The Longest Journey: Adventure Game of the Year Edition
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Travel through 2 distinctly different worlds. Can you find out which is the dream & which is reality? / For Windows / Rated M

Before embarking on The Longest Journey, check your preconceived notions of reality at the door. While this may play like a traditional adventure game, the story is anything but conventional. As art student April Ryan you'll soon discover you have the ability to bridge two worlds--the 23rd-century, science-oriented Earth that you live in, and its counterpart, Arcadia, where magic is reality and technology is the stuff of legends. Telling you more than that would spoil the story, but suffice it to say that your ability to cross between the two worlds must be used to save both.

The game spans four CDs and needs all that space to hold both the gorgeous graphics and hours of high-quality speech. Everyone you meet has plenty to say, and you'll want to listen to everything because the game contains some of the most brilliant voice acting ever recorded. Each character has such a distinct and engaging voice that you could play this game with your eyes closed and it would maintain much of its beauty, although you likely won't want to blink after your first glimpse of the game's detailed environments. The graphics run at a feeble maximum resolution of 640 x 480 but are packed with enough atmosphere and animation that they look great even on a large monitor.

The Longest Journey obviously excels from a technical standpoint, but it's the writing that really makes it memorable. April maintains a diary that can be read to give players further insight into the game's strange events, and into April's mind as well. Lengthy conversations that seem tedious at first later serve to really make you care about the game's characters. They become more than simply people who exist to dispense items or tell you where to go next, and it's fascinating to watch April develop as she slowly absorbs the gravity of the situation into which she's been thrust. This game may seem like the longest--and most boring--journey at the beginning, but after a few hours adventure fans and anyone else who likes a good story will probably wish it would never end. (Note to readers: this game has an ESRB rating of Mature, and contains a lot of adult language.) --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Outstanding production values
  • Terrific writing
  • Should run well on practically any computer
Cons:
  • Many of the puzzles are too contrived
  • Game gets off to a slow start


Originally released in Europe, The Longest Journey has earned international accolades as one of the best adventure games ever made. You play as April, an 18-year old art student who can travel between the twin worlds of Stark and Arcadia, shifting between realities as if stepping through a doorway. Save the balance among the worlds, between order and chaos, science and magic. Along the way, you will discover more than 100 unique locations and encounter more than 50 characters. In this point-and-click adventure game, you will be asked to solve a variety of story-related puzzles. Each scene is displayed using more than 16 million colors, and the characters are rendered in real time and consist of more than 1000 polygons each.
Features:
  • Have you ever had a dream that was so real, you weren't sure if you were actually awake or not?
  • That's what April has been experiencing. Soon, she'll have to figure out what is dream and what is reality, by going on The Longest Journey
  • In this epic adventure, you will travel through 150 locations, between the scientific city of Stark & the chaotic, magical Arcadia
  • Interact with a cast of over 50 characters
  • Work through a huge variety of puzzles and solve them to strengthen the bonds between Stark and Arcadia

Customer Reviews:

  • Piece of art
    I think this game is a small gem, if a bit outdated in terms of resolution, the graphics are very nice and polished, as well as the music. I love the old Lucas Arts games, but in this case the mix of beautiful backgrounds and pixelated blocky April was a bit shocking. The game was easy, save for Monkey Island 4, I think this is the only commercial adventure game that I've finished in less than par time. Having just finished Gabriel Knight 3, this journey didn't seem so long.

    The game was a bit unstable on Windows XP, as saving at some scenes crashed the game (not too many, fortunately) and using the Windows 9x compatibility mode after having played in "native mode" made saving games silently fail. It took me an hour to figure out what the problem was. Also, it might be my laptop, but despite being far above the suggested specs, many actions had short but noticeable loading times, even in the middle of dialogs, that ruined the atmosphere from time to time.

    In overall, I enjoyed the game, but was left a bit disappointed at the end. I agree with other reviewers in that the ending isn't quite open as lacking.

