Review: Downwell (Steam)

Downwell is a curious game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him.

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Pros:

  • Pixel Graphics.
  • Full controller support.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Palette: Change colour of game graphics and overall theme. Unlock such classics as Game Boy style, Virtua Boy and many more.
  • Style: Unlock new character animations that change the gameplay like find more health or only find guns etc.
  • Stats section showcasing furthest level reached, Most gems collected, Longest combo and fastest time.
  • Full online leaderboard support.
  • Tate mode.
  • Border art can be changed from the pause menu.
  • Multi language support.
  • Earn points and fill the progress bar. Fill it to unlock new styles and palettes.
  • Simple one button controls.
  • Gameplay is a simple one. Get to the bottom of the well, Killing enemies, collecting gems and finding secret rooms on the way.
  • End of level bonus. Pick from a selection of buffs like restore health, lasers or many other ones.
  • Small download size: 32MB.
  • End of life score breakdown. Level reached, Gems, kills, Max combo and time.
  • Gunboots: used to shoot block and enemies. Infinite ammo but does have a reload/cooldown timer.

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Cons:

  • No detailed graphic options.
  • Can get repatitive.
  • Some other pathetic excuse to fill this section out.

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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!

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