The Journey Down is a modern take on the old school point-and-click adventure game, which draws inspiration from the golden era of adventure games (Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Leisure Suit Larry etc.). The characters are inspired by those creepy traditional African masks (Sort of like how Grim Fandango was inspired by Mexican Día de Muertos masks) and combines it with a noir setting and Rasta accents.
This game heavily relies on the environment, which, in my opinion, is a make it or break it for an adventure game. What the game lacks in story (pretty generic corrupt government tries to cover up a secret-story), the environment and atmosphere makes up for it. The hand drawn backgrounds are gorgeous, the music perfectly complements the drawn art and really adds another dimension to the noir tone of the game.
The dialogue is for the most part fun and clever, while sometimes it can get a little too goofy. The voice actors are doing a perfect job with the material they are given. The puzzles are one of the biggest improvements over the first game. I found the puzzles more creative and challenging in this chapter (dial a number, type in on a computer-type of puzzles).
I was stuck a couple of times, but it never got to the point where I got so frustrated that I wanted to quit the game. The puzzles are always logical, unlike some of the older adventure games where you had to combine completely random items and go pixel hunting). If you are an experienced adventure game player they are still on the easier side, but it's certainly a huge improvement over the first chapter.
The chapter is pretty short, but for a 9 euro game it’s not too bad. You should be able to complete it in one sitting. 3-5 hours.
The ending is pretty anticlimactic. You finally arrive to the destination you have been working towards, and the game ends. Pretty annoying, but it makes me look forward to Chapter 3.
While it’s not as good as the games it draws inspiration from (Notably Grim Fandango), it’s still a great game with a lot of memorable moments. I recommend picking this up for nostalgia value (If you like me grew up with The Curse of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango), if you just enjoy Lucasarts-type adventure games, or if you more recently picked up Broken Age and enjoyed it.