downwell
Metacritic (PC): 84/100
Metacritic (iOS): 91/100
Release: Oct 2015
Reviewed on: iOS

Downwell

Site Score
8.5
Good: Unique art style and great soundtrack – Great variety and choice built into game mechanics
Bad: Can't quite decide on an appropriate pacing
User Score
7.8
(4 votes)
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Downwell is a unique vertical scrolling platform title that also blends in the shooter and roguelike genres. Available on a large range of platforms platform fans have plenty of opportunity to get their hands on this fast paced adventure that is literally down the well.

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Following a curious man exploring the local park during a night time walk, players strap on their gunboots (yes, bullet firing boots) as they jump into the well, fighting off the enemies and collecting any treasure that they come across.

The setting for Downwell is undoubtedly unlike anything you’ve seen before and this extends to the gameplay both in terms of visuals and mechanics. Controls are kept simple with players able to move from side to side, jump when on a solid surface and when in mid-air fire bullets from their trust gunboots to damage enemies or the terrain.

With procedural generation behind Downwell each of these attempts at conquering the depths of the well are unique and thus equally challenging. This challenge comes from the various enemies that are encountered which can be defeated by either stomping on them or relying on your gunboots depending on the enemy.

These gunboots can be customised as you adventure downwards by walking into the scattered time bubbles that will contain weapon modifiers, additional gems and even shops to purchase health or boot upgrades. As these are randomised liked the rest of the game, successful players will need to alter their strategy in each game based on the items they find.

In addition to this for every stage that a player clears they can select one of three randomised upgrades which stay with the player for the entire run and can have a wider impact on gameplay such as boosting accuracy and damage, cheaper shop access and many other modifiers.

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As if that wasn’t enough variety players can unlock additional game styles as they play the game which alter some of the parameters and act like alternative characters. The boulder style for example starts with extra health although only gets to pick between two upgrades after each stage is completed.

It’s hard to argue against playing Downwell once you consider all the variety it offers for such a low price.

Summary:

  • Adventure down the well in this unique title.
  • Blends the roguelike, shooter and platform genres together.
  • Use your gunboots and upgrade them with a number of enhancements.
  • Procedural generation ensures great variety in gameplay.
  • Play on Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4 or PS Vita.

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Downwell, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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