The first chapter in the three-part The Journey Down saga, a classic point-and-click series with an Afro-Caribbean twist. Get ready to embark on an epic journey of laughs and brain-teasing adventure!
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Very Positive (664 reviews) - 89% of the 664 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 9, 2013

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Reviews

"Inventory puzzles, minor theft, and mischief will make any adventure game fan feel right at home, while the use of macabre masks and black African themes and characters make it feel fresh."
8/10 – Destructoid

"A short but vibrant indie adventure that far exceeds the quality of many full-blown retail games."
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

"All in all, The Journey Down is a fine bit of point and clickery, with a good script, solid puzzles and a fantastic sense of style."
87% – The Indie Game Magazine

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About This Game

In a shady corner of Kingsport Bay, at the outskirts of St Armando, Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station. Little do they know that they are about to be thrown into a spine-tingling adventure that will take them far from home and right into a twisting plot of corruption and danger.

In the first chapter of The Journey Down, the search for a lost journal leads to forgotten secrets of the mysterious Underland. Follow Bwana and Kito as they puzzle their way forward and begin to uncover the true fate of their long lost father, Captain Kaonandodo.

The Journey Down is a classic point-and-click saga in with an Afro-Caribbean twist. Get ready to embark on an epic journey of laughs and brain-teasing adventure!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP 2+, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP SP 2+, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard, Lion
    • Processor:1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 1.4+ compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Snow Leopard, Lion
    • Processor:1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 1.4+ compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:1.8 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 1.4+ compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
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4NG3R
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Awsome point and click game....do purchase both chapters before playing :D
You gonna love it :D
Highly recommended
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RoseVonMassacre
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Just finished Chapter One (had to play it again from the beginning because I lost the save file, it didn't get to the cloud) and here is what I think: you can complete it in less than 2 hours and if you really think about it even if the guys behind it put a lot of effort in it, it's not worth the full price.
When you get past the ending credits, you unlock some backstage that makes you appreciate it a little bit more, forgiving the not so perfect graphics and the easy (way too easy) puzzles (2 or 3).
The story has a lot of potential and made me curious enough to get Chapter Two (didn't play it yet), even thought is african/caribbean culture inspired there's a Grim Fandango vibe to it that I really enjoy. The soundtrack is raggae, love the characters' accents. Also, you don't have to walk miles to get stuff done.
I'm running WIN 10 64bit and it never crashed.
Buy it for half the price, enjoy it fully.
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jonastikov
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Awesome game!!! Perfect balanced in difficulty, but quite short game. 4hours to complete. on with nr 2! Can't wait to get on with the groove in text, hustle and puzzels. Puff away man! cool cats tunes and graffs. Yes plz man. Lets peace
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whenstorytellersplaygames
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
This is a really fun, relaxing and funny game to play. Interesting characters & place to explore, have conversations and create your own story. Good for times when you wanna relax, solve light puzzles and immerse. Here's a full walk through & game play The Journey Down 1 & 2 should anyone need help. Please do not click on it if you wanna solve them on your own, or haven't played the game!
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ZimZam
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Bit of fun as a cheap game (first ep was only £1) but forget it at full price, sorry.
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OneHoffAKind
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
An interesting point and click adventure game with fun humor.
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LonM
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This isn't a great game.

The game's art is weird. The backgrounds looks very nice, but the 3D models just look flat, bland and out of place when they are joined with the backgrounds. It kind of feels like a low-budget kids cartoon.

The music and voicing is okay, but there are some serious issues with syncing the voicing to the animation at times.

The game itself is fairly short and all of the puzzles seem to be the "run to the other edge of the game area and collect an item" type. There's not much variety to it.

To me it's just a bit boring.

Also, the game crashes. There's a fix the creator identified in the forums which involves renaming a file. That shouldn't be necessary for the player to do in order to play the game.
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NoMouth
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Good game, funny, with great voice acting. But little too short for this price. But if you can get in on some sale don't hesitate.
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filip ♥ darcia
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
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Don't worry, man. You won't regret buying this game, relax.

Extra-ordinary point-and-click game with great music and voice acting.

