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.
User reviews: Positive (9 reviews)
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

    • OS: Windows XP +
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Graphics: Most cards. Check here: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/stage3d-unsupported-chipsets-drivers-flash.html
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Graphics: Most cards. Check here: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/stage3d-unsupported-chipsets-drivers-flash.html
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 26
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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...
Posted: August 23
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Title: Deep Under The Sky
Developer: Northway Games
Category: Arcade
Compatibilty: Windows, Mac
Price: $9.99

Look at the gameplay video above for more gameplay. But this gameplay is pretty simple. All you do is press the spacebar to play. Basically what you do is launch jellyfish and try to hit all the switches in the level. But to get the switches you need to hit the bouncy areas or use your jets, so all the gameplay is timing in when to press spacebar. So if your stuck you'll pass it as it is all trial and error. As you read the gameplay is casual, but is also very simplistic which can get boring for a long session of playing. Also, because it's only 1 button it limits the whole environment and cuts exploration.

This game is 2D but the art style is pretty special and works well with the style of the game.

Controls & Smoothness:
There is only 1 button like I said before, though the game only needs 1 button even though it limits exploration. The game has a little bit of bugs though only a little.

Music & Sound:
The music really helped the art style and it wasn't full on either, it just set with the background which was good.

You can get stuck in this game pretty easy though as it is just one button it is just trial and error before you get all switches.

Fun Level:
I found this game the most fun when you got through the levels quickly though when you get stuck and do trial and error it can get boring and make you want to leave.

In conclusion, this game is great in short bursts though when you stay and play you will get tired because of it's repitive and limited gameplay.

- Great art style
- Music works well
- Some great levels which makes you think differently

- Repitive gameplay
- Limited levels

Score: 6.4

Posted: August 24
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Simple, Addictive, Unique, Beautiful < Just 4 words needed to sum this game up.

Posted: August 23
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