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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 Steven Universe 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.

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  • Absentee Actor: Connie, Greg, and "our" Peridot do not appear, despite being playable characters in the previous game. And due to this game entirely taking place in space, none of the Beach City citizens appear either.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Steven will sometimes say "Sorry!" when throwing his shield.
  • 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.
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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).
  • The Bus Came Back: Hessonite returns, and she's made a new life for herself, just like George.
  • The Cameo: Squaridot makes one in The Stinger.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Demantoid and Pyrope were both mentioned in "Together Alone" as being Garnet-type gems like Hessonite.
  • 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.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • As before, the Gems can do this, though in gameplay, you can only fuse Steven with Garnet (to make Sunstone) or Pearl (to make Rainbow Quartz 2.0). All the fusions from the previous two games (Smoky Quartz, Stevonnie, Sardonyx, Opal, Sugilite, and Alexandrite) are unavailable.
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    • 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.
  • Interquel: The game is set during the two-year time span between "Change Your Mind" and Steven Universe: The Movie.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of Lapis' lines has her apologizing for being late, referencing her being a DLC character that never released for Save the Light.
  • Mirror Boss: The boss fight against Pyrope 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A group of people that have spent their entire lives in servitude to a higher class that has now been dismantled will still look for people to serve as it's the only way they know how to live.
    • On a similar note, a group of people of the higher class are probably not going to be happy to hear that all of their status and authority has effectively been tossed out the window, and will try to hold onto it in any way that they can.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: The first boss of this game has far more powerful attacks than the first boss in Save the Light; it's not uncommon for at least one member of your party to be poofed by the time you defeat the boss.
  • Sequel Hook: Squaridot's ship appearing in The Stinger.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Stinger: Squaridot's ship floating by in space.
  • 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.


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