The game begins with a brief tutorial, that leads you through a small passageway with an ailing captain and a crew filled with misery. You start floating around the train docks at New Winchester, where a new ship and crew are acquired. All the while still in the tutorial, a new captain is chosen – you choose their origin, affiliation, and end goal. This ranges from the modest wishes of seeking fame or fortune, to the eccentric and bold wishes like leading a revolution or uncovering the hidden truth of the world.
Sunless Skies is a sequel to Sunless Seas, and much like its predecessor, Sunless Skies takes place in the world of Fallen London, that started in the sea and has now moved into the stars.
With no map to guide you, you are challenged with the upkeep of your locomotive and, of course, with staying alive – you will die many, many times but it’s these deaths that drive your hunger to reach the goal of the path you chose.
This explorative RPG survival game is slow paced and will leave you wandering for hours picking cargo, fighting off enemy ships and raiding them to fix your own, and caring for your crew. There are many risks involved in these unannounced tasks as you travel through the starry skies.
The difficulty of Sunless Skies can be set at “Legacy” for an easy going mode or “Merciless” for the thrill seekers.
Sunless Skies is a horror sci-fi filled with many mysteries, confusing moments, much doubt, and a ton of deaths. It will satisfy a gamer’s sense of curiosity and their minds, while building up the need to continue this game despite the many left turns that will be taken. Failbetter Games have once again created a game which both somehow rewards death, and challenges you stay alive.