Build your skyship and explore the open world, fight factions of pirates and monsters, claim your territory by foot or by your flying vessel. You're the captain and the sky is the limit in this skypunk Open World action adventure!
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (112) - 89% of the 112 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (757) - 87% of the 757 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 9, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Black Skylands is a big ambitious project by a small studio. Launching a finished 1.0 title would require one whole additional year in development. But most importantly: what we are seeking to create is a unique experience. Our game combines aspects of various genres: sandbox, RPG, top-down shooter, and even bullet hell. Therefore, many unorthodox design decisions need to be made. We are trying to blend together different gameplay mechanics, which means a lot of iterations and experimentation. Our desire is to do this with an involved and dedicated player base that we are able to get consistent feedback from. The plan is to rely on that feedback on our way to releasing a product that both players and dev team are extremely satisfied with.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Up to 12 months. We want to take our time and polish the game while adding as much quality content as our creative and technical capabilities allow us to!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“According to our current plans, the final version of Black Skylands is going to be approximately twice the size of the Early Access version in terms of in-game content. We plan on improving the gameplay mechanics, conducting balancing revisions on a regular basis, and of course, be responsive to feedback coming from our players.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Black Skylands is approximately half finished content-wise. The game is one hundred percent playable and is a full-fledged early version of our open world adventure. So there's only one way from here: upwards!
Please see the "About This Game" section of the steam page to see a full list of features in the current version of the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, we are planning to increase the price of the game on its release out of Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Ah, our favorite part!

We love getting feedback. Moreover, for us it's a need. As we've already mentioned above, it's impossible without a solid player base. We believe that an Early Access launch will allow us to build such a base and in this manner players can help to eventually get the version of the game that they most want to play.

We’ve already implemented a fair number of suggestions from members of our community during the open playtest held from March to April of 2021, you’ve helped us iron out bugs and deal with other types of issues and we are so thankful for your continued participation and feedback. We would like our Steam forums, Discord server, subreddit and social pages to continue being the places where you guys could communicate with us directly. We welcome any kind of constructive criticism, suggestions, ideas and bug reports. Your support really means a lot!”
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Just Updated

The ICE KRAKEN update brings Christmas to the skies of Aspya! This major content update introduces exciting fresh quests and puzzles as well as brand new features such as:

  • Active main character/skyship abilities;
  • The ability to board enemy vessels;
  • Floating volcanic islands to explore. Be cautious: those are extremely dangerous!

- art by Ibrahem Swaid

“In the vast expanse, as the air around you is getting colder, you feel the presence of something lurking in the clouds… Do you have what it takes to defeat the mighty Ice Kraken, captain? Prepare yourself for there can only be one victor in this fierce aerial battle!”


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About This Game

Prepare to set sail… Through the skies! Black Skylands is the first video game in the skypunk genre that combines elements of Open World, Sandbox, Top-Down Shooter and Action/Adventure.


  • Fight in the skies and on land: combine aerial and ground combat, having dozens of weapons in your arsenal. Encountered a group of enemies that is too tough for you to handle? Execute an aerial attack! And don’t forget to use your trusty grappling hook to throw enemies into the cloudy abyss;

  • Customize your vessel and weaponry: choose a skyship that fits your playstyle, be it a small maneuverable boat or a heavy machine with a high-capacity cargo hold. When on foot, harness the power of firearms by enhancing them with different mods and using special abilities to destroy your foes;

  • Build, expand and protect your aerial base: make your trusty Fathership an impregnable flying fortress and repel intruders’ attacks. Resources you gather can be used to build facilities aboard the Fathership. For example, 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. Keep your people well-fed!

  • 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;

  • Explore a sprawling open world: venture into the skies and discover countless floating lands full of secrets & loot. 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;


Many years ago, Earth turned into thousands of islands floating in the air. In the new world, peoples of Aspya used to live in peace… Until it all came to an end.

You are Eva—a proud daughter of the Earners. After an scientific discovery goes horribly awry, your homeland is plunged into relentless struggle against the Swarm—a terrifying species who know no mercy and feel no remorse.

Not only you must stop the Swarm's onslaught, but also stand against the Falcons led by cruel and arrogant Kain. After seizing power in the Earners' lands to protect them from the invading monstrosities, this usurper becomes a menacing threat himself.


Black Skylands is a big project by a small studio called Hungry Couch. Our ambitious team is based in Russia and consists of 15 passionate people who can’t imagine their lives without making games. Feel free to support us by following Black Skylands, adding it to your wishlist and joining us on social media, Reddit and Discord!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 2125 3.30 GHz or later
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GT 750M
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated

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