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31 Days - Day 21: It came from the Forest


21 Installments down (today included), and only 10 more to go. For the sake of transparency I backed this game on Kickstarter, today’s song is:

Among The Sleep: Forest

Let me start by saying that Among the sleep is one of the games where being helpless and very weak makes sense, since you play as a toddler. I would also like to point out the fact that this kid has better motor skills than most early horror protagonists.

Among the sleep sees you take on the role of a toddler who receives a sentient talking teddy bear (named Teddy) as a gift for his birthday. You wake up that night to find that Teddy has been taken and set out to find him. The task is simple enough and soon you are reunited with him, but all is not well. Teddy tells the player that something isn’t right and that they need to find Mom. So from there on out your adventure into the surreal begins. I would liken it to an episode of the Rugrats, if Rugrats was intended to scare the shit out of kids.

I mean look at this shit, it comes out of a well like Samara from The Ring and stalks you like the bursar stalks students who are .50 cents past due on their tuition payments.

Gameplay wise Among the sleep is mostly puzzle work with a bit of monster evasion. The Horror lies in the games overall atmosphere and pacing. Yes you get scares from time to time with enemies, but the fear is in the uncertainty of it all. You just don’t know when something is going to come along and ruin all your hard made progress. Some songs might lead you to believe something is coming to get you soon, others are just unsettling considering the aesthetic of the stages. All of this works together to create an enjoyable horror experience that keeps you on your toes.

Don’t believe me? well try it out for yourself:  https://store.steampowered.com/account/ackgift/5B12D998D0789F70?redeemer=

 [Among the sleep - steam]

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

Link: https://theunknown1-arts.tumblr.com

I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).