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Citizen Sleeper Review
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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend them, on friends, on society or on surviving with more power for the next loop.

You are a sleeper, a digitised human consciousness in an artificial body, owned by a corporation. You escape and are thrust amongst the colourful inhabitants of the Eye - an abandoned, run down and unruly space station held together by anarchic alliances, ramshackle factions and a shared desire to be free from corporate control. To survive you'll need to build friendships, earn money and navigate the political factions.

You play in cycles where you have limited time to spend. At the start you roll a set of dice that can then be spent on different activities you want to do. The higher the number the better you do. Do you work in the yards or the bar? Or perhaps search the markets for rare components? Grab some street food, maybe? The choices you make each cycle affect you and the world you live in. You can make or break alliances, uncover truths, learn to survive one cycle at a time.

As you progress you meet characters from all walks of life: salvagers, engineers, hackers, bartenders, street-food vendors. Talking to them uncovers their rich history which brought them here. Or you can learn things by hacking into the station's archive to find new areas and unlock secrets. Your choices slowly shape your character's five skills (Engineer, Interface, Endure, Intuit and Engage), unlocking perks and bonuses that reflect and change how you choose to live in this world.

The result is an intricate game that feels like a Dungeon & Dragons adventure. Because you repeatedly start again, it's like playing within a tightly wound carriage clock. It really feels like you are affecting the world. Along the way the game deftly engages with themes of the commodification of people, abusive systems and exploitation by corporations. Like the Westworld TV series, can you escape the makers of your decaying body and chart your own path in a future you choose?

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/05/2022

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Role-Play and Sequencing

Accessibility: 24 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Jump Over The Age (@JumpOverTheAge)

Players: 1

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Citizen Sleeper usually costs £16.74 to £17.99.
 

Citizen Sleeper

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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