Sam's Journey NES

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Quick Info

Genre: Scrolling Platform Game
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Media: Cartridge (PAL or NTSC)
Status: Available!
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About The Game

Sam's Journey is a brand-new original scrolling platform game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's about a cute little hero called Sam who finds himself on an unexpected journey in a strange world.

Wasp SpriteGuide Sam through a variety of different locations such as deep forests, hot deserts or frozen mountains! Find hidden gems and discover secret passages, but beware of the creatures!

Sam can run, jump, climb and swim. He can pick up items, carry them around and throw them at enemies. And with the power of special costumes, Sam completely changes his appearance and gains additional skills!

The World Of Sam

Sam begins his journey at the bottom of the Lowlands. But this is only a small part of the world he's about to travel!

Map Of The Lowlands Where Sam Begins His Journey

In total, 3 overworld maps, 27 huge levels and over 2000 screens are waiting to be explored!


See what situations Sam has to deal with in the game!

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Sam Encountering A Stinging Obstacle In The Happy Grassland

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Space Sam Using His Jetpack In The Underground

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Ninja Sam Ambushing Some Roamers In The Desert

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Sam Having A Green Problem In The Flowers

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Sam Deep Diving With Spiky Creatures In The Water

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Pitcher Sam Aiming At A Wasp In The Flowers

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Pirate Sam Swinging His Cutlass On The Ship

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Disco Sam Having A Dance With A Ghost In The Castle

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Vampire Sam Following A Treasure Path In The Sky


The game has a lot to offer! Have a look at this comprehensive feature list:

· Classic 8-Bit Platform Action ·
· Colorful Graphics ·
· Fast Free-Directional Scrolling ·
Sam SpriteToad Sprite· Many Basic Moves Plus Climbing And Swimming ·
· 6 Special Costumes With Additional Skills ·
· 3 Overworld Maps ·
· 27 Huge Levels With Multiple Sections ·
· 2000 Screens To Be Explored ·
· 14 Different Graphical Themes ·
· 19 Beautiful Tunes ·
· Sound Effects ·
· Hidden Items To Be Found ·
· Secret Passages To Be Discovered ·
· Checkpoint System ·
· Savegames On The Cartridge ·

See It In Action!

Watch the official release trailer here:

Sam's Journey (NES) · Release Trailer
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Sam's Journey has already received multiple awards! Here's a selection:

Zzap! Italy
Medaglia d'Oro

Zzap! 64 Medaglia d'Oro
The absolute platformer on the C64 is confirmed as a masterpiece on the NES as well. – Zzap! Italy #10/95 (translated)

Retro Gamer UK

Retro Gamer SIZZLER
This is as playable as the top NES platformers and deserves a place in your collection. – Retro Gamer UK #252


Sam's Journey for NES gave me Kid Chameleon Vibes – JohnRiggs on Youtube

Streamed […] Sam's Journey for about two hours last night cause I was having so much fun and lost track of time! – DonValor on Mastodon

I genuinely think it's one of the best NES games ever, homebrew or not. – @WhiteHat94 on Twitter/X

Get Your Boxed Copy!

Boxed editions of Sam's Journey on the NES are distributed by our partner and retro-publisher

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Sam's Journey NES Standard Edition As Distributed By Poly.Play

Choose between the cool Standard Edition or the even cooler Ultimate Edition!

There's also a Famicom Edition, so you can play Sam's Journey on your Famicom without an adapter!

Some fancy goodies are available as well, such as a poster or the soundtrack on CD/MC/LP!

Browse All Editions And Add-Ons At Poly.Play

Get Your Digital Copy!

Don't have a NES at hand? Go for the download edition and play the game in your favorite emulator!

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