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!
User reviews: Very Positive (582 reviews) - 89% of the 582 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 9, 2013

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October 4

The Journey Down Kickstarter is live!

Hey guys! Our Kickstarter campaign for the third and final chapter of The Journey Down is now up and running and doing great!

In a matter of days we've already passed the halfway mark! :D

Please take a moment and check out the campaign, it features quite a lot of new footage from Chapter Three. :)



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September 22

Kickstarting The Journey Down

Hey y'all!

We're preparing a Kickstarter campaign to finance the last stretch of production for The Journey Down - and we need some help to get the word out on launch day (1 October)!

As indie developers we don't have money for advertising and such. We rely on our backers and fans to help us spread the word, so if you want to donate a tweet or share, you can very effortlessly do so via Thunderclap. (you won't need to sign up or anything!) :D

Let's make some noise!

Huge Thanks and sorry for the spam.

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"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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
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.


+ 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
The Journey Down Chapter One is about two brothers adopted by a man off the street. They're running the gas charter in the bay and struggling with money. When a woman searching for a book arrives, suddenly, they're seeing "dollars".... but did they know that the book owned by their father was in their possession and sparked interest... in a powerful man?

The first chapter is set in the bay, where Bwana, your character, is working and living. As he needs to get Lyna across the ocean, he has to fix the airplane he's not flying since he was 12. That's why Bwana is messing with gas cannister, trying to get out of a freezer in a yacht, amazed that he can do a ladder with.... nah I'm not spoiling the puzzles.

I enjoyed that point-&-click adventure because of the atmosphere. There is clearly influenced by Afro-Caribbean (as the characters are inspired from African masks but the way they're talking and the music is more from the Caribbean). You ask yourself if Bwana hasn't smoked weed before the beginning of the story but well, he seems more like having a cool personnality. And that, dear gamers, that what I ask also from an adventure game: characters with a grey personnality as they're reflecting what we are: imperfect. Bwana isn't stupid. Some of his remarks show someone aware of his surrounding, feeling down because of his father's disappearance. Kito, his "street" brother, is a genius when it comes to engineering, despite his cool attitude. Lyna, well-mannered, stays polite and provides information on what may happen in the background. She's never pressuring the boys, apart when the mean guys arrive. Besides, the fact that the ambiance is also leading to a comedy game is also doing that.

The graphics are also good: with scenes and rooms looking like in a comic. The only thing that I had an hard time to get used to is probably the characters design.

The music, well, is adapted. I really had the impression that I was in the Caribbean. It's awesome.

Apart one or two freezes, the game runs smoothly.

I've just a little complaint: the puzzles aren't hard at all, true. But sometimes, it's hard to imagine the solution for some of them. Like for the propeller used as a fan by Bwana. But also, as the puzzles aren't so hard, the game is short. As short as a Hidden Object game can be. A little more of 2 hours. I understand that the rest will follow (second chapter is out). But a little more would have been good too.

The Journey Down: Chapter 1 manages to entertain me. I'll play the second chapter very soon and I'll buy that third episode without problems.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Diamond in a rough.
The Journey Down is truly what I'd call a point-and-click adventure game. Unlike many 'modern' titles offering a lot of meaningless wandering and clicking, this one actually tells a story and does it well while at the same time keeping on a fine edge between being overly easy and stupidly hard and counter intuitive.
And let me tell you, I got that noir-ish feeling as soon as I started the game - and it's there alright. It's very similar in atmosphere to noir movies, and, actually, leans a bit towards Grim Fandango (the game). The art style, the music, the humor, the characters and backgrounds all blend together marvelously and produce quite the unique atmosphere and thus the unique game.
Chapter Two is already out and I can't wait to see it, since Chapter One actually ends with a cliffhanger a few miles high (and I tell you can take it quite literally too).

Do I recommend it? For those who appreciate a good noir movie with a pinch of healthy humor it'll score about 10 out of 10. For others probably around 7 or 8, it depends.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Imagine the goofy humour of Sam & Max with an Afro-Caribbean twist and a jazzy reggae vibe. SkyGoblin nailed it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game was alright, I think it owuld be better if it was priced at $4.99 though as it is short and sometimes a bit frustrating to figure out what to do as a lot of the time it isn't very obvious (at least for me anyways). Besides those issues it was a fairly nice game, just wish it wasn't so short and a bit hard.
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