    I'm looking forward to other games by the team. I hope Dreamfall (not a sequel but based on the uninverse presented in TLJ) overcomes the small annoyances and doesn't turn to be too action oriented....more info
  • Unstable and lame...
    This seemed like a good game at first but later it became clear that it's more like a boring movie. Conversations are SOOOO LONG that I wanted to tear out my hair - and I like the more story-oriented games; but this is waaay too much. It starts out pretty interestingly but slumps down quickly and never returns. Graphics and music are really good (that's why I gave 2 stars instead of 1.)

    The game is also unbelivably unstable - it crashed so many times that I stopped counting after 50. I must admit, I haven't finished it yet, so it may even turn into the best games ever evetually, but since it crashes all the time, I just don't see that happening. The patch is worthless, I couldn't even get it to install (I'm not sure if I have the latest version and cannot find out.)

    Avoid it....more info
  • Nothing close to the best in adventure
    As far as recent releases for adventure games go, The Longest Journey is reasonably decent. It's not full of sexual elements to get people interested, mystery themes, feeble attempts at being creepy, etc.

    That doesn't mean it's great. While the adventure game genre is practically dead, people don't have to resort to games like this for "quality". The voice acting is mediocre, at best. The plot isn't engaging. Some of the concepts may be creative, but the puzzle solving isn't (like almost any other remotely recent adventure game). If you haven't already, check out practically any older Lucas Arts adventure. Look for more obscure titles, too--there were a lot of great adventure games and the like to come out for Windows 98. ...more info
  • Pretty Good Overall From a Graphics Freak
    First thing: My copy played flawlessly, no small thing. The backgroud graphics were very interesting, which made the upclose ones all the more jarring. Still suitable. There is a LOT of dialogue. Some of the sound quality on my CD's was less than perfect, but "perfect" has become a relative thing in this world. On the whole, I would rate the game as a lot of fun w/ minimal frustration, and reasonably good graphics (a must for me). The ending is interesting. 'Nuf said.

    As such games go, it was definitely better than average, and I'd recommend it....more info
  • Good potential...
    I only played the first bit of this game before I became bored of moving from place to place to go back and get things I forgot. Solid concept but I was just too impatient....more info
  • One of the best adventure game in years
    I recommend this game to beginners as well as "hardcore-adventure" fans. Finally, a game that stands on its own and not another carbon copy of "Myst" (after all, the original will always remain the best). Of course, as the title suitably states, this will be "the longest journey" you'll experience. Not to mention the most diversified and unforgettable characters and worlds, very few adventure games has yet offered. Moreover, the puzzles and graphics do not dominate the game but compliment it instead. The one thing everyone seems to complain about is the never-ending rambling. Personally, I think that its content gives way to better familiarize you with the characters, and therefore, it's entertaining enough not to be on the annoying side. Overall, although the game will leave you more than satisfied, the journey will go on with the release of Dreamfall, The Longest Journey 2, sometime in 2005. ...more info
  • Facinating.
    I was under a spell when I played this game the first time, I was so focused on this unusual game, that I almost did not get any sleep.

    April Ryan is the main character, and she will lead you into two different worlds, the firs is our world (and this is far into the future) the reality, the tecnology world, the second is the magic world.
    And April need to save them both.
    The two worlds are melting together, this must not heppand.

    You need to use your head if you want to win this game, it is a *back and forth* game and different from anything else you might have played.

    Good luck!!!...more info
  • Terrific Game, terrific story
    I had played this game when it was first released 6 years ago (can you believe it's been 6 years for a sequel to come out?) and remembered enjoying it immensely. With the sequel finally coming out next week, I couldn't remember most of the story and decided to sit down with it again. Doing so reminded me just how terrific the game is, even if it hasn't aged very well.

    There are two main components for point and click adventure games from the beginning of the genre, story and puzzles. The story in The Longest Journey is absolutely terrific. Penned by Ragnar Tornquist, it is a sci-fi and fantasy story all rolled into one, set 300 years in the future and with a female art student as the protagonist, The Longest Journey is a roller-coaster of a story. To really talk about the story would ruin it, but I will say that it succeeds in being self-referential and serious at the same time.

