The Journey Down: Chapter Two

 

Genre:   Adventure

Developer & Publisher:  SkyGoblin

Released:  August 2014

PC Requirements:  

  • OS: Windows XP SP 2+, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space

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by flotsam

 

The Journey Down: Chapter Two

Itís been a long time since we left Bwana and Company on a cliff above Underland and while the break is probably too long from a Chapter 2 perspective, it has been time well spent.

We now have a more polished outing, in just about every respect except perhaps the voice acting. It (the voice acting) didnít go backwards, but outside the main protagonists itís a lesser product than most everything else.

So what of everything else?

It looks better, and I liked that Grim Fandango touch in any event. It puzzles better too, with only the odd obtuse solve, all the more apparent given the organic nature of the remainder. The puzzles also lead quite naturally, on the whole, to a solution to another puzzle, and while there is a middle bit that doesnít involve much else, it wasnít a chore, and when I got the thing I always knew I needed, it felt good rather than ďabout timeĒ.

It also delivers quite a decent game, in the sense that doesnít just feel like a bridge to the next bit. It isnít long, but itís satisfying. It plays the same, and is simplicity point and click in any event.

The music is a high point. Bond meets Marley.

Bwana remains a cheery beacon in the somewhat menacing environment of Port Atue. I like Lina more than I did, but I'm not sure I trust her. I guess we will find out, which is just one a few things which remain unanswered, but which make you keen to come back and see what happens.

It can be lengthy on dialogue, but by and large I didnít feel that I wanted the chat to stop and the game to recommence.

All up, while I hope the break isnít anywhere near as long next time, this has a lot to like by itself, and does a particularly good job of being a middle part of something more.

I look forward to Chapter 3.

Grade: B+

I played on:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: AMD Phenom 9500 Quad Core CPU 2.2 GHz

Ram: 4.00GB DDR2 400MHz

Gx card: ATI Radeon HD 3850 512Mb

 

 

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