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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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 work, on society or on surviving with more power for the next loop. It's a game that asks how it's possible to be a person in a system that subjugates and commodifies personhood in favour of profits.

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 roll a set of dice that can then be spent on specific activities. The higher the number of dice you use, the better the outcome of that activity. 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, and learn to survive one cycle at a time.

As you progress you meet characters from all walks of life: salvagers, engineers, hackers, bartenders, and 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. On each loop, your careful allocation of dice and conversation decisions affect the story and 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

Release Date: 05/05/2022

Price: 30% off

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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Dice, Grid and Text

Developer: Jump Over The Age (@JumpOverTheAge)




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.


Citizen Sleeper usually costs £16.74 to £17.99. 

Citizen Sleeper

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Citizen Sleeper Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
Note from the developer about text size. "There is a larger text size available in the options which bumps up the longer scene text, but the UI text unfortunately can’t get bigger due to the design. Switch is affected most because of the small screen, so if you play on a monitor or your TV (or PC)."

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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