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Journey to the Center of the Earth Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished Journey to the Center of the Earth yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main Journey to the Center of the Earth page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

This game is loosely based on Jules Verne's classic 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The setting is taken from the book, but the plot is new and set in the modern day. An ambitious photojournalist named Ariane falls through a volcanic crevice in Iceland and ends up in the underground world from Verne's novel. There, she finds living dinosaurs and mammoths, a race of giants, and a strange isolated society of humans. The humans and giants inform her that all is not well in their world and that they need her help. Their initial concern-- that a devastating war has broken out on the surface-- turns out to be false (one of the inhabitants has deliberately spread this rumor by splicing old World War II newsreels into news reports from the surface.) However, Alexander is plotting to wipe out the giants with poison, and also to sell diamonds to the people on the surface and become filthy rich, without regard to the effect this will have on the other inhabitants of the region. Ariane must decide whether to stop Alexander or not, and then either way, she gets to return home.

Game Endings

There are two different endings you can achieve in this game, depending on whether Ariane chooses to thwart Alexander's conspiracy and protect Askiam, or return to the surface and make her big scoop.

Ending #1: Ariane returns to the surface and reveals the existence of the underground world. Her journalism career takes off as she hoped it would. Meanwhile, because she has failed to stop him, Alexander also gets his way. He moves to the surface and becomes a rich, powerful media mogul. The society at the center of the earth is disrupted, the dinosaurs are shot and killed, and the giants vanish (presumably killed by the poison Alexander developed.)

Ending #2: After defeating Alexander, Ariane proves to everyone that there is no war on the surface. She returns home but discards her camera memory card so that the society at the center of the earth can live on peacefully in their own way.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Wallace: The mayor ("Chief Engineer") of Askiam. Ariane finds evidence suggesting that Wallace was the one who doctored the news reports to make everyone believe there was a war going on above. However, later she finds that he was not part of the conspiracy and is actually one of the good guys. So either this evidence was planted, or Alexander duped Wallace into doctoring the videos, or else Wallace doctored the videos for his own purposes that had nothing to do with the conspiracy. For some reason Ariane is never given the option to ask him about this, so we never learn how this was connected to anything.

Bares Mohul: A giant who is in cahoots with Alexander. It's never explained why he and Alexander are working together if Alexander wants to kill all the giants. Presumably Alexander must have hidden this from him, and oddly, Ariane is not given the option to reveal it to Bares when she talks to him.

Peter: This distracted scientist is in fact Alexander's brother. Alexander has imprisoned him in his laboratory for some reason that is not really made clear.

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