The Game: Ah, life on the road with an internationally successful rock band – it’s all about avoiding photographers and “groupoids,” getting quick pick-me-ups from helpful managers, and not running face-first into fences. It’s all about circumventing these obstacles, scoring lots of points, and making your way back safely to the band’s spaceship. Wait a minute, spaceship? Who’s in this band, Steve Perry and Neil Schon or Sy Snootles and Max Rebo? (Data Age, 1983)
Memories: Completely unrelated to the arcade game based on Journey’s music and album artwork, Journey Escape is one of those games where it seemed like the industry was just licensing stuff willy-nilly because video games sell! Strawberry Shortcake, Kool-Aid, Purina Dog Chow, Cabbage Patch Kids, Smurfs, Journey…they were all licensed for cartridge games, and the truth of it is, of the licensed properties I just listed, Journey Escape was probably among the best.
Not that this is saying much, mind you. At best, Journey Escape is merely an obstacle course game, and the only thing that really ties it in with the rock group is the name on the label. It’s fun in its own way, but as is the case with so many licensed video game properties (both then and now), there’s little in the game itself that makes me say “Wow! This game could only be about Journey!” Even the arcade game had more distinct character than this.