The first chapter in the tree 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!
User reviews: Very Positive (510 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 9, 2013

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March 9

TJD2 wins best music 2014

Chapter Two of The Journey Down has won Best Music 2014 at the annual Aggies awards over on Adventuregamers. Go Simon, your music lives on! :D

TJD2 was also nominated for best traditional adventure game of the year, which is something that makes us very proud, considering how very, very awesome 2014 has been for point and click adventures. Check out the full list of awards and nominess here.

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November 23, 2014

TJD3 development pics

There's another fresh new bunch of pics from the development of TJD3 up in the artwork section. Please check 'em out and give us your thoughts!

Also, in other news. We've finally got an office again! Check out my little writeup about how awesome that is, over here.

So how’s overall progress coming along? Well the TJD3 design (puzzle and story) is solidifying by the day and I’m totally in love with it. We’re still at the bloating-phase though so the game is ballooning daily. Some day now we’re gonna have to bring in the reality-hammer and distill it down into something doable, but right now we’re just focusing on making the design as bombastic as possible. We had a similar approach to TJD2 and we’re real happy with how that came out, so odds are it will work this time around as well. :)

Thanks for checking in!

/theo

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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
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
One of the most unique, clever, and truly enjoyable games I had the pleasure of playing in 2014! The Journey Down is a stylish, and sleek Point & Click masterpiece. It has something for everyone... Comedy, Action, Adventure, Mystery & Romance. The characters are simply lovable and not afraid to be so. Even the gun toting, spats wearing bad guys are endearing! The vocal talents have real flare and their comedic timing is simply brilliant. Locations are richly designed and lit wonderfully. And the music is out of this world!

SkyGoblin has created a game that I could easily see becoming its own cinamatic feature for the big screen. I'm looking forward to revisiting it again, as well as getting the next exciting chapter.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A great point and click adventure with a fresh aesthetic
This game has many positive aspects, such as unique looks, lovable main characters, a mysterious story, awesome voice acting and soundtracks, a price that makes it a must buy and contains a respectful number of puzzles. The only drawback of this game is that it is relatively short. Great solution for a nice, quiet evening to relax.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I had much fun with this game! I like the humour and art style even if the soulless black eyes creep me out bit. Game is maybe too expensive comparing to how short it is. If second one is as short then I will wait until it is in sale before buying. I look forward to see how story continues in that!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Thing that enchanted me from the very beginning: lovely sense of humour! If character saying "There's something special about sticking a cold, wet fish in your pocket" after putting a fish into your inventory, makes you smile - then that's probably game for you. It's typical oldschool adventure game. You walk around, grab objects and solve puzzles. These are usually simple, yet enjoyable. Some are out of ordinary and make you laugh, some are usual for that type of game. I would say that game is perfect if not that sometimes it's ridiculous, like the moment when I had to find recipe ingredient among the books - how your supposed to figure that out? But it's not very often and if you're stuck, there's a great, detailed guide on steam. Story at first appears to not be anything special but I liked the ending. World is weird but really believable. Voice overs are great, couldn't get enough of listening main character lines, it often wasn't funny by itself - actor made it amusing!

tl;dr - That's just wonderful game :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
If you like point and click games you might want to check this game out. It's kinda short but if you get it for a low price it is totally worth the money!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I loved this game. I don't like challenging/frustrating games (I play these to relax) so the easy puzzles were right up my ally. The music is awesome - jazzy authentic reggae that is tailored for each scene. The Afro-caribbean vibe was on point. I felt like the characters were long lost friends and the story was interesting and left me wanting more. I think it is hilarious that some reviewers found the characters creepy. I have a mask very similar to Bwana hanging in my living room. I call him Umbutu. I paid a pretty penny for him too :) Artistically this game is beautiful and clever and I'm about to purchase part two right now!
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
I tried really hard to like this game, and recommend it, but it didn't happen.

