Josh Journey Darkness Totems Review (Xbox Series S)

For our Josh Journey Darkness Totems Review, we play a hand-drawn beat’em up game about four brave heroes that use their skills to defeat the Nightmare Monsters using special combo attacks. The main objective of our heroes is to fight against these evil forces, destroying the Totems to bring peace and harmony to their World.

Josh Journey Darkness Totems Review Pros:

  • Nice cartoon graphics.
  • 1.7GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Four characters – Josh, Melinda, Farquol, and Z.O.Z.
  • Local two-player support.
  • Set the order of the characters you play as.
  • Change between characters with the shoulder buttons or with the right stick.
  • Side-scrolling beat-em-up gameplay.
  • Swap characters mid-fight to make awesome-looking combos.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Build up your special gauge to unleash your special moves.
  • Slick animations.
  • Damage numbers pop up.
  • Simple controls.
  • World map level select.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Sanctuary is where you go to heal, revive teammates and buy new abilities.
  • Each character has their own health bar.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Collect a limited-use ultimate ability that once triggered has a cool cartoon cutscene.
  • Breakable objects.
  • Health can be found.
  • Environmental factors like spikes can be used against you and/or the enemies.

Josh Journey Darkness Totems Review Cons:

  • Slow pace.
  • No in-game voice just text windows.
  • When using heal in the Sanctuary you have to swap between characters yourself.
  • Basic combat.
  • The scenery gets in the way.
  • No online play.
  • The damage you do is really low.
  • The difficulties are really up and down.

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Josh Journey Darkness Totems:

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Publisher: QUByte Interactive

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Josh Journey is a beat ’em up side scroller in the vein of Final Fight or Streets of Rage, you can move around it and enemies come from either side. You have four playable characters who you can hot-swap between at any time including combat which pulls off huge combos and air juggles. Despite its cartoonish look and basic combat, the game does open and become a lot deeper in terms of customisation of combat. Put it this way, you buy Josh Journey Darkness Totems for a bit of button-mashing goodness or as a good local co-op romp. It gets in entertains you and then leaves.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!