    What makes this work is terrific voice-acting and dialogue. April is a semi-typical resistant hero who just wants to focus on her drawing and other 19 year desires and has instead been thrust into a situation she doesn't--and can't--understand. The way she deals with this situation is terrific and carries some of the more weird things that happen. The game is dark and humorous. For every instance involving an exploding pop can to distract a guard, there is a cannibalistic ghoul waiting to eat you.

    I am not a huge fan of adventure games. I suck at them usually and end up resorting to a walkthrough because I couldn't figure out how a piece of moldy cheese, a tack and a piece of lint would form together to get me out of a room. The Longest Journey uses similar puzzles but the majority of them make sense. You might have to sit there, go through your inventory and think about your options for a little bit but they are all solvable and *logically* (well...as logical as using a toy monkey's eye to replace with that police officer's synthetic eye to get into the police archives...but I digress).

    Weighing in at 13 chapters, spread across two worlds and with a cast of 50 characters, The Longest Journey lives up to its name. At the time, it was considered close to the top of its game graphical wise (and for the adventure genre). Unfortunately, it hasn't aged too well. It's presented only in 640 x 480 resolution and the character models are very pixellated and aliasing is all over the place. The backgrounds are generally beautiful pre-rendered paintings that have some movement in them to give them depth.

    My biggest complaint then and now is the wait times. Characters never really feel like they are in a hurry. When a storm besets you, and you cry for the captain, he slowly trods up the stairs as if the darkening storm clouds were a minor issue. And you have to wait. There's one instance where you have to wait for three characters to walk off screen. You can't do anything during that time. Add to that the slowly trudging nature of the characters and there's a lot of downtime. It can be frustrating when you want to continue with the gameplay/story but can't because of characters out on a Sunday stroll.

    The dialogue is, at times, meandering. Most, if not all, of it is important, but those impatient will probably be put off by it. However, such is the way with adventure games and with a story this rich in characters and backstory, its necessary.

    However, none of these technical issues stop me from recommending this game full-heartedly. In fact, I recommend it to gamers and non-gamers at the same time. It has a terrific, moving and climatic story that flows very well. It's probably one of the best story-centered games I have played and ranks in my top 10 of all game storylines. Really, there's no reason why not to pick it up right now. At $10 and with the sequel, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2 just around the corner, you can't get a better time to pick up this gem....more info
  • A masterpiece
    This game is simply one of the best PC games, and the best PC adventure game, ever made.

    I first heard about this game after playing and enjoying Syberia I and II. They are similar point-and-click adventure puzzle-solving games, with a strong central character and intriguing storyline. However, I quickly discovered that, if the Syberia titles are thought of as appetizing hors d'oeuvres, then The Longest Journey is a full five-course meal with all the trimmings!

    The main reason this game stands out compared with other adventure games is the extremely deep storyline and characters. There is lots of dialogue, so it is not for people with short attention spans. The voice-acting is absolutely superb. The actress who plays April Ryan, the central character, deserved an Oscar (if such things exist for PC game acting).

    April is the lynchpin of the whole game, and if you are like me you will quickly fall in love with her. What makes her so appealing is her whacky sense of humour. April is always wise-cracking, and is guaranteed to make you crack up even when all she is doing is routine game-mechanic stuff like: you can't go through that door, you can't combine those objects, etc. The many other characters she meets in the course of her adventures are also well-acted and often extremely comical.

    The fact that the game doesn't take itself too seriously helps the player come to terms with the hocus-pocus storyline and often highly improbable situations and puzzles. That said, the story, which takes many hours to complete, is also extremely deep, absorbing and often moving. April proves herself to be a genuine heroine, who triumphs against her own insecurity as well as the many bizarre challenges she faces in the course of her travels.

