The Journey Down

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The Journey Down
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Developer(s) Skygoblin
Publisher(s) Skygoblin
Engine Adventure Game Studio (Chapter One Freeware)
Gobby[1]
Platform(s) iOS
Linux
Mac OS X
Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Download

The Journey Down is an episodic adventure video game for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and iOS by Skygoblin. An Android version is currently in development.[2]

The Journey Down: Chapter One was based on a low-resolution freeware adventure game, called The Journey Down: Over the Edge.[1] The Journey Down: Chapter One improves on the freeware version with high definition graphics, full voiceovers, plus some additional locations and puzzles.[3] The rest of the chapters will be presented in the high definition style of the commercial remake of Chapter One.

Episodes[edit]

The game is going to be released in chapters. There will be three chapters in total.

  • Chapter One: Over the Edge (2010)
  • Chapter Two: Into the Mist (2014)[4]
  • Chapter Three (TBA)

Plot[edit]

Chapter One: Over the Edge[edit]

A pair of mobsters storm the office of a university professor only to find the professor missing. The trail eventually leads to the waterfront Gas 'n' Charter, which has been run by Bwana and Kito ever since they were mysteriously abandoned by their adoptive father. When given the opportunity to help a young woman named Lina, the pair jump at the chance, as they are seriously behind on their electric bills. Lina is seeking a lost book that may hold the illegal secret to reaching the Underland. Unfortunately, their airplane hasn't been flown in years, and will need a variety of parts and repairs in order to take off.

Chapter Two: Into the Mist[edit]

The group heads to the gloomy, mist shrouded town of Port Artue. Upon arrival, the trio find themselves confronted by local police. Bwana and Kito are thrown in jail, and Lina is taken away by the police chief. Bwana and Kito then attempt to find a way to escape from prison, find Lina, and attempt to discover how their adoptive father was connected to the mystery of the Underland.

Release[edit]

The low definition freeware version of The Journey Down: Over the Edge was released in 2010.[5] The commercial high definition remake of The Journey Down: Chapter One was originally scheduled to be released in March 2012,[6] but the release was pushed back to May 2012.[1] The first chapter was included in the Indie Royale summer bundle in June 2012.[7] The second chapter was released for PC, Mac, Linux, and iOS simultaneously in August 2014.[8]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Chapter One (Windows) 74.11%[9]
(iOS) 80%[10]
(Windows) 72%[11]
(iOS) 80%[12]
Chapter Two (Windows) 84%[13]
(iOS) 88%[14]
(Windows) 78%[15]
(iOS) 89%[16]

The first chapter was met with mostly positive reception. For the Windows version of episode one, the video game review aggregator website, GameRankings lists a review average of 74.11%,[9] and Metacritic lists a review average of 72%.[11] The iOS version of episode one fared better, with a review average of 80% on both Metacritic and GameRankings. [12][10] The second chapter was received better than the first, with a review average of 84% for the Windows version[13] and a review average of 88% for the iOS version on Gamerankings,[14] and a review average of 79% for the Windows version[15] and a review average of 89% for the iOS version on Metacritic.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Journey Down Chapter One Is Available Now". The International House of Mojo. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Embark on 'The Journey Down' May 18th". MTV. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ "The Journey Down Hands On Preview". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ "The Joystiq Indie Pitch: The Journey Down". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  5. ^ "The Journey Down: Over The Edge". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Journey Down to a New Adventure Game in March". Kotaku. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Indie Royale Launches The Summer Bundle With 8 Games and Some Chiptunes". Joystiq. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Grim Fandango-like adventure The Journey Down: Chapter Two is out now". Eurogamer. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  9. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 1 PC Reviews at GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  10. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 1 iOS Reviews at GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  11. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 1 PC Reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  12. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 1 iOS Reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  13. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 2 PC Reviews at GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  14. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 2 iOS Reviews at GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  15. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 2 PC Reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  16. ^ a b "The Journey Down, Chapter 2 iOS Reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 

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