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 (464 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 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
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I'm very much a fan of "modern", more narrative-focused adventure games (The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, Kentucky Route Zero, etc). I saw the trailers for Dreamfall Chapters and wanted to play the first games to get caught up on the story.

The Longest Journey is definitely a "classic" adventure game. It has all the pixel hunting, item combining, and obscure puzzles that are the hallmark of the genre. I admit I don't particularly enjoy this aspect of adventure games, and am glad to see it mostly absent from more modern adventures. GameFAQs was my constant companion while playing this game, and thankfully kept it from becoming frustrating. The graphics are very... 640x480, and while I can usually look past dated graphics in older games, there were points where it was difficult to tell what an object was, or what was going on in a scene, simply from lack of resolution/polygons.

I don't want to sound too hard on the game, because I actually loved it. Definitely the strongest point of the game (and why I think it's remembered so fondly) is the fantastic writing and memorable characters. April Ryan feels like a *real* person, and talks like a real person would. I loved talking to Burns Flipper or Captain Nebevay or Crow just to hear what they had to say. Admittedly sometimes people can be long-winded or launch into overlong explanations, but it never really detracted from the game. The story too, while at times dropping into fantasy cliches and being the Chosen One (TM) who can save the world, was still really interesting and mostly unique.

The Longest Journey is still a great game despite its technical/gameplay flaws, and if you're looking to get into the Longest Journey/Dreamfall series like I was, it's definitely worth playing.
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8 of 8 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
110.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Point and click adventure games are usually synonymous with LucasArts in most people's minds. However, although LucasArts certainly perfected the genre, and gave the world the SCUMM system, they by no means make the only good games.

All the way back to the Atari ST with games like Erebus, or Obitus, there have been some intriguing and wonderful games. Even "Scoop" back on the Archimedes was fascinating in its own way. But technology has moved on. Branching story lines, throwaway disk space, FMV, voiceovers, you name it. The main thing which more modern computers allows is for a variety of backgrounds, sounds and models. This allows the game creators to generate a less homogenous world, giving you more of a sense of adventure. How many old PaC games have spent their entire time wandering around the same desert island, or the same metallic city?

The Longest Journey isn't made by a mainstream distributor, like EA or LucasArts. It snuck under the radar, and has sat on shelves in stores, or on Steam for a long time, with an unattractive, amateurish-looking advert. the postive reviews, however, show that underneath a game that outwardly looks decidedly second or third-tier (like some of the "hidden object" games, is a compelling, almost-first-tier game.

The game starts off strange, and remains delightfully off-kilter all the way through. It really leverages the universe that it's set in, to allow fast, interesting scene changes. The artwork is luscious, and the voice acting is both hilarious, and excellent. The music's pretty good too. It's very satisfying to solve puzzles, and you get a genuine flow of story. Solving a puzzle doesn't leave you thinking "now what?". The in-game journal provides an amazing amount of back-story and hints.

So, why do I say it's only "almost" a first-tier game? Well, it has a few kinks. Although it plays perfectly well on a Windows-7 PC, it is ageing. The FMV is older-style "3DSMax" rendering, with high compression (Think Tomb Raider 2 FMV). Also, it's short. Don't let my playtime fool you, I had the game minimized for a lot of the time. I actually finished it in about 6 or 7 hours. But the length, and the slightly "B-grade" FMV isn't what knocks it off the top spot, it's the habit that the game has, of breaking its own rules. I'll explain:-

The game is a series of "compartments", You finish everything that's within one compartment, using everything that's in that area, and then you move through to the next one. This is pretty standard PaC fare, actually. Early in the game, you get access to the "Metro", which allows simultaneous access to the the next compartment, while allowing access to previous ones. 9/10 times, re-visiting those older areas does you no good at all, you just go to the next 'opened up area'.

However, there are a few times in the game where you hit a brick wall. You're trying to "use everything-on-everything" (uEoE) in the usual PaC way, but nothing's helping. The only thing to do it backtrack to an earlier area, and do the uEoE approach again, in the hope that you get a different outcome. Sometimes it makes a kind of sense... often you scratch your head and think "uhh.. that makes NO sense, I could have easily done that THIS way, if the game had let me".

To attempt to reduce the futility, the game flashes objects when you hover them over each other, to show that it's a valid response to uEoE, but you're still dragging, clicking and right-clicking for literally HOURS until you find that (for example- changing the objects, but not the logic), using the "PEPPER SPRAY" (obtained in area 5) on the "DUCK" (in area 3), will cause a door to open in Area 7. Why? Because eventually, after going through the door, you need to go back to where the duck was sitting to get the next piece of dialog, which is dependent on going through the door in area 5. This is just after you have used the "BREAD" on the "DUCK", and have had a piece of dialog that says "Ok, I better leave him alone then". Hmmm. Why go back and bother the duck, when the game just told me not to.

So, I had to resort to the walkthrough a few times because i'd spent too long uEoE and the combinatorial complexity was teeing me off. There is another puzzle where the hint just isn't good enough to let you know how to solve it, and the combinatorial complexity is something like 4x6x6x6x6 to just get it "randomly" right.. A futher hint which doesn't ruin the puzzle completely reduces this to just 2x2x2 (telephone puzzle).

Despite this, I had a wonderful time exploring the interesting world. For a "indie", this is amazingly well made. The outtakes at the end are great too.

I totally recommend playing it if you like PaC games which focus a little more on the cyberpunk / fantasy / sci-fi realm. It's not "Blade Runner" or "The Dig", but you'll really enjoy its humour and setting. Very well recommended, but keep one tab open on a walkthrough page! ;)
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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I hadn't played The Longest Journey until now. I had read about it from the PC magazines in 1999/2000 when it came out and I've always found it quite interesting. Why it took so long for me to finally play the game? I don't know. But I'm really really glad I finally did play it!

The Longest Journey is a point-and-click adventure game in which the player takes control of an 18-year-old fine arts student April Ryan. The events of the game take place in the year 2209 and the futuristic city of Newport is quite believable. April suffers from strange nightmares and is stressed out to finish her artwork for an upcoming exhibition. Soon she is pulled into a dangerous adventure of fantasy and magic, and all her former petty teenager problems turn pretty meaningless, as a far larger destiny is waiting for her to be fulfilled. I don't want to give away too much the story — less you know, more enjoyable it is.

April's is a likeable character. Luckily she's quite a mature gal for a 18-year-old! She can be a bit whiny and sarcastic sometimes, but mostly she's great and well-written. The pre-millenial 3D graphics don't add much for the character, but the voice-acting is superb. Sarah Hamilton does an outstanding performance as April. There are also many other memorable characters.

As mentioned, the 3D graphics haven't aged that well. Don't get me wrong, the game's still charming looking and all, but especially the 3D character models and some of the cutscenes are quite cringeworthy. They have the "late nineties awkward 3D graphics look". The voice-acting and overall sound are great.

Controls are basic point-and-click stuff and you cannot die or screw up — just the way I like my point-and-click adventure games. Some of the puzzles are kinda strange and ”out there”. I had to check out a walkthrough a few times. It took me about 13 hours to beat the game.

The detail of the story and all the small things are quite baffling. April keeps a journal throughout the game's story and it really feels like it's written by a young girl. The journal is not necessary at all, but adds detail to this masterpiece and a lost player can find some clues while reading it.

Tl;dr: A fine quality point-and-click classic with a compelling story, a highly detailed world and great characters. The graphics are a bit dated. Some of the puzzles are ♥♥♥. Highly recommended!
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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
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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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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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 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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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
12.5 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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