    Without wanting to give too much away, it's an epic Wizard-of-Oz, Alice-in-Wonderland style fantasy adventure, where April goes to all sorts of weird and wonderful places and meets all sorts of weird and wonderful characters and creatures. Along the way she has to save the world, which involves getting out of one sticky situation after another.

    You'll notice that so far I have heaped all this praise on the game without even touching on the actual gameplay! If you've played inventory-based, point-and-click adventures, then The Longest Journey's game mechanics are a pretty standard affair, but great fun for all that. In general I found that the puzzles were not-too-easy and not-too-difficult. They were nicely-challenging without becoming frustrating. True, there is one particularly notorious puzzle near the start, but you'll crack it with patience.

    If you enjoy this game as much as I did you will feel emotionally drained at the end of it. I was sad when it was all over, and missed April and her friends. I hope that the recently released sequel, Dreamfall, will capture at least some of the magic of this wonderful game....more info
  • The game is witty and contemporary yet dated and cumbersome


    I have a an older P4 (from 2003-4)at 3.2Ghz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM with a 64MB Nvidia Graphics and an 80 gig HD, while that is now hopelessly out of date for today's games, its way too much for the "Longest Journey"...which is getting to be very long with all the glitches.

    First the darn thing had trouble installing, the third time around I thought I had it, until I started playing, the character build keeps going out. The other problem is my screen refresh rate is too fast for the game, yet my computer warns me of consequences if I lower it.
    And on top of everything else, the game is really having problems with the laser mouse.

    I just finished, again, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" PC-CDROM game (from 2002) today, the same day I'm trying to play the Longest Journey. No problems with Harry.

    I installed the two patches for the Longest Journey and I tried to cut down on screen enhancements, which might have made things worse.

    It also maybe because of SP2 that the game is so uneven. The outline of the character is very 'choppy' as another poster describes. I can't find a remedy. I have spent 10 hours trying to get the game to stop cutting out on me and/or the main character's body disappearing sans her shoes and hair.

    Good adventure games are not being produced like they used to be for PC's. Some of these older games are fantastic but they need to be re-released to able to run on faster speeds without cutting out.

    You can tell that the game is overwhelmed. The fact that there aren't any screen resolutions to choose from really limits its look to an almost 600X400 res.

    I was really looking forward to playing this game but I can't take the flaws any more.


    The recommended requirements for the Longest Journey are a P2 at 266mhz and a 4MB video card. No wonder I'm having problems.

    This is a good game but it needs be to re-released just to play on a middle of the road drive such as my own. The game is too slow for my multi-drive to even be installed properly.

    marf

    * As postscript to the review above, I am having better luck playing the game in a Windows 98/ME compatibility mode option (available through though the desktop icon, under the properties selection, and then the compatibility tab). I now have access to the diary entries, which weren't available to me under XP play. The characters are still very "choppy", but April is not disappearing and the game is not cutting out on me every 5 minutes, its cutting out on me every 20 minutes. It is tedious, I am starting to lose interest in what's going to happen next. I do have the XP version double disc set, and again I can't get it to play on XP without the compatibility mode on. mj

    ...more info
  • Interactive Cinematic Animated film
    This is one of the most beautiful and elaborated stories for a videogame, though I wonder if this film-like experience should perhaps be considered more like an interactive computer film than a game. A blend of Tolkien's mysticism and Blade Runner's anti corporate futurism. Enchanting voice acting to the ears and visually rich environments. I also recommend playing the second part of this trilogy that appeared for the xbox(Dreamfall:The longest journey). One day a film shoud be made of this trascending stories....more info
  • Even April fell asleep...
    I love adventure games and this one was recommended to me by another fan.

    What I liked about it: the surroundings; imaginative and versatile. The voice acting; wonderful. The story; witty.

    What I didn't care for: The yakking; really, they talked and talked and talked endlessly and unstoppably and to proceed you HAVE to listen to all of it. I nearly fell off my chair laughing when even the main character fell asleep at one point. The graphics; chunky and crude. The puzzles; please, give me at least SOME challenge. I am a simply person and I needed a walkthrough for all of the Myst games, but this one doesn't deserve to be called a game with "puzzles".

