Black Skylands

Hungry Couch Games, tinyBuild

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Black Skylands

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General Information

Available on:PCJul 9, 2021

Developer: Hungry Couch Games

Publisher: tinyBuild

Genres: Action, Simulation

Prepare to set sail… Through the skies! Black Skylands is the first video game in the skypunk genre that combines elements of Open World, Sandbox, Top-Down Shooter and Action/Adventure. FEATURES Fight in the skies and on land: combine aerial and ground combat, having dozens of weapons in your arsenal. Encountered a group of enemies that is too tough for you to handle? Execute an aerial attack! And don’t forget to use your trusty grappling hook to throw enemies into the cloudy abyss; Customize your vessel and weaponry: choose a skyship that fits your playstyle, be it a small maneuverable boat or a heavy machine with a high-capacity cargo hold. When on foot, harness the power of firearms by enhancing them with different mods and using special abilities to destroy your foes; Build, expand and protect your aerial base: make your trusty Fathership an impregnable flying fortress and repel intruders’ attacks. Resources you gather can be used to build facilities aboard the Fathership. For example, a Workshop lets you acquire useful upgrades for airships & weapons, a Factory processes resources and a Laboratory allows you to create powerful artifacts. Also, make sure to construct buildings like Gardens and Ranches to grow & harvest crops. Keep your people well-fed! Capture territories: craft alliances and clear out occupied lands to expand the power of your faction. New resources, researches, characters and other features become available as you expand your influence; Explore a sprawling open world: venture into the skies and discover countless floating lands full of secrets & loot. Travel across forests, farms, snowy lands, urban jungle and the mysterious Black Skylands themselves. Discover ancient secrets and take risks to unleash powers behind them; STORY Many years ago, Earth turned into thousands of islands floating in the air. In the new world, peoples of Aspya used to live in peace… Until it all came to an end. You are Eva—a proud daughter of the Earners. After an scientific discovery goes horribly awry, your homeland is plunged into relentless struggle against the Swarm—a terrifying species who know no mercy and feel no remorse. Not only you must stop the Swarm's onslaught, but also stand against the Falcons led by cruel and arrogant Kain. After seizing power in the Earners' lands to protect them from the invading monstrosities, this usurper becomes a menacing threat himself. OUR TEAM Black Skylands is a big project by a small studio called Hungry Couch. Our ambitious team is based in Russia and consists of 15 passionate people who can’t imagine their lives without making games. Feel free to support us by following Black Skylands, adding it to your wishlist and joining us on social media, Reddit and Discord!

Black Skylands Critic Reviews

While combat can get frustrating at times, the rewards across the different islands make it well worth it. The story is engaging, and the open world has been meticulously crafted to provide such a wholesome experience. If you enjoy the trailer, I’m sure you’ll have a great time exploring Aspya and building your own home in the sky.

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13 / 20

With a scenario that is too anecdotal, Black Skylands could however have been a very pleasant sandbox experience. Unfortunately its gameplay loop does not renew itself enough and the exploration of its open world does not bring the satisfaction that could allow you to get lost for long hours.

Review in French | Read full review

The combat and controls doesn't feel as refined as it should but the exploration and world building are top notch which make Black Skylands truly one of the few early access worth buying the ticket to from the very beginning.

Review in Persian | Read full review

While Black Skylands delivers an appealing aesthetic and some solid core gameplay, it quickly mires itself down in long, repetitive trips to gather resources and largely unchanging gameplay. While its slow, unchanging gameplay didn’t hold my attention very well, I can see how someone could find a relaxing challenge that they can just take their time with here.

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