The Longest Journey is an amazing graphical adventure, where the player controls the protagonist, April Ryan, on her journey between parallel universes. Embark on an exciting and original journey of discovery, where you will explore, solve puzzles, meet new people, face terrifying monsters, learn, grow, and live the adventure of a...
User reviews: Very Positive (471 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 17, 2000

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"An older, but still fantastic point and click adventure with one of the best female protagonists in gaming. This is a complex, wonderful story."

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"The Longest Journey is not only the best adventure games in recent years, it's one of the best games ever"
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About This Game

The Longest Journey is an amazing graphical adventure, where the player controls the protagonist, April Ryan, on her journey between parallel universes. Embark on an exciting and original journey of discovery, where you will explore, solve puzzles, meet new people, face terrifying monsters, learn, grow, and live the adventure of a lifetime!
  • Over 150 locations spanning two distinct and detailed worlds
  • More than 70 speaking characters
  • 40+ hours of gameplay
  • 20+ minutes of high-resolution pre-rendered video footage
  • Cinematic musical score

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, Pentium 166 MMX , 32 MB RAM, Mouse and Keyboard, 640x480 SVGA high colour (16bit) video card with 2 MB RAM, Windows compatible sound device, 300 MB free hard drive space
    Recommended: Pentium II, 266 mhz, 64 MB RAM , 3d accelarator card ( Direct 3d compatible ) with 4 MB RAM, 1GB free hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This game is only for patient people who don't mind the old graphics.

I've only recently discovered the universe behind this and Dreamfall and as a real sucker for good stories, I went for the first one in the saga. It blew my god damned mind. You play as April Ryan, an unknowing savior of the two worlds that had been split ages ago. She is able to cross the border between them and is able to fully interact with both of them. You'll meet dozens of interesting people and creatures that are fairly believable and likable. You'll be solving some really tough puzzles that don't compare with what's called puzzle now-a-days. Some mysteries which don't make any sense in the beginning will be revealed and fit so perfectly in the story at the end. Other mysteries stay concealed until now and keep thousands of fans excited for more. I highly recommend playing this one before jumping to the newer Dreamfall games. I give this game the ultimate rating 10/10

In fact, I loved the game so much that I made a complete walkthrough guide to it, feel free to check it out if you're seriously interested in buying this game because the tasks can get very confusing sometimes.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
While the graphics are outdated I really enjoyed this game.
You will get to know the main character April and join her in her adventures in strange fantasy worlds, meet many creatures and interesting people. Great story, the puzzles will keep you busy and there is so much humor and mystery in this game. After many joyful hours of playing The Longest Journey I finished it and can't wait to play the next of the series.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
So this game is not for everyone obviously, it is a quite old Point & Click'er so the graphics are very very outdated.
How ever the reason i bought this game in the first place is because i did a researxh about what are the most stroy rich games out there, and i very frequently dcame across this game. So i bought this game for the story it provides not for graphics. i played it the first 2 chapters than forgot about it and put it aside.

So yesterday i can upon "Dreamfall:Chapters" again searching for a game with heavy story telling, like "Bioshock infinite" but without the FPS, and i was ready to buy on sale Blackfrieday. But after a reaserch i made i found out that its an awsome game but if you havn't played "The longest journy" you'll be lost, and wont know whats it about.

So i remembered i had the game already, and started palying it from scratch, this time paying atention more closely to the story telling.

The actual review:
So the game has a very very rich story telling, The chracters in this game each have its own uniqe personality and history, which is manifested in very rich dialogs between the characters, the vocie acting is Holywood worthy, top notch voice acting. You get really sucked in to the story and conversations. the chracters really show personality, with their own humor, dilemas, downfalls and positives. This game is all about story telling.
The gameplay is very simple, and you have some very cool and excelently written puzzles which includes everything from solving "code" sequances, to manipulating people with object to, for example, go away from a place, or give you something. you also have dialog pussles where you have to make the right dialog to get something.
But it shines in story telling. everything is connected, and you actually find yourself rimembering parts of the story and understanding what is happening in the story. There is a clear line of story trouggout the game.

