Developer: Jump Over The Age
PublisherFellow Traveller
Platforms: Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 05/05/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

When it comes to narrative based, choose your own styled games, the story and writing is obviously key. Good thing here with Citizen Sleeper they hit all the right marks. 

In Citizen Sleeper, you play as a nameless robot or Sleeper that is found in space, half dead. You put your ‘human’ conscience into a robotic body. However, as you decided to go it alone, your body’s slowly breaking down. 

How you deal with your ailing body, get food, work, money and explore the space station is totally up to you. This simple concept makes a great narrative adventure. 

Citizen Sleeper game

You Life Your Choice

There are three starting classes with each seemingly different, but do not worry about your choice here. With upgrades, there was not a massive difference between them. What you need to worry about is the condition and hunger meter. 

Each day or cycle, you will get up to five actions. These actions are represented by dice. The higher the number, the more likely you are to have a successful outcome. For instance, completing a job with 6 dice is 100% whereas 1 dice is 25% chance of success. If you fail, your condition drops, speeding up your demise. 

Your class plays a part with modifiers to the jobs or actions you want to do. With +1 or – 1 making the chances easier or harder. So if a plus a 5 becomes a 6 and so on. Completing the same job multiple times, you will eventually unlock new and more profitable jobs and new places to explore on the ship. 

The lower your condition, the fewer dice you get, making your life slightly harder. And if your food drops to zero, then you lose condition. However, throughout the ship there are places to buy food, and a DR who can fix your condition as you need it.

What To Do With The Lower Dice?

As you progress through the game, you will eventually get to hack in to the ship. Here you can unlock areas, and story. Instead of a percentage chance of completing a job, the hacking will need you to mach up the dices face with the hacking node. I found most of these were lower faces.

Word of warning not all is safe in the virtual world.

There Is A Bug In The System

In Citizen Sleeper, you move by selecting an area and completing the task. But this is just a nightmare. Movement is picky at best and does not do anything at worst. It’s not totally. Game breaking, but it can be bloody infuriating. 

Overall, Citizen Sleeper is a great choose your own adventure, with a great style and narrative. It warrants a plethora of play throughs to get the best out of the narrative. Definitely worth buying… In fact, a must buy.


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