The Journey Down First Impressions


June 20, 2018 | 223 Views

CrispySinger

The Journey Down is an episodic adventure game that consists of three chapters, I’ll be giving my first impressions of the first chapter thus far and will follow up with a review of it shortly. I’ll be covering the Nintendo Switch version of this title as well! This is my first time with the game as well, so I’m going in blind!

The Journey Down focuses on Bwana and Kitos journey to discover the fate of their long lost father and unveil the secrets of the mysterious Underland. The game starts off as what would seem like any other day for them, but as things start to progress you quickly realise that there is much more going on behind the scenes here. At the start, it appears as if Bwana and Kito are just looking at their current situation as a way to become more financially stable for the mean time, due to them barely managing to make ends meet as is, but I have a feeling as the story progresses they will become far more invested in learning more about the Underland and ultimately find out what has really happened to their father.

The Journey Down is a point and click puzzle game and I for one find these games thoroughly challenging but also quite a relaxed and enjoyable experience at the same time. Compared to the usual genres I play, its a real treat to get some time with a game like this. There is nothing more satisfying than successfully completing a puzzle that has had you stumped for a while. At the moment, the current challenges are quite simple, but its still early days and I imagine they will steadily increase the difficulty as the games go on.

 

The Journey Down: Chapter One - Official Trailer

The Journey Down is the type of game in which you need to sit back, take in your surroundings and think about how all of the elements around you can possibly interact with one another. For example, it is not all just about solving a puzzle, its about engaging with the people around you and ensuring you learn as much about them as you can. If you just try and rush and skip dialogue then you’ll potentially miss out on vital information and if you don’t exhaust every option of interaction, whether thats checking every nook and cranny of a room or branching through every dialogue option with an NPC then chances are you may miss a vital item or hint that could potentially hold you back for a while. Another thing that I love about these types of games is when you can see the solutions come together before your eyes, it may be something that needs tackled down the line, but you can instantly tell exactly what is required to satisfy the puzzles requirements, but now you just have to piece it all together and move through it. I’m really enjoying the game so far and can’t wait to dig into it deeper.

The Journey Down has a gorgeous art style and I really love how the characters look and how immersive the environments are. Point and Click Puzzle games can really shine in these areas, as they can put so much more attention to detail into these assets, as opposed to having to focus on large action set pieces or the likes. Visually, the game is stunning and I don’t really have any gripes with it. The only thing that had me a bit unsure was the voice acting, some of the characters audio sounded a bit off, I’m unsure if this was the intention or not but I wouldn’t really say this has any effect over the experience at hand.

At the moment, I’m still at the early stages of the first chapter, so I’ll avoid going into more detail until I have finished the first chapter and begin my review. I’m really looking forward to playing through the rest of chapter one and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

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