Should you buy it?
If you want to buy Dreamfall:Chapters, this is than a MUST. since Chpaters builds uppon the first game.
If you would buy an Indie pixalated game for a few bucks, and you dont accept action but logics, than you should buy this game. It may have old graphics, but so do many indie games today and those are on purpose.
And the main thing about this game, the story, the chracters and the voice acting, these all make you forget your playing a pixalated game (the game also has sound fx which really contribute to the atmosphere).
If your a fan of cyberpunk themes in games than you should also buy this game.

For an old game, this game deserves a very high score, since its really the 90's equivalent of "Bioshock:infinite" or "Last of us", that is story whise. So on my scale this game is a 9.5/10.
even today its highly playable, and enjoyable and a must if you want Dreamfall:chapters.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This is an amazing game! It is gorgeously presented and the puzzles are logical. I adored every moment of playing this game. You forget, as you play, that the graphics are not the best... it simply doesnt matter. Thick with story and great characters it was so great to play it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Epic novel

Playing 'The Longest Journey' felt like reading a captivating story, rather than playing a game. Sure, there are plenty of puzzles to solve, but it's the story that will have you hooked. You play as April Ryan, an artist who moved to Venice from the countryside, who is struggling to make ends meet in her art career. Everything changes when she meets a man named Cortez, where she gets herself into a plot to save both worlds of order (science) and chaos (magic).

Gameplay is presented in the usual 'point and click' fashion. You click on areas of the map to move April, double clicking will make her run. You can press 'escape' to skip animations (if you allowed this in the options menu) and dialogue if you just want to progress through the story quickly (although I recommend not to skip the dialogue as you may miss important information). You can interact with characters and objects by simply clicking on them. There is an inventory system which allows you to store and use items to solve the puzzles. The puzzles may be a bit tricky to solve as your not given a clear indication of where to go and how to solve the puzzles, which makes you refer to the 'trial and error' approach. Other times you will be moving back and forth areas due to some fetch quests. The store page says the game will last you '40 + hours' although I completed it in about 17 hours through using a wlakthrough (because I wanted to progress the story, without dealing with the puzzles).

The graphics are somewhat outdated in this current age. 3D-models are a bit blocky and the textures aren't as detailed as other games in the genre. Having said that, they do a decent job at setting the atmosphere in the various environments you roam in. The CG movies haven't aged well either.

Plot is where this game trully shines. The story is unique and will keep you guessing as it unravels. Voice acting of the main characters (especially April herself) is excellent and believeable, minor characters voice acting are somewhat mediocre. Your emotions will be tested here as you will feel a sense of wonder and awe, fear, laughs and a bit of sadness as the you progress though the story. The music is also decent at setting the mood.

Furthermore, you can unlock 'The book of secrets' which contains dialogue and music which were removed from the final product.

I highly recommend this game to point-and click gamers looking for a good story and don't mind solving puzzles (although I do advise using a walkthrough).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
One of the best point and click adventure game! I love the story and the characters in this game. And if you going to buy Dreamfall: The Longest Journey or Dreamfall Chapters you should buy this just so you can start beginning of the story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great point and click adventure game. Sure it a bit outdated, but the basic foundations are still there and it has a solid GREAT story behind the game. Well worth playing even after all this time.

Story = Great;
Characters/Building = Good
World: Outdated, but still good
Navigation: Good (Esc to speed up)

If you're into games with rich stories this is a must play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
It can be said, that I liked, well, everything about the game. It is a true work of art. The story is fascinating, its quality surpasses the plots of many fantasy books, the dialogues are witty, the characters are deep and convincing, its technical side is easy to master... The riddles are hard and can sometimes get you discouraged, but is it not - after all - the puropse of the adventure game - to make your brain work at a quicker pace? All I can tell anybody, thus, is just it: buy the game and take part in one of the most exciting journeys in your life.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I have to say...The Longest Journey is one of my favorite games and I really recommend it to those who love good stories.
It makes me feel something really special, I cannot stop thinking and daydreaming awesome stuff thanks to this game. It also has cool soundtracks to enjoy.
Actually it is hard for me to explain how great The Longest Journey is...you better play it and see by yourself.
I thank the creator/producer, Ragnar Tørnquist for making this masterpiece full of good emotions and memories.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
A brilliant point and click adventure/fantasy game, thoroughly enjoyed playing it; unlike a lot of point and clicks the solutions aren't completely far fetched and you can actually work stuff out xD

