Some people enjoy playing a game because it has a good story. Fans of The Longest Journey like playing because they enjoy a very long story. This game is as close to an epic as a video game is able to come. The game is not for children because the story is complex, the ideas are intelligent, and there is frequent swearing and nudity.
Art-filled areas to explore and discover
You play the part of a young student who has to strike a balance between a dreamy magical realm and our logical and scientific realm. The game has over 150 locations to explore that differ dramatically based on if you are stepping into the realm of magic, or if you are stepping back into our world. The Longest Journey offers smooth game play that is littered with plot points that push the story along.Different NPCs have back stories that add depth to the narrative, and even the magical creatures have their own motivations and stories to tell. The game is a role-playing game that works in an episodic fashion as you move from one picturesque location to the next. The story is told along the bottom of the screen where text appears indicating what is being said and what is happening. The game has its fair share of puzzles. Most of the puzzles in the human realm are logical, whereas the ones in the magical realm are a little dreamier where the answers are less obvious.
A game for adults who are willing to commit to a story
One cannot emphasize how long the Longest Journey is. There is a lot of reading and most people cannot complete it within less than fifty hours. The game is not driven by speech. The main character offers expressions of empathy, dry wit, insightful commentary and introspection. You both watch the events unfold and peer into the mind of the young woman experiencing said events.