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The Journey Down: Chapter One

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The Journey Down: Chapter One is the first episode of an adventure game series made as a remake of the freeware game The Journey Down: Over the Edge. This first episode largely follows the events of the original game, but with high resolution 2D graphics, new cut-scenes in 3D, improved music, more puzzles, new scenes and characters, and full voice-overs.

The player controls Bwana, a rasta-styled character who runs the gas station Bwana's Gas 'n' Charter with his partner Kito. They are visited by Lina, an assistant at Agibo University. In the introduction the office of a professor is raided by two criminals. Lina visits to find an old book that belongs to Kaonandodo, a former sea captain and the owner of the gas station, who disappeared one day when the two were just kids. He took Bwana and Kito under his wing when they burgled the gas station and then raised them and convinced them to become his employees. The book Lina is after is called the Journal of the Journey Down, a collection of notes and scribbles on how to reach the Underland, a part of the world past the edge where a powerful firm attempts to prevent people from visiting. Lina wants to get past the edge using Bwana's plane. Most of this first episode is spent restoring the main parts of the plane and it ends when the three manage to take off.

The game is played as a classic point-and-click adventure. Players guide Bwana through different scenes and text appears over objects that can be interacted with. There is only one action possible, so conversations, examining, using or picking up are triggered automatically based on the context. Items can be gathered to be stored in an inventory near the bottom of the screen, where they can also be combined. Most of the puzzles are based on interaction with the environment, but there are also a few that require some more thinking. Conversations have different options and it is not possible to die in the game.

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The Journey Down: Chapter One Windows There's a welder working outside the ship.
The Journey Down: Chapter One Windows Introduction sequence
The Journey Down: Chapter One iPhone A view of the city during opening credits
The Journey Down: Chapter One Windows She makes the best stew.

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The Press Says

Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Dec 20, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Softpedia Linux Feb 04, 2013 8.6 out of 10 86
4Players.de Windows Jul 23, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Calm Down Tom iPad Dec 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 26, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZebo Windows May 18, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Calm Down Tom iPhone Dec 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gamer.no Windows May 22, 2012 7 out of 10 70
148apps iPhone Dec 24, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows May 29, 2012 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Blue cup

The game shows its origins through an item that can be examined in the beginning of the game, a blue cup on the counter. That item is present in many AGS games as an inside joke as it is a reference to bigbluecup.com, the official AGS website.
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