeah, I find it also does not help one tiny bit that I’ve recently become a father. Playing an infant in a horror game just makes my skin crawl. It looks amazing, though.

  6. Amun says:

    What’s with the blue filter? That bugged me in A Machine For Pigs too. What’s wrong with black representing darkness?

    • Jalan says:

      In some instances it obscures things you’d be able to more clearly define/distinguish if it were just black.

    • LogicalDash says:

      I think it’s meant to simulate twilight rather than midnight.

  7. somnolentsurfer says:

    That creature looks even scarier than the washing machine in the alpha.

  8. Faxanadu says:

    Omg I can’t wait for Pewds to play it!!! :’3