The first Arcade game created around a rock band, Journey lets you control each of the five members of the popular (primarily in the 1980s) super group, Journey. As lead singer Steve Perry, your job is to start at the top and work your way through a maze of moving turnstiles to a microphone at the bottom of the screen. Once you have the microphone, you must shoot at rows of passing turnstiles. When in the role of lead guitarist Neal Schon, you must navigate a cavern using your jetpack. After grabbing a guitar, your objective is to fly though the cave while dodging rockets.
As keyboardist Jonathan Cain, you work your way down conveyor belts while jumping over piano keys. Once you reach the piano, you fire at vertical rows of circular objects that converge from the edges of the screen inward. When controlling drummer Steve Smith, you jump back and forth between drums, turning them from yellow to blue. After getting behind the drums, you get to shoot at flying infinity symbols.
Let's not forget about bassist Ross Valory. While controlling him you must jump between elevators in an attempt to reach the bass guitar at the top of the playfield. After achieving your goal, your next task is to shoot downward at cannons that are firing record albums.
Your overall goal is to recover the various instruments for each of the band members. Each game within a game has two phases: recovering the instrument and returning it to the Scarab vehicle.
In a special bonus round, you assume the role of Herbie, Journey's tour manager/roadie. Here you must block fans entering any of the three doors on stage. If any one of the fans get past you, all of them rush the stage and steal the instruments once again. During this stage, a cassette loop tape of "Separate Ways" contained in the machine's cabinet plays in the background. Electronic versions of several other Journey songs play throughout the game.
Each of the band members in this game are represented by their own black and white digitized faces positioned atop cartoon bodies. Journey is one of the very first videogames to feature digitized graphics. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||Bally Midway/Journey|
|Arcade Monitor Type||Raster|
|Arcade Monitor Position||Vertical|
|Arcade System Board||Midway MCRIII|