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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Black Skylands (2021) is an adventure game where you pilot an airship through a sprawling open world of floating islands. You play Eva, who's ship has been destroyed and father killed. Your task is to rebuild your home from the deck up, arm and prepare for battle. It combines the tending and crafting of Stardew Valley and the airborne island fighting of Bioshock.

It's a simple looking game that's viewed from above. But there is real complexity and strategy required here. Play involves aerial and ground combat, careful weapon selection and crafting of your ship to enhance your chances. There's a novel grappling hook to throw enemies into the cloudy abyss.

You choose a skyship: small and manoeuvrable boat or a heavy machine with a high-capacity cargo hold. When you have landed, you can enhance your handheld weapons with different modifications and special abilities.

Resources you gather are used to build facilities aboard your ship. 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.

As you progress you aim to 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. 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.

Coming to PC first then Switch, Xbox and PlayStation.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Black Skylands 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Joe Eaton and updated 10 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Adventure and Simulation game with Role-Play, Shooting, Strategy and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood, Use of Alcohol.

CostsCosts

Black Skylands usually costs £15.99 to £17.99.
 

Black Skylands

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
Switch Store Switch £17.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/06/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation (Role-Play, Shooting, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)


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