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  • Summary: Take the helm of your customised steamship and set sail for the unknown. Sunless Sea is a 2D game of discovery, survival and loneliness set in the Victorian Gothic universe of Fallen London.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Mar 10, 2015
    100
    It's not earned easily, but if you are proficient in English and you also have patience to get in picture in a fantastical world, your reward will be a true treasure among current games. [Issue#250]
  2. Mar 10, 2015
    90
    An extremely good game which just doesn’t feel properly finished. It’s not quite a final draft. It’s still damned good fun though.
  3. Feb 23, 2015
    88
    Sunless Sea is a game for a very specific audience. It requires a patient player who loves reading and has a big imagination. But if this is you, then you'll know how does it feel to long for the open sea while remaining seated in your room.
  4. Feb 9, 2015
    80
    Indeed, one of the best things about Sunless Sea, apart from its beautifully crafted elder-horror stories, fantastically drawn artwork and generally creepy atmosphere, is the feeling that the decisions you make within the game are shaping the narrative, and that by playing, you are writing yourself into that story.
  5. Mar 3, 2015
    80
    Sunless Sea is a little darker and less cheerful than its already morbid sister Fallen London, but it’s no less delightful.
  6. Feb 11, 2015
    80
    Wonderful writing resting on top of infirm foundations. Almost a classic, Sunless Sea falls a few leagues short of its final destination.
  7. Feb 18, 2015
    60
    I don’t want to sound too down on Sunless Sea. Sadly though, it’s one of those games that I respect and appreciate more than I enjoy and one that I find it easier to recommend than to actually play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 10 out of 39
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    10
    Every time Failbetter makes another game within this universe, I find myself completely drawn in.
  2. Sep 25, 2017
    10
    One of my favourite games of all time. It's famously harsh and keen to kill you, which is part of the dark humour. It's a humour style thatOne of my favourite games of all time. It's famously harsh and keen to kill you, which is part of the dark humour. It's a humour style that won't work for everyone, but if you recognise and appreciate their references then it'll reward you in spades. Strongly recommend getting the Zubmariner DLC too - it's playable inside the main game story, and gives you many advantages once you've gained the ability to scour the surface, the Unterzee and the sea bed too.

    The game also makes a big deal about playing for permadeath, teasing the idea that it would be detrimental to use Saves and lose your status as a "true" player. I'd advise you to forget that, and use the Save! It's hard enough without completely crushing yourself. Abandon all ideas about finding some cheap stock that's worth a fortune at another port, too; such things are almost totally non-existent, and this isn't Elite. Money will appear as windfalls from unexpected moments in the game's story, as will life-saving food and fuel (although you will also need to buy these!). The game wants you to forget about traditional game ideas and put both feet into being a foolhardy sea captain from a horror story. Be reckless and give yourself to that premise, and the game will pay you back with more (wonderfully well written) stories.
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  3. Feb 8, 2015
    10
    Been playing games since the 80s, and first game I felt compelled to rate. For sure, it not for everyone, but for me it is stunning,Been playing games since the 80s, and first game I felt compelled to rate. For sure, it not for everyone, but for me it is stunning, Atmospheric, different, addictive. Love the fact that you are going to die at the start, but that helps your descendants (or rivals) to progress. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2018
    8
    Game feels a lot like Space Ranges in the underground sea. It has better atmosphere and story, but much smaller scale text quests. Plot andGame feels a lot like Space Ranges in the underground sea. It has better atmosphere and story, but much smaller scale text quests. Plot and writing are superb. Gameplay is very repetitive and gets old quickly. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2020
    6
    Sunless Sea is not for everyone. This game requires a lot of reading and imagination.

    Starts of very confusing and keeps this pace well
    Sunless Sea is not for everyone. This game requires a lot of reading and imagination.

    Starts of very confusing and keeps this pace well above 10 hours of play but afterwards game starts making sense. Game requires a lot of grinding to stay afloat .

    Lore and story of the world is the best part.
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  6. Mar 26, 2015
    5
    This is a difficult game to review. On one level it has a certain charm, graphics, atmosphere, ambient sounds, etc, are fine. It's veryThis is a difficult game to review. On one level it has a certain charm, graphics, atmosphere, ambient sounds, etc, are fine. It's very different and hugely creative. On another, it degenerates into a cross-between "rogue" like gameplay and the mother of all grind-fests. You can trade, but it often isn't worth it since most trades rarely cover the cost of fuel or supplies of the journey. There's combat, but that isn't worth it either since it costs more to repair your ship than you get back. You can upgrade your ship, but that isn't worth it either as you end up far worse off in terms of increasing fuel costs relative to static quest rewards. Ship movement is painfully slow. As others have said, "story" seems to consist of 200x sidequests with no real main quest "glue". Game has a lot of potential, but also has seriously unbalanced resource management & mechanics in general.

    I think this is really one of those games where either the "feel" of the game will "click" with you, or it simply won't, and for me it didn't.
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  7. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    Mediocre flash-tier game that only got high marks because one of the people working on it has a bunch of connections with gaming journos.Mediocre flash-tier game that only got high marks because one of the people working on it has a bunch of connections with gaming journos.

    While this game might seem interesting for the first couple hours, the feeling that quickly sets in isn't terror, but the reality that the game is extremely shallow (geddit?) and far too restrictive when it comes to making progress, forcing the player to grind for a very long time if they want to stop using the starter boat.
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