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Journey: The Quest Begins

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Journey.SIT (1.02 MB)
MD5: 0dbe23b91ad5936c4031c8859fe27d96
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Basilisk II,

Text and static graphics adventure from Infocom. Fantasy setting.

I played the PC version of this game only yesterday. on my old Toshiba Satellite CDT 310 (yep, it's got a Pentium I). The graphics are excellent if you consider this was made in '88, and the storyline is very good. I also like the fact how it has multiple endings. There is also the option to Give Up when you come across numerous forks in the roads which is quite unique. Whenever you 'complete' the game you have the option of reading the 'musings' written in Tag's diary. They often give hints as to how you may have been able to finish the game better. Incidentally, when I reached the wizard Astrix's tower the last thing I expected was for him to.....well download it and see for yourselves. I am going to have to play this game again and see if there is another possibility. Anyhow, this game is fantastic and I recommend you download it. I prefer the PC version's interface. It looks more nostalgic when you have a pixellated white font on a blue background Smile But needless to say the Mac will be superior in the graphics department Wink - AppleMeister

Materials that shipped with the game are available at:

This game is also available for Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and DOS.

Architecture: 68k


Temporary Joe's picture
by Temporary Joe - 2017, January 30 - 10:27pm

The Mac graphics look to be taken from the DOS version, really low-resolution.

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by MacWise - 2009, October 20 - 6:08am

This was the last game Infocom ever released before Activision pulled the plug on them (all those Zork games from the nineties were either compilations or new ones done by Activision). By that time the company was demoralized and operating with minimum personnel, yet this game is so well done you might think it was done during their heydays. The fact that it was planned as the first part of a trilogy (the full title is "Journey: The Quest Begins") makes this effort more poignant. It's obvious they hoped that Marc Blank, a member of the Zork team, would deliver another best-selling series that would bring them back to form. I can't say he didn't tried. But despite being ahead of its time (or maybe because it was ahead of its time) Journey was the last nail on the Infocom coffin and now is a glimpse of how their games would had looked like in the nineties had fate been different.

Edit: if you follow the link above to the DOS version, you'll see that the box for the IBM version used, on the back, screenshots from the Mac version. Was it a mistake or were they acknowledging the Mac version was better?

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by Euryale - 2009, October 20 - 4:09am

Thanks for the description,
that's what makes me play or buy a Game,

I usually don't like when a game or App is uploaded, and has no descriptionn at all.
and I think descriptions are more important than Screenshots,

see, now I got curious about this game, and I'm gonna check it out.

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by Applemeister - 2009, October 19 - 11:11pm

Wow! My comment for this game was actually preserved from when this site was still hosted on The Underdogs' server! Back then I identified myself as 'AppleMeister' rather than the current 'Applemeister'.

My thanks go out to whoever was kind enough to keep back my description Smile