With FarSky, you take the role of Nathan who got lost in the Ocean after the crash of his submarine. You need to learn how to survive in the depths of the Ocean.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,150 reviews) - 74% of the 2,150 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014

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"A sandbox building game that takes place UNDERWATER! Incredible visuals, and you can get eaten by a shark. How cool is that!? Unique and underrated."
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About This Game

With FarSky, you take the role of Nathan who got lost in the Ocean after the crash of his submarine. You need to learn how to survive in the depths of the Ocean.

Use the environment to gather resources, build a base to refill your oxygen and manage all your items, craft equipment and weapons to explore and protect yourself in the Ocean depths, create an in-base farm or go fish hunting to feed yourself,...

Your ultimate goal is to find all the pieces of your submarine, fix it and reach the surface. You can also choose to play in Sandbox mode to enjoy the game freely with a wider map!

All maps are randomly generated to immerse you in an unknown world.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card (OpenGL 2.0)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java required
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion) or later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card (OpenGL 2.0)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card (OpenGL 2.0)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java required
Helpful customer reviews
197 of 259 people (76%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
just get subnautica. it actaully gets updates
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77 of 96 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
157.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
*** Fun game that is NOT worth the full price of $15 USD ***

Now that I have those disclamers out of the way...This game is a watered down (pun intended) version of Minecraft that takes place under the ocean. The object is to survive below water and reconstruct your submarine to get yourself back to the surface.

This game does offer a sandbox version to it, which has its limit of replayability. You can play this game in 3 modes, adventurer, which is how everyone starts off (allows death and respawning). Survival mode where you have just one life and submarine pieces are harder to locate and sandbox mode which in some part requires you have played a few games in the first 2 modes to be able to play sandbox mode.

The game offers a grand total 8 predators that you can fight and kill in the game and 3 of the 8 are sharks, so really 6 different predators if you count sharks as one type. AGAIN, this is an abandoned early access game thus why variety in predators is lacking. Also, you have a grand total of 3 tools, also because it was abandoned. This game has only 5 ores you can mine (not including crystals) to use in crafting...again lack of depth due to abandonment by developers.

I have put many hours of game time into this game, most of which was done in early access hoping this game would get better and have more depth added to it, but like many other I was sorely misled that this game would become as great as its developers claimed it would be.

This game is absolutely fun to play, but can be played and won within 2-3 hours of game time. I still play this game often to see if I can beat it faster than the time before. However, this makes the current asking price of $15 USD a ridiculous amount to ask for 2-3 hours of game play. I DO RECOMMEND this game, as it IS GREAT to play!!! But do not buy this game unless it is on sale at 33% off OR MORE.

I struggled long and hard whether this game would get a thumbs up or thumbs down and I have to give it thumbs down as it is an abandoned game by its developers and it is criminally over priced for what it offers. I do recommend buying it ONLY if it is on sale.

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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Great fun for the first 2 hours...then you run out of stuff to do.

If your looking for an alternative that actually has some content and regular updates check out Subnautica.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Its a little like minecraft... and a little like don't starve... Except underwater...
As always, I got this in a bundle a while back and at bundle prices it is 9/10. I think one could get their money's worth from it at full retail as well, 5/10.

Read the guides out there as they will make the experience more pleasant, especially regarding sharks and how to progress through the game.

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25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The very idea of being trapped underwater proves unnerving and indie release FarSky takes that same concept, removes the brief comfort of an underwater city, and emphasizes the survival mechanics. Can the player gather enough supplies and fend off bloodthirsty sharks in an effort to reconstruct a submarine and reach the surface? It sounds like a grueling challenge, but FarSky offers a concise test of endurance. Nevertheless, the game makes up for the lack of longevity with a steady sense of progression and an appropriately exotic environment.

FarSky spends little time on narrative—Nathan crashes in the ocean and must repair his submarine with the help of a friend on the radio. The game takes a few minutes to establish the rudimentary premise and then thrusts players into an enormous ocean, full of both marvelous wonders and deadly threats. The underwater environment itself stands out as one of the game's greatest strengths due to its novel take on the familiar survival formula. Successful games like Don't Starve and Rust also task players with surviving the elements, but oxygen tanks and barracudas aren't on the list of priorities. I found the ocean to be a refreshing change of pace.

Players must find nine pieces of Nathan's submarine to repair it and reach the surface. The game centers on two basic but critical skills in order to reach that goal: hunting and gathering. A majority of playtime will be spent gathering materials and resources to craft better equipment, new buildings, and useful weapons to ward off the ocean's most dangerous creatures. Survival games often include a whole slew of potential items to craft, but FarSky focuses on a much smaller number and partially benefits from its restraint. It makes construction decisions easier and allows players to spend more time actually exploring the ocean.

Trust me when I say there's a lot to discover in FarSky's ocean. Mineral deposits, treasure chests, and temporarily broken drones are all waiting to be found, and I felt the game was at its best when it allowed me to explore the sea at greater depths. Eventually the submarine pieces become much harder to obtain and require new equipment to reach, but the reward is twofold. First, the player finds another submarine piece and gets one step closer to beating the game. Second, it shows off the game's biggest surprises. Much like real life, rarer creatures and glowing spectacles exist deeper in the ocean.

Better materials are also found at greater depths, so take that drill out and get ready to collect some magnesium! That is, until a shark eats your face off—then it's back to square one. Players drop all items upon death, but FarSky shows mercy and pinpoints their location on the map. It's a surprisingly light penalty that hinders the game's challenge. For a game that emphasizes survival, I thought death would be a bigger deal.

Nevertheless, being eaten by a giant fish is still annoying and it's at that point the prey becomes the predator, especially when hunger rears its ugly head. Like any normal human being, Nathan can't function on an empty stomach. A great, albeit dangerous, way to collect food is to craft a speargun and start shooting fish. This represents another key part of the game and provides an enjoyable contrast to gathering and construction.

FarSky's journey from ocean to surface is a strong and focused experience, but it also hinders the title's longevity. I appreciate a game with a clear end goal, but I can't imagine myself going back to FarSky often. The game creates randomly generated worlds, but the challenge from one playthrough to the next remains largely the same. Survival mode unlocks upon completing Adventure mode, which results in far more enemies and thus more frustration. FarSky also includes a customizable sandbox, but starting equipment must be purchased with coins found in Adventure mode. It generates incentive to play the game “right” the first time, but I like my sandbox to allow for complete freedom and in turn more insanity.

Few realistic settings are more dangerous and mysterious than the depths of the ocean, and FarSky captures the duality of its environment and capitalizes on it. I was struck most by the underwater atmosphere, but the fundamentally sound-crafting elements and steady progression resulted in a fun time as well. The game may be rough around the edges—especially when one takes a look at its visuals—but it offers a worthwhile survival experience for fans of the genre.
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