Developer: 11 bit studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

With a dash of Endless Running and more than a hefty dose of environmental based puzzles, Sleepwalker’s Journey is a delightful game, indeed. Directing sleepwalking Moonboy as he attempts to find his way out of his dreams and into his bed is both charming and compelling.

Like any good sleepwalker, Moonboy can’t stop walking. Instead, the player must keep him safe by manipulating areas around him. Each level offers up a wide array of obstacles, each manipulated with the swipe or touch of a finger. Early stages might simply involve swiping a ramp up or down but later levels require the manipulation of cannons and tightropes in order to succeed. Fortunately, manipulating such things proves quick and simple to do. Platforms are particularly prominent and it’s easy to swipe them up or down in order to propel Moonboy around. Obstacles do start to grow steadily in number, however.

There’s the added impetus of collecting up stars and crescent moons, also, adding to the player’s chances of gaining full marks for completing a level. Pillows prove particularly useful here, given their ability to bounce Moonboy in the opposite direction that he was walking in. After a time, completing a stage is easy enough but there’s quite a challenge to 100% the level.

Understandably, there’s a lot of thinking ahead to do. While Moonboy might move relatively slowly through his dreams, points are awarded for fast progression and keeping one’s finger down on the speed up button. Quickly, Sleepwalker’s Journey goes from a relaxing meander to an almost stressful case of gaming.

Sleepwalker’s Journey isn’t actually the longest of titles, making simply finishing each stage relatively easy despite the stress inducing moments that are scattered around. It might slightly raise one’s blood pressure at times, given the amount that needs to be juggled, but it’s worth it. Completing each level by finding all the stars and moons will be quite a challenge, but an enjoyable one. Throughout, Sleepwalker’s Journey‘s charm shines through, ever brightly.

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