The Journey Down

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

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.

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The Journey Down: Chapter One Review

In many ways, Skygoblin's HD remake of its free point-and-click adventure, The Journey Down, is a throwback to the classic LucasArts games. It's got inventory puzzles, silly humour, exotic locales and a mystery shaping the plot. The one new thing it brings to the table is a cast modeled after African sculpture. It's refreshing to see - and Lord knows we could use more black characters who aren't criminals, athletes or bulky soldiers.

Unfortunately, The Journey Down's African theme is poorly integrated; it comes off feeling like an ethnic restaurant where the menu mostly consists of English cuisine. The character models are abstract, emotive and visually inspired, but it's impossible to ignore that this is a game made by a bunch of white dudes. Though their intentions seem pure, there are a few choices that don't sit well.

 

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