The Awesome Adventure Machine is a stage concept that was tested in 1996-1997 at the Montfort Drive location in Dallas, Texas, replacing a 3-Stage.
The concept was based on the Awesome Adventure Machine, a device that was used in showtapes from 1996-1997. The stage featured a single Chuck E. Cheese animatronic at center stage, with a large monitor on each side. The setup also utilized special showtapes that used different audio tracks to make use of the stage's unique features. The footage used in the showtapes made use of articulated costumes with animatronic mouths and eyes, which were introduced in the August 1996 show, which also introduced the AAM itself.
From a technical standpoint, the show operated using laserdiscs, with sound provided by a Dolby integrated seven-channel surround sound system. The video monitors were rear-projection.
In late 1997, the Montfort Drive, Dallas, Texas location was closed and replaced with a new Montfort location opened with a Studio C Alpha, then they tested the Star Stage in 2010, and then was later replaced with a Circles of Light stage in 2012.
Along with Chuck E. Cheese, the Awesome Adventure Machine contained three side characters that surrounded him in the machine on the showtapes produced from 1996 to 1997. They were:
- Brain-I-vac - a combination of computers, calculators and a vacuum cleaner who acted as Chuck E.'s first officer; calculating coordinates and keeping the command module tidy.
- Dusty - Brainivac's sidekick. He was a mechanical dog-like device that sniffed out new data for the Awesome Adventure Machine's main computer.
- O.R.B.I.S. - (Onboard Radar and Bearings Intelligence System), the Awesome Adventure Machine's navigational tracking system that keeps Chuck E. on course and out of trouble. He also provided the time and temperature.
Although Chuck E.'s friends weren't on the stage as animatronics, the monitors provided them to interact with Chuck as they were in the monitor in mascot costumes. It had all of the characters, with Helen Henny, Munch, Jasper T. and Pasqually.
- Chuck E. Cheese's Awesome Adventure Machine #1
- Chuck E. Cheese's Awesome Adventure Machine #2
- Chuck E. Cheese's Awesome Adventure Machine #3