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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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.


- 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

Mac OS X
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    • OS: windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 128 MB available space
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
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39 of 53 people (74%) 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.

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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
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.

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.

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

- 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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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
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 11 people (73%) 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.


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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Product received for free
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
One of those low end indies that no one wants. This game is not all bad though. The game is a good puzzle platformer, with decent difficulty, based on the novel by Jules Verne, a classic, as stated in the description. Does the game live up to the novel? Well.... Not so much. You play as a group of 3 characters, Otto (Uses a pickaxe to clear rocks); Axel (the High Jumper); and Hans (Water Bottle Guy), who need to work together in 2D land below the earth's surface, to avoid the vicious spike traps reminiscent of the old Prince of persia, and solve puzzles through the use of buttons and ladders. You are allowed to control the characters independantly or as a group

+ Good for casual gamers.
+ Content
+ Controller support
+ Quite a good game for a small development studio
+ Passable Visuals (Barring the Resolution. More on that later)

- The resolution. I think it's locked to 720p or possibly lower, as it looks blur, and hurts the eyes if playing for too long on a widescreen monitor. Shouldn't be much of a problem if you game in bursts
- The main menu controls are a bit finnicky, and could use a bit more polish

The devs could add Zombies to avoid, and add that touch to speed things up..

Price : $3.99
Recommended price: $ 2.50

My rating
: 6.5 / 10
Above average game. Give it a try.

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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
JTTCOTE is a simple, but very fun puzzle game. It introduces an aspect that is most famous in GTA V, which is utilizing three characters at once. Each character has their own unique uses, and best of all, you can "attach" these characters together so you can move all three of them at once. When these characters are attached, you can use some of their special abilities, such as the pickaxe.

The music fits in well with this game. It's not too loud, not too quiet, and far from obnoxious. I definitely had no issue listening to the music while playing.

The story/puzzle portion of the game was done pretty well, and you can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into getting the game down right. I have not read the book this was based off, so I can't add too much in that department.

The only issue I encountered was Axel being a little buggy with rope jumping.

My one complaint was the inability to change keybindings. Sure, in this type of game it's not as important, but it's alays nice to have that option, especially if you use a mouse with side buttons.

Other than that, there's not much I can add here. This was a fun little game.


  • Nice music.

  • Cheap

  • No combat or enemies to worry about.

  • Use of a buddy system with the three characters.

  • Controller support.


  • Can't change keybindings.

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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 20
This is an interesting game from a certain point of view. I enjoyed playing it, does have a special graphic and game mechanics, the overall sound is okay. Keeps you entertained and satisfied.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
Product received for free
Not a bad game. Frustrating at times and the control menu feels a bit overwhelming. Get this if you like puzzle platformers.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
ILL BE 100% HONEST, my buddy gave me the code for this game saying he didnt want it and now i just want to wipe it from my steam forever its so bad that its embarrasing to have the title in your games section 1/10 no point at all
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
Product received for free
Store says there's a Linux version - Linux version contains 0 bytes of data. According to the discussion forums the same is true for Mac.

If you're a Linux or Mac user - don't buy this game.

Was given the game for free, in this case, literally got what I paid for.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: October 13
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 11
This game is a scam. There's no Linux version (missing executable). Steam was notified, the Linux OS icon is still on the store page...
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4.5 hrs
Posted: October 10
Product received for free
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 6
Product received for free
Well... I haven't played the game for much, but the puzzles were repetitive and when they got a little complicated (after about 15-20 minutes of gameplay) they were completely boring for me cause it just followed the same formula that the early puzzles used. Pick a character that jumps high and climb high, pick a character that breaks things and break the wall to pass etc. What was really annoying for me was the music in game. So annoying when you just picked all 3 characters at once that I just turned the vollume to 0. The good thing is that i got it for free on a giveaway, and you might have a chance to get it for free from a site or something, easy, just google that. IF YOU DON'T GET IT FOR FREE I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO SPEND 4 EUROS FOR THAT GAME! There are many free to play games that are MUCH BETTER than this. I would vote 5-6/10 honestly, cause I feel like that if i play some more the levels are going to be more fun with diferent puzzles (i hope so), or else for me the game was about 3-4/10. (TRADING CARDS ARE A BONUS :D )
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9.4 hrs
Posted: October 6
Very good idea for puzzle game! You control three characters and two have special power that others can't do so you need to think who goes where so all can make it to end of level. All characters have their own music and that is very nice extra touch! You can also move all three at same time if you need. There are some glitchs but community has fixs for them so it is pretty good game.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
Stupid Gameplay
Easy cards farming
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