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[Beyond PlayStation] The Journey Down: Chapter One Review

[Beyond PlayStation] The Journey Down: Chapter One Review
  • On July 3, 2018

Point and click adventure The Journey Down from SkyGobling and Blitworks is now out on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in The Journey Down: Chapter One review!


Back in 2015, indie studio SkyGoblin took The Journey Down to Kickstarter to seek the funding needed to develop their point and click trilogy. Here we are close to three years later playing the first chapter in the trilogy on Nintendo Switch thanks to Blitworks who is hard at work on also porting the second and third episodes so that we can enjoy the whole story at home or on the go.

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In this one you take on an adventure with Bwakna and Kito, two folk who are living day by day trying to make ends meet working at their run-down gas station. They’re just two regular people who certainly have no idea of what they are about to get themselves into at Kingsport Bay. When a woman comes looking for a book, Bwakna decides to show her all the books of their missing father, Captain Kaonandodo, and this sets things in motion.

As you can tell from the game’s trailer and the screens in this review, The Journey Down is set in an Afro-Caribbean world with an Afro-Caribbean twist, wrapped in a very fun story served by some puzzles here and there to move things along. If I had to compare the game to another entry in the beloved point and click adventure game genre, I could liken it to Grim Fandango thanks to its likeable and charming cast and entertaining story.

The Journey Down looks great on Nintendo Switch, with gorgeous hand-drawn backgrounds for each of the (not so many) locations you’ll visit, and it is also fully voice acted, which makes it easier to connect with each of the characters. The jazz/reggae mix in the soundtrack does a great job to spice things up, evoking a warm and groovy feel to this adventure release.

The Journey Down: Chapter One is a great start to the trilogy. You’ll have a lot of fun during the 2-3 hours it will take you to complete it, and by then you’ll be more than ready to dive into the next chapter to see where the story takes Bwakna, Kito and the rest of the cast. Luckily the wait won’t be long since the second chapter has just released on Nintendo Switch, with the third one right around the corner!

The Journey Down: Chapter One Review - 5

This The Journey Down: Chapter 1 review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Blitworks.


Review Overview

Great looking and fun first chapter in a solid point and click trilogy