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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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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Zabil
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This is a competently made game. It has a unique art style in which characters' heads are represented by african masks and the jazz soundtrack is pretty chill. During the cutscenes the animation becomes a bit dodgy and artifacts become visible. Overall, the Journey Down appears to be a labor of love with some decent work put into it.

Here's why I'm not going to recommend this game: there is no story unfolding as you play the game nor is there any character development going on. This lead me to feel that I have very little invested in the game. I don't intend on buying the second chapter which may be an improvement on this chapter but chapter one is basically a scavenger hunt. You're asked to find some parts to fix a plane. That's it. Nothing iteresting happens in this chapter.

If you don't mind having your game being light in the story department this might entertain you for a couple of hours.
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colebonin
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A Typical adventure game, in my experience is divided in three chapters in which each is a unique task to complete. To compete this task you must complete three sub tasks to progress. In this game you are buying each chapter individually. If you look at it this way purchasing the collection as a whole you are essentially buying one game like Monkey Island or Deponia. DO NOT, Purchase this game in anything but a bundle.
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Rag1ngmast3rm1nd
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
9/11 would not mess with the cactus again. Cacti Rule!
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Kikitosaurio
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
If you liked Grim Fandango you will enjoy this game. It has an interesting african theme and if you love reggae you'll be delighted by the soundtrack of this game.

I liked how the puzzles were not illogical or non-intuitive so thumbs up for that!
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Fox3
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
I'll review chapter 1 & 2 together, as if they were one single game since their mechanics are exactly the same and the chapter two continues the story from the point where the first chapter ends. Also their play times are very short individually. Even though i like to explore every detail in such games, it took me about 7.5 hours in total to complete both chapters.

TL;DR: Get it if you like pointing, clicking, humor, a bit noir style, a bit mystery, the good old jazz and Bob Marley. :)

Review

The Journey Down is a very nice point & click style adventure game with humor that i would recommend to anybody who likes the genre. If you decide to buy, get the both chapters together. The game doesn't have tedious parts like some members of this genre does. You don't have to watch your character walk for ages, it skips to the place if you double click.

Story
The story is not the most amazing one i've seen in a point & click style game but it's decent enough. It has some mystery elements and can make you curious at some points. In short, not amazing but good enough to keep you playing.

Puzzles
Most of the time the puzzles are pretty easy. You usually know what you need to do when you first see an item ,if not, you can figure out quickly. The game is rather relaxing than pushing you hard to solve a puzzle.

Characters
The characters are cool and their accents are really fun. Their heads are inspired by african tribal masks. You play as a young guy named Bwana. There are two other main characters named Kito and Lina. I liked all of the characters in the game especially our guy Bwana.

Art and Atmosphere
The art design is very charming. The game has a nice carribean and also noir atmosphere. The hand drawn places look wonderful.

Soundtracks
One of the best things about the game ,besides its art design, is it's soundtracks. It includes some reggae and jazz tunes and the soundtracks become more jazzy in second chapter. The music fits well with the atmosphere of the game.

Pros
  • Charming atmosphere
  • Likeable characters
  • Beautiful art design
  • Awesome soundtracks
  • Good enough story
  • Fun accents
  • Character animations are not tedious
  • Gives you access to some nice behind the scene content when you finish a chapter

Cons
  • Short play time
  • Places are somehow limited, not many different places
  • Puzzles are too easy sometimes, they don't require much thinking
  • Sometimes it feels like things are happening faster and easier than it should (or is it just me?)
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ralph
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I love the noir feel of this game as well as the jamacan music and the characters seem quite interesting and not too stereotypical in my opinion. I've seen some people in the reviews stating that both Grim Fandango and The Journey Down have a similar feel in gameplay, I disagree with that and I wasn't feeling any "tim schafer moments" in this title, not that that's a flaw of course, This game has it's own unique feel and setting one can enjoy. I agree that it has a similar design to Grim Fandango so I can see why people would draw connections. It also has easier puzzles than many of the Tim Schafer titles so you might enjoy this game as somewhat of a beginner puzzle, to put it bluntly.

I think the developers should work on the lip syncing seeing how most of the dialogue is out of sync with the phonems of the characters. Also the quality of sound heard from some of the characters sounded quite rough (matoke at the front of mama makena's bar is a good example of this), although I didn't see many flaws in the voice acting itself. And you may find that this game is a bit short for your liking, though since I bought the game so cheaply on sale, I didn't mind.

