Journey Escape

Journey Escape Cover

One game I really loved for the Atari 2600 was Journey Escape. It was a difficult game by Atari standards. I remember playing for hours and getting so frustrated I threw the joystick down in anger. Sure enough, minutes later I was back at it, dodging the groupies and promoters again.

I remember being in a thrift store when I was younger and coming across a cassette tape with the same cover as the Atari game. Turns out the game was based on Journey’s Escape album. I bought the tape and I also realized the music in the game was “Don’t Stop Believin'” from the tape. I remember for the longest time, I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

The game is about the band Journey. You are playing the part of the band members trying to leave a concert and get to their space ship. Almost everything in the game causes you to slow down. The game has a time limit and every time you touch things it slows you down and takes money from you. There are 2 things you can touch without it slowing you down. In fact they let you go through everything to reach the ship.

The things you encounter are:

Love-sick Groupies
They will move towards you and rob you of time and $300.

Shifty-eyed Promoter
They will try to make you an Offer you can’t refuse and take $2000.

Sneaky Photographers
They seem to come out from nowhere to take your picture and take $600.

Stage Barriers
They slow you down.

Loyal Roadie
These guys will help you for a while. They will keep the crowd away for you.

Mighty Manager
These guys are the most useful, they will keep the crowd away until the end of the level and pay you $9,900.

Journey’s Scarab
This is your escape vehicle. Touch this and the level is over.

If you can reach the scarab with all the band members, the game is over and you won!

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As an added bonus, I found the original commercial advertising the game.

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Posted January 13th, 2011

Sam’s Scores: Sega Editon!!

Welcome to a special edition of Sam’s Scores! All scores featured in this edition are for the Sega Genesis. This is also the first Sam’s Scores of 2011, yet I’m still working with scores from 2010, as I have so many, so stay tuned for more! It may not always be easy to find the things I want, but I always enjoy searching through thrift stores to find something that is valuable to me. I just hope everyone enjoys these finds as much as I do!


Number eight is a Sega Genesis 2 that I found at a local thrift store. It was just the system and 1 controller, with no other hookups. Even though it was just the system and controller, I decided the price was still decent and it was in good cosmetic condition…

Sega Genesis 2 w/ controller -$5
System powers on but I have no way to test full functionality.


After purchasing the Genesis above, I knew that both of my Sega Genesis systems needed power supplies and AV cables, so I kept my eyes open. Soon enough I came across two Sega AC adapters in a thrift store. These adapters work for the Genesis 2 and the 32x, the last of which I don’t own, but at least I found own these! I didn’t see a price so I asked a store employee…

50 cents each!
Both AC adapters powered up the Genesis above!


Are you being menaced? Get THE MENACER! Do you remember the Sega Menacer? Honestly, me either! I had never in my life seen this until I found it in a local thrift store. The box was crushed but still intact. After inspecting what was inside (everything but the game cartridge) I headed to the cashier…

Sega Menacer almost complete in Box -$4


I am always looking for controllers and now I have quite a few for the Genesis. I bought a High Frequency, which has individual switches for programming turbo or slow motion on each of the 6 buttons. I also bought a Performance brand controller with the same feature, only this time it’s only 1 switch for all 6 buttons. Finally I bought a Power Player controller, which isn’t even for the Genesis but I hope it works because it’s blue and has a joystick add-on for the D-pad.

High Frequency -$3
Performance Super Pad -38 cents
Power Player -$1


Number four is an official Sega Genesis controller. These were much smaller than the original controllers and more comfortable, they also had a mode button on the top right. I needed Genesis controllers so I bought this one for just…

Official Sega Genesis 2 Controller -$1.50


Naturally if you’re going to have a Genesis, you want games! I’ve managed a handful of them throughout the year, you may recall the 2 I got for 50 cents each in my Top 5 scores list. I also happened to score these others: Altered Beast, Pacman 2, Virtua Racing and Ren and Stimpy.

Altered Beast (in case but in poor condition) -$1
Pacman 2 (Complete in case) -$2
Virtua Racing -50 cents
Ren and Stimpy (Complete in case) -Free!


Recently, I found an original Sega Genesis in a local thrift store, the side door was missing but I wasn’t concerned with that. I knew the store had the system, so I went to check for a power supply or AV cables. I ended up only finding 2 Sega controllers; a Quickshot and a genuine controller you could tell went with this deck. These items were marked a little funny but I went ahead and bought them all…

Genesis Deck -$1.50
Sega MK1650 and QS-181 -$4.50


Probably one of the most well known RPG series for the Sega Genesis was Phantasy Star. Despite an odd (intentional) spelling error it looked fun, yet I never really clicked with the series. But I did know when I saw Phantasy Star II in it’s case, I had to snatch it up!

Phantasy Star II in box -$2

Posted January 5th, 2011