Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2D platformer about exploring giant caves and dying of thirst. Based on the Jules Verne novel, players control three adventurers with unique powers and have to make their way through 18 expansive levels, solve puzzles, avoid traps and find the well hidden secret at the center of the Earth.
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2015

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About This Game

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2D platformer about exploring giant caves and dying of thirst. Based on the Jules Verne novel, players control three adventurers with unique powers and have to make their way through 18 expansive levels, solve puzzles, avoid traps and find the well hidden secret at the center of the Earth.

Features:

- classic puzzle platformer gameplay
- 18 giant levels
- 3 characters with unique powers
- control all 3 heroes at the same time, or guide them individually
- survival mechanic
- no combat
- lots of secrets to uncover
- world based upon the Jules Verne novel

Who are we?

We're a student developer team from Berlin and this is our first commercial game. Journey to the Center of the Earth started out as a small class project, but we took half a year to polish it and expand upon its core design.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
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NoNameee®
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is filled with bug.
Crappy controls.
Potato graphics
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☬Ɣ ϊ Ƙ ɪ Ϟ Ꮆ☬
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Awesome entertainment to kill sometime..!!!
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DarthNeverUGN
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
Good game!
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B a l l a g e
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 17
This game is good.
Oldschool looks with better graphic. Unfortunately no achievements.
But you can get trading cards.
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VahidSlayerOfAll
7.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
mehh
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Hittle come back (idling cards)
11.4 hrs
Posted: August 12
Really good cancer.
2000/1
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<3Ady Gamer<3
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 10
Nice
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chdjocker1
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 8
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Kobru/Kobratesója♥\ kickback.com
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 5
thats game is so ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥, I hate this game 1/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This game is good.
Oldschool looks with better graphic. Unfortunately no achievements.
But you can get trading cards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Product received for free
This game was fun and reminded me of staged games I played as a kid. “Journey to The Center of the Earth” is a single player staged game where you control three characters and complete stages on your quest to get to the center of the earth. There are three main characters in this game, Hans, Axel and Otto. Each of these three characters have special abilities, when used together can conquer everything. You control your characters by using the standard w.a.s.d and the arrow keys. There are several stages in a level, stages being parts. Every time one of the characters you control dies, you have to restart the level. There is no blood or gore really, in fact after playing the first level the only bad thing was spikes you fall in when you die which weren’t even that bad and had no blood what so ever. That is a little bit about the game “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.

Having a good storyline is just one of the many positive things about this game. The games story line is very interesting and makes the game fun. Another positive thing about this game is the fact that it is child friendly and is rated E for everyone. As I stated in the introduction there is no blood or gore and no strong language. One more positive thing about this game is the pc requirements and the smooth gameplay. The pc minimum requirements are as follows: windows xp, 2 GHZ, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, 128 MB of available space and Version 9.0c. The gameplay is very smooth I found no lag or glitches in the texture. Those are the positive things about this game.

There are a few things I didn’t really like about the game too. One thing was the fact that you have to restart the level completely after dying with one character. I really like the feature that there is three characters but if you are a forgetful person you might leave your players behind and have to go get them every level. The last thing I didn’t really like was the graphics but that is only because I am used to high graphics games. Those were the things I didn’t really enjoy about this game.

In conclusion I really enjoyed playing this game. It would be cool to see a multiplayer update in the future so you can complete levels with friends. The gameplay is smooth and the storyline is great. That is what I experienced while playing the game “Journey to the Center of The Earth”.

This game was sent to me by the makers of Journey to the center of the earth in return of an honest unbiased review.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Awesome entertainment to kill sometime..!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Product received for free
TL;DR - If you like puzzle kind of platformers - get it. Otherwise, better don't pick up this title - it's not easy.

This review should be considered as neutral/mixed.
Good parts - interesting idea made with 3 characters with different 'mechanics'. Obtainable for free. Very awesome, passionate developers (that makes me raise my thumb [in review]), cards.

Bad parts - it's quite hard (I didn't finish it), a bit ugly, requires a lot of times, punishes mistakes (like failing jump, which feels very weird in this game with other characters than Axel) and you are really pushed with the time (water that ends).

Ah, and also developers made contest[s] with this game in past with rewards, which is very kind move!
I really like those guys and their names. It would be a heartbreak for me to negate them.
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Otto, Axel and Hans have decided to go on a journey to the center of the Earth. This platformer is a debut for German indie studio insayn. How did it end up? Pretty bad, I have to say; let's classify the reasons.

