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7 Great Games Like Downwell

These are hand-picked games similar to Downwell. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Downwell. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Downwell. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Downwell is a vertically scrolling platform game where you frantically shoot snail-like enemies to gain points and upgrades. You will die frequently, but that's part of the fun. Each go, you have a chance to learn from what went wrong last time as you hone not only you reactions but your knowledge of how the game works.

Unfortunately, Downwell is not available on Mac, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/10/2015

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Cuphead

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.


Towerfall

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...


Switch 'N' Shoot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Crowbarska

Players: This is a single player game

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).


Jet Lancer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...


Gutwhale

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 06/04/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @wombatstuff

Players: This is a single player game

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...


No Time to Explain

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 17/06/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @tinyBuild

Players: This is a single player game

No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.


Jetpack Joyride

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/09/2011

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @HalfBrick

Players: This is a single player game

Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. Your play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.


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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Downwell in the following lists:

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
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Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Designed For Reduced Motor Function

These games’ mechanics and options make it possible to adapt the experience to be accessible for people depending on your physical capabilities.
  • Remap Controls: Remapping buttons and swapping joysticks (like Fortnite) help customize the player’s way to interact with the game, also helping players that use only one hand.
  • No Holding: Some games (like Moving Out) also offer the option to avoid having to hold any buttons down for actions like aiming, opening or equipping. You can use simple taps or toggles instead to reduce muscular fatigue.
  • Sensitivity: Some of these games (like Fortnite) also enable you to adjust control sensitivity as well as controller vibration if that is present.
  • Fewer Buttons: Simpler controls (like FIFA) are good to consider, as well as those that offer extensive difficulty settings.
  • Speed: Reducing how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) is a helpful setting.
  • Difficulty: Offering customisable difficulty, like how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) or adding invincibility (like Celeste), and other features allow tailoring the game to the player’s needs.

This list and accessibility details in each game was compiled the help of Antonio Ignacio Martínez and Kyle “onehandmostly”. Please be aware that options may vary depending on the platform you choose to play. Also there is no game that works the same for everyone, so be mindful of your own needs when considering this information.
 

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 


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