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Krill­bite Stu­dios, PC/Mac (also Linux)

Imag­ine you’re two years old. You wake to find yourself in a dark­ened house, with an un­seen threat fol­low­ing your ev­ery move. That’s the story be­hind Among the Sleep, an in­die game that is cur­rently for sale on the Steam store. Ev­ery­thing is done and told from the per­spec­tive of the child, from how you move to what you see. At times you stum­ble and crawl, try­ing to move away from the sin­is­ter threat fol­low­ing you as you search for your mother. Shad­ows are more sin­is­ter; harm­less ob­jects take on new mean­ings in the dark. Your only com­pan­ion and source of com­fort is a talk­ing bear. In­stead of overt hor­ror and ob­vi­ous mon­sters, Among the Sleep man­ages to be far scarier by im­ply­ing the hor­rors of what could come. The game­play fits per­fectly with your lim­i­ta­tions as a tod­dler; the plot that will keep you push­ing to find out that last lit­tle de­tail. Creepy as hell – we loved it.

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