Journey was shipped in two different cabinet designs: a standrad/upright and a cocktail version.
The cabinet's artwork and title screen design are directly lifted from the front cover of Journey's album Frontiers, released in 1983.
The design and release of the game was a marketing strategy for both Bally/Midway and the band, Journey. It was intended as riding the band's wave of popularity to generate arcade revenue for Bally/Midway while its release was also used as a promotional tool for the Frontiers tour, which turned out to be Journey's most financially successful tour in their career.
This is one of the very first video games to use digital photography and the first to be centered around a band. The members of Journey were also fans of video games and gave their permission for their likenesses to be used in the game. The photographs featured in the game were taken during Journey's Frontiers tour.
The photo technology used in Journey was originally featured in another unnamed game, equipped with a camera designed by Ralph Baer, designer of the Magnavox Odyssey, that would take pictures of players when they achieved a high score. This feature was dropped during location testing as players were flashing their genitalia at the camera.
The game features what is considered the "classic" line-up of the band: Neal Schon, Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Steve Smith.
The beetle spaceship featured in the game is a homage to the Egyptian beetle featured on Journey's album covers such as Departure and Escape.
The character the player controls in the bonus round is Walter "Herbie" Herbert, Journey's real-life road and tour manager.
The arcade cabinet of Journey features an audio cassette player that loops a segment of the song Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) during the bonus round. Because this equipment is mechanical with moving parts combined with analog magnetic tape, it is very rare to find a Journey arcade machine with a working cassette player. This is why the song does not play if the game is emulated, though supposedly repairs have been made to some of these cassette players. Another solution is hacking the game's rom to play the song in a separate audio file.
Other Journey music featured in the game includes Chain Reaction, Don't Stop Believin', Wheel in the Sky, Lights, Still They Ride and Stone in Love.
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