I recommend this game to all those puzzle finatics looking for something unique and original and any new gamer to this genre.
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koral06
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Two brothers Bwana, and Kito are approached one day by a woman, Lina, from the University. She's looking for information about the brothers adoptive father, who mysteriously went missing one day, and a lost book that he may have. Furthermore, a company seems interested in this same book that holds some kind of power. Bwana's tasked with first trying to get his plane to work before flying off so that he might help Lina.

First, the atmosphere in this game is one of my favorite components. It's a Jamaican/Carribean theme that's on a water front. It has some nice music playing the back, and I love the accents on the characters. The scenery is really amazing, giving it a bit of a noir feel as well. Characters Bwana and Kito are hilarious in their interactions, especially Bwana who seems hesitent of getting into any trouble. Can't say I blame him....

The gameplay is your basic point and click game, with puzzles that you must figure out to progress. This is one of the easier point and click games, as I have not had to look up any walkthroughs to get by. That's not a huge complaint, as it is still mildly challenging.

SkyGoblin actually has a free version of this game listed on their website in low res. Although, as they are using kickstarter to assist in continuation of the series I heavily recommend just paying for it. Its a great game, and smaller companies need our help for making awesome games like this. Keep in mind the rest of the series isn't out so if you want to wait just buy the game and wait for the final chapter before playing them all. It might be awhile though. Honestly, I have several games in my inventory I'm waiting for completion so its not a big deal for me because I have plenty of other games to keep me entertained.
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friesen.carly
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Loved this game and can't wait to play Chapter 2. The art is incredible and I love that it was inspired by traditional African art/masks. The naming of characters are also derived from Swahili and possibly other languages in East Africa. Music is absolutely beautiful and slightly reminiscent of the Monkey Island soundtrack. The gameplay, dialogue, and set design are reminiscent of both the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango, and because I loved these games, it was fun to have tastes of it here but with a very original take. Puzzles were just the right amount of difficulty. Good doses of humour and intrigue.
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SleepThieff
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Do you enjoy a Jamaican accent (Cool Runnings Mon!)? Does a bluesy, rastafarian, carribean influenced world combined with Grim Fandango aesthetics sound entertaining? Then The Journey Down may just be for you!

The Journey Down is quite charming. The characters have silly, fun, eccentric personalities that makes them all feel unique.

This is in the style of a classic point and click and puzzles range from easy to medium - I wouldn't describe any of the puzzles in this game as difficult (of course this is all subjective).

The areas are quite small and there's only about 3-4 main screens you need to regularly travel between so the movement between areas is relatively quick. I only mention this because some point and clicks are plagued by slow pacing due to slow movement/large areas - but The Journey Down is not haunted by this. Very big plus here.

You can pick up this little gem for under 2 bucks - there's also a bundle where you can pick up chapters 1 + 2 for 5.99 on sale. That's more than a deal - that's a steal!

Overall, if you are looking for a charming point and click with some fairly casual puzzles (nothing too difficult) then I HIGHLY recommend The Journey Down!

The Journey Down takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
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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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Two brothers Bwana, and Kito are approached one day by a woman, Lina, from the University. She's looking for information about the brothers adoptive father, who mysteriously went missing one day, and a lost book that he may have. Furthermore, a company seems interested in this same book that holds some kind of power. Bwana's tasked with first trying to get his plane to work before flying off so that he might help Lina.

First, the atmosphere in this game is one of my favorite components. It's a Jamaican/Carribean theme that's on a water front. It has some nice music playing the back, and I love the accents on the characters. The scenery is really amazing, giving it a bit of a noir feel as well. Characters Bwana and Kito are hilarious in their interactions, especially Bwana who seems hesitent of getting into any trouble. Can't say I blame him....

The gameplay is your basic point and click game, with puzzles that you must figure out to progress. This is one of the easier point and click games, as I have not had to look up any walkthroughs to get by. That's not a huge complaint, as it is still mildly challenging.

SkyGoblin actually has a free version of this game listed on their website in low res. Although, as they are using kickstarter to assist in continuation of the series I heavily recommend just paying for it. Its a great game, and smaller companies need our help for making awesome games like this. Keep in mind the rest of the series isn't out so if you want to wait just buy the game and wait for the final chapter before playing them all. It might be awhile though. Honestly, I have several games in my inventory I'm waiting for completion so its not a big deal for me because I have plenty of other games to keep me entertained.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
9/11 would not mess with the cactus again. Cacti Rule!
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39 of 44 people (89%) 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 42 people (88%) 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 36 people (86%) 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 30 people (90%) 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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35 of 46 people (76%) 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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27 of 34 people (79%) 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 41 people (76%) 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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25 of 31 people (81%) 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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