Sunless Skies

Failbetter Games

Mighty Man
OpenCritic Rating
85
Top Critic Average
88%
Critics Recommend
Based on 25 critic reviews
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Sunless Skies

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCJan 31, 2019

Developer: Failbetter Games

Genres: Adventure, RPG

Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling.

COMMAND A FLYING STEAM LOCOMOTIVE




The only thing between you and the waste-winds, storms and cosmic lightning is your engine. Tend and upgrade it, buy weaponry and exotic equipment, and keep her hull in good shape to hold the hostile Heavens at bay.

EXPLORE A UNIQUE AND DANGEROUS UNIVERSE


You play the captain of a locomotive, a steam engine fitted for off-rail travel: sailing the stars, leading your crew into trouble and out of their minds. Smuggle souls, barter for crates of time, stop for cricket and a cup of tea.

Discover more of the deep, dark and marvellous Fallen London Universe, as seen in our previous game, SUNLESS SEA. (You can play either game first, the stories coexist happily.)



FIGHT HER MAJESTY'S AGENTS, PIRATES AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE SKIES




Face ships of differing factions and unknowable beasts each with different attacks and agendas.

SURVIVE STARVATION, MADNESS AND TERROR.




Manage your crew’s condition and your captain’s nightmares. Balance fuel and supplies against your desire for new horizons, knowledge or riches. Struggle with sights never meant for human eyes. How will the dark change you?

RECRUIT OFFICERS ON YOUR ADVENTURES




Populate your ship with unique, upgradeable officers, each with their own quest to fulfill: an incautious driver, an incognito princess, a repentant devil, and - dear god! - your Aunt?! How did she get out here?

DISCOVER YOUR CAPTAIN’S PAST THROUGH NARRATIVE LEVELLING




Reveal your captain’s past deeds as facets of their personality as you progress. Most captains will perish, but their actions will leave a mark on the world for their descendants - for better or worse. Pass on some effects, and return anew to deal with events that your previous captain put into motion.

THE WORLD

The High Wilderness is a wondrous vision of space: shifting, wind-swept ruins where the laws of the cosmos are not as we imagined.



The stars are alive. They are the Judgements: vast intelligences that govern all things. But they are dying. One by one, something is snuffing them out, leaving their thrones empty.

Unfettered by trivial things like gravity, the Victorian Empire have pushed their tendrils into this new world, and their ambition is savage. They have built a new Sun. The Empress Victoria reigns from the Throne of Hours, which gives her control over time.

Your Captain and crew must carve out a life between the stars. Will you support her majesty and the establishment, or the working class rebels who yearn for freedom from the Workworlds?

FEATURES





Multiple, intertwining stories with a depth and richness unlike anything else in games, inspired by CS Lewis, Jules Verne, Lovecraft and HG Wells

Lush, hand-drawn 2d art to match

Four giant regions to explore: celestial wilderness, impossible industrial empire, pagan midnight expanse, and the mysterious Blue Kingdom.

A choice of play styles: build a lineage of captains as each dies, or reload your most recent captain and continue

Key remapping and full controller support

Who are Failbetter Games?
We’re a boutique games studio based in London, UK. We’ve been making indie games since 2009. If you’ve read this far, this game is almost certainly for you. Come with us into the dark, delicious friend.

Where to Buy

GOG.com

Review Data

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Mighty Head
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Strong Head
3
Fair Head
2
Weak Head
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PC Gamer

90 / 100
PC Gamer

The sharpest writing around, wrapped inside a surprising adventure that's tough but rarely unfair. Failbetter's finest hour.

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Eurogamer

Essential
Eurogamer

All the verbal artistry of Sunless Sea scattered across a gorgeous steampunk cosmos that's a little easier to navigate and thrive in.

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Metro GameCentral

9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A wonderfully refined sequel that takes everything that was great about the original and expands and improves upon it, making for a much more accessible experience for everyone.

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Game Informer

8.8 / 10.0
Game Informer

A fascinating, immersive trek. Sunless Skies excels at world-building and begs to be experienced by anyone who enjoys a dark story

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Sunless Skies Wayfarer update gives Albion a stellar makeover

Sunless Skies Wayfarer update gives Albion a stellar makeover

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