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The third game in the Steven Universe "Light" series of video games, following Attack The Light and Save The Light, taking place after the finale of the original Steven Universe series but before Steven Universe: The Movie.

Unleash the Light was released on November 27th, 2019, exclusively on the Apple Arcade service for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. It was later announced to be getting a release on consoles and Steam on February 19th, 2021.


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  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Hessonite joins the party for the final battle against Pyrope, Demantoid and the Prism Fusion.
  • Absentee Actor: Due to this game entirely taking place in space, none of the Beach City citizens appear either. Peridot, Connie and Greg also weren't in the game at launch, but were later added in updates.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The true main antagonist of the Peridot DLC is the AI of Hessonite's ship, which took over Squaradot and sought out the Prism.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Steven will sometimes say "Sorry!" when throwing his shield.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: There can only be Steven and three other characters in your party at any given time, but the story proceeds as though all of the playable characters are present.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • If you go to Pearl's equipment menu, one of her quotes is "Hmm? What's this about a bird mom?", a reference to the popular Fan Nickname for her. invoked
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    • One of items you can pick up that is used for Garnet are pastel blue-and-red colored Cotton Candy Gauntlets, a reference to her Fan Nickname "Cotton Candy Garnet" (her form when Ruby and Sapphire first fused). invoked
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Blue Pearl suggests sending a battalion to retrieve Pyrope and Demantoid's Prisms by force if they don't respond to the heroes' ultimatum.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Pyrope and Demantoid. They are both higher ranking gems who don't want to go along with the changes in Steven's Era 3 and hope to take over Homeworld themselves.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Squaridot spends most of the DLC under the control of Hessonite's ship, with no control of her own.
  • The Bus Came Back: Hessonite returns, and she's made a new life for herself, just like George.
  • Call-Forward: One of the items Pearl, Bismuth and Connie can equip is the Gem Rejuvenator, Spinel's weapon of choice in The Movie.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Demantoid and Pyrope were both mentioned in "Together Alone" as being Garnet-type gems like Hessonite.
    • The statue that appears prominently as a recurring shop in the first game and again in the third game; it's revealed during the final boss to be a Fusion of all three Light Prisms.
  • Conflict Ball: After loosing the Final Boss, the two Gems, Demantoid and Pyrope attack each other while blaming the other for their failure. It winds up poofing them.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Steven's dialogue when George returns makes it clear that the one ending of Save the Light out of three possible where the Light Prism chooses to stay and start Walking the Earth is the canon one.
  • Final Dungeon Preview: The Palace of Light is explored at the start, but the rest of the level can only be progressed by collecting keys scattered throughout each world.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • As before, the Gems can do this, though in gameplay, you can only fuse Steven with Garnet (to make Sunstone), Pearl (to make Rainbow Quartz 2.0), Amethyst (to make Smoky Quartz), or all three (to make Obsidian). All the fusions from the previous two games (Stevonnie, Sardonyx, Opal, Sugilite, and Alexandrite) are unavailable, except for Smoky Quartz, who was added back in an update.
    • George the Prism is forced into this with Demantoid and Pyrope's Prisms, becoming a massive, multi-armed giant. This backfires when Steven and Hessonite manage to get to George, breaking the fusion.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: The Black Hole has three different difficulty options, Normal (signified by a happy Steven in front of a pale blue star), Hard (signified by a nervous Steven in front of a gold star with a ring through it), and Diamond (signified by Steven in an action pose with his shield, in front of a rose-tinted diamond).
  • Interquel: The game is set during the two-year time span between "Change Your Mind" and Steven Universe: The Movie.
  • Item Crafting: Bismuth's gimmick is that she can mine up three kinds of ore and use them to smith up some items that provide buffs to the party.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of Lapis' lines has her apologizing for being late, referencing her being a DLC character that never released for Save the Light.
  • Limit Break: Like in Save the Light, filling up the teamwork bar allows the characters to unleash powerful attacks or fuse. Obsidian is the most destructive of the "limit breaks", and requires the bar to be filled up twice.
  • Mirror Boss: The boss fight on Pyrope’s World has you fighting against Light versions of the Crystal Gems.
  • Nerf: You can only bubble one or two people at a time, as opposed to having up to all 4 characters on the battlefield bubbled at the same time in Save the Light.
  • Nice Girl: Pink Pearl acts friendly towards Steven and is very happy about Homeworld changing for the better.
  • Noob Cave: The pathway leading up to the Palace of Light serves as this, introducing the player to the basics of the game and being un-revisitable after entering the Palace proper.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Pyrope never leaves the Palace of Light, only using her Prism to send monsters. Demantoid calls her out on this.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Hessonite believes that she has flawlessly disguised herself by wrapping a scarf around her face, one that doesn’t even cover her Gem. Only Pyrope falls for it.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: The Black Hole has a different layout each time.
  • The Reveal: What was implied in The Movie is confirmed here: Blue Pearl and Yellow Pearl no longer serve their respective Diamonds due to the Gem Empire being dismantled.
  • Robot Me: Robotic copies of Squaridot, entitled "Squaribots", appear in Hessonite's warship.
  • Sequel Hook: DLC hook in this case. In the original version of the game, Squaridot's ship appears in The Stinger.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Stinger: Squaridot's ship floating by in space as she laughs.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Connie and Lion warp away from the battle when they run out of HP, coming back when the battle is over, after enough turns have passed for them to recover, or whenever something revives them.
  • Vocal Evolution: Zach Callison uses his natural speaking voice for Steven in this game, in contrast to his more high-pitched lines said in Save the Light.
  • Weapon Tombstone: A variant. When Connie and Lion run out of HP, they warp away from the battle, leaving Connie's sword behind planted in this fashion.