Posted: November 22
First of all, this game is a steal. I've seen it as low as sixty nine cents, sure, but even at twelve bucks for this and its sequel it's a heck of a value. Charming, pretty easy, and short.
But it does have a heavy dose of adventure game logic. The fact that the game goes to great lengths to poke fun at adventure game logic("I hate puzzles!" exclaims the main character) does nothing to ameliorate the fact that it relies on some goofy leaps of logic. That said, it's otherwise well written, well performed, and beautifully scored. The aesthetic is especially interesting, raster backgrounds digitally painted over free hand sketches with characters rendered in a heavily subdived prerendered 15FPS 3D meant to imply stop motion animation. However, it often falls short of this ambition and just looks like early CG. But when it works it's actually extremely lovely.
Obviously, if you really want stop motion animation in your point and click adventure game, go grab Dream Machine. The Journey Down is a unique voice in games. I found its characters goofily endearing, and enjoyed my time with them.