You can’t help but admire the beauty and simplicity of the story in Downwell:
Boy has dog. Boy loses dog down well. Boy puts on gunboots(!) and jumps down well to save dog.
You’re not alone as you descend, of course. You’ll encounter a menagerie of foes: turtles, bats, oversized snails and even Lovecraftian eyeballs with tentacles. Yuck.
Luckily you can do more than fall. Your boots spray bullets downwards that will cut through the monstrous hordes – and using them also slows your descent, letting you navigate enemy-clogged stages with a series of mini-jumps.
Here and there you’ll also find new guns to fit onto your boots. A shotgun will kill even the most resilient bad guy in one shot, while a spread machine gun helps you make sure no monster is getting away.
Downwell is tough, and you’ll die many, many times before you reach the bottom of the well. But the slick, stylish and satisfying play means you’ll have a blast along the way – and besides, that pup won’t save itself!