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  • Summary: SAIL THE STARS. BETRAY YOUR QUEEN. MURDER A SUN. Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling for PC, Mac and Linux.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Edge Magazine
    Feb 1, 2019
    90
    This is a game about stories that has a knack of producing really good ones - when you're doing well, and especially when you're doing badly. [March 2019, p.120]
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    90
    It is challenging, yes, but the sensations that it makes you feel are fantastic and they are a big image about the greatness of this adventure.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    90
    With impeccable world-building and compelling exploration, Sunless Skies is a haunting journey that is worth traversing time and time again.
  4. Feb 7, 2019
    88
    Sunless Skies is a strange amalgamation of genres with even stranger stories to tell, but the weird world and nightmarish encounters come together to create something special. Combat and repetition may weigh down the Homeric adventure, but the overall journey is well worth the ticket.
  5. Feb 16, 2019
    85
    Sunless Skies is an amazing surprise. It is a very solid RPG and strategy game, and its narrative is one of the best we’ve seen in years.
  6. Feb 8, 2019
    85
    Sunless Skies is another well-written story from Failbetter Games. The story and setting carry the game, but the combat mechanics can take some getting used to and may feel limiting. If you like your stories thick in the dark and strange ways of things like H.P. Lovecraft than this could very well be your cup of maddening tea. And you do like tea, don’t you? Of course you do, the Queen wouldn’t allow it to be otherwise and She is watching, always watching.
  7. Feb 21, 2019
    70
    Sunless Skies is a real "interactive book". In the new game of Failbetter Games there are texts of a really rare quality for a video game, like a good sci-fi novel. Too bad that the strength of Sunless Skies is also its greatest limit: there are often long sequences of readings a bit too verbose and ends in themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    this game is amazing the atmosphere and writing are flawless this game is one of the best
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    9
    With a focus on intircate story telling and excellent atmosphere rather than action and complex gameplay, Sunless Skies is an refreshingWith a focus on intircate story telling and excellent atmosphere rather than action and complex gameplay, Sunless Skies is an refreshing change of pace. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2019
    9
    Its atmospheric, exploration story. Beautiful, otherworldly, quirky and maddening. Between the role playing aspect and the artwork alone makeIts atmospheric, exploration story. Beautiful, otherworldly, quirky and maddening. Between the role playing aspect and the artwork alone make this worth sinking a few dozen hours into. Game play isn't much different then Sunless Sea; Combat-lite mechanics seem just to add a rarely engaging system of story pacing. Though the beautiful setting it worth inching all over it can get repetitive. Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2019
    7
    Sunless Skies é um jogo com uma narrativa tão viva, intensa e complexa que talvez fosse melhor se aplicada em um livro. O jogo como um todoSunless Skies é um jogo com uma narrativa tão viva, intensa e complexa que talvez fosse melhor se aplicada em um livro. O jogo como um todo seria no máximo medíocre se não contasse com essa parte. Seu gameplay é lento e difícil; sua direção de arte é boa, mas sem identidade e pecando em alguns quesitos; sua parte sonora é mediana. Pode valer a pena, porém, se você tiver a paciência para acompanhar uma história incrível. Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2019
    7
    Failbetter live up to there name... Many improvements to Sunless Sea. but Still so much fail.

    Pro's: Great writing, improved User interface
    Failbetter live up to there name... Many improvements to Sunless Sea. but Still so much fail.

    Pro's: Great writing, improved User interface that takes the design of '100 days', gorgeous world design, combat much more dynamic and fun.

    Cons: 70% of the game is doing nothing waiting to get somewhere.. the pacing is awful and ends up you have to grind the same locations to get a slither of story.

    This game tries to be a rogue lite like the first.. but it makes for a terrible roguelite experience as you end up just like the first repeating the same story content. You can turn this off which i recommend.. but you still have to deal with **** movement speed and the wims of autosave.. which just failed on me.
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  6. Feb 16, 2019
    5
    I bought this game on Feb 7 and I haven't played it a lot.
    It's not because I don't like it, it's because of the updates that keep coming
    I bought this game on Feb 7 and I haven't played it a lot.
    It's not because I don't like it, it's because of the updates that keep coming out.
    Just yesterday, there was a 19 Mo patch...
    When I consulted the list of it s' (numerous) fixes, I was unhappily surprised to read that "We're currently working on a major update that will be out in the next month or two..."
    I paid 23€ for this game and, I understand that at launching, there could/would be some minor fixes but, what I don't understand - maybe I'm dumb - is that an obviously unfinished game can be sold, as is.
    This seems to be a new norm for recent games.
    Apparently, gamers are now considered to be Beta testers by editors and developers.
    I'm no Beta tester so, I'll wait a few months for this game to be stabilised and complete before I spend any time playing it.
    For those who are, good luck and keep up your good work !
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  7. Feb 6, 2019
    2
    Like Sea before it, Sunless Skies has some really good writing and atmosphere but the gameplay is about as fun and engaging as a screensaver.Like Sea before it, Sunless Skies has some really good writing and atmosphere but the gameplay is about as fun and engaging as a screensaver. There simply isn't much to it, the combat is very basic and besides that the game has nothing but simple resource management, rng stat checks and waiting; mostly waiting since traveling from place to place will take up most of your playtime, and like Sea it just involves staring at you vessel while it chugs through a nice looking but ultimately featureless map. Cheats can make the experience bearable by speeding up the game and removing the need to grind but a game that requires one to use outside means to avoid playing has failed at being a game. Probably makes for a good LP assuming it's screenshot-only or highly edited. Expand

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