    Overall, I'd say this is a nice game, if you can stand more talking than action, and if you don't mind some bad language. I recommend it to people who liked Syberia, for Myst fans it may not be what you are looking for....more info
  • 3 bad things about this game after 30 minutes of play
    Instead of being called "The Longest Journey" it should be called "The Longest Install". This 4 disk program was the slowest to install game I've ever seen. It must have took 30 minutes to do a complete install.

    Once I started playing, I was shocked at the profanity. It seemed so out of place. The profanity didn't add anything to the gameplay.

    The third thing that I didn't like was the Lesbian land lord at the main character's apartment. I didn't want to hear how fulfilled she was with her female lover.

    This game looks like just a nice adventure game but it's pushing a hidden agenda.

    I've only played this game for about 30 minutes and it has already become obvious that this game is not appropriate for children.

    It's too bad that you can't even play a computer game without the [...] agenda being slipped in....more info
  • overall great game
    outstanding game. if you are willing to stick it out and solve the puzzles, its super rewarding. great buy for fans of adventure games and lovers of a good story. its a perk that the expansion is already out (dreamfall)....more info
  • The only disappointment were some of the reviews
    I had a great time with this game, though I admit I had to consult a walkthrough to get past certain obstacles, but that just meant it was challenging to me, and that's what I want. The graphics were good but not the greatest and the amount of dialogue is tremendous. The story is a bit convoluted but to me it made it all the more immersive, interesting.

    The game has a "Mature" rating, so it puzzles me why I read so many negative reviews about the game being "obscene" or that it had a "hidden agenda" since there were lesbian (minor) characters and mix race couples featured. Personally I found that feedback more offensive than the occasional f*** I heard on the game...

    One of the best inventory based games I've played, and overall probably the best game I've played in years. Very creative and engaging....more info
  • One of the best
    An epic adventure game the like which are extremely rare these days, The Longest Journey really was one of the longest journey's to be had with a computer game. The sheer variety of design left me floored, for it is the single highest factor in a game that keeps me wanting to go on, to see what is coming next..I can think of no better adventure game that exemplifies this then The Longest Journey...more info
  • My Favorite Game of All Time
    Wonderful storyline, wonderful characters, wonderful acting. Get the picture? You can't go wrong with this one. Even better, there's a sequel. Visually this is so impressive I don't know where to start. I play it again for the imagery every once in a while....more info
  • The Long Drawn-out-Journey
    Overall the game play is fun. There's really not much difference in it though from past games such as Blade Runner and the old Kings quest. Just that the graphics are a bit nicer and the storyline is a bit more interesting. What kills me though is the DRAWN OUT DIALOG. It didn't bother me so much at first, but there were times that I'd play 10 minutes and I'd get to a scene of 5 minutes of dialog. Then, I swear you not, halfway through the game you get to this point where the guy talks for 15 MINUTES! You do maybe 2 minutes of playing and the guy scores out another 10 minutes of dialog! Needless to say I was getting livid. It's already a slow paced game as it is, but adding a bunch of 5 minute dialogs to the game really made it feel slow. I really try to be as patient with a game as I can, and I even had a friend tell me that I was just complaining because I had no patience, but when he saw what I was talking about he agreed. The game can blabber on. I can say that I enjoyed the game to some degree, but I certainly have less hair because of it....more info
  • I loved it!
    I thought this game was really nicely done. The graphics are beautiful and didn't crash my machine (like heavy graphics sometimes do...even though it's a good machine). And I really liked the storyline better than I thought I was going to. (originally, I held off on buying it cause I wasn't all that peaked by the story.) I will say that I did have a hang up when I couldn't figure out what to do for awhile, but (thank goodness) someone wrote a walk-through for it and I used it to get past my lull. This was definitely worth the buy and I'm glad I got it!...more info
  • Even a "non-gamer" can enjoy this title
    I'm currently an Interactive Design graduate student, and my school often bundles Interactive Design students with Game Development students. As such, several of my professors are game designers, and many have decades of experience.