The Journey Down is a point-and-click adventure game with very unique visual style, above-avarage music, fine voiceacting, and a silly storyline with dumbest puzzles ever imaginable. I usually don't look for difficulty in point-and-click adventure games, since I found story to be the most important thing to consider, but these puzzles are beyond any measurement of difficulty. I mean, Broken Age for example, also had pretty easy puzzles, but they made sense, progressed the story in one way or another, and they required some kind of thinking nonetheless. In The Journey Down, puzzles are like "There's a thirsty guy over here, there's a glass over there, and there's a water tap right there. Now you click them in order.", and they have no contribution to story whatsoever. By the way, you are a reggie guy who speaks five times slower than an avarage person, reviewing literally each and every action you do. Game consistently tries to be funny, especially with accents, but they are flat-out boring, with nothing happening outside. And that's about it.

Although it's not the worst point-and-click adventure game ever, there are so many amazing point-and-click games to be played like Monkey Island series, The Longest Journey series, Syberia series, Discworld, Full Thortle, Broken Sword series, and Broken Age, that The Journey Down is not even a competitor.

One last thing, if you can compare this game with Grim Fandango, you are clearly out of your mind.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Enjoyable game. It has a great art style and I like the Jamaican Accent of the protagonist, I don't think I heard that in a (adventure) game before so it was refreshing and enjoyable. Some of the other voice actors are a little weak though. The Puzzles aren't all that hard but I really don't mind that, in fact I prefer it to a degree as long it's not as stupidly easy as Broken Age was. There's plenty humor and it doesn't stand out above the classics, but it's still enough to be entertained and appreciate it. I did laugh a few times, my favorites were the Crane scene, the Pelikan scene and the Concierge! Of course being episodic there is unfortunately no real closure and it is rather short, so it might not be for everyone except for those of us starved for more adventures and it fulfilled that job for me. I'll have to try the other episodes as they come out to see how the story and gameplay develops, but I'd probably recommend the complete thing too :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
*****
4 out of 5

Holy mother of monkeys!

The Journey Down is a classic point & click adventure in the vein of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, etc. The game is undoubtingly charming, with easygoing jazz tunes and characters ranging from humourous to downright endearing.

I haven't played a point & click this charming in a while, and unlike some other point & click games the story here is actually worth something, quite gripping and definitely worth your time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Comparing this to Grim Fandango is a heresy! Grim Fandango was outstanding in every way possible when it was made! The Journey Down has a lot of stuff "borrowed" from grim fandango and it still feels like a mediocre to say the least adventure game. The only thing that is good in this game is the music! The only way to enjoy this game is to let the intro music play in the background and never starting it.
I would support the developers and buy the game even if it was overpriced, if they tried to make something that was the product of hard work, creativity and innovation like grim fandango but instead they made a mediocre adventure game that has nothing new to offer and copies elements of grim fandango in order to touch a bit of it's glory.
Why would anyone pay 15€ for two really small chapters of a mediocre adventure game with mediocre puzzles that tries but doesn't succeed to keep up with the grim fandango, if they can buy the grim fandango remastered at the same price?

Story: 1/10
Puzzles: 2/10
Character Depth: 1/10
Music: 7/10
Overall: 3/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
A great point&click indie, in the style of the classics, with great voice-acting, humor and atmosphere. Puzzles are various and quite challenging at some points. The multi-ethnic characters are really fascinating. Athmospheric music is relaxing and the few cutscenes are nicely made.

If you are a fan of Sam&Max style games, you will like this one too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
+Gripping story
+Catchy jazz soundtrack
+Great humour
+Logical puzzles

-Short Length

8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I have done this game for four hours. The gameplay is really short, but it was interesting to play man!
You just make contact with other characters (conversation and point-click) and then you must solve the problems. The problem is helping the lady, Lina, finding the book of The Journey Down. In that book, the place what called as Underland must be found (Bwana's father mentioned it). The journey begins when your airplane was ready. Thanks to Kito, the best friend of Bwana, for fixing the airplane. I don't know what will happen the next story because it was the chapter one. So, you must play the next chapter.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
It is really hard for me to decide weather to recommend this or not, but I'd say that I am rather more inclined towards a negative feedback.

