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81

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6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 113 Ratings

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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 21, 2015
    100
    The variety makes the frequent deaths more palatable and I would probably buy a custom dedicated handheld that just played this game.
  2. Jan 8, 2016
    93
    Easily one of Devolver Digital's best releases from last year, Downwell is an old-school delight that won't let you down in the least. It's difficult at times, but still utterly rewarding when it comes to exciting gameplay, plenty of unlockables and a right-at-home presentation for NES fans. Now we just need a console release to seal the deal.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    90
    You shoot monsters with your shoes while falling at high speed. Why? Because video games, that’s why. [13/2015, p.71]
  4. Oct 21, 2015
    80
    It is fun and addictive, but moreover it’s adrenaline-pumping and shocking in its barbarity.
  5. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    It’s an incredibly simple and intuitive game, but creating such a fun experience with this kind of simplistic gameplay is a feat that only a truly brilliant developer can achieve. Get this game, it costs only 3 dollars and it’s fun, fast, and extremely intelligent.
  6. Oct 30, 2015
    80
    Downwell is a simple and fun 2D platformer. Its unique gameplay makes it fast-paced and challenging, and its roguelike qualities keep it from growing bland or frustrating. Spend a little time with this game and you may get hooked too.
  7. Jan 4, 2017
    50
    Downwell is an arcade game with purposefully archaic look and Spartan equipment for gaming masochists. Fans of retro, speed run and especially extreme difficulty will be thrilled, others should let their hands off!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Oct 22, 2015
    9
    That was pretty fun, I guess. I'll give it another go.

    Wow, combos are pretty cathartic. Nice. Okay, one more game. Holy crap, so
    That was pretty fun, I guess. I'll give it another go.

    Wow, combos are pretty cathartic. Nice. Okay, one more game.

    Holy crap, so many gems... alright, just one more game.

    ...

    just one more game..
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  2. Nov 15, 2015
    9
    This is an excellent ARCADE GAME. As in, you play it for 30 minutes, do something else, and come back later. Yes, you will lose every time.This is an excellent ARCADE GAME. As in, you play it for 30 minutes, do something else, and come back later. Yes, you will lose every time. Yes, it is unfair. But, every 10th game when you make it to the 3rd level, and every 50th game you make it to the 4th level, your heart will be pumping! And, it has a surprising amount of depth and replayability as you learn how to maximize combos, use the different weapons, and choose upgrades in between stages. Really, for $3 this is the best value I've ever gotten from a game.

    It surprises me so many low reviews!! Probably kids see the very high metascore, buy it for just $3, and then are frustrated they can't master it immediately. Sheesh, that is the beauty of unforgiving RNG games.
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  3. Mar 16, 2016
    9
    i think everyone can see this is a masterpiece on gaming with its leve design and arcade similarity, having an almost perfect sidescrolleri think everyone can see this is a masterpiece on gaming with its leve design and arcade similarity, having an almost perfect sidescroller videogame for IOs and PC. Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2015
    9
    I bought this game first on PC. I had so much fun with it I purchased it again on my iPhone as soon as I had to leave my PC. If you enjoy fun,I bought this game first on PC. I had so much fun with it I purchased it again on my iPhone as soon as I had to leave my PC. If you enjoy fun, buy this game. Expand
  5. May 12, 2018
    8
    Downwell is good arcade game, mechanics are simple, but extremely satisfying. It is easy to learn and very hard to master. The game is shortDownwell is good arcade game, mechanics are simple, but extremely satisfying. It is easy to learn and very hard to master. The game is short but highly replayable. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2019
    6
    Downwell feels dreadfully overrated, but from looking at other users, I guess not. It's just a simple experience and despite being proceduralDownwell feels dreadfully overrated, but from looking at other users, I guess not. It's just a simple experience and despite being procedural generated, manages to feel the same most times you play. So you get random weapons... wow. That's what makes the game addictive, the fact that you MIGHT get something new next time. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2016
    0
    This game is nothing more than a snack. It is VERY VERY VERY hard to beat. Really hard. I just spent my ******* 24 hours to beat it and forceThis game is nothing more than a snack. It is VERY VERY VERY hard to beat. Really hard. I just spent my ******* 24 hours to beat it and force my willpower but nothing happened. Expand

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