DOWNSTAIRS: Discover the Truth About Your Home's Basement in this Survival Game
Downstairs is a short first-person indie survival game produced by Ti-Noir and published on August 16 of that year on the indie gaming platform "itch.io". In Downstairs, you control a young boy (or girl) who has always been banned by his parents from going down to an existing basement. However, today your parents left and you are at home alone (a). And now it's time for you to find out what's so weird in the basement that your parents don't want you to know...
Well, if there is a single word that could be used to define Downstairs, that word is "simplicity". The game is simple in all aspects. Starting with the low-poly look that apparently uses a pixelated filter that simulates a likely retro visual effect. Gameplay can be a little confusing at times: normally you interact with items using the E key, but here you use the F key for interaction while using the E key to open the basement door. There are some bugs both graphically and during the game (you end up getting to the point of having your stalker standing in the middle of nowhere, with no reaction, even though you pass in front of him).
But all of this can be overlooked, considering that the game dev produced the game for a game jam (A Game By Its Cover 2021) in just one week. In other words, we are well aware that there are deadlines and pressures to create a game for events of this size, so such aspects may be irrelevant. You can check the gameplay of Downstairs by clicking on this link here and, if you are interested in trying it out, you can download the game on the page below: