Journey (ARC)

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Journey
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Platform: ARC
Year: 1983
Developer: Marvin Glass and Associates

Journey is an action arcade game based on the popular American band of the same name. Alien "groupoids" have stolen the band's instruments, and the band must get their instruments back to perform a concert for the aliens.

The game starts out in a level select, where you move the Scarab vehicle to the stage you wish to play. Each band member gets their own stage. In each stage, a band member must retrieve their instrument and get back to the Scarab ship whilst avoiding several obstacles and projectiles. You die in one hit, so all it takes is one mistake. However, an experienced player can get through these stages if they know what they're doing. After all the instruments are retrieved, the band performs a concert for the aliens. During this segment, you play as the band's bouncer Herbie, who must block the groupoids from getting onto the stage. The amount of groupoids eventually gets to be too much, and they steal the band's instruments and the player starts from the beginning of the game, though the game gets harder with each loop with more projectiles and faster enemies.

The game was known for having digitized faces for the band members. Originally, the game was supposed to allow the player to get a digitized photo of themselves for the high scores, but when test-marketing the game, it was shown some players were showing other body parts, so this feature was removed.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The intro cutscene.

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The level select.

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Steve Perry's stage.

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Jonathan Cain's stage.

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Neal Schon's stage.

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Ross Valory's stage.

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Steve Smith's stage.

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The bonus stage.

Music

As one might expect, the game's music is mostly comprised of 8-bit renditions of Journey's songs. The Stage Clear music appears to be an original piece.

Elaine Hodgson and Steve Meyer collaborated on the game's audio. They had to write it in Z80 assembly language using a sound driver by Richard Ditton. We contacted Steve Meyer, but he denied involvement on the game, though it's possible he forgot about it after all this time. According to Elaine, she did her best to arrange Journey's music for the AY-3-8910.

During the bonus stage, a built-in cassette would play Journey's Separate Ways (Worlds Apart). However, because it is an actual recording of the song, it cannot be uploaded here.

Recording

# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Lights Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 0:46
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02 Don't Stop Believin' Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 1:39
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03 Chain Reaction Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 1:07
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04 Keep On Runnin' Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 1:39
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05 Wheel In The Sky Robert Fleischman, Neal Schon, Diane ValoryElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 1:46
Download
06 Stone In Love Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 1:39
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07 Who's Crying Now Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 0:02
Download
08 Stage Clear Elaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerElaine Hodgson, Steve MeyerRichard Ditton 0:02
Download

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Credits

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Because Bally Midway prohibited game credits at the time, the developers hid their names in a secret credits screen, accessed by a pushbutton code on the title screen. However, the code is very precise, so getting it to work can be tricky. Elaine was married to programmer Richard Ditton at the time, and as such shares his surname.

Audio Devices

The game uses two AY-3-8910 sound chips.

Game Rip

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This rip is missing songs.

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Releases

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Journey - ARC - Flyer.jpg
Title: Journey
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1983-??-??
Publisher: Bally Midway