Percentile Rank

Among the Sleep is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

21%

Critics Recommend

Based on 40 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 2, 2014

Among the Sleep wants to be a combination of Gone Home and Slender, but doesn't quite reach the emotional and storytelling highs of the former or the bowel-rending scares of the latter. Krillbite have done some fine design work, though, and the core idea is new and unique enough to give the promise of greatness to come from the new studio.

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The Vertical Slice
B
B
Jun 8, 2016

Among the Sleep is a really clever take on the first person horror genre. I don't know how they came up with this idea, but I'm glad they did, because it worked really well, from the story, the atmosphere, all the way through, you can tell the hard work that went into getting this idea to its final form.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 29, 2014

There's plenty to admire in Krillbite's debut but, like a child itself, it's messy, loud, confusing and it grows up far too quickly. The length is the key isssue. For all its efforts to get inside both the player and the characters' heads, Among The Sleep doesn't linger long enough to leave a mark or more than a fleeting memory.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 2, 2013

Where it starts off on a high, the short story, lack of depth, and occasional bug all comes together to make for a slightly numbing experience; it feels like there's no journey, no resolution, and a lot of unfulfilled potential.

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Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 28, 2014

Among the Sleep is a game of perspective and confusion, seen through the eyes of a toddler in a world vastly larger and more terrifying.

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 30, 2014

Among the Sleep is not just a great horror game, but a well-told, emotionally affecting story that has more to offer than just an unique premise.

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Game Debate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2014

Besides those two larger complaints, Among the Sleep was a fascinating experience. The concept is one that has rarely (if ever) been seen before, and it really lets you look at the world from a different perspective as well as creating a real sense of vulnerability. It's a rarity but Among the Sleep is even a game that could be recommended even to people who aren't necessarily huge fans of the horror genre.  Despite this, Among the Sleep starts out pretty tame but ramps up the horror as it progresses so it should also leave ardent horror fans sated. Just make sure you play it late at night in the dark with noise canceling headphones for full effect; you'll thank me later.

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The Cube
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2016

Among the Sleep is one of the better horror titles I've come across in recent memory. It's unique take doesn't take away any of the scares, and the plot doesn't overstay it's welcome and creates a collection of memorable scenarios. The same can't be said for the presentation, which is the one urgent issue of fixing.

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Guardian
Jun 15, 2014

Frequently-terrifying first-person crawler flounders at times, but the ending makes it all worthwhile

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2016

Despite the great storytelling mechanics, I can't help but wish there was a little more to the game. When all was said and done it wrapped up in a handful of hours at most and I was left craving more. It's especially a let down because the game invents such new ways of thinking about the horror genre, and it left so much to be expanded on. However, I honestly have to applaud the team for delivering a concise and complete story in that amount of time, and one that is so unique to the horror realm at that.

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Impulsegamer
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Jan 7, 2017

You may never look at your favourite Teddy the same way again.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2016

The deaths that occur will lengthen your playtime, but I would guess everyone should be able to beat the game in about two to three hours, which leads us back to my opening thoughts. I really enjoyed the way the development team leveraged our toddler as a protagonist. It is a unique twist that works very well within the environment designs and plays with the notion that children really have very little understanding of their world or an ability to protect themselves, making the world a big and scary place. If anything the task is handled so well the majority of the time that I wish there was more of it, but what is here makes for a solid horror experience.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 30, 2014

While sparse in terms of legitimate scares, the unnerving story and chilling vibe make it worthwhile

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2016

Among the Sleep recreates a world between dream and reality, seen by a 2-year-old baby. It is intriguing and disturbing and tells an interesting story. However, it has some technical problems that can annoy some players.

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Rectify Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2016

Among the Sleep won't be remembered as a top 20 all-time great horror, but it's definitely a well-crafted dip into a dreadful story.

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Softpedia
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2014

Among the Sleep is a horror experience that's more interested in delivering on its premise of exploring traumatic events from the perspective of a two-year old than in shocking you with gore or employing jump scares in order to get a cheap reaction out of you, which is good.

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IGN
7.3 / 10.0
Daniel Krupa

Top Critic

7.3 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2014

Among The Sleep is a poignant horror adventure more interested in the nature of trauma than scare tactics.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2014

Among the Sleep puts the player behind the eyes of a two-year old and tasks them with surviving a series of wildly traumatizing scenarios. Careful hands and compassionate minds push Among the Sleep's delicate subject matter away from abject immorality, however, not with enough guidance to pivot an honest story into a capable game.

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Polygon
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 28, 2014

Among the Sleep builds an engaging, terrifying experience on top of simple, buggy mechanics

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 28, 2014

Among the Sleep makes good use of its unusual concept, taking you on a distinctive journey through the frightening dreams of a young child.

