African-inspired point-and-click The Journey Down launches Kickstarter

UPDATE: Grim Fandango-like adventure exceeds its minimum goal.

UPDATE 20/10/2015: The Journey Down has exceeded its $35k funding goal at only halfway through its campaign.

It actually hit its minimum goal on 16th October, and is hoping to raise 370 SEK (about $45k) to bring in a selection of musical talent to really spruce up Chapter Three's soundtrack.

ORIGINAL STORY 06/10/2015:African folklore inspired point-and-click noir adventure The Journey Down has arrived on Kickstarter in hopes of funding its third and final chapter.

Swedish developer SkyGoblin released the first chapter in 2012 and its second in 2014. Both can be found on PC, Mac, Linux and iOS platforms.

Inspired by oldschool Lucasarts adventures like Grim Fandango and Monkey Island, The Journey Down follows a down on his luck mechanic, Bwana, as he gets pulled into a web of corruption in a glamourous jazzy metropolis.

"The story and design for Chapter Three is already in place and we're really excited to start actual production. We know every location, character and puzzle that will be there and we know just how we want to put it all together," SkyGoblin said of this final act.

"The third chapter will cover more ground than the previous chapters so expect a wide variety of locationsand landscapes. Rather than having the story revolve around a central geographical point, the game will carry the player through the environments and places that haven't been seen before."

Developer Theodor Waern, who provided The Journey Down with its story and art, spent some time in Zambia in his youth while writer and programmer Mathias Johansson lived in Chonyonyo, Tanzania where he worked on his Master's thesis.

To remain authentic to the culture from which it is based, SkyGoblin spent a couple of months in Africa to get immersed in Swahili culture.

You can reserve The Journey Down: Chapter Three for $11 upon its estimated September 2016 release, or snag the whole trilogy for $24. Early birds can even get it for $18.

The Journey Down's third chapter has raised nearly half of its $35,748 goal in five days. Its current tally is at $16,097 with 25 days to go before its 31st October deadline.

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