Audio9/10
Graphics8/10
Gameplay7/10
Story7/10
Time to beat2hrs
Summary
7.5/10

PROS
  • Very nice graphics
  • Cutscenes
  • Jazz and reggae music
  • Noir atmosphere
  • Pretty good ambient sounds
  • Great voice acting
  • Quite well-written story
  • Specific but enjoyable humour

CONS
  • Sometimes too easy (puzzles etc.)
  • Some dialogues can drag on forever. It can be tiresome


http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=686770764

STORY
You are Bwana and with your brother, Kito, you are running a gas station. Everything changes when mysterious lady comes by looking for a old book. You need to repair your airplane in order to set off into unknown. Past the Edge! But be careful, cause there are others who are looking for that book. You might be in danger.
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inevitable.melody
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
It's fairly easy and short as I did not need a walkthrough (which I usually do) and finished it in 4 hours. A rarity in point & click games - all the actions you have to take seem logical and not rage-inducing. Great voice acting and soundtrack. The graphics look really outdated - I thought the game was much older than 2010. Could not play it in fullscreen mode as it got all weird and glitchy (I have a Thinkpad P70 with Windows 7). Nonetheless, looking forward to the next instalment. Definitely recommend getting it on sale, as $10 for such a short game doesn't seem like good value, even if I enjoyed it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Just finished Chapter One (had to play it again from the beginning because I lost the save file, it didn't get to the cloud) and here is what I think: you can complete it in less than 2 hours and if you really think about it even if the guys behind it put a lot of effort in it, it's not worth the full price.
When you get past the ending credits, you unlock some backstage that makes you appreciate it a little bit more, forgiving the not so perfect graphics and the easy (way too easy) puzzles (2 or 3).
The story has a lot of potential and made me curious enough to get Chapter Two (didn't play it yet), even thought is african/caribbean culture inspired there's a Grim Fandango vibe to it that I really enjoy. The soundtrack is raggae, love the characters' accents. Also, you don't have to walk miles to get stuff done.
I'm running WIN 10 64bit and it never crashed.
Buy it for half the price, enjoy it fully.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Awsome point and click game....do purchase both chapters before playing :D
You gonna love it :D
Highly recommended
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Quite good, and even better now with the reduced price. I love the graphics, I love the music, and the gameplay is decent classic adventure fair. And the story is quite good, but really seemed to only give you a hint at what you will discover in episode 2.
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Intro - About
Find the parts you need for your old airplane for someone to help you get out of debt. This point and click adventure, has comedy and wonderful art and puzzles as you make progress. Play as what I can only assume “Tiki” people or as they call it “Afro-Caribbean twist” and make your way around town collecting things you need to use to get farther a long the story rich campaign.

Pros & Cons
++ Pros
+Appealing art style
+Story Rich
+Price (Current $8.99 US)
+Fun
+Comedy

-- Cons
-Cutscene sounds did not fit video
-Short story - 3 hrs average
-Some things you need to do are very random and there is no clue on what to do
-Tedious walking
-Must be a random clicker / Curious Explorer


Personal Opinion
I found this game very charming and appealing. I loved the graphics and the art they decided to use and made for a much different feel to the game compared to intensely, high graphics. This was a very good game to just sit down and relax to and enjoy a good story with some great puzzles. The ending left off at a hanger which clearly shows there is going to be a 2nd chapter (There is right now). The puzzles were not to difficult though it can be quite a bit tedious running back and forth if you don’t know exactly what you need to do. Most of the time I was walking every where around town about 3 time for one thing trying to find it. I used the guide for about 3 things to help me get back on track.

Final recommendation:
I really did enjoy the game play and the cutscenes did not bother me all that bad due to the shortness. Based on story, graphics, controls, art, difficulty in puzzles and the amount of things to do, I rate this game and good 8/10. This was a game that I didn’t want to walk away from. The story was great and the personalities of the characters made me feel connected. I cant wait to play the second one!


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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
This title really surprised me with how well it was made. I came in having no expectations. I had bought the game as part of a bundle on indiegala, and was only really going to try it out while waiting for another (and much larger in size) game to download, and was frankly blown away right from the start.

You start off in dire straights with your electricity having been shut off because you hadn't paid your bills for a while. This means you can't make any money because the pump in your gas station that you own an operate relies on the power to run. However with some cheeky DYI smarts, you're soon back to normal... If normal means no customers, which... it does.

Luckily as fate would have it a customer comes by, however she's not looking for a fill up, but rather a strange old book. Bwana (the main character) sees an opportunity to make a buck, and before long we're deep into the story trying to fix up an old plane to finally pay the bills, so that things can return to normality of the easy living life Bwana has been living alongside his brother at the docks.