    I wanted to "speak their language" and sought out some of the titles they seemed to respect and recommend. "The Longest Journey" was frequently mentioned as a stellar game: the storytelling, characterization, world-building, game engine and graphics were all cited as being top-notch. It is an older title, so the graphics are not comparable to new 3D games. Consider the difference between the original Sims series and Sims 2 for an idea of what I am talking about. (TLJ has superior graphics to the original Sims games, however.)

    I am not a "gamer," per se. I rarely have much free time to play! That said, I was captivated by TLJ and enjoyed working my way through it.

    It is dialogue-driven, you can play most if not all of the game via your mouse, and most of the puzzles use "Earth logic," a term I use for a common sense approach to problem-solving. There are a few exceptions, but not so many that the frustration will outweigh the fun. Other plusses: no pixel-hunting, no timed puzzles, no "twitchy" gameplay.

    I also liked the "ordinary woman" main character, who used ingenuity and her unique strengths to resolve issues. She is realistically flawed but ultimately sympathetic and likable.

    The worlds the player discovers during gameplay are well-crafted and intriguing, and the variety of characters are entertaining.

    Advice: pick up everything you can, try to combine inventory objects if you get stumped, talk to everyone you can, don't be in a hurry to progress (the journey is, after all, most of the fun), think outside the box, and prepare to think fondly about the game once you finish it.

    Warning: it ends on a (slight) cliffhanger, which is partially resolved in the sequel to TLJ. This won't spoil the fun, and you can play TLJ with or without trying the sequel, if you choose. The sequel is visually stunning (uses 3D) and has incorporated a different navigation system and "fight" and "sneak" combat gameplay.

    Is it kid friendly? Yes and no. There are some instances of adult language, and a few characters are fairly scary and thus probably not appropriate for little folks. There are no gratuitously violent or bloody scenes, however, and there is no graphic sexuality. The puzzles would also probably be too difficult for smaller kiddies. Older kids and younger teens would probably be fine, but as with all media you may wish to share with your kids, it is smart and responsible for a parent to preview the material and to decide if it is appropriate, and to take his / her child's maturity level into account. (Compared to, say, a hyper-sexualized Bratz doll or many of the popular but bloody FPS (First Person Shooter) games, TLJ is, in my humble opinion, a more safe and wholesome gift idea!)...more info
  • Great game
    I haven't had a chance to really get into it yet, but so far, it looks like I'm going to have a lot of fun!...more info
  • Excellent
    I admit, with todays games, it's hard to sit and play a point and click adventure that requires brains and problem solving skills. But if you can manage to bring your lazy self to it lol, it is an excellent experience. Also, play Planescape Torment....more info
  • A Journey You Won't Want to End...
    The Longest Journey is a computer gaming title as rich as any fictional universe of Earthsea, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or Narnia. It's immersive and magical, with beautiful environments (even four years after release, the game still looks beautiful), gorgeous voice acting, and a superbly written story that's by turns witty, enchanting, scary, and intelligent.

    It's the little things that make this game so great -- the ways in which heroine April Ryan can view and comment on her environment for instance, or the powerful emotions that move the story along. Offering edgy and often complex characters, a legitimately fascinating universe, and a wonderful story, The Longest Journey is just unlike any other game I've ever played, and is the adventure gamer's dream.

    Installation was a bit of a challenge for me (make sure you right-click the EXE file after installing, and mark the game to "Run this program in compatibility mode for WINDOWS 95"). You may also have to tweak a few of your game controls for optimal audio as well (but thelongestjourney website offers great tips on support and installation). However, once all that was said and done, the game ran fantastically for me, without a hitch.

    The game does offer some PG-rated violence (pretty tame compared to today's TV shows though), as well as some modern urban realities (there are drug users zoned out on city corners, and a lesbian couple owns the apartment where April stays), so use your own judgment in letting your kids play. I'd basically say there's nothing in the game beyond a basic PG-13 rating.

