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Downwell

Developer: Moppin Publisher: Devolver Digital
15 October 2015
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#35 for 2015
Downwell puts you in charge of a young boy named Welltaro as he sets out to explore what lies beyond the well. Upgrade your gunboots, stomp to create combos, and gain helpful powerups along the way in this difficult down-scrolling roguelike.
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It's always such a delight to see something so simple be so well executed. From the art to the sound design and the gameplay, the polish here is so glossy and nice and it's such a fun concept to have a gravity platformer like this one. Definitely a standout from all of the pixel-indie stuff you gotta swim through.
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MtBedhead 2021-07-08T01:21:05Z
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A masterpiece that leaves me coming back.
Without a doubt this is one of the finest roguelikes i have ever played. Moppin is a masterpiece of Roguelike design. One of the things i really enjoy in this game is the combo system. The sounds are detailed so every time you hear that crunch you know that you're getting closer to a greater reward, whether it would be a collection of gems at 8 enemies, a charge point at 15, and extra health at 25.

You can play as a variety of styles, which forces you to truly master the game if you want to beat it. Yes, it is difficult but it feels so satisfying after you finally beat the master in the well. My personal favorite play style would be arm spin style as timevoids except shops always contain some sort of gun module for you to play around with. This allows you to gain health or ammo very fast, and would be the style i recommend to first beat the game.

Timevoids give you a break to calm yourself and be safe from enemies before you jump back in. The game has a intense yet fast pace, and you always have the option to skip timevoids if you want to. Every time you beat a stage, you get to choose one upgrade for your character, except handstand style. Knive And Fork and Gem Powered are the best upgrades in this game.

If you manage to go the entire run without touching a single timevoid, you get a tomato before the boss which grants you health and charges. Since handstand does not allow upgrades, doing the tomato challenge with that style makes you forget everything you know about the game and forces you to be in survival mode.

Overall, a masterpiece. I would give this my highest recommendation.
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Simple and Intense
Not much to say, other than that Downwell is a solid title that presents a simple, easily replayable challenge that can be picked up and played instantly, and remains difficult even after playing continuously. Movement is sharp, the soundtrack is distinct and interesting, and the artstyle is striking in its choice of only using three colors, two of them being black and white. Perfect to play if you've got 20 minutes to burn or if you're sitting around trying to pass the time.
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While it may look like a plain and straightforward platformer at first, in which you just go killing enemies as you descend into a vertical dungeon ("Down-Well"), this notion is quickly dismissed as soon as the player discovers the real charm of the game: the combo system. Enemies can be killed either by shooting from above, which also slows down the fall, or by landing on them, and chaining multiple of these later deaths, jumping from corpse to corspe and never touching ground, creates these bouncy combos that achieve great playfulness and elegance and are the core of the game.

The secret to this delightful system is rather simple. 'Jump' and 'shoot' are one and the same, merged into a single button, thus creating a central dilemma: Control vs Power. Is it better to shoot and keep a steady pace on the fall to avoid dangers, or to recklessly blast through the screen stepping on every enemy in sight? Each player is left to choose their own prefered strategy, but anybody who knows how to have fun will definitely pursue the longest combos possible, to the point where it is more desirable to step on a red enemy and lose a life than it is to touch the ground and break the combo.

Very few games manage to keep a simple design and layout while still being innovative and fun, and Downwell is a masterclass in all of these aspects. While not addicting, I see myself coming back to it at least twice a month just in order to experience the unparalleded satisfaction provided by the combo mechanic. One of my personal favourites.

PS: While they are all great, I slightly prefer the mobile version over the PC/console one. I think that the adrenaline-inducing velocity of Downwell is better felt on a small screen.
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Downwell is another prime example of why I feel that 2015 was the year of platformers. It doesn’t have the same level of world-building as Ori and the Blind Forest, the sense of discovery of INK, or the retro-done-right of Axiom Verge. What Downwell does have is gameplay that can be described as a cross between The Binding of Isaac and Dig Dug. The graphics, music, and lore seem to be pushed aside in favour of fast-paced action more akin to the action found in old arcades. The game rewards experimentation and risk taking while at the same time pushing the simple gameplay to its limits and creating some of the best twitch-gameplay of 2015. Surely Downwell could be seen as the most ‘simple’ game on this list, but that’s part of its charm. Simplicity only hurts when the core qualities are lacking. For Downwell, this is simply simple fun.
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2022-07-02T16:53:00Z
3.5
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4.0
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2022-07-01T03:28:38Z
3.5
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2022-06-29T10:19:54Z
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LellePolis Downwell 2022-06-28T19:15:01Z
2022-06-28T19:15:01Z
3.0
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wallrooseyes Downwell 2022-06-26T23:42:44Z
2022-06-26T23:42:44Z
3.0
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Sampon Downwell 2022-06-26T23:17:22Z
2022-06-26T23:17:22Z
3.5
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theodoor77 Downwell 2022-06-21T18:29:15Z
2022-06-21T18:29:15Z
4.0
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kleptomato Downwell 2022-06-16T13:49:25Z
2022-06-16T13:49:25Z
4.0
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Incognitus24 Downwell 2022-06-15T14:10:05Z
2022-06-15T14:10:05Z
5.0
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MentalMsuic Downwell 2022-06-11T04:33:32Z
2022-06-11T04:33:32Z
7 /10
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Tiverus Downwell 2022-06-10T12:09:10Z
2022-06-10T12:09:10Z
3.5
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  • NickShutter 2019-01-31 18:50:29.886157+00
    Switch has a portrait mode!
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  • VR456 2021-05-11 15:20:22.632785+00
    gotta admit hardmode ruined the image of the entire game for me
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  • Paycheck 2021-06-28 23:35:10.349062+00
    Really fun game
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  • FleegalFlargel 2021-08-27 21:31:34.684+00
    I'll never beat this game no matter how hard I try, so frustrating!
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    • Gunderfury 2021-11-09 21:26:07.912434+00
      Theres a cat at the end. Won't you do it for the cat?
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  • ... 2021-12-25 17:45:08.251161+00
    just beat this. feelin' good. cute game, just kinda wished it got more creative liike visually but i mean if it wasnt the aim i get it
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  • SongLyricHere 2022-01-21 19:29:14.97428+00
    Hard mode is such an artificial difficulty raise, it's bullshit
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  • FleegalFlargel 2022-01-24 12:55:22.240105+00
    I actually done it the day I posted my first comment, once is enough, never again!
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  • kleptomato 2022-06-16 13:50:34.343891+00
    havent tried hard mode yet but the base game is such a fun simple time. pretty easy for a roguelite
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