The puzzles you come across are fairly straight forward, and no regular adventure gamer should feel challenged by this, however that's totally acceptable since it's clear that the game is really telling a good story rather than stopping you with frustrating puzzles that has you stuck for hours on end. The main character even "cheats" while doing a puzzle proclaiming he hates puzzles himself.

The game oozes with charm, and I was unable to put it down until I had finished it. It took me around 2-2½ hours to finish, but what an absolute joy it was. The animations were well done, and the voice overs were very professionally made. One of the best things about the game though I think was the music. It just heightened the experience of the game to a level it would not have been at had they not had such a talented musician in their team.

Pros/Cons:

+ Voice overs are professional and fit the game
+ Music has a nice vibe to them and is filled with passion
+ Story seems interesting
+ Graphics are well done and the animations are fluid and oftentimes funny
+ The game just oozes charm and is hard not to like

- Puzzles were oftentimes a little too easy

I recommend this one to anyone wanting a nice and easy adventure game. I'm off to play the next chapter, which I hope will provide the same level of quality.
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
This was a nice game to play, some really good humour and an interesting storyline - The art style and such are reminiscent of Grim Fandango but with a different cultural background. The voice acting is fairly good, although its thrown off a bit by the poor lip synching.

Pros:
Good humour reminiscent of Lucasarts adventure games
Interesting characters and art style
Gorgeous and atmospheric scenery
Fairly intriguing story line - looking forward to part two
Fantastic soundtrack

Cons:
Puzzles are very easy for experienced point n clickers
Incredibly short for the cost - short even for an episode
Some half-baked animation work
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Good point and click. Reminds me of Grim Fandango for some reason.
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
i love this classic afrocentric, caribbean tale (noire) of easy-going, hard luck underdogs.

line per line, it's almost identical to the original 2D freeware with added puzzles, voice and music tracks.

skygoblin does a great job preserving the flavor of the original.

chapter 2 has been out for a couple of weeks now so i'm not gonna tell you squat about the plot, you'll just hafta see for yourself.

one love!
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
I'll start off by saying that this isn't a bad game by any means. But... I can't recommend it.
The first problem is the length. This game is about 2 hours long for the average player. It costs $9. It's a point-and-click adventure with no achievements, so there's no replayability. So... yeah, it's not exactly a lot of bang for your buck.
The second problem is the visual design and animation, especially the latter. The backgrounds look good, they're all 2D hand-drawn kind of stuff. The character models look less good, basic 3D models with no texturing whatsoever. But the animations... are just problematic. Bad and kind of unsettling, too. The game's heavily stylzed which helps a little but not enough to make it pleasant to look at.
Third, there's almost no plot here. Most of the major plot points that will be relevant in the second game are in the first 15 minutes and the last 5. Beyond that, there's nothing but adventure-gamey puzzles to fill in the time. You don't really even get much world development or insight into important characters - presumably in chapter 2 none of these characters will be relevant besides the few main characters, because of how this game ends.
The voice acting is laughably bad, and the audio quality of the voice clips varies too - a few characters used pretty awful recording equipment and you can tell. Bwana, the main character, and the chef on the Yacht are particularly bad for how stereotypical they sound, and both are pretty grating pretty fast. That's a problem when you play as the former.
But, no, you want to know what the real nail in the coffin is? They set up this game as having unique themes and atmosphere, and... do *nothing* with it. You explore a dock, a bit of a city, and a boat or two. Those are your locales. You perform pretty standard puzzles in all these areas. About the only thing of thematic relevance is the spice recipe section, and even then it's not that thematic overall. It's just... wasted effort to set up these themes if they're not going to be used.
Overall, it's a pretty short and average adventure game that costs too much and does too little to stand out. I can only assume the theme and visual design is there because there'd be nothing to distinguish this game otherwise. Like I said, it's not bad, but neither is it that good.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Small, indie point-and-click game. I'm a huge fan of adventure games and just had to try it.
Like all other adventure games, it's too short. But this is shorter than most.
It just doesn't feel quite finished yet. Not just due to the "Chapter One" status, but many of the events and even main characters are presented without any sort of backstory or explanation.
The team obviously spent a lot of time on doing animations and the graphical art is great. The dialogue is humorous and who doesn't like a noir setting?
If they patch up some of the plotholes in time for a release of Chapter Two, this could become a great game.
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