Would highly recommend to any fan of the point and click genre, a game that's good fun and has a good storyline - Not exactly a long game but a decent length for a point and click compared to a lot lately that are way too short!

Look forward to purchasing and playing the rest of the series in the near future ^^ If I had the money right now i'd be buying the next game and carrying on xD

<3 Crow
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Okay, having now finished this I can easily recommend it. Those people who claim it's one of/the best adventure game? They're right.
I'm still digesting it so this will be rambly (and is more for myself as an aide-memoire in any case) so yeah.

It's from 1999/2000 and it shows, it only supports 640x480 for a start, the background pre-rendered stuff is still fine but many of the characters haven't aged as well. Mechanically though it still plays well, the only issue is with hot-points - there's no way of highlighting them you just have to sweep the screen with the cursor and hope you discover everything. There was at least one puzzle which had me stumped as I just hadn't seen the object I needed to interact with.
Having said that - the puzzles are really not the point here, this is clearly all about the story.

The story. Where to begin?
You are April Ryan a young art student struggling to come up with a painting for her college's end of year exhibition. Lately she's been plagued by nightmares, but is it from the stress of her painter's block or is it from the uncomfortable heatwave? (Of course we know better but she doesn't)
That's essentially your introduction to what is probably one of the best realised worlds in an adventure. Often these games can suffer from a feeling of 'flatness' - that the locations are just sets, the characters props. But the writing here gives almost all the characters just enough depth to avoid this and all with a nice light touch so it's mostly done through allusions and conversations without ever feeling forced or like it's trying to make a specific statement. All of this has almost no bearing on the actual game either, it's just there to flesh out the world and it does a marvellous job. One character will confide in you about her concerns for a mutual friend with bad taste in men but you won't get the details as your character already knows them, and the game makes no judgement on this friend - that's just how she is. It's little elements like this that make the world and make you care about these characters so you do fear for them and want to help them.

That's just the background cast, April herself is a wonderfully believable (and likable) protagonist. She doesn't really know what she's doing, or even what she wants to do. She'll worry whether she is actually doing the right thing or if she even can do the right thing. She gets frustrated when characters are obtuse or cryptic rather than just answering her questions. She's witty but doesn't necessarily get along with everyone. A nice touch is that all the objects in the game are described from her point of view, so if she doesn't know she'll just guess or quote Star Wars because it looks a bit like the Death Star.

Which incidentally reminds me that the voice acting is all extremely well done and just adds to the characters (Crow and Captain Nebevay, I'm looking at thee).

She also keeps a diary as you progress through the game, and for a change it is an actual diary - usually it'll just be your quest log or a straight up history of what you've done. Here it's her view on what's happening, often the fears or thoughts that you wouldn't necessarily bring up in conversation. Again, this has no impact on the game and you could easily progress without even noticing it's there - it adds nothing beyond an enjoyable insight into the character.

Yeah, this really is an excellent story well told.

Trying to think of anything similar and the only thing that pops into my head is Beyond Good And Evil, a normal extremely likable/human protagonist who just wants peace and quiet but gets unwillingly caught up in things and a well-realised world that you're just dumped in and left to figure it out from conversations and interactions.

It isn't Lara Croft or some devil-may-care adventurer, it's just a normal young woman who's ashamed to admit she's a little bit scared of the old homeless guy who hangs around her neighbourhood, and who hates her sleazy neighbour who keeps propositioning her despite repeated rejections.

