I love a good nap. Actually, I just like to sleep in general, especially since I never know what wacky dreams I may encounter. In the deepest recess of the mind, you can become a total badass while you lay dead to the world in a deep sleep, and that’s what draws me to Never Awake, a twin-stick shooter that puts you in the shoes of a girl, Rem, as she goes ham on all the things she dislikes from her childhood.
And you know what? I heavily relate. Nobody likes the dentist, so shooting off a few rounds at dentist-inspired enemies feels rather cathartic in a way, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Allow me to set the scene for you. In NeverAwake, as the name implies, you’re in a dreamscape, though it has nightmarish vibes. But that’s okay. It adds to the atmosphere and makes you feel even more incredible as you shoot down some evil veggies.
Speaking of veggies, the very first world you encounter in NeverAwake is the Vegetable Forest, and yes, it’s time to fight back against the broccoli! Prove to the ghastly pieces of food that you’re un-beet-able, and that no amount of enemies can stop you from laying waste to some of the most traumatising experiences of your childhood. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’m that cliche kid whose mum made her eat her veggies (they’re good for you, she says), only for me to choke on them… ‘are they good for me now, mother. Are they!?’