Praising this game is almost a cliche, but there is a reason for that. Unfortunately, it's not that easy, since this is the kind of game, that formed the genre for the next decade. Tell me, how many stories you know, where a girl, who is just a a down to earth, generally nice person, finds a secret world, filled with fantasy, then is stuck there, and after a series of misadventures has to defeat her fears, and save booth worlds by the power of being nice? Oh, bonus point, if the protagonist is some kind of artist. So yeah, you can thank this one for that, yet, i still recommend playing it, even if you are bored of it's clones. This game is beautiful, well thought out, and actually pretty long, plus rather cheap nowadays. And anyway, if you are a gamer, you should have every classic in your steam library.
I dare say this is pretty much the best point&click adventure game of all times. The name itself doesn't lie and hints to the great longevity of the experience, but it amazingly manages to keep the player entertained without ever risking to get boring. The story is exciting and well developed, just like the puzzles you will have to face throughout the adventure. The latter are well planned and never too easy or too hard, leaving you with enough to work your brains out. And the most surprising thing? After playing it for dozens of hours and finally completing it, you will probably play it all over again not long afterwards just to relive "the longest journey".
The Longest Journey is one of the best old point & click adventure games I've ever played. I first played it in 1999 and recently tried it again on Steam - and it still does hold up nicely! The graphics may look a bit dated, especially considering small resolutions, but hand painted enviroments look great to this very day. Music is not anything special and you will quickly forget it, but it's not bad either. The best part of this game is it's wonderful epic-scale story, which will take you on the journey across time, space and different fantastic worlds where anything and everything can happen. The puzzles are very challenging for today standards and if you're not familiar with hardcore oldschool p&c games you may need a walkthrough for them. There are usually no hints for them whatsoever and just getting the idea what you're supposed to do can be hard. Still - if you want to experience one of the greatest p&c stories ever told - give this game a try. From me it receives strong 8+.
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