The Journeyman Project
Gage, your theme music is lovely, but don't you think it's time we did a little something for the kiddies?
is a First Person Science Fiction Adventure Game
series, notable as one of the first and last franchises to make substantial use of full-motion video, as one of the first games to be released in a hybrid format that could be played both on Macs and PCs, as one of the first games to be released on DVD, and for the dubious honor of having the first game in the series three times.The Journeyman Project
opens some several centuries on in one of Earth's floating cities, on the very day scheduled for first diplomatic contact with a friendly alien species. (They had wisely chosen to make an appointment ten years in advance to give humanity a collective chance to get used to the idea first.)
Coincidentally, mankind discovered the secret of Time Travel
a little while ago. Thus far, it has never been used for any purpose, and the existence of a working "Pegasus" time machine is a guarded secret. The Temporal Protectorate was founded to constantly monitor history, prepared to use the time machine in the unlikely event that anyone else ever discovered the secret and tried to set history wrong.
Our hero, known at this point as "Agent 5", is the Temporal Protectorate agent on duty when, for the first time in history, such an event takes place. As Agent 5, the player travels to four periods in Earth's (future) history, undoing the damage caused by three evil robots, sent back to nudge Earth's history onto a just slightly
more militaristic and less alien-friendly track.
Along the way, he discovers the mastermind behind this interference, Elliot Sinclair, inventor of the Pegasus time machine and, as it turns out, rabid xenophobe. Agent 5 stops the half-deranged Sinclair before he can assassinate the alien ambassador, ushering in a new age of interstellar peace.
The original The Journeyman Project
suffered from some severe technical flaws, which were corrected for its rerelease as The Journeyman Project Turbo!
Later, the game was remade for the Power PC and Playstation with even more technical improvements and more live action as Pegasus Prime
. The Pegasus Prime release is now available for Mac and PC, from GOG.com.
Agent 5 became a hero, his story became the basis for a popular holo-movie, and he received his own action figure. Needless to say, he was a bit surprised when, the very next day, his future self, now given the name "Gage Blackwood", materialized in his apartment, recruiting him to help clear his own name, as he's been accused of historical thievery. In The Journeyman Project II: Buried in Time
, Gage uses an advanced time suit from ten years in his own future to search for clues in precolonial Chichen Itza, a French castle during the Hundred Years' War, Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop and a damaged space station. On this journey, Gage is soon joined by "Arthur", a wisecracking AI sidekick
, who offers hints and color-commentary. He eventually discovers that his counterpart has been framed in order to cover up a plot by rogue agent Michelle Visard
to secretly pass information on time travel
to an alien race, having decided that humanity can not be trusted as sole keepers of the technology. Whether or not they can, Arthur sacrifices himself
to strand her in another time, while Gage discovers that her alien contacts really just want time travel
technology to enslave the universe, and puts a stop to that.
The first two games shared the mechanic of the "biochip interface", by which the player could find microchips which offered new abilities to his time travel
suit. They also placed an emphasis on nonviolent solutions, awarding a "Gandhi bonus" for completing each mission without acts of violence.
The final game in the series, The Journeyman Project III: Legacy of Time
, was released on DVD to accommodate high-resolution video, and follows the adventures of the future Blackwood. The Temporal Protectorate faces closure in the wake of the previous game. Blackwood, depressed over the "death" of Arthur — and his own inability to remember the AI, his younger self's memories having been wiped — is forced to don an experimental "Chameleon" suit when a massive temporal disruption is detected. Traveling back to the ancient Aegean, he discovers the rogue agent's discarded time-suit, with an intact Arthur inside. He soon discovers that his location is Atlantis
, just after its destruction by warring alien fleets, and while tracking down the rogue agent, he also discovers Atlantis
' sole survivor: Elliot Sinclair.
Gage captures the agent at the bedside of the embittered, dying Sinclair, whose natural lifespan had been greatly increased by an alien artifact housed at Atlantis
. Meanwhile, a mysterious alien battlefleet is heading for Earth. Discovering that three times in Earth's history, ancient cities had been destroyed by the battle between these aliens and those with whom Earth had allied in the first game, Gage is sent back to Atlantis
, El Dorado, and Shangri-La, just hours before their destruction, to recover an ancient alien artifact containing the secrets of a long-gone ancestor race who had mastered time travel
Plans were begun for a fourth game, but were quickly scrapped as Red Orb Software, which had bought the series, were absorbed by Brøderbund.
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