The best adventure game? Quite possibly. The best characters, world, story? Almost certainly.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Must play game with a fantastic story
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
One of my all-time favorite point and click games and I've played MANY. I have played this game more than once - the story is just so brillant and engaging. The characters are ones you want to see. I could watch them over and over. The voice acting is perfect, the graphics are dated but they really don't affect the gameplay at all. The puzzles are fairly straight forward, other than one difficult one. You will also get quite a few hours out of this game - You should get AT LEAST 12 hours or more (most people seem to get many more).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
i just walked through this gorgeous game again and looks like the minimum time you kan finish this game in is about 15 hours (if you know what to do) that is cuz i didn't click on everything this time, just the necessary. (''The Longest Journey'' indeed)

i have the original game on Disk (4 CDs actually) but i bought this on to experience the English version for once and to refresh my memory of the story to follow it into the next two since i not long time ago i bought the new one (nr.3)

note: the i version i have and have played since i was a child is Norwegian and i must say, after playing the English version, was actually better voice acted than the english one, so i wonder why the Norwegian voices isn't on Steam, it's a game made in Norway afterall. btw the Norwegian version of The Longest Journey 2 (Dreamfall) is horrible voice acted... wonder why they put less effort into that one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Probably in my top 3 games of all time, if not being the number one fav games of mine. The graphics are dated but with the incredible story it's worth going through it, try to set yourself intot he mind of someone playing this in year 2000.

Anyone that love a great story that don't feel like it is pandering to you like a child need to check it out.

Be warned though, some puzzles can be a bit annoying, a typical point and click flaw where if you miss an item you can feel hopelessly stuck. Don't be ashamed to look up something if you start to feel frustrated
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
What a phenomenal ,fantastic experience it is .
The only regret about this game is that I have played it recently after all these years.This game has very unique artistic touch.You can feel the spirit and the work given to this piece of art on each detail.Games back then succeeded in both keeping the pace serious and the humor sense intact.
They also managed to give some references from classical writers,books and even fairy tales.What I mostly enjoyed was the philosophical,metaphysical and spiritual background of the game.It was not just doing the job for just sake of doing it, not ; it is a process of believing in whole story, it completeness and presenting in most mesmerizing way.This game had everything in it ;cognitive dissonance states describing sociological and psychological states of characters as well as their choices (free will).Astral projections could not be done as perfectly as was presented in this game , it was just a perfect fit.
This a progressive game which requires patience at the start but as it develops and story goes the gameplay experience enhances.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This is an amazing point-and-click adventure game. The puzzles are inventive, but usually unintuitive. Graphically it really shows it's age. Despite that, I've replayed this game dozens of times since I first encountered it nearly 15 years ago. The story always pulls me back eventually. One one hand, it's a science-fiction/fantasy mashup that spans several worlds. On the other hand it's the personal story of an extremely well-written protagonist. Those two elements are weaved together perfectly, and that's what makes this game timeless.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
It's starts out veeeery slow (say, first 2-3 chapters?), but the more you play, the more awesome it gets. Especially once you figure out the shortcuts (like how to run, time skip, quick select items from inventory, etc)

It's enjoyable, culturally rich, conceptually rich and fun. The important part is that it's fun!
The puzzles aren't that hard to figure out either so it's not one of those frustrating puzzle games.

In regards to characters... I only like 3 characters, including the main character, April. The other characters aren't as endearing or impactful, I suppose.

The ending was a bit lackluster and didn't offer much closure, so I can't wait to play the sequel.
8/10 would recommend you playing this game though!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Wow, I honestly am glad to have discovered this gem really late. Considered one of the best Adventure games out there. It is really sad that my game save got deleted out of nowhere despite me attempting to fix my issue, I finished the game by watching a playthrough online. Regardless, I played through the first half and enough to be pulled into the world the developers created, and what a world that is. It has a much more complex story than I had imagined. It is extremely long and the only 7 hours I played was less than half of the game. I blindly recommend this game to any Adventure game fanatic, although not new ones since it might be too overwhelming.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
The Longest Walk Cycle
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