Citizen Sleeper Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For our Citizen Sleeper Review, where we live the life of an escaped worker, washed up on a lawless station at the edge of an interstellar society. Inspired by the flexibility and freedom of TTRPGs, explore the station, choose your friends, escape your past and change your future.

Citizen Sleeper Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.3GB download size.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Three characters – Machinist, Operator, and Extractor. Each has unique skills.
  • Visual Novel style gameplay.
  • The game is split into cycles, during a cycle, you can explore, use shops, do missions, and talk with characters.
  • Multiple-choice encounters are the name of the game.
  • Action dice are rolled every cycle and these dictate what actions you can do.
  • Condition is the name of your overall health with the energy your Shields in a way. Eat to keep your Shields up but starving will cause your condition (health) to deplete.
  • Actions will have a success percentage attached to each choice.
  • Action rewards can be clock advancement, energy, or items.
  • Assign action dice to actions.
  • All actions will be a type, risk level, and any skill modifiers shown.
  • Clocks are important and plentiful as they are attached to certain situations or activities. When full it can be a good or bad thing.
  • Drives are used to guide you through conversations and yellow-marked ones are tied to your main goal.
  • Many endings are to be discovered.
  • A lot of replay value.
  • Play how you want.
  • Your condition at the start of a cycle dictates how many action dice you have.
  • The camera can be moved and rotated.
  • Colorful and memorable characters.
  • Very atmospheric.
  • Clear map markers and pop-up text.
  • Gets very engrossing and addictive.
  • Text settings – text size (Large/default), and text scroll speed (slow/default/fast).
  • Tells you when it was last autosaved.
  • Perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Main and optional side quests.
  • Full quest and tracking management.
  • Cyro is the cryptocurrency of the game and is used for buying and bribing.
  • An empty container is your home and where you go to end the current cycle.
  • Data actions allow you to extract data from the network of the Eye.
  • Anything that needs a timer to show the progress of the activity is shown clearly on the map markers.
  • You just lose hours at a time.
  • Very simple controls.
  • Buy and sell items/cargo/materials.
  • Such a sprawling and deep world.
  • Complete a Drive (mission line) and get an upgrade point to put into your character tree.
  • There is always something to do.
  • Fast loading times once you are in the game.

Citizen Sleeper Review Cons:

  • Long initial load time.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Using the analog stick is less than ideal.
  • So much to take in.
  • Doesn’t have a dedicated save button/action.
  • A slow burner of a game.
  • You cannot move the camera by just scrolling the map markers.
  • Could do it with a way to re-read tutorials and help sections.
  • Takes a few playthroughs to get used to.

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Citizen Sleeper.

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Developer:  Jump over the Age

Publisher: Fellow Traveller

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10


Let’s get the record straight, I am in no way a huge visual novel gamer so hearing this is what Citizen Sleeper is I was initially skeptical. Well, I’ve been through the game twice and am starting a third playthrough as this game just consumed me. Playing this game made me feel like I did when I used to read the choose your own adventure books before electricity was invented. I was so surprised to see how the game just kept opening up and adding in new elements, it was like being on drugs and getting a new high every time. It was a big ask, to begin with as I had to get through so many tutorials and it was at such a slow pace it did grind on me somewhat but man oh man I was glad I stuck to it. It’s funny as I really do see the game as a book and when I want to have a read I generally pick this up and then hours just melt away. The characters the pacing, and the many many gameplay loops just keep you thinking about Citizen Sleeper long after you turned it off or the Switch ran out of battery. All I can say is regardless of your stance on the genre, Citizen Sleeper is the Sleeper hit on the Nintendo Switch.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!