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Journey: The Quest Begins (DOS)

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Description

Mysterious disasters have begun the once thriving fantasy land. Natural disasters and diseases trouble the population. A group of villagers was sent to seek the assistance of the reclusive wizard Astrix - but it has never returned. A new group is sent, led by the young carpenter Bergon, who is accompanied by the wizard Praxix, the healer Esher, and the true protagonist of the game - a merchant named Tag.

Despite its "RPG-like" premise and the player's control of a party of four characters with unique powers, Journey: The Quest Begins is a puzzle-solving adventure game without role-playing elements. Unlike most Infocom games of the time, no typing is required in this game; the interface provides the player with a multiple choice of actions that the player selects in order to make the story progress. The game has plenty of text and detailed interaction possibilities. Using the abilities of the four controlled characters is often required to solve the puzzles.

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Journey: The Quest Begins DOS Title screen
Journey: The Quest Begins DOS Let's hit a few!
Journey: The Quest Begins DOS Minar disappears!
Journey: The Quest Begins DOS Intro

User Reviews

A winning, inventive approach to adventure games that was lost in the shuffle. Clyde Dodge (3) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

The Press Says

SPAG Apr 19, 1995 7.2 out of 10 72
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Cancelled sequels

It was named Part I of the Golden Age Trilogy, but no others came out.

Graphics

The game supported CGA, but only in "monochrome" mode, which was CGA's two-color 640x200 mode. This was necessary because the text-heavy nature of the game, coupled with the graphical interface, required a screen mode 640 pixels across to be usable.

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Belboz (6553) added Journey: The Quest Begins (DOS) on Mar 31, 2000
Other platforms contributed by John Romero (1273) and Terok Nor (18320)