Positive side:
Very nice artwork, music and atmosphere. This is really what got my my attention. The humor is moderate, couple of laughs here and there, but it gets a bit exagerated at time. Cool in over all. The puzzle are simple and positiverly silly at best but if you just play for entertainment, not taking it too seriously (it's not Myst), you'll have a good time.

Negative side:
Ok, this is the only negative thing I have to say about chapter one. It was way, WAY, too short. You could probably finish the game in less than 15 min. I just started to warm up and really enjoy the game when the end credits just popped up. Shocking! I just couldn't believe it, I thought it was a prank.. but no, that was it, right to my face! That really killed all the appreciation I had for the concept.

The fact is that the chapter one is nothing more than a teaser to get you to buy chapter 2. I bought both anyway simultaniously, but I do not appreciate such manipulation from story tellers, it really left me with a bitter after taste.

I haven't played chapter 2 yet, and I am not as enthusiastic as before to start it, as it might be just another teaser... Eventhough I got both of them on sales I still feel like I got a bit ripped of, at least for chapter one. For such a short story it's not even worth 1€. The developers offer a free (low res) version of Ch1 from their site, i'd probably recommend that one instead. I could say at least that for the artwork it could deserve some slack, but I'm still recovering from the shock so, NO!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Nice game. But i finished it before got all cards. As short this game is. :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Points for the distinctive ethnic aesthetic. Unfortunately, that's the most positive thing I have to say about this game. It doesn't deliver on the promised laughs and brain teasing. The puzzles aren't challenging, but sometimes involve re-searching something that didn't yield anything useful when you first tried it, which is annoying in a point-and-click. The humor comes entirely from playing up the ethnicity - which really isn't very funny - and the idiocy of the puzzle solutions - which is standard fare in a point-and-click, and the execution here is not noteworthy. Most of the voice acting is done decently well, but one character in particular sounds a bit like a deteriorated cassette recording, and hearing every other sentence punctuated with 'man' gets old.

Now, usually, a point-and-click's saving grace is its story, and I'd like to be able to recommend this one on that basis, but I can't. It's not that it's bad; it's just that there's not nearly enough of it to render judgment. The game's only about 2 hours long, and most of that is not spent developing the story. All that you're getting here is a hook for a story, and it's one that could be good, but isn't especially compelling. This doesn't feel like chapter 1 of a story so much as a prologue, or maybe a demo for the full game.

Granted, the price isn't too steep, and it could be worth getting on sale, but if you're looking for point-and-clicks, I suggest you try Daedalic first.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Really creative and fun game! The puzzles have decent difficulty and are pretty unique. An excellent game to spend your afternoon (game duration 2-3 hours) but the replayability after that is limited.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
The Good: Absolutely wonderful setting -- character designs based on pan-African sculptures, locations inspired equally by big-city noir and Afro-Caribbean urban life, with a fitting jazzy soundtrack. The world-building is not quite as unique as Grim Fandango, but it comes close. There's definitely a Double Fine or late-period LucasArts vibe to the game, which really appeals to me. I'm invested enough in the story to consider buying Chapter 2 at full price.

The Bad: The gameplay is as simplified as point-and-click gets. No SCUMM parsers or clue-matching or The Cave-style special abilities. While this makes it ideal for relative newcomers to the genre, veteran players may find it derivative. Most puzzles feel like variations on time-tested scenarios: getting past the hostile guard animal, tricking the snooty doorman, collecting MacGuffin parts (in this case, restoring a plane).

The Ugly: Believe me, I prefer shorter games, but the play time for this felt kinda ridiculous, at just under the 4-hour mark. I'll let it off the hook, since it's meant to be part of an episodic narrative, but it really left me wanting more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
cool point click game
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