1982 was a great year. It had MTV at its prime, Saturday morning cartoons, movies, video games, oh and it had... Journey. Yes, Journey, that rock band that had monster hit songs all over the radio. After the release of their big album, Escape, the band had everything a band could want. But they wanted more and they got more when video game maker, Data East, made them into a video game for the Atari 2600.
From the game's manual:
You're on the road with Journey, one of the world's hottest rock groups. A spectacular performance has just ended. Now it's up to you to guide each Journey Band Member past hordes of Love-Crazed Groupies, Sneaky Photographers, and Shifty-Eyed Promoters to the safety of the Journey Escape Vehicle in time to make the next concert. Your mighty manager and loyal roadies are there to help, but the escape is up to you!
As you can see from the game play footage above, the game had limited graphics and sounds but featured a great version of their hit song "Don't Stop Believing". Go to the 2:26 mark and hear for yourself. After watching this video, I know you really wish you could play it right now. Well, you can! Click this link and play it for free... Journey Escape 26000
Journey was such a big band in the 1980s that one little video game was not enough for this hit making machine. They had their eyes set on the arcades. That's when mega game maker, Bally Midway stepped in, and in 1983 Journey took another trip into the video game world.
The objective of Journey was to reunite the members of the band with their instruments (and singer Steve Perry with his microphone). Each instrument was located on a different planet, and the musician had to first reach the instrument, then make it back to the band's ship without running into an obstacle. Each musician's stage presented a different challenge.
Once all of the instruments were collected, the band performed a concert while the player controls Herbie, a bouncer whose job was to prevent fans from rushing the stage. Once a fan got past the bouncer, the crowd stole the band's instruments, and the player must reacquire the instruments again in harder versions of the previous planet challenges.
Journey featured digitized photographs of each band member's head (placed on a cartoon body), as well as a looping excerpt from the band's hit song "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)", played by a cassette player inside the cabinet.
The 80s had some wacky wild ideas that were awesome, and some other ideas were just... well... they were just so 1980s!