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Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 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: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. May 26, 2021
    10
    What is it that makes me like this game so much? For 3 bucks you can't go wrong. It's a just one more run kind of game plus you get to rescueWhat is it that makes me like this game so much? For 3 bucks you can't go wrong. It's a just one more run kind of game plus you get to rescue a cat at the end. Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2019
    9
    Cast: n/a
    Story: n/a
    Fun: 9/10 Gameplay: 10/10 Recommended ---------------------- This game accomplishes exactly what it wants to
    Cast: n/a
    Story: n/a
    Fun: 9/10
    Gameplay: 10/10

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    This game accomplishes exactly what it wants to accomplish.
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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Jan 13, 2021
    8
    Best-in-class for its price. Fast and super tight gameplay, tons of style, and easy to pick up and play for short stints. That being said, IBest-in-class for its price. Fast and super tight gameplay, tons of style, and easy to pick up and play for short stints. That being said, I definitely found it hard to put down. For me, it's definitely one of those "one more run" kind of games. 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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