You control all three characters separately or grouped together, it's up to you but it has its flaws. You can choose each character separately to move through levels redundantly three times (feels more like a boring labor), or you can group them together and risk their death at some parts - the grouping has its bugs and even when they are grouped, they can split but still keep movement locked together. This often leads to unnecessary deaths and requirement for more patience in places with deadly pits.

To justify the character trio existence (to look more complex and to make up the space for puzzles), every character has a unique skill. Otto can use a pickaxe to destroy stones (just specific ones, you can't make your own way through the levels), Axel can jump higher and Hans... can hold a water in his canteen.

As for the puzzles, which are the main gameplay feature, they get harder over time but they also treat the player like he would be stupid. I don't know if that's underestimating of the players or just artificial extending of level length, but it's really boring to see the same repeating puzzle pattern over and over again. For example, you have two buttons in front of the gate to open it, and one another button in back of the gate that keeps it open. Guess what you have to do with three characters.

I don't think there's anything special to tell about sounds and graphics, it just looks ugly on higher resolutions. The characters are weirdly slim and tall but we can take it as a part of the game's aesthetics. Also, menu design feels slightly counter-intuitive with controller.

Conclusion:
Journey to the Center of the Earth could have ended up good with higher budget and more experienced developers. While it can offer difficult puzzle challenges and mediocre length, many players will get bored even before they get there. Level design have many dull and boring parts, and repeating patterns. Even with lower price in consideration, I don't think it's a puzzle platformer that would be worth recommending.


Disclaimer: My copy of Journey to the Center of the Earth was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
Introduction
Developed by insayn and 4nation5 (two talented students from Berlin), Journey To The Center Of The Earth is a very well polished game. A feat quite worthy of attention since this is the dev team’s first and so far only project to date. The game itself is a homage to the classic 2D puzzle platformers we’ve grown accustomed to, but it mixes enough elements as to stand out from the generic platformer crowd.

Gameplay
Journey To The Center Of The Earth is a most enjoyable game revolving around large cave levels, rife with puzzles and obstacles to overcome. The platforming sections fit well with the different powers each of the three protagonists posses. Although the game is loosely based on Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, it takes some liberties from it while managing to offer an authentically fun puzzle game as well. It does not get boring and provides quite a challenge.

It is in fact, sometimes too difficult. Or better said, it suffers from some diffculty spikes. But that is to be expected from a game that draws inspiration from the many puzzle platformers which preceded it. Not the case to rage quit, but the first few levels were tricky until you have a clear understanding of the characters you control. It does help, the fact that they can be controlled individually, as sometimes it would be near impossible to keep track of them simultaneously. The effort of completing all 18 levels is worth it and the game can part of a speed run, once you get the hang of it.

From a graphical point of view, the game might seem simplistic at first sight. At a closer inspection though, the character sprites reveal the amount of work they took and the cave layouts themselves are well made. The two-men team made a stellar job from a level design perspective.

The game’s sounds and music could have used a bit more diversity. It didn’t quite live up to the the atmosphere of the overall game.The sounds are somewhat generic and the music is too monotonous during the final levels. Still considering the genre and price point, I do believe the sound department to be more of a secondary priority for Journey To The Center Of The Earth.

Pros
+ Classic type of gameplay
+ Level diversity
+ Pleasant graphics and character sprites
+ Steam Trading Cards


Cons
- Difficulty spikes require some trial and error.
- Repetitive sounds
- No Steam Achievements

Result / Final thoughts
The game is rather fun to play and the level diversity made me overlook the trial and error parts of it, which can be frustrating sometimes. The gameplay is that of a classic 2D puzzle platformer and having 3 characters to control, each with a different set of skills, is an interesting challenge.The game’s sounds can get repetitive at times and I would have enjoyed to see Steam Achievements. But at least the dev team added Trading Cards to it, nine months after the game’s initial release.

Rating 7/10

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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
All in all a fun game I'd say. I love the art style and the 3 different abilities (well, 2 different abilities = the guy who collects water seems to be there to make the levels a bit longer and add a bit more difficultly) make for some fun puzzles.

I do have some gripes though: On the technical side of things, Sometimes blocks you need to use to make jumps with some characters or in true platforming fashion use to weigh down pressure pads don't always respawn if you restart from a check point. Sometimes when you switch character you get a screen but no character - you can hear them moving about but you can't see them. From a game design standpoint it can get quite frustrating with the limited checkpoints redoing a lot of stuff especially if you die from slightly overjumping or underjumping onto (usually) a ladder. I guess once you familiarize yourself with where one "block" ends you can better judge if you've cleared the danger or not.

