Blue's Journey

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Blue's Journey
Blue's Journey arcade flyer.jpg
Japanese Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Alpha Denshi
Publisher(s)
Designer(s)Takashi Hatono
Yohko Igarashi
Programmer(s)Osamu Iijima
Yuji Noguchi
Artist(s)Hideyuki Yamada
Kazushige Hakamata
Composer(s)Yuka Watanabe
Platform(s)
Release
Genre(s)Platform
Mode(s)
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemNeo Geo MVS
CPUM68000 (@ 12 MHz),
Z80A (@ 4 MHz)
SoundYM2610 (@ 8 MHz)[1]
DisplayRaster, 320 × 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Blue's Journey[a] is a side scrolling platform game originally released by Alpha Denshi in Summer 1991 on SNK's Neo Geo MVS arcade system and their AES home system. It was later ported to the Neo Geo CD in 1994.[2][3] It was more recently released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Europe on November 9, 2007, followed by North America on November 12, 2007.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot.

Blue has the ability to stun enemies, pick them up and throw them as projectiles. He can also shrink himself down in order to access hidden areas. A second player can take control of Princess Fa, who has similar powers to Blue.[4]

Plot[edit]

In the game the player controls a heroic young man named Blue who has to save the peaceful planet of Raguy. It has been invaded by the evil Daruma Empire, who plans on consuming the planet's resources and polluting it.

Development and release[edit]

Reception[edit]

Contemporary reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(Neo Geo) 48.75%[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame(Neo Geo) 2/5 stars[6]
Consoles +(Neo Geo) 90%[7]
Famitsu(Neo Geo) 17 / 40[8]
GameFan(Neo Geo) 368 / 400[9]
GamePro(Neo Geo) 24 / 25[10]
Génération 4(Neo Geo) 92%[11]
Hobby Consolas(Neo Geo) 92 / 100[12]
Joypad(Neo Geo) 95%[13]
Joystick(Neo Geo) 92%[14]
Mega Fun(Neo Geo) 80%[15]
Micom BASIC Magazine(Neo Geo) 4 stars[16]
Player One(Neo Geo) 92%[17]
Tilt(Neo Geo) 17 / 20[18]

On release,[19] Famicom Tsūshin gave the Neo Geo version of the game a score of 17 out of 40.[8]

Retrospective reviews[edit]

Retrospective assessments
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(Switch) 50%[20]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer(Wii) 5 / 10[21]
GameSpot(Wii) 3.5 / 10[22]
IGN(Wii) 6.0 / 10[23]
Nintendo Life(Wii) 5 / 10[24]
(Switch) 5 / 10[25]

In recent years, Blue's Journey has been met with a more mixed reception from critics.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as Raguy (Japanese: ラギ, Hepburn: Ragi) in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SNK NeoGeo MVS Hardware (SNK)". system16.com. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ "Oh! Neo Geo Vol. 11 - ラギ". Beep! MegaDrive (in Japanese). No. 46. SoftBank Creative. July 1993. p. 142.
  3. ^ "Neo•Geo CD: The Arcade In A Box - Blue´s Journey". GamePro. No. Premiere Supplement. IDG. Spring 1996. p. 104.
  4. ^ Blue's Journey user's manual (Neo Geo AES, US)
  5. ^ "Blue's Journey for NeoGeo". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  6. ^ Knight, Kyle (1998). "Blue's Journey (Neo Geo Advanced Entertainment System) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  7. ^ Pingos; Badin (October 1991). "Neo Geo Review - Raguy". Consoles + (in French). No. 2. M.E.R.7. pp. 66–67.
  8. ^ a b "NEO GEO GAMES CROSS REVIEW: ラギ". Famitsu (in Japanese). No. 332. ASCII. 28 April 1995. p. 22.
  9. ^ Halverson, Dave; Brody; Stratton, Tom; Cockburn, Andrew (January 1993). "Viewpoint - Neo Geo - Blues Journey". GameFan. Vol. 1 no. 3. DieHard Gamers Club. p. 13.
  10. ^ "Neo Geo For Real! - Previously Played... - Blue's Journey". GamePro. No. 30. IDG. January 1992. p. 103.
  11. ^ Ladoire, Frank (November 1991). "Console Test – Blue's Journey – Neo-Geo". Génération 4 (in French). No. 38. Computec Media France. pp. 216–217.
  12. ^ García, Marcos (August 1992). "Neo Geo - Blue's Journey - El País De Las Maravillas". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). No. 11. Axel Springer SE. pp. 56–59.
  13. ^ Huyghues-Lacour, Alain; Seb (November 1991). "Test - Neo Geo - Blue's Journey". Joypad (in French). No. 2. Yellow Media. pp. 128–129.
  14. ^ Demoly, Jean-Marc (November 1991). "Tests - Neo Geo - Blue's Journey". Joystick (in French). No. 21. Anuman Interactive. p. 134.
  15. ^ Noak, Philipp; Hellert, Stefan (August 1993). "Special - Neo Geo - Blues Journey". Mega Fun (in German). No. 11. CT Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. pp. 28–30. Archived from the original on 2018-10-21. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  16. ^ Yanma; Itabashi (July 1992). "Super Soft 大特集 - 今、『NEO・GEO』がおもしろい!: ラギ". Micom BASIC Magazine (in Japanese). No. 121. The Dempa Shimbunsha Corporation. p. 208.
  17. ^ Drevet, Cyril (November 1991). "Dossier: La NÉO GÉO brille de tous ses feux - Blue's Journey". Player One (in French). No. 14. Média Système Édition. p. 95.
  18. ^ Munschen, Axel; Maman, Jean-Michel (November 1991). "Hits - Raguy -- NEO GEO". Tilt (in French). No. 95. Jean-Pierre Roger. pp. 63–64.
  19. ^ Knauf, Andreas (January 1992). "News - Neo Geo - Blue's Journey". Video Games (in German). No. 5. Future-Verlag. pp. 10–12.
  20. ^ "ACA NeoGeo: Blue's Journey for Nintendo Switch". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  21. ^ Whitehead, Dan (November 19, 2007). "Virtual Console Roundup - Super Mario Bros. 3, Blue's Journey, Power Golf and Alien Soldier". Eurogamer. Gamer Network Ltd. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  22. ^ Provo, Frank (December 13, 2007). "Blue's Journey Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  23. ^ M. Thomas, Lucas (November 21, 2007). "Blue's Journey Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  24. ^ McFerran, Damien (November 10, 2007). "Blue's Journey Review (Neo Geo)". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  25. ^ Frear, Dave (September 11, 2017). "Blue's Journey Review (Switch eShop / Neo Geo)". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 2019-07-21.

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