Sleep the blackbird is a hand-drawn 2d puzzle game made in a form of comics with lovely watercolour illustrations and beautiful music. Follow the heart-warming story about Sonya and the blackbird who can't fall asleep. As the story unfolds, few puzzles will be on your way.

Created for GMTK Game Jam 2021

Controllers: up/down to move the camera view; mouse click to interact/open the next pad


  • Art & Code: Anastasia Merzlaya
  • Music & Sfx: Alios

P.S.  The whole game was created during GMTK game Jam, but actually there are three more games about Sonya and the blackbird. If you enjoyed this game you might also check Sonya's other adventure:

P.P.S. You can check more of my art here:


PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
Authorsana.merzlaya, Alios
GenreVisual Novel
Made withUnity
Tags2D, Atmospheric, Hand-drawn, watercolor


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This is my favourite game from the entire blackbird series. The puzzles are challenging, the art is amazing and the music is very relaxing. Thank you again for creating these beautiful games!
If you want, you can check my full game playthrough here:

thank you so much! I'm happy that you enjoyed playing them:)

Not to be weird by commenting like 3 months later, but I really admire this game's soundtrack! I keep coming back here just to listen. So weird and beautiful, very tasteful use of dissonance. 

Great work Alios! Are there any particular composers or styles of music that inspired this piece?

(btw the art and gameplay is very nice as well)

Not weird at all.

I might make a soundcloud account or something and put some stuff there , will let you know if I do.

Welp , I guess a mixture of classical stuff and jazz and all sorts of other stuff. Maybe a bit of Schnittke? Cuz of the "common fifth" chords. I also threw a bunch of quarter tones there too.

Have fun

Neat, I thought I heard some microtonal stuff in there! I'm not familiar with Schnittke but I may go listen to some of his compositions now.

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Great stuff, consider me a fan!

Truly amazing drawings in 48 hours! Took me a while to figure out the puzzles.
PS. Why does follow the blackbird and invite the blackbird all lead to trust the blackbird?

thank you!

Firstly you trust the blackbird and then you can invite and follow it:)

Lovely game and amazing artwork, hope we can see Sonya and his birdy friend in another game ;)


thank you:) let's hope so - I am planning to make long game about them:)

Just WOW the way the story is told the puzzles and the art is just great, the game is fun to play and the creator of it are talented and hard working deserve all the Compliments they are having for this piece!

thank you so much:) i am very flattered:)

Thank you for making such a game!


Awesome artstyle, you're very talented. I think if you'd join with some programmers to make a game with more mechanics, you can create a great game.
The Pacing was a little to slow for me, but think its intentional.



i've made three more similar games and one of them has much more interactions and animations. well, in 48h i had to make compromises what to include - drawing takes a lot of time

A very beautiful and lovely game. I'm not sure if this was intentional but the music was weirdly haunting and I liked it a lot. Quite melancholic. Great presentation!

Yup , nights Are weird.

This is really great art! I really like the color theme.

thank you:)

Very Talented Artist, Great Work.

thank you so much:) i am really flattered:)

Very lovely art - I really enjoyed playing it! :-)

thank you:)

Scrolling down after the first few frames it seemed to be broken. Not even the outline squares were fully loaded. 

i think you need to turn it full screen, small window might adjust size properly

Changed screens and works better! Really like the art!!


Such a nice little story! I am a bit embarrassed about how long it took me to find all the animals in the branches.

thank you! well, puzzles might be a bit tough, good that you eventually managed:)

 Art is as good as always  :) great job :)


thank you:)