For less than £3 this game is a steal, I've played far worse for far more! That isn''t fair to it actually, at any price it is a genuinely fun experience and I'd definitely recommend it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I really enjoy this game. It is one of my favorite platformer games and I own over 2,400 games between my two accounts. Many platformer games that I own are just plain impossible for me to complete due to ridiculously hard difficulty. This game is very hard but it is not so hard that it is impossible to complete it. I think the difficulty is fair and I think there is a fair amount of checkpoints in each level. Talking about checkpoints, the checkpoints in this game are unique. The first time you walk over the checkpoint it will save the exact status of your game. So you can use some strategy as to when you want to walk over the checkpoint (which always appears as a sleeping bag on the ground). You can position your characters wherever you want, and then walk over the checkpoint at the exact point you want to save. Very neat feature. Since the difficulty is hard enough in this game that you will die a lot, the ability to control when the checkpoint saves will save you a lot of time.

You control 3 characters in this game, but I presume you already know that from reading the store page or other reviews. The game is really fun because at later levels you will need to walk all 3 characters in different directions in the level to find the buttons to move levers and doors. And you have to cross extremely dangerous obstacles in the process. The difficulty is hard enough that you will feel challenged in each level starting at around level 5. The first 4 levels are easier, and are meant as more of a tutorial. There is a small bug with accessing level 5. To access level 5, do NOT click on the start button. Instead hit the enter key twice. This will load the level. If you click on the start button, it will lock up. Hitting the enter key twice should also work if you use a controller, or you could try hitting the A button on the controller twice.

I tried the game with both a controller and the keyboard, and I found the game easier to play on a keyboard because you could more precisely control your characters movement with a keyboard then with a controller. You need that precise control to get over the deadly obstacles in your path. I normally always play platformer games with a controller, so this is one of the only platformer games that I recommend playing with a keyboard.

As I said earlier, this game is extremely fun. But I wouldn't classify it so much as a puzzle platformer, as more of an "obstacle" platformer. You spend most of your time trying to locate the right direction to go, and get over the obstacles blocking your path. The difficulty is very hard but fair, and it gives you a very good challenge. Also you are on a time system, where if you run out of water then your party dies of thirst. Since you are being timed (based on how much water you have left), then you will feel pressured when playing the game to rush and move fast so you don't run out of water before you are able to refill the party's canteen. I usually play a level or two of this game, when I'm in the mood for something challenging in my day. I will be very sad when I complete the game, and finished all the levels. But maybe in a few years from now, once I forget the levels, I will go back and play the game again :) I enjoy the game so much, that I can see myself playing it again in the future. Also I wanted to note, that I make sure I find the rune in each level I play. I'm not sure if it unlocks a bonus at the end of the game or not, but I wanted to make sure that I fully complete each level before moving on, and getting the rune is part of each level.

Would I recommend buying this game at full price? Most definitely yes. The full price is very low. The game doesn't cost very much and you will get probably 8 to 10 hours of fun out of it especially if you search for the rune on each level.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Quite fun.

This is a platformer and you control a team of 3 characters. They can move together, or you can choose to control each one separately. The aim is to get past every level's obstacles, and you do this primarily by opening doors & escaping booby traps.

If any of your 3 characters dies in the level, the entire team will have to restart. As you play, you also have to keep an eye on your thirst level - if you run out of drinking water, your entire team will die. So an added challenge is having to look for water sources so you can replenish your water throughout the game.

But...

This game suffers from some major problems. For instance, in the very first level, if you die and have to restart, a stone block that is crucial to allowing you to overcome an obstacle, is no longer present. So how are you supposed to continue?! You'd then have to start a completely new game!

And there seems to be a complete lack of a "save" function. The game claims to autosave, but when I next opened the game, it started me from the very beginning again. What happened to my previous gameplay?!

If the above problems are fixed, this game would be quite enjoyable.

From my understanding, this game was developed by students for a project or something like that, which may explain the shoddy game development.

I did find the underlying concept and puzzle-solving elements to be quite amusing and fun though, and I also liked the style of the graphics and music.

This isn't some brainless platformer where you charge ahead and mindlessly blast enemies in your path; this game requires a degree of strategising and planning, yet also precision in controls (especially with the jumping) - I found this balance of required skills to be good, and would recommend Journey To The Centre Of The Earth to anyone who wants an interesting challenge... if not for the gameplay issues mentioned above.

Disclaimer: Game played for free, many thanks to my dear friend Unpageable
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