Sleep Tight, developed and published by We Are Fuzzy, brings to life the monsters we feared in our dark bedrooms as children. This is an intense tower defense game with fast action and an easy learning curve. The player assumes the role of a child defending their bedroom from monsters in a variety of colors. Our goal is to wisely build a fort made of couches and turrets to survive as many nights as possible.
Joe is the only character available at first, which is the Very Easy difficulty. Choosing him will always offer for the player to complete the tutorial. Eleven other characters can be unlocked by completing various challenges, and those details are available by hovering the mouse over the locked silhouette of their avatar. The avatars of the characters are detailed, unique, and expresses their personalities. I have three unlocked and they all have spunk. The game plays without any jitters, using a set of basic 3D cartoon graphics that, while bright, do not hinder the fearsome design of the monsters
Sleep Tight is not a story driven game, but certainly makes up for that in variety. When that inevitable loss occurs, the player is graded on their skill and given an occupation, two of which I know are “scientist” and “engineer”. This is based on how the player chose to spend the stars and suns, earned during the night, and utilized power ups. The first level of couch for the fort is already unlocked but the turrets and higher tiers of defense must be purchased. There are many ways to play. Some may focus on purchasing all the weapons, increasing their fire power and ammo efficiency to the max, while others might want the strongest defense and as much health as possible, but the amount of combinations available is endless. Striving to find the one that fits your unique play style is what gives this game high replayability. Always be prepared for those terrible blood moons!
The music of Sleep Tight does change between the day and night, but nothing drastic or outstanding. The best part is the witty, sometimes arrogant, comments from the characters. Joe has one of my favorites: “Bangarang!” At one point, I attempted to turn the volume down in settings, and the only one that lowered was the sound effects. I could not hear the bang-bang of the dart gun, but the music and voice were still loud. I recommend this game for keyboard and mouse because the character swivels and will aim their gun wherever the mouse is pointing. The keyboard is really only used to move up, down, left, or right to escape those sprinting monsters that want to devour you.
Sleep Tight is a tower defense game that will draw you in with the fun of shooting bedtime monster with dart guns or water guns but is challenging enough to keep you coming back for more to master the skill of creating the best combination of defense and offense through the wise spending of suns and stars. Most casual players find tower defense games stressful and avoid them. By the end of a long work day, I was actually looking forward to picking up this game and see how many nights I could survive.