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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Journey (2012) is an adventure game set in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other players, one at a time, who appear on the horizon. You can communicate only using wordless chirps but it’s enough to create a camaraderie to take on the wild, vast landscape. This creates a beautiful journey from sand to snow and water that creates an unusual appreciation of help from unknown others.

The game works the emotions successfully and in unexpected ways. While the esoteric journey through the landscape inspires awe, the presence of another anonymous person creates surprising comfort.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Journey 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Communication, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. Other players may appear in your game, and although they can't send verbal or written messages they often lead you in the right direction. How fast you finish the game depends on how focused you are on progressions versus exploration.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete. Enjoyed for 100's hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence and Fear.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players will enjoy the exploration and discovery challenge. But older children can also consider the more metaphorical aspect of the game.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Journey usually costs £4.99 to £11.99.
 

Journey

Steam Store PC £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
App Store iOS £4.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Communication, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 8 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: That Game Company (@ThatGameCompany)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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