Sunless Sea 12+

Failbetter Games

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 89 Ratings
    • $9.99

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Sunless Sea was made for long winter nights - Enjoy zailing from the safety of your couch this holiday season!


Failbetter’s award-winning PC game is now on iOS! Take the helm of your steamship and set sail for the unknown. Sunless Sea is a game of discovery, loneliness and frequent death, set in the award-winning Victorian Gothic universe of Fallen London.

If the giant crabs, sentient icebergs and swarms of bats don’t get you, madness and cannibalism certainly will. But that old black ocean beckons, and there’s loot for the brave souls who dare to sail her.

Betray your crew, sell your soul to a Devil, marry your sweetheart. Survive long enough and you’ll achieve your life’s ambition.

You will die, but your legacy will live on…


- A deep, compelling world packed with 350,000+ words of stories and secrets. Find your father’s bones. Determine London’s destiny. Defy the gods of the deep sea.

- Beautiful, hand drawn art: castles of sparkling ice, prisons perched on lily pads, fog-shrouded lighthouses and the DAWN MACHINE.

- Your captain will die. But you can pass on resources from one generation to the next. Acquire a family home and a hoard of heirlooms. Build up your own story across generations of zailors who braved the sea and lost - or won...

- Real-time combat against ships and Zee-beasts, spider-crewed dreadnoughts and sentient icebergs.

- Light and dark, terror and madness: stray too far from the gas-lamps of civilisation and your crew will grow fearful and eventually lose their sanity.

- Upgrade your steamship with powerful engines, cannons and pneumatic torpedo guns. (Or buy a bigger, better ship.)

- Hire unique officers like the Haunted Doctor and the Irrepressible Cannoneer. Each has a story to tell, if you can draw it out of them.

- Choose a ship’s mascot: the Comatose Ferret, the Wretched Mog, the Elegiac Cockatoo, and more!

- Trade or smuggle silk and souls, mushroom wine and hallucinogenic honey.


- “Absolutely the best writing in any video game since, well, as long as I can remember.” (10/10 – PCGamesN)

- “A very compelling and satisfying adventure... The realm of possibilities seems endless, and every time I set sail I find something new.” (9/10 – Destructoid)

- “Sunless Sea's method of storytelling isn't unique, but it has never been realised with such impact and elegance.” (10/10 – Eurogamer)

What’s New

Version 1.25

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- storylets now showing in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen now fixed
- fuel bar no longer resets to 0 after loading manual save
- no Zubmariner-specific ports should now appear on the chart

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Cvb177NoThanks ,

So far, too hard?


The game is beautiful and atmospheric like everyone else said. The writing is elegant and in-depth with a bit of humor, I feel like I'm reading Sherlock Holmes. My cons are:
The creatures/ships to battle are way too seldom. If your goal is to collect specimens it takes days. And yes the battle system is clunky but I guess that's the point, to make it feel like a real, old ship.
Like other reviewers, I've been playing a couple hours a day for a week, and even when not dying, have not made it even close to 5% to getting a new ship, other than that joke dinghy.
I understand this is a rouge game, which is supposed to be unforgiving and repetitive, but with the slow speed of your basic ship and the ridiculous tiny payouts from your port reports, it gets aggravating. I know there are the quests but how to save for a 3000 ship with 10 echos per report?
The game feels great though. I will keep at it.
Update: I've kept at it, and I've given up. Getting even a few hundred echoes takes a ridiculous long time, meanwhile you have to slog back to London for usually little payback. I'm sorry but some games make me want to throw the device. It's beautiful, but for me the advance curve or whatever is too annoying.
Thanks for a game with nice music, graphics, and dialogue/writing though

Ravi N S ,

Game is great

I played this game on Steam, and now on my iPad. It's still excellent. Yes, the game CAN be unforgiving (that's the entire point), so it makes you extra cautious when you exploring a new area. The slowness of the ship (at FIRST) can add to this sense of vulnerability, which is why this game is fun in the first place.
Once you upgrade your engines, or do the quests to get 1 of 2 very good engines, the world opens up.

Note: to the dude below (like all reviews) who says "Game crashes immediately." Not true. They are A. Using an old model that the game doesn't even support. B. Are at the max on memory so the tablet can't even provide resources to actually run the game. Or C. They are lying. You see this in EVERY review section. And it's never true, unless backed up by a LOT of similar sentiments. To this day, I haven't yet had an app game crash repeatedly. Don't give that nonsense below ANY credence at all.

Curious Servant ,

Worth Every Echo

Excellent game. Beautiful, clever puzzles, quick advancement to ever more interesting challenges if one is bold and clever.

I've had this game for several months and I am still finding whole new adventures, new avenues. It is cool that the way the game evolves as an experience, it continually opens new perspectives of play.

At first, it is a simple exploration, figuring out how the boat works, finding strange, and sometimes finding unbeatable opponents (I remember how proud I was for fierce sea [I mean zea] battles... backing up a very damaged ship through a narrow curving channel, while shooting at an opponent four times my size). Then it was learning the commerce of the zea and how to improve my ship, thrive, and then excel. The stories are a lot of fun, the choices are clever, and bring in some self reflection about the ethics in games decisions.

The scoring and rewards is clever and subtle. One can create interesting characters through the choices, and thereby attract unique challenges and rewards.

Clever interface.

The writing is good. Clever. Funny. Once in a while I have to look a word up. That is surprising. :)

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