Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land

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Exodus MDTitleScreen.png
Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land/Joshua & The Battle of Jericho
Publisher: Wisdom Tree
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Puzzle

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? ESG-1
Sega Mega Drive
US (Joshua)
$? JSG-1

Joshua title screen.
Crystal Mines is a 1989 unlicensed puzzle game for the NES by Color Dreams. When they established Wisdom Tree, they repackaged the game twice: in 1991 as Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land and in 1992 as Joshua & The Battle of Jericho, with Joshua labeled a sequel to Exodus. These two versions would be remade for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993 and 1994, respectively.

Though the games do have a TMSS check, they will only do the $A14000 write if they detect the region of the console they are running on as US — therefore, the games will only boot on either any US Mega Drive or on any other Model 1 Mega Drive without TMSS (making that a partly useless form of region lockout).

Gameplay of both versions is identical: you are the main character (Moses or Joshua, respectively) and you must collect all the bags with M on them (Joshua: coins with $ on them) scattered throughout each maze. A and C shoot; you can hold them down for rapidfire. Shooting destroys blockades and enemies. Once all the M bags are gathered, find the exit to move on to the next level. In between each level, you must answer a bunch of questions related to the story of the Bible of the game's theme; getting them wrong appears to be inconsequential to the outcome of the game (this needs investigation).

Physical scans

Mega Drive, US (Exodus)
Exodus MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngExodus MD US Box Front.jpg
Exodus MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, US (Joshua)
Joshua MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJoshua MD US Box Front.jpg
Joshua MD US Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 22e6fc04
MD5 2680589a66365b787c36141401a2cbfb
SHA-1 a85fb15d29dc43d3bf4a06de83506c77aba8a7d5
512kB 1993 Cartridge (US) Exodus
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 da9e25aa
MD5 c3b02c8bfcfc274cc222378547308a8b
SHA-1 a6c47babc7d84f8f411e77b9acdf01753d3a5951
256kB 1993 Cartridge (US) Joshua