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Video Game / Journey to Silius

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Journey to Silius is a side-scrolling action game by Sunsoft released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. It was originally slated to be based on the James Cameron film The Terminator, but Sunsoft lost the license before its scheduled release date. Sunsoft decided to continue development rather than canceling their hard work. As it turned out, Journey to Silius became a cult-classic which was given a rerelease on the Nintendo Switch Online service in December of 2019, while later NES games that carried the Terminator license are all but forgotten.

Tropes of this game:

  • Auto-Scrolling Level: The final stage.
  • Battleship Raid: The penultimate boss.
  • Book-Ends: The stage 1 theme is also used for the final stage.
  • Boss-Only Level: Played with in the final stage; the final battle is preceded by a relatively brief auto-scrolling segment with no enemies, but plenty of hazards.
  • Bottomless Pits: They're here and there.
  • Chain Reaction Destruction: Bosses tend to do that.
  • Cores-and-Turrets Boss: Third boss.
  • Down the Drain: Stage 2.
  • Eternal Engine: The last two stages, which include most of the stock deathtraps.
  • Excuse Plot: Cyber-terrorists have killed Jay's father and want to sabotage the colony project, they must be stopped!
  • Flash of Pain: Pink ones in this case.
  • Japanese Ranguage: You were most likely supposed to be journeying to Sirius.
  • King Mook: The sub-bosses of Stage 3 and 4 are upgrades of the missile batteries and the "HumpBots", respectively, and the Final Boss is a giant version of the tall Mecha-Mooks from Stage 3.
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  • Magic Floppy Disk: They're in the future too.
  • Market-Based Title: Known as Rough World in Japan. Often mistakenly called "Raf World" since "Rough" is spelled rʌf (the middle letter being a turned v). Jay also has a more normally-proportioned head and wears futuristic armor in this version (like he does in the European release).
  • New Game+: A very backhanded example. The only things that carry over are your health and ammo, which remain at whatever levels they were when you defeated the final boss. So if you beat the game with one hit-point left and no firepower, you start over at Level 1 with one hit-point and no firepower.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game's only five stages long, but has a very steep difficulty curve.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The final stage is a factory.
  • Personal Space Invader: "HumpBot".
  • Ratchet Scrolling: One of the last NES games to have this.
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  • Sentry Gun: Some of the turrets.
  • Sequential Boss: The final battle consists of two separate bosses to destroy.
  • Stealth Sequel: To Chō Wakusei Senki Metafight, the Japanese version of Blaster Master. Rough World is set in the year 2373 of the space calendar, while Metafight is set in 2052 of the same calendar.


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