    And that's the scoop! The Longest Journey changed gaming for me forever, and is still absolutely one of the best games for any platform I've ever played -- an intelligent and often poignant game that left me exhilarated and sad to leave it by the end. The sequel is finally coming out this year after four years in development and I'm as excited as a 5-year old over this (yes, I am a geek).

    My advice? Play the original now so you'll be ready for the next one....more info
  • Lots of talk...
    This is summer of 2006 but I liked Syberia so I thought I'd give this highly touted game, albeit from years ago, a shot.

    My goal in games is to enter a different world, and enjoy it. I'm not into developing level 100 warriors. I want to walk around, solve some quests or adventures, experience some beauty, have a few laughs. Grim Fandango, also an old game, was a 10 out of 10, for me. (Psychonauts was my favorite game of all time.)

    I only played this game for an hour. The graphics were very nice, though even with my ATI Radio 9800 PRO, the characters had a lot of jaggies. But the scenes were gorgeously painted.

    But otherwise, the game made me crazy with endless dialogue. I'm not talking about a few sentences per person. I'm talking about characters speaking nine or ten long paragraphs apiece to each other, and you have almost no control over it. I don't get all the other reviews. Well acted? The main character is almost condescendingly rendered as a wise-acre feminist whose reactions are all too predictable. Good puzzles? It's the typical "try everything in your inventory on everything else even when it makes no sense" kind of game.

    I'd recommend this to someone who basically wants to watch a novel with a lot of taking, and do some inventory clicking. But if you lack patience, as I do, this is not the game to get....more info
  • A great long journey!
    I love this game. After I finished the game, I had a sense of lost! I want more! I want to spend more time with April and her friends!

    The only thing that I hoped that they did was to put more content at the end. I want to know what happened to April's friends. I want to see them talking to each other again.

    I heard that they want to make a sequal of this game. Can't wait!...more info
  • An excellent adventure game
    As many have already said, this is a great adventure game because of the story. The characters are well-developed, so much so that by the end of the game you will find yourself with an emotional investment in them. This is a true rarity for any pc game, not just an adventure game. I was reminded of the feeling I get after finishing a well-written novel. You feel as though you know the characters and, in a way, you don't want the story to end.

    Admittedly, some portions of the game feature long sequences of dialogue, but they are worth the investment of your time. The story and the characters will get under your skin. The game is worth twice the discounted price it now sells for....more info
  • Good. Not great, but good.
    There are several things to enjoy about this game. First is it's not a kiddie game -- the language and some of the themes are certainly for mature audiences, and as an adult who just plays games on airplanes to and from Asia, that's a nice plus. The graphics for the landscapes are excellent, and the worlds are wonderfully designed. 90% of the time, you have the feeling you're experiencing the world, and not just watching it. The sound track and sound effects are very well done, and usually the voice talents do a good job. Most of the time, I found the game addiciting, and I'm certainly glad I bought it.

    So why 3 stars overall? Most people rave about the writing in this game. It's ok. The game is gennerally well designed, but the the dialog is, more often than not, BAD. It can get detracting at time, and get ready for a high amount of Cheese Factor. Also, game length seemed to be an issue with the creators, and it seems like they threw in tedious sequences of dialog or useless puzzles for the sake of extending game time. Unfortunately, more isn't always better; sometimes it's just more. Puzzles aren't always intuitive either, which means you sometimes find yourself looking to a walkthrough to figure out the next move because it doesn't necessarily follow, not because it's that difficult to figure out. Or maybe I'm just stupid. :-)

    Still, for everything bad about the game, there is something good. I enjoyed this game, and I pre-ordered the sequel. If you're looking for an advenure game and you're Myst'ed-out (as I was), you'd be making a mistake to pass this one by....more info
  • Best game I played after Myst saga!
    I loved the story. I tell you right now it has a lot of information to follow and understand the story and game. April ( the main character) has to listen from a lot of wise people to get the puzzles and the situation solved. I didn't have a problem with that. If you played Myst saga, you learned how to be patient and take advantage of everything. And listen. And read a lot. This is a game of patient. The puzzles are not difficult but you won't solve fast. It's about the story and the solution. So be patient. Although I mentioned Myst, it's not like it all the way. But as in Myst, you have to listen to get the clues, to know where to go. You have to read information. So if you thought Myst was boring, don't get this one. April is a student who finds she's a shifter between worlds. This one and another one. And she will find out her destiny because of her gift. ...more info
  • A Journey Across Two Worlds
    I just finished The Lomgest Journey this afternoon. Pardon me while I gush geekily for a minute.

