If you've not heard of Among The Sleep, the unusually named brainchild of a group of Norwegian post grads, you're probably not alone. But after nearly half a million views, this startling gameplay demo has the indie scene buzzing. Its depiction of a first-person horror told through the eyes and stumbling little legs of a two-year old is as intriguing as anything I've seen all year, and reminiscent of a time when games actively sought out new ways to play and new stories to tell.
Adrian Tingstad Husby, the remarkably passionate and articulate in-house PR man (although spokesperson would be a better title) for Among The Sleep's developers, Krillbite, explains where the idea for such an unusual character and concept came from.
"We were all studying various aspects of experience production and interactive media at the College University of Hedmark, Norway, when we decided to start collaborating on a bigger project. So Among the Sleep actually started out as the bachelor thesis of most of the people currently in the studio. Then fast forward a year, to about the time we graduated last summer and applied for funding at the Norwegian Film Institute. To our delight we got our application approved"