The Journey Down: Chapter One ($0.99) by SkyGoblin is a puzzle game that plays like a movie. Find the items you need to fly your rusty old plane in this point-and-click adventure game. Get while it is only sale for only $0.99 during its launch week. Once the sale is over, the price will go up to $2.99.
Players follow Bwana and his cranky brother Kito as they head to the mysterious Underland. A place that is so dangerous that it is illegal to visit. Why would Bwana want to go somewhere so scary and prohibited? For money and women, of course.
The game plays like an animated movie. For the first few minutes, players just sit back and enjoy the show as we taken to Kingsport Bay to meet our heroes before the story begins. We are introduced to Lina, who is in search of the forbidden Underland. She needs a book that Bwana and Kito’s missing father was rumored to own. This is where the adventure begins.
Players tap different objects on the screen in order to find what is needed for the next part of the adventure. For example, Kito needs two engines, a propeller and a steering wheel in order to get the plane off of the ground. Bwana must go in search of all of the missing parts. He will encounter fishermen, sailors, and protective dogs as he tracks down the necessary supplies.
In addition to playing out like a movie, there is an in-depth storyline to read about if you know the right questions to ask at the right time. The artwork is unique, the voiceover cast- for the most part- is well acted (there are a few characters along the way that just didn’t get it right), and the story is interesting enough to keep you searching for the next clue.
The one complaint I have is that there are no hints. If you get stuck trying to find something, there is nothing to help guide the way or point you in the right direction. You just have to keep tapping around on the screen until something makes sense.
Other than a lack of helpful hints, this game is very fun. At the low price of only $0.99 it is sure to be a big hit for the holidays. I have a feeling this game will end up on Apple’s shortlist for Game of the Year in 2013. If you like adventure games that unfold slowly while you uncover clues to get you to the next part of the story, then you’ll be in for a treat with the first chapter of The Journey Down.