Explore The World Of Dreams In Sleepwalker’s Journey
I love to dream. And I don’t mean dream as in goals and resolutions that hardly come true, but dreams as in the surreal succession of images and events that occur when you are sleeping. I happen to love the weird sensation when I’m sleeping, and some random and discontinuous events transpire in the rapid-eye movement stage of my sleep. No one is gifted enough to control their minds ala Cobb (Leo di Caprio) in Inception, and dream within a dream, sure. But only our dreams can take us to a series of bizarre and magical activities.
I was actually the type of kid who made a “Book of Dreams” when I was in grade school where you jot down all your wild and pipe dreams immediately after waking up and getting back to reality. Of course, after two narratives about the sequence of my dreams, I gave up because no kid would ever want to get up again just to write down what took place in her dreams.
All this dream talk is just a prelude to the app that made me look back on my affinity towards trance and the state of abstraction. Sleepwalker’s Journey is the latest application for iOS and Android which puts me in my reverie while still enjoying the app. Given the app’s dreamlike illustrations, sounds, and storyline, putting this app on the top of my favourite platform games is no nightmare.
Sleepwalker’s Journey is a platform game for Android and iOS developed by 11 bit studios. I know that the development of platform games is fast protruding in the app market, but Sleepwalker’s Journey, amidst possessing the same elements of the usual platform game, really possesses a magic that will make you play it continuously.
Sleepwalker’s Journey follows the story of the dozy Moonboy (really, he’s a boy) that was blown out of bed when the sleeping crescent moon sneezed. Moonboy flew out into a cloud of dreams where he’ll have to collect stars and moons to take it back to the sky all while he is sleepwalking his way through a magical fantasy of a dream. That hazy and dreamy storyline makes Sleepwalker’s Journey an app that kids and young adults will all enjoy.
Journey to the Dreams
The journey of sleepwalker Moonboy starts at Early Night. Early Night is the name of the level, folks, not the particular time when the game takes place. The objective of the game is to collect stars and moons while Moonboy is sleepwalking. In the game, the players are given total control to where they want the drowsy Moonboy to go, so expect dragging a lot of barriers up and down, levers, and platforms. The players can manipulate Moonboy but careful navigation is still required in this game. When Moonboy falls down or bumps into a barrier, he will lose some of the stars that he collected.
After you collected all three moons and the stars, you can direct Moonboy to the main goal of the game which is his bed. You have to send Moonboy back to his calm stupor, and then advance to the next stage.
Each stage of the game has time allotted to it. The pacing of Moonboy, because he’s still in a state of sleep, is quite slow. Players can hold down the fast forward icon on the bottom right of the screen to make Moonboy move faster. If you fail to collect some stars or a moon, you can turn back and revert the dream by pressing the revert button.
Every stage of the game also presents new barriers and platforms that you need to either slide sideways or drag up or down together. There are pillows in some stages that will enable Moonboy to bounce into the opposite direction. There are objects that will make Moonboy go afloat and reach a certain platform, and cannons that will turn Moonboy into a cannonball. The tightrope in some stages will let players draw the ropes between two hooks to connect the platforms. Falling on a rope will not cost Moonboy his collected stars, and these ropes can also be slashed.
My favourite part of the game was probably when I encountered the unicycle because it was a lovely sight to see Moonboy ride it while he’s sleeping. You can make Moonboy jump while riding the unicycle by tapping on the screen.
More difficult obstacles will make themselves present as you continue with the game. Even though Moonboy is slow-paced when it comes to his sleepwalking, there are points that will be granted when you keep his pacing fast. The latter levels of the game will keep your heartbeats pumping as the quantity of the barriers that need to be taken down becomes harder.
- Over 45 dreams to explore
- Environment puzzles where you shape the dream
- Artistic design in a dream-like atmosphere from the Apple Design Award-winning developer, 11 bit studios.
- Game Center Achievements and iCloud synchronisation
Jango dreamed of a dream
Dreaming of a dream is just a Les Mis reference but this app, Sleepwalker’s Journey, is just wow. The first thought that came to my mind when I tried this game was “heaven.” Or heavenly. Or, whatever—this game totally has that divine quality that almost sends you to a hazy but enchanted reverie.
The illustrations are really superb. Everyone who will be loomed by deprivation because of the game’s less than a dollar price must at least watch the trailer to know what I’m talking about. But, seriously, coming from the geniuses of award-winning developers (11 bit studio); it’s almost a definitive requirement that the illustrations of this app must give Van Gogh a run for his money.
It’s really a treat for the eyes. The animations, especially Moonboy and his crescent moon, are wonderfully crafted. And same goes for the music. The music has a charming spell that, no matter how mellow and boring the music gets, it will not make you sleepy or groggy. Well, almost. Maybe, it depends on the time of the day that you decided to play it, and the weather.
The slow pacing of the game can get a bit draggy and dull but since you have free reign to make the progression faster, it’s almost tolerable. I understand the need to make Moonboy move in such a vapid pace due to his unconsciousness, but this game can be more enjoyable if you don’t have to press the fast forward button every time you want him to move faster. It’s so easy to overlook the other obstacles that you need to get rid of when you press the fast forward button. The game only needs the tiniest bit of a slightly faster-than-the-current-version Moonboy pacing. That’s the only minor problem that I have with this app.
Sleepwalker’s Journey is a simple platform game that can easily bring enjoyment and relaxation to players. The challenges that this innocent application has will definitely leave players awake for a couple of hours.
And, for heaven’s sake, watch this trailer. It’s very charming.