Downwell

An old school 2D rogue-like platform shooter. Despite the fact of being quite simple, Downwell features extraordinary mechanics and high difficulty level. You are in control of a hero wearing special military gun-boots that enable him to shoot enemies, crush rocks, and perform air stunts. The action is set in a narrow, bottomless well filled with carefully-guarded treasures. The main objective in Downwell is to get as deep as possible in the procedurally generated levels to collect gems and fight enemies. Apart from the aforementioned boots, the hero can use other classic equipment that can be upgraded. The game introduces an interesting system of air combos which consist in eliminating as many opponents as possible without touching any solid surface. 2D graphics make use of just three colors – black, white, and red. The game is seasoned with a dark, 8-bit era-like soundtrack.

Apple iOS
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Downwell

Downwell | iOS

Downwell release date for iOS:

game language:
English

15 October 2015 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

Android OS
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Downwell | Android

Downwell release date for Android:

game language:
English

27 January 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 1 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
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Downwell | PC

Downwell release date for PC:

game language:
English

15 October 2015 | Worldwide

15 October 2015 | Europe

Game mode: single player

PlayStation Vita
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Downwell | PS Vita

Action, roguelike, 2D, arcade elements, shooters

Companies responsible for Downwell

Ojiro Fumoto | game developer

Devolver Digital | publisher   Official website

Downwell release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

24 May 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 0 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
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Downwell

Downwell | PS4

Downwell release date for PS4:

game language:
English

24 May 2016 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player

Downwell for PlayStation Vita is a rouge-like platformer shooter with surprisingly deep gameplay mechanics. This first major production by Ojiro Futomo from Japan is kept in a 2D, old-school style that brings to mind 8-bit computers, like ZX Spectrum. The title was first released on mobile devices using iOS and on Windows computers, then it was ported to smartphones and Android tablets.

Mechanics

You assume the role of a hero wearing special gunboots, which combine normal boots functions with military ones. Due to built-in cannons, not only you can shoot enemies, but also crush rocks, and perform air stunts. Placing the action in a narrow, bottomless well which hides numerous treasures i.e. gems is an interesting approach. However, gems are protected by hordes of enemies.

Downwells main objective is to penetrate the procedurally generated well as deep as possible. In the effect, mechanics strongly resemble Spelunky released a few years before. By picking a place like well for placing the action, Ojiro Futomo fundamentally increased the pace and difficulty level in Spelunky you explore undergrounds in general. He did not forget about implementing typical arcade shooter weapons and upgrades for them. From time to time you can visit a shopkeeper who offers a variety of upgrades (like energy shot).

Gameplay is powered by mid-air combos which provide loads of point in a short period of time. Performing combos also regains energy and grants upgrades. Long story short, combos come down to eliminating as many enemies as possible without touching a solid surface. It takes, of course, a lot of practice and skill.

Technical aspects

The action in Downwell released on PlayStation Vita is observed from the side view. Visuals feature extremely attractive 2D old-school style. What is more, while designing the game, the creator decided to implement only three colours black, white, and red. The final outcome neatly integrates with very high difficulty level. The title includes extraordinarily grim soundtrack kept in the 8-bit style.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.