Citizen Sleeper is a narrative role playing game where the player takes on the role of an escaped AI trying to escape an evil corporation. In the game, humans can sell digitized versions of their consciousness, effectively creating another version of themselves living in an artificial body. The player is one of these AI who has managed to escape and finds themselves on the decaying space station known as Erlin’s Eye. In order to survive, the player must earn money, fight off hunger, and keep their artificial body from breaking down.
To do this, the player talks to other characters, makes choices about how to interact with them, and performs actions using a set amount of randomized dice rolls that the player receives at the beginning of each day, or “cycle.”
The player also has a set amount of objectives that they can complete by earning currency, spending it, doing errands or favors for other characters, or engaging in timed events that take place after a certain number of cycles have passed.
Citizen Sleeper is rated T for Teen for Fantasy Violence, Language, and the Use of Alcohol.
Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
At the beginning of each cycle in the game, the player is given a pre-rolled set of dice. The numbers on the dice will then determine what actions the player can take within that cycle. Lower numbers mean a higher likelihood of poor outcomes while higher numbers might mean success. The player needs to look at the dice they have been given at the beginning of the cycle and plan how they will use their time. They will need to take their success/failure probabilities into account when making these decisions because taking a big risk with low numbers may have serious consequences.
Planning is also important when deciding how to spend your currency you earn in the game. As a consciousness in an artificial body, you need certain medicine to keep yourself functioning as well as food to help you keep up your energy. The player needs to budget their money to make sure they can afford the essentials while also trying to complete the game’s other various objectives.
Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Citizen Sleeper is a combination of a roleplaying game, strategy game, and visual novel. This means that being able to focus on the plot, dialogue with other characters, and the various names of companies, bases, and people is essential. The game requires the player to do a lot of reading without voice acting. All of the information about characters, setting, and the plot are delivered via text, so it is essential that the player pay attention to what they are reading and not just move past the dialogue boxes without reading. Occasionally the player will be asked to make a decision based on what they have learned and without focus, the player may make a decision based on incomplete information.
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