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The Journey Down: Chapter One:
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: Chapter Two:
In the second chapter, the plot thickens as our heroes plunge down into the mist below the Edge and wind up in the foggy and treacherous town of Port Artue where they find themselves cornered by pirates and on the run from the law.
The Journey Down is a charming point&click series set in a strange world. The first chapter, while very short, does a great job at setting up that world and its characters. The story itself, which leans heavily into noir tropes, is also really intriguing and sets up quite the adventure The best part for me though, was the music, which ranges from reggae to jazz and gives the game a very unique feel On the down side, while the hand drawn backgrounds look really good, the 3D rendered characters really don't fit the style, and the janky animations don't help either. And while the actor playing the main character (thankfully) does a great job, most of the other characters have pretty bad voice acting. Most of the characters are supposed to be of Caribbean descent and the dialogue is clearly written with that in mind, but they all just kind of sound british or british-trying-to-sound-rasta. On top of that, the actual sound quality of the voices is pretty terrible It also suffers from the usual point&click problems such as somewhat obtuse solutions to puzzles and lots of walking back and forth between the same rooms. But ultimately, its charm outweighs its faults and makes it a really enjoyable experience The second chapter is a clear improvement over the first one. While the puzzles still use the usual point&click logic (which is part of its charm, I guess), everything else has been vastly improved. The dialogue and voice acting are a lot better and the story introduces a lot of new locations. While the game is still on the short side, it's twice as long as the first chapter As far as story goes, you're drop-fed just enough information to keep you engaged while still keeping some mystery. The world that was introduced in the first chapter is expanded on quite a lot and realy starts to take form. All in all, The Journey Down: Chapter 2 is a much better game than the first one, that stays true to its roots while still trying to introduce some new stuff. Packaged with the first part of the story, I can wholeheartedly recommend this one
The Journey Down Chapter One is a point and click adventure game in style of the old Lucasarts games. The game has some really good music and a unique visual style for an adventure game with a character art style that uses African carvings for the face designs of the game's characters. The dialogue is funny and the characters are likable. There are some annoying puzzle solutions, with some objects being used in strange ways and some objects that you would think would be able to complete other puzzles. Very short length and there are not very many locations. It's a good beginning to a larger story but nothing that interesting happens in this episode plot wise. The Journey Down Chapter Two continues the adventures of Bwana and Kito right after their plane crashes and they end up on a boat stuck out at sea. Bwana and Kito are both still amusing protagonists do to their cheerful and optimistic personalities and they, as well as most other characters, are voice acted well. The game itself has been improved since the first chapter with a longer length, better puzzles, more plot, and improved graphics.
With its strange (and lovely) art style, The Journey Down is an interesting adventure game to play. The story of those two brothers, this mysterious book and the rich man willing to get his hands on it, is charming and funny to watch. The gameplay is not surprising, though. It’s your typical adventure game with a lot of dialogs and brain-teasing puzzles to solve. Each episode (Two out of Three) lasts about 4 hours and is very interesting to explore. Finally, the soundtrack is excellent. Peculiar visuals, excellent writing, great puzzle-solving gameplay and funny atmosphere make The Journey Down a great addition to the world of adventure games. Let’s hope the third episode will come soon!
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