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The Sandman is a supernatural horror adventure game developed by Uri Games and released in 2014. It is the second installment in the Strange Men series.
A year has passed since the events of The Crooked Man as the game follows a girl named Sophie Grundler who suffers from insomnia. No matter what she tries, she's unable to fall asleep. One night, she notices something odd going on with all the clocks and the town itself. She discovers that the Sandman, a fairy who controls everyone's sleeping patterns, has decided to put the whole world to sleep forever. Now she's the only one who can stop him.
It also features returning characters from The Crooked Man.
- Sophie Grundler
- Anne Flanagan
- Regan Blumberg
- Richard Grundler
- David Hoover
- Shirley Webber
Like its predecessor, there are multiple endings for the player to choose:
- Bad End 1: Queen of the Night
If Sophie let Unicorn keep the jewel and kills the Sandman, she declares that the whole situation is the Sandman's fault for putting the world to sleep to gain sleep himself. She decides to stay in the Fairy World and seek revenge on the people in her life.
- Bad End 2: Sleep With One Eye Open
If Sophie decides to take the jewel and kills the Sandman, she returns to the human world and spends the rest of eternity trying to wake people up, including David. It ends with her curled up on her bed with her comforter wrapped around her. Suddenly, she notices her closet opens and peeks through one eye, trying to see what it is.
- Bad End 3: Invisible Sweet Heart
If Sophie takes the jewel back and puts the Sandman to sleep, she stays in the Fairy World and turns into a Glimmer.
- Bad End 4: See You in Bad Dream
This ending is accessible if you play as the Sandman. If you manage to put Sophie to sleep, she'll be stuck in an eternal nightmare. When the Sandman goes to bed himself, he reflects on Sophie's sad face and cries to himself.
- Good End: Don't Stay Up Late at Night
If Sophie lets Unicorn keep the jewel and puts the Sandman to sleep, she herself starts falling asleep. Lullaby, who appears in the previous endings, transforms into Sophie's mother and manages to get her to finally fall asleep. When the Sandman wakes up, he carries Sophie to the human world, tucks her into bed, and unfreezes time. Sophie wakes up the next day and finally lets her father know how sorry she is for him working hard to support the two of them, tells Regan to stop picking on her, calls Anne on her passive and contradicting nature, and becomes friends with David and his fiancee, Shirley. She smiles and gives him a peace sign to the Sandman who watches her through his telescope.
- Good Ending: Welcome Back, Insomnia!
Again, this ending can be obtained by playing as the Sandman. If he lets himself fall asleep, he wakes up after a few centuries have passed and takes Sophie back home. After he sees Sophie smile and give him a peace sign, he writes in his diary why he took the job as the Sandman: to make people happy. The next day, he talks to Dwarf about what happened and confesses that he no longer wants to sleep and is in love with Sophie. When the Sandman goes to sleep, he thinks about Sophie's smiling face and sighes dreamily.
After the player beats the game, there is an extra story that can be played through the Sandman.
This is told through the eyes of the Sandman, showing his perspective on the events of the game, mostly the Fairy World part of the game. He will converse with other characters, mostly the Dust, about what is going on. This will include an ending that's only accessible by the Sandman falling asleep.