The creator of Downwell, Ojiro Fumoto, surprised everyone today by revealing and releasing their new game, Poinpy, on Netflix’s mobile gaming platform. The game is published by Devolver on Netflix’s growing gaming platform and is available by searching for the game in the dedicated gaming section in Netflix’s streaming app.
In Downwell you progressively make your way down a well (hence the title), but in Poinpy, you make your way up. You are a little creature that must leap and climb upwards while dodging bad guys and outrunning a giant blue beast on the bottom of the screen. You also feed the blue beast various collected fruits to calm them while making your way upward. The game is included with your standard Netflix subscription and features no microtransations or ads.
Downwell was released in 2015 for mobile devices and has been ported to various platforms in the interim. Poinpy’s surprise release marks nearly seven years since Fumoto released an original game. Following Downwell’s release Fumoto took a job at Nintendo and worked on Ringfit Adventure. They left in 2019 writing on Twitter, “I was working at Nintendo for most of 2018 but I quit at the end of the year to pursue being an indie dev again. Working there was an incredible experience but ultimately I found my passion to simply be making a thing I want to make So yeah, I’ll get working on that this year!” Fumoto also has a special thanks credit in Spelunky 2 where they apparently provided a voice.
You can learn about all the games Netflix announced today here.
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