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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2014

Krillbite Studios' baby sim-cum-horror tale starts strong, but comes undone as it pushes into the supernatural at the expense of the real. It's often scary, but not always effective.

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GameZone
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2014

Among the Sleep is ultimately a cool experience worth seeing through to the end. There's a novelty to the perspective that's hard to deny, and when the game focuses on that it's great. If you enjoy a brisk, atmospheric journey from a fresh perspective, Among the Sleep is a solid choice.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2016

Among the Sleep is a fun way to kill a couple of hours.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 8, 2015

Although light in content and devoid of any real scares, Among the Sleep is a curious little game with a great deal of charm

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GameWatcher
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2014

With a bit more time and cash or just a more solid plan of how to make their creatures scary Krillbite could eventually make the greatest survival horror ever (remember it took Frictional three Penumbras before they made Amnesia), but Among The Sleep is not that game. Waaaaaaaah.

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Bit Cultures
65%
65%
Sep 16, 2016

Among the Sleep is a very short experience that thrives on its ability to craft an interesting narrative while not needing to burden the scenario with words. Like a piece of art, Among the Sleep should be examined and thought about.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2016

Among the Sleep features a very interesting story with a great plot twist, but it fails to deliver a good quality survival horror game. The duration is too short for this kind of story and it does not reach a good level of fear for a horror game.

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GamesRadar+
Dec 8, 2015

A curious, frightful take on childhood trauma that whips up scares from the most seemingly mundane sources. Among the Sleep is unpolished and scrappy, yet eerily memorable.

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GameGrin
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2014

Among The Sleep was a bit of a letdown on the horror front, but if you're looking for an interesting interactive story, you should definitely give it a shot. The immersion mechanics were great and they managed to make you feel powerless, if only for a brief period. It would've been nice to see some more realistic environments and subtle scare tactics and, if these were added, it would've been a fantastic game, rather than just a good one.

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PC Gamer
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 29, 2014

Among the Sleep succeeds at being a creepy baby simulator, but the real monster turns out to be boring, buggy puzzles and a shallow world and story.

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6 / 10
Dec 14, 2015

But little moments don't sustain a whole game, and Among the Sleep deals with a real monster — just one it doesn't quite know how to talk about.

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The Escapist
May 28, 2014

Cute, and sometimes unnerving, Among the Sleep draws the player to an affecting conclusion, but its banal puzzles and shallow storytelling doesn't do a lot to inspire many thrills.

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ComiConverse
Sep 28, 2016

Among the Sleep is a nice concept and interesting story that looks great, but is let down through some dull gameplay and horror elements that aren't that effective.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2015

Among the Sleep would be a good buy at $9.99 or under. As it stands now, $14.99 is a bit too steep a price to ask for a game that is very short, and not particularly emotionally investing. A game that deals with alcoholic parents is supposed to get you to care about all the people affected by one person's addiction, but Among the Sleep ignores that, instead opting to be yet another game where you're defenseless against the enemy and must run and high whenever you're found. Between the average presentation, short play time, and predictable story, Among the Sleep is a game best purchased on sale, and is, perhaps ironically, only recommended for horror game junkies.

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Geeks Under Grace
5.7 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Gareth Tucker
5.7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2017

An interesting take on the survival horror / puzzle game, but lacking in areas that would set it apart from its peers. The dark twist in the plot may upset some players.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 11, 2016

After waiting more than a year to get my hands on it, I was quite excited to finally play through Among the Sleep. However, that excitement didn't end up paying off. Although it's not a bad game, per se, this is unfortunately a rather slow, predictable, ho-hum and sluggish horror game, which prefers fetch quests over interesting and involved gameplay.

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Slant Magazine
Dec 17, 2015

The game's images convey less the abstract terror of an unknown world than they do a sub-American McGee warping of childhood innocence.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 10, 2015

Among the Sleep has some incredible ideas, but its execution is simply not strong enough to stir you from your slumber. The game squanders its impressive opening by spending too much time in generic environments, and the puzzles lack the imagination needed to keep you awake. The narrative goes to some nightmarish places, but it ends all too abruptly, and technical issues apply the sleeping cap to an already mixed release.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.25 / 5.0
2.25 / 5.0
Dec 24, 2015

It's a shame that a mechanic as promising as playing as a toddler — and all the repercussions surrounding it — is underplayed here, as tied in with a psychological leaning in horror, Among the Sleep could have offered a fresh take in what is a painstakingly underused concept in games. [Hardcore Gamer separately reviewed the PS4 (2.5) and PC (2.0) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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Eurogamer
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jun 3, 2014

That's what's most disappointing; there's absolutely the spark of a really cool whatever-this-genre-is game in Among the Sleep, and for a while it looks like it's going to get there. Too bad it ends barely a quarter of the way in, passing the baton to something both much less interesting and perpetually trapped in its shadow.

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