The Sleep On Dear Willie novel has dropped on Itch.Io, and is playable here. It’s a short, captivating delight for anyone into World War One fiction.

Watch the official trailer online!
The Sleep On Dear Willie novel is based (loosely) on the letters of the real Private William Henry Bell.

This interactive novel takes place in Vimy Ridge, 1917. Where “on the verge of one of Canada’s most significant operations in the First World War, Private William Henry Bell has been surviving on the trenches.”

The story follows Private William Henry Bell, and his friend Edward—fighting for their country, and their lives. With nothing left, will you try to help those around you, or put yourself and Edward first?


  • Over 15 000 words, with original music and unique characters
  • Several branching paths, with 3 endings to find
  • Based (albeit loosely) on the letters of the real Private William Henry Bell


  • Sam Mackenzie: Lead Designer & Writing
  • Gerard van Genderen: Lead Producer & Music
  • Bayley Sapara: Art & Programming
  • Si Lun Zhang: Programming
  • Zepeng Xiao: Programming

Sleep On Dear Willie is free-to-play either online or downloadable. This novel is a great read if you want to see an immersive depiction of World War One. Another good, recently released interactive novel to check out is The Siege Of Treboulain.

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By Camellia Hao Ren

Camellia Hao Ren is an Australian journalist and editor. When they aren't writing, they are usually playing games or reading.

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