It’s been a little while since I enjoyed gaming on my iPhone.
It takes a particular kind of mobile game for me to enjoy. Too many feel like they were designed with a controller in mind or overly simple.
I’m picky, I know.
But with my recent spark of wanting to play some “retro” feeling games and seeing a newly acclaimed iOS game on sale, I dug into my iTunes Christmas credit and took a chance with Downwell.
I was hooked.
The simple, quick game design.
The retro feel and fun power ups.
Downwell didn’t disappoint.
From the iTunes description:
“Downwell is a curious game about a young boy venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him. Make your way further and further down into the darkness filled with nasty creatures and mysterious secrets to collect the spectacular red gems scattered about the rocks. Step into precariously placed shops and buy some helpful items or level up between levels to battle well-dwelling monsters and uncover hidden caves filled with riches and relics. No two trips down the well are ever the same!
Simple, Responsive Controls – Designed for mobile from the ground up, Downwell is presented with intuitive and elegant controls that allow for action-packed gameplay using just three buttons.
The Amazing Gunboots – The fashionable and lethal Gunboots allow players to unleash a torrent of firepower on the nasty creatures dwelling in the well and slow your decent with each shot.
Unique Weapons & Items – Get different weapons, shop for peculiar items and obtain powerful upgrades that all stack and affect the way you play!
A New Adventure Every Time – Each level in Downwell is procedurally generated, so no two trips down the well are ever the same providing a fresh new adventure each time!”
It feels kind of like Tetris meets Metroid.
[Video via YouTube]
I’ve enjoyed my short blasts of fun playing Downwell on my iPhone so much, I even went ahead and snagged a copy on Steam for PC.
Now I can enjoy it on my phone and playing on my PC to unlock some fun Steam achievements.
For only a few bucks, it packs a lot of punch.