Silence of the Sleep
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|Horror Games, Psychological Horror Games
Most games end when you die. In Silence of the Sleep, that’s how it begins. Well, maybe. Silence of the Sleep begins with the main character throwing himself off a cliff, and then waking up with no memories of what happened. It’s up to the player to reveal whether he is dead, alive, or something other.
The game is unique in that a single person is responsible for everything, from the storyline and the graphics to the coding itself. Developer Jesse Makkonen created this entire game by himself. In terms of look and feel, its similar to Deadly Premonition, but truth be told, Silence of the Sleep is a game in a class all its own.
Most of the game works as a point and click adventure. Instead of using the mouse however, the player navigates by using the WASD keys. In it you will resolve puzzles that involve the main character, as you try to leave a hotel reminiscent of the Shining.
There is absolutely no combat in this game, but that makes some of the mini games where you try to escape monsters even more frightening. If your demons catch you, you can’t fight back. Your only choice is to hide and try to avoid the eye of the demons. This can be frightening all on its own, since if they see you it is game over.
A Complex Plot
The story line of the game is very well developed. In it you don’t quite know who you are, or even if you’re dead or alive—much like the main character. The game talks about mental health in a revealing and intimate way, and shows rather than tells what it is like to have a disturbed mind.
The artwork features silhouettes of characters, with no real people ever seen, and is dark and moody. The music adds to this, mostly instrumental but it really adds to the drama of the game.
Unfortunately, one distracting part of the game is the baffling mood shifts that can occur during game play. The game is mostly dark and moody, but for unexplained reasons switches to comedy during some scenes. This can be very distracting during a horror/thriller like Silence of the Sleep.
How much you enjoy the game will depend largely on your ability to solve the puzzles. There are no hints, so it’s up to you to wander forever through the halls of the hotel, or to put the pieces back together and escape.
This isn’t a bad game, and it’s very impressive considering the raw talent needed to handle so many different aspects of the game. The pace of the game can drag however, especially if you’re not good at solving the puzzles. These minor hang ups however, don’t detract too much from the overall game. It’s a fun way to pass the time, and a great choice for those who like horror.
- Complex plot
- Challenging puzzles
- Quality art and music
- Unexplained changes in mood
- Can be slow if you’re stuck on a puzzle