    What an amazing game! I've thought that computer games could be excellent medium for storytelling for a long time, and The Longest Journey is storytelling on a grand scale. The tale it tells is intricate, deep, and very cleverly put together. I'm a big fan of story, and it's the story that keeps you playing this game, pure and simple.

    The voice acting in The Longest Journey is some of the best I've ever seen for any computer game, anywhere, especially when you consider the sheer volume of voice work that had to go into it. Sarah Hamilton, the voice of main character April Ryan, should have won some kind of award. She carried this game with a charming personality that is so rare... it really sets the standard for future games of this sort. The other voices were equally good, especially when you note in the credits that many of the actors voiced multiple characters, and did it without being obvious about it.

    The graphics are a little outdated compared to many more recent games, but the good part of that is that The Longest Journey will run on PC's that are a little older. The gameplay is clever and intuitive, and never gets in the way of actually playing the game (a feat many games never seem to manage). The puzzles (which are many) are a little contrived at some points, but for the most part they work. The game definitely makes you think your way around some corners, but the solutions are there.

    What it comes down to, though, is the story. It starts out a little slow, while they establish the characters, but it's all worth it because by the end, I actually cared about what was happening to them. Revelations near the end of the story are both moving and actually surprising, and the gameplay is balanced well with the progress of the story.

    The Longest Journey would make a great novel, or a great film, but honestly I believe that one of its strengths was that it was told through the medium of the game. While the story is strong enough to be maintained in a more mainstream medium, the interactive nature of it is one of the things that make it so magical.

    The ending is as satisfying as one could hope for, but it leaves an opening for a sequel... and indeed, Dreamfall is coming in 2005, a continuation of the The Longest Journey. I'll be looking forward to that one.

    Great game, great story, well worth the money and time spent on it, and proof that the medium of computer games is ripe for some fantastic storytelling. What more could you ask for?...more info
  • one long boring unfinished journey
    I've only played a handful of adventure games, but I've been blown away with the graphics and stories with some of them, notably Syberia and Syberia II, as well as the story in the older game The Dig. I expected that this would be in the same vein given all the hype about "great graphics" and "great story". But I was pretty disappointed and likely won't finish it.

    First, the dialog just goes on and on, and doesn't add to the point of the story at all (usually five sentences would cover anything that needed to be said), and the characters are largely so stereotyped that it's not like you need to hear 20 min dialogs to get the idea that certain people are supposed to be stupid, others are supposed to be annoying in one way or another, etc. The dialog would have been MUCH better with some serious editing.

    Second, the characters are largely just annoying. Based on the dialog, I never like April or her friends, making it hard to care at all what happens to her, yet it's clear that the writer really wants you to think they are "cool".

    Third, you start cheating bc there are items that you have to carry from one place to another for no apparent reason. For ex, you have to shake a soda can before giving it to someone. But you can't just shake it, you have to go to another place entirely to find a paint can shaker to do the job. Just seems ridiculous. The other reason you feel the need to cheat is bc you get tired of scenes like in the police station where if you don't move on, you have to watch someone in the background picking his nose and wiping it on himself constantly.

    Fourth, the graphics don't make up for the problems above. They are just okay, and there aren't as many high-end graphics and sounds as in Syberia to keep the ambience magical/interesting.

    It's possible I could have related better to the characters and not been as bothered by the other stuff when I was pre-teen. But, overall, I'd say look for something else.

    ...more info