The game is geared for a Q1 2012 release on Mac and PC with iOS and Android to follow shortly thereafter. According to the developers at SkyGoblin, The Journey Down owes much of its character and pattern design to traditional central African arts such as carvings and masks from the Makonde and Chokwe tribes. “Mixed with an all original jazzy reggae soundtrack, feedback-oriented puzzles and tons of hand painted environments, the unique cultural fusion of The Journey Down is bound to draw you in.”
In the first part, titled Over the Edge, we are introduced to The Journey Down’s hero Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito as they struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station. One day their lives turn upside down as they’re thrown into “a twisting plot of corruption, laughs and brainteasing adventure”.
As you can see in the screenshots below, The Journey Down looks like it has the makings of a very appealing adventure game series and I’m excited to get my hands on this when it’s released. You can follow the game’s progress, hear soundtrack samples and watch some concept art videos on SkyGoblin’s official development blog.