A zen-paced arcade game dazzling with phosphorescent beauty, Deep Under the Sky lets you experience life as a strange jellyfish on a remarkable world. Learn to fly through the skies of the psychedelic dark side of Venus. Explore, uncover its secrets, and flourish.
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Mostly Positive (47 reviews) - 70% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

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About This Game

Try life as a strange jellyfish on a remarkable world. Learn to fly through the skies of a psychedelic Venus, to explore and flourish.

Fling, jet, grapple and roll your way through 80 levels of tentacle-flying physics fun. Time your bursts just right to explore every cleft and cranny of the floating beasts inhabiting the mysterious dark side of Venus. This game uses only one button but don't be fooled - you'll have to think like a jellyfish and zen to the heady biorhythms of the planet before you learn its secrets.

Key Features


  • Trippy chillout soundtrack
  • 80 levels in four gorgeous worlds to explore
  • Jet-powered jellyfish with grappling hook tentacles
  • Only one button - play while petting your cat!
  • Hidden bonus stars that I bet you can't reach
  • Secret (well I just ruined it didn't I) hardcore mode
  • Physics based explosions - jellyfish bits everywhere!
  • Turn into a ball and roll like Samus
  • Bouncers, gates, mines and other obstacles
  • More particle effects than your human brain can handle

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
Don't buy this game. At least, not through Steam. This is a mobile port tried and true, and so faithfully ported from its home device the tutorials still refer to everything as "tapping." Not only this, but if you want to play it on android it's 4 dollars base price. Here, it's 10, which is an absolute rip off unless it goes on sale for pennies.

Is the game itself bad? Not at all. In fact, it's fairly decent of a port, glaring phone prompts aside. As some of the other reviews stated the description is misleading for emphasizing exploration and the ability to turn into a ball "like Samus!" as this is more or less a physics based catapult game, with couple cute little tweaks to make it interesting. The ball transformation stuff only happens for a few choice levels too, and it's simply done as that world's gimmick. It's not a selling point, trust me.

This being said, I found the art style extremely pleasant, and the puzzle layouts to be very rewarding. While the later levels rely on trial and error, the general layout for a majority of what I've played was quite clever and implemented some interesting tricks with the variety of physic defying powers. I have to say, this is definitely a high tier mobile game and could easily be received well on Steam if they priced it more realistically and, ya know, made the steam version in any way superior to the mobile version. Of course the Store Page doesn't even reference its origins so I doubt that will happen, but I would color this game as kind of a shame, since with a bit of modification and an added area or two it would've been a great little gem.

For 10 dollars though? Not a chance. At best, get it in a bundle, or wait for it to go on a big sale. Even 4 dollars on mobile is a bit too much to ask for. Such a missed opportunity.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
In the undiscovered recesses of a faraway planet, beautiful and strange organisms live and breathe in a psychedelic Venusian world of dancing lights and metroid-like organisms. Similarly psychedelic to the visual style of the game is the soundtrack, with its equally as trippy and ambient qualities that build up and evolve with each successful move you make.

Deep Under the Sky uses a one-button control system that while incredibly easy to use is surprisingly deep in execution. The objective of each gorgeously organic stage is to fertilize each glowing plant with the debris from the exploded amoeba-like jellyfish that release from the base you control. As simple as that sounds reaching each carefully placed plant and spreading your pieces far enough to fertilize them will be a matter of careful aiming and finesse as you surpass each obstacle and navigate each twist and turn of the maze-like passageways.

Releasing your little jellyfish and aiming their trajectory with split second perfection is a zen-like experience almost akin to a surrealistic and extra-terrestrial Skee-Ball, the game is all about accuracy. As the levels progress your jelly-like projectiles become faster and force you to think quicker about deciding when to employ your various maneuvers.

You start out utilizing the simpler skills mostly involving rocketing your pieces in a specific direction, nudging it into the right direction when timed properly. As you move on more hazards and obstacles to work around are introduced and you're quickly navigating elaborate series of bouncepads to reach the proper destination.

By the second world you gain the ability to morph into a ball to roll across surfaces and gain momentum as you descend any hill. This is also important for squeeing into seemingly impossible tight fits à la Super Metroid. Timing the start and release of your ball form just like anything else in the game is incredibly important and adds even more reflex based skill to how you play. This feels really good, and again reminded me of some kind of psychedelic Skee-Ball or Pinball even more.

All the elements that make for yet another beautifully strange creation from the minds of gems Incredipede and Pineapple Smash Crew. If you're looking for a fun and simple way to relax with the added effect of being visually and audibly stunning then come and chill out Deep Under the Sky.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
A Mother's Struggle

when I first saw this game, I thought it would be a side scroller type adventure but i was happily wrong. it's reminiscent of angry birds, but with exploding jellyfish and not-so-subtle overtones of procreation. Very chill game, very chill music, nice graphics, immersifying game play, definitely a great casual/ time waster game :)

side note: not sure if it's worth $7.99, but hey, get it while it's on sale...
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2015
I wonder if it's more accurate to say the space jellyfish is now my favorite aquatic or extraterrestrial creature.

As far as I know the depths of our oceans are wondrous and alien enough that Deep Under the Sky could be playing out within them, far from any depth humans have been able to reach. Bounding from the safety of their nest, tentacles swirling in the current, attempting to fertilize a waking host before their short life expires. There's something very poetic about Deep Under the Sky, its bedazzling art creating a hypnotic cycle as you run almost on autopilot, sacrificing innumerable members of this strange species in pursuit of the task at hand.

Mesmerizing as it can be, Deep Under the Sky has the inescapable issue of being so hands-off as to make me often feel like my role in it was superfluous, or at least fairly dull and extremely limited in scope. A queue of moves scrolls from the bottom of the screen, their moment of execution being your only means of interaction, and thus levels are laid out before you as you launch jellyfish out attempting to discern the correct timing to be able to reach each of the nests you need to fertilize in order to progress. It's something like being given a catapult but only ever being allowed to pull the lever, leaving the aiming to others and then entering into a series of trial and error as you work within your rigid limitations to recreate the moves of the developer. Success often felt like an accident, yet another thing I had little control over, level after level passing by but failing to leave me with any lasting impression longer than the seconds it took to load the next screen.

It's not the worst way to spend a few hours by any stretch, but the experience goes by with such little presence that it was almost like I wasn't playing a game at all, just staring at my monitor as my fingers moved on their own and I was left to leisurely enjoy the wondrous, sparkling world of strange organisms draped around a much less engaging game. I find it hard to say whether that's an experience worth your time, my memories of the game already beginning to fade, but I'm equally indecisive in prescribing you stay away so perhaps that says what I'm failing to.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
This is a recommendation meant only for a sale at a high discount. While the visuals and the overall implementation of the game concept were done very well, the gameplay itself lacks a bit of depth and smoothness. For my taste there should be more gameplay elements and less interruptions between the level goals. Although the background music matches the psychedelic graphics it gets quite annoying after a while. However, if you like playing simple games in between, you can give it a try. It's definitely no trash.
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