Percentile Rank

Sunless Skies is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

IND13
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 12, 2019

Whether it's the joy of reaching port, the excitement of engaging with a marauder, or the wonderment of the creatively-written fantasy, Sunless Skies filled my head with adventure and took me on a tour of marvels and monstrosities such as I'm glad to have encountered. It still has me itching to return to the High Wilderness for another go.

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Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Jan 31, 2019

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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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 1, 2019

When I’m not playing Sunless Skies, I find myself musing about what will happen the next time I jump on.

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Scored Reviews

RPG Fan
95%
95%
Feb 24, 2019

Sunless Skies is one of the most interesting and well-written games ever made.

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Windows Central
Jan 31, 2019

Sunless Skies is a wild, mysterious RPG that blends together a plethora of traits from multiple genres. The result is something unique, engaging, and incredibly fun.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 31, 2019

The world the game shares with its predecessors is detailed and bizarre in equal measure.

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PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 31, 2019

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

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Sunless Skies delivers in ways you don't even expect it to. The atmosphere is incredible, and the stories almost addictive. The world is beautiful and the danger is tantalizing. It might be deadly, but it's well worth the trip.

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MSPoweruser
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Above everything else, Sunless Skies is a unique experience. It may be similar to its predecessor, Sunless Seas, but it is wholly a game of its own. It feels remarkably smooth to control and it reads like a more adult Pratchett novel albeit roided up to beefcake levels of literary strength.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Andrew Borck
9 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

If you're a fan of Sunless Sea, Lovecraftian Horror, or Firefly, you'll probably love this game. If you don't like reading, dying in-game, or making new characters, you might enjoy it less.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

With impeccable world-building and compelling exploration, Sunless Skies is a haunting journey that is worth traversing time and time again.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 1, 2019

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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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 5, 2019

Failbetter continues to revolutionise the RPG - not by burning it all down, but by slipping pages of prose into every crevice it can.Jeremy Peel

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2019

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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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Mar 29, 2019

Despite being loads more forgiving than the first brutal installment, Sunless Skies is wicked hard.

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2019

Sunless Skies is a refined and more organic successor for Sunless Sea. The skies above London are full of intriguing events and charming characters depicted through a fancy, sharp and magnetic writing. The hybrid gameplay which mixes “choose your own adventure” elements with a classic RPG/roguelite scheme works well and offer a deep and satisfying experience. If you don't mind read walls of text and embrace the rhythm of the slow gaming, Sunless Skies is one of the best games around.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
GameSpace
Brandedwolf

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2019

Overall 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...

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BaziCenter
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2019

Just like the other two titles developed by Failbetter, Sunless Skies is not a game for everybody. It has a very slow rhythm and demands that you read a lot in order to understand the story. So if you are not into reading or patient enough, you'll probably get bored in the first few hours. But if you give it time and get along with its rhythm, you'll definitely have a wonderful experience.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2019

The follow-up to Sunless Seas is an adventure that conjures up a journey of endless wonder, where seemingly anything is possible.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Feb 15, 2019

Beautiful and terrifying journey through stars. If you believe that videogames can be art, you shouldn't miss Sunless Skies. For others, the game might be totally impenetrable.

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PC Invasion
Jan 31, 2019

At times serene and at times unnerving, Sunless Skies epitomizes an atmospheric narrative-driven exploration into strange and unknown locales, only marred by the tedium that grows as the novelty eventually wears off after a few hours.

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Guardian
Jan 31, 2019

This imaginative and darkly humorous sci-fi survival game has you fearfully chart a vast, hostile universe

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OnlySP
Jan 30, 2019

The comparison to Joss Whedon’s short-lived television series is apt, with similarities extending beyond the music to the genre-bending space adventure and focus on stories that explore humanity in straits. Imperialism, the value of time, the tenuous nature of reality, and the mysteries of the cosmos are just some of the themes that emerge in the strange world of Sunless Skies, contributing to a tapestry of a richness almost unparalleled in the world of video games. The overall pace of the game is staid, but its brilliant simplicity is to be commended, and, come year’s end, it could prove enough to make Sunless Skies a strong Game of the Year contender.

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The Game is a Lie
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2019

Sunless Skies is a game with such an intense and complex story that it might have been better applied in a book. The game as a whole would be mediocre at best, if not for that part. Its gameplay is slow and hard; its art direction is good, but has no identity of its own; its soundtrack is just average. Playing it can be worth it, however, if you have the patience to follow an amazing story.

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Jump Dash Roll
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 1, 2019

Looking past its flaws, if you're a fan of narrative storytelling, steampunk and weird wobbly Lovecraftian things – this game is worth your cash.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Sunless Skies is a fun romp with enough plot variety to keep you entertained. While the writing lacks the sharpness of previous installments, this is a good series introduction for beginners.

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