Downwell can be easy to dismiss at first glance. Its retro graphics and seemingly basic roguelike gameplay don’t immediately appear to be anything worth writing home about, but as you delve deeper into Downwell (literally), you’ll find something wholly addicting and satisfying about its gameplay loop.
With Downwell having just arrived on Apple Arcade, making it free for subscribers to the service, now is a better time than ever to give the game a go. If you’re a fan of spelunking (be it in Spelunky or in real life), this particular cavernous adventure is definitely up your alley.
You’ll play as Welltaro, a curious little character that starts his time in Downwell stumbling through the countryside. When he encounters a dark, bottomless well, he does something out of the ordinary (unless you’re into caving regularly); he straps on his Gunboots and dives right into the darkness. And the darkness has so many monsters — and treasure — for Welltaro to seek out.