Downwell review

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Downwell is a game for iOS and Android devices that was released in late 2015. It has you playing as a character falling down a well, using your gunboots to defeat enemies and obstacles in your way. The game has simple graphics and controls but is surprisingly deep and challenging, providing a lot of replayability.


Downwell is a platformer at its core, but the unique gunboots mechanic sets it apart from others in the genre. The gunboots allow you to shoot in any direction, and you can also use them to bounce off of walls and enemies to reach new areas or avoid damage. The enemies in the game are varied and range from simple bats and spiders to more complex creatures that require specific strategies to defeat.


The graphics in Downwell are simple but effective. The well and its surroundings are all black and white, with only the red blood of your enemies standing out against the monochrome backdrop. This minimalist style works well with the game’s retro feel, and it’s never distracting or overwhelming.

The player can use their gunboots to fire bullets at enemies or use the recoil to jump higher. The player can also collect gems to upgrade their weapons and abilities. The enemies are relentless, and the obstacles are numerous. You must also keep an eye on your ammunition count, as you will need to pick up more ammo if you run out.


The controls in Downwell are simple and easy to learn but difficult to master. You move your character with the left joystick and shoot in the direction you’re facing with the right joystick. This setup works well and feels natural, allowing you to focus on the challenging gameplay.


The replayability of Downwell is high. The game is challenging and addictive, and it is easy to lose hours of time playing it. The levels are well-designed and varied, and the enemies are diverse and challenging. There is also a high level of satisfaction to be had from finally beating a level that has been giving you trouble.

Downwell is a challenging game that offers a lot of replayability. There are multiple endings to find, and the well is randomized each time you play, meaning that no two playthroughs are the same. The game is also relatively short, providing a quick and satisfying experience without being too easy or too hard.


Downwell is a well-made and enjoyable game that is sure to please fans of retro platformers and newcomers alike. Its simple graphics and controls make it easy to pick up and play, but the challenging gameplay and varied enemies will keep you coming back for more. 

If you’re looking for a quick and challenging game to tide you over, Downwell is well worth your time. Downwell is a great game that is sure to please gamers of all ages. 


  • It’s a free game
  • Very addictive and fun game to play
  • Great visual style and great music
  • Good controls to play
  • The game is not too hard, but not too easy either


  • Some players may find it difficult to pass levels