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  • Summary: Join Ariane, a determined, young journalist, who falls into the scoop of a lifetime when she discovers an unknown world far below the Earth's surface. Explore primitive landscapes brimming with strange beasts, and encounter the fascinating civilizations that inhabit this foreign land. The choices Ariane makes will determine the future of this forgotten and primitive world. Will she help save these strange beings and their home - already in peril - or launch her career by exposing their story and threatening their very existence? Cross the threshold into the unknown for an unparalleled adventure, and come face to face with the land at the center of the Earth. [Viva Media] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. With very, very few adventure titles can I say: "If this was a book, I'd like to read it." Journey falls into that category.
  2. A breath of fresh air in the adventure genre. Considering the level of detail that has gone into its design, the exceptional musical score, an overall enjoyable pace, a good story, over 40 hours of gameplay and 2 possible endings, this a title worth owning.
  3. A fairly decent adventure title with good puzzles and a somewhat gripping storyline, but mired down with a few flaws in execution.
  4. Because of its idiosyncrasies I wouldn't recommend Journey to the Center of the Earth for novices. Experienced players, however, should have look if you want to take a fantastic journey and test your mental and moral fibre.
  5. 63
    A decent title that keeps you gaming for cheap. It's only 20 bucks and should take the average gamer somewhere between 30 to 40 hours to finish. Just know that a third of that time may be spent in utter frustration.
  6. The visuals are pretty, the puzzles are engaging and the plot is engrossing, but this release isn’t all that it could be. The interface glitches, puny hotspots, gameplay linearity and absence of deep character development all limit its value.
  7. Ultimately, the game suffers from a simple lack of polish, but in areas that severely detract from the gameplay experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. LisaB.
    Feb 12, 2004
    I can't believe this was only $20! I just happened upon it while shopping at Best Buy. I picked up the box and knew this was the next adventure game that I had to play. I figured this would be a quick change of pace after playing Uru for so long - but 'Journey' was soooo much better than Uru! This game scores right up there with 'Longest Journey' and 'Syberia'. I definitely got my money's worth. Hope there's a sequel. Expand
  2. Nacah
    Jan 16, 2004
    Do not expect a smooth journey with Ariane, sometimes you will find difficulty in moving her to the spot you want, and you can get 'stucked' in a certain spot with no other way out but to load your previous saved game to save the day. Some of the puzzles are original, and thus challenging, this game is not suitable for the amatuer adventure gamer. Voice acting is not bad and story plot is insteresting, a fair game overall. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    Journey to the Center of The Earth just feels broken. The controls are off, the visuals are bland, and the gameplay is dull. Not to mention, the protagonist doesn't seem to be able to do things that should just be simple. My top example of this is the gloves. Need to fix some wires? Nope, you need the gloves on. Need to chisel out a gem? Nope, need gloves. Not to mention, the game gives back no input on this, so you have no idea what you're doing wrong. I have the disc version, which means it has the seal puzzle. Now, I've tried the correct combination of gems on the board. IT DOESN'T WORK! I even checked 10+ online walkthroughs. The puzzle doesn't work! The story is also uninspired, but the voices... AAAAHH. Expand
  4. AidanD.
    Oct 29, 2007
    Do Not Buy This Game! none of the professional reviewers mentioned that there are several game-ending bugs that prevent you from solving key puzzle such as the Valley of the Spirits. It actually CANNOT be completed without a walk-through, not because it is hard but because there is a fatal error that prevents the puzzle from resetting. In addition, the game crashed twice in just an hour of game-play and the protagonist became "stuck" on the landscape several times, forcing a reload. The graphics are buggy as hell, pixel-hunting abounds, and several hotspots are missing. Don't take my word for it, read a report of the critical bugs at: Even if this game were complete and bug-free, it would still be mediocre; with all the bugs and glitches it is absolutely abominable. This is the worst puzzle game I have played in my life, you have been warned. Expand