Besides the nice artwork, the navigation in this game is elegant and simple. The GUI never interferes with you playing the game — it’s easy to interact with items and scenes.
FUN .. INTRIGUING GAME
FUN .. YET LESS ANIMATION WOULD BE SUPERB!
A Great Start to a Awesome Journey!
If there's one genre of games that I love most, it would most definitely be adventure games. From the crazy twisted games of Monkey Island, to the more technical puzzle solving games like Myst and Nancy Drew, adventure games take players to other worlds; always making them think of new ways to think out of the box and solve puzzles. The Journey Down, by SkyGoblin does just this and EVEN MORE! Essentially, the Journey Down's storyline is in depth and has plenty of twists and turns. From the many cinematics to the interesting dialogue, TJD will always have you listening and watching on what's going on. The characters in the game, most notably Bwana, are very well developed and extremely detailed. The voice acting was also superb, making for some believeable scenes. Overall, the storyline in the game is promising for a first chapter, and well worth trying to figure out what the many answers to questions are as you play throughout the game. The gameplay in TJD is very much like Monkey Island. Players control Bwana in many enviroments as he interacts with other characters, finds items, and solves puzzles. Many of the puzzles in the game are multi-layered, featuring many steps in order to solve them. Throughout this first chapter, players will find themselves ransacking a harbor, a diner along the docks of a shipyard, a massive yatcht with grand party, and the bridge tram of the city; just to name a few. Overall, the puzzles in the game are not too difficult to solve, yet some of them did take a while to solve.The art style in TJD is AMAZING! From the beginning of the game, players are introduced to a cityscape background with lavish water effects that look wonderfully real and so vivid. The cityscape looks like a dream. Overall, the dock where Bwana does all his puzzle solving is also very detailed and interesting to see. I really liked how all the locations in the game were very, VERY detailed in their own way. The soundtrack in TJD is by far, the best I've heard in a while. The jazzy songs that you hear througohut your puzzle solving antics are relaxing and really fit the overall ambiance of TJD's enviroment. In conclusion, TJD is a very promising adventure game with plenty of interesting characters, detailed and rich enviroments, mysterious and engaging plotlines, and plenty of puzzle/adventure ideals going for it. If you're a fan of games like Monkey Island, you will feel right at home here! Once you complete the game, SkyGoblin even includes extras behind the scenes of the game's development! My only gripe with the Journey Down would be the overall length of this game. You're probably going to spend a good 6-8 hours of gameplay altogether. While that's not completely bad, it does make us players wish for more! I know I can't hardly wait for Chapter 2! Let's hope this journey gets going fast!