(Retail Box) (LONGESTJPR)
This is the
original 4 CD version. All remaining boxes are thin FunCom European boxes and
the covers are slighty indented.
(Jewel Case) (LONGESTJPJ)
The newer 2
CD version in a jewel case inside a printed paper sleeve. Same game as above
with a better compression routine, allowing it to fit on 2 CDs, plus some of
A+ from Just Adventure
9/10 from EuroGamer
A wonderful game; one of the best adventure games ever
produced - CDAccess.
Take the First Step on the Most
Amazing Journey of Your Life
The Longest Journey takes place 200 years into the future in
a world based on science and technology. You play the 18 year-old art student
April Ryan. She's an ordinary girl who all of a sudden gets her life turned
upside down as she discovers the existence of a parallel world full of magic
and strange creatures. April Ryan has the power to shift between these two
worlds, and she soon discovers that she has a very important mission in
The Guardian of the Balance has
abandoned his throne and the armies of Vanguard are advancing...
Between Stark and Arcadia there is an
ancient balance. For thousands of years this Balance has weighed the scales of
the cosmos evenly, ensuring harmony between science, magic, order and chaos.
But, now in an age of great turmoil, chaos threatens to tip the scales and
bring terrifying dreams to life.
As the tides of chaos gain momentum the fate of everything
lies in the hands of one person.
Her name is April Ryan. She is a Shifter. The power to walk
between worlds is within her grasp and her destiny is foretold in a hundred
The journey ahead is treacherous, winding and shrouded in
mystery, this is the longest journey of them all.
There Are Two Worlds
One we know as our world, a world of science and logic and
The other world lies behind the veil of sleep; an Arcadian
realm of magic and chaos, a realm where dreams may come true.
An epic futuristic tale of adventure, magic
Become immersed in an exciting and original
story-line, featuring over fifty unique characters.
Explore over 150 beautifully detailed
locations spanning two distinct worlds
Solve a huge variety of story-oriented
Over 50 hours gameplay
Each scene featuring multiple 3D characters
with up to 1,000 polygons each.
Motion captured animations with real-time
interpolation and real-time lip-synching.
An exciting mix of 2D and 3D graphics in
Supports both 16- and 32-bit colour depths
in software and hardware.
Dynamic colored lighting in both software
Real-time lighting with detailed
shadow-effects and moving light sources.
Support for most 3D accelerators through
20+ minutes of high-resolution pre-rendered
Cinematic musical score.
Minimum System Requirements:
Pentium 166 mmx 32 mb ram 4x cd rom Drive Mouse and Keyboard 640*480 SVGA
high colour (16bit) video card with 2mb ram Windows compatible sound device 300
mb free hard drive space.
Recommended System Requirements: Pentium II, 266 mhz
64 mb ram 3d accelerator card (Direct 3d compatible) with 4 mb ram 8x cdrom
drive 1gb free hard drive space.
Tested on Windows XP. I got the error "not a valid win32
application" when I tried to start the game. There is a solution,
You need to start the game in the following way: From your desktop
click on Start then select the Run option and enter the following: C:\Program
Files\The Longest Journey\game.exe now click on OK. Note: C: is the drive that
the game was installed to this may vary depending on where you installed the
game to. The game should now start correctly. If this works you can then change
your shortcut to use the new path.
There is also a patch available if your game crashes at the
police station in chapter 3. You should only use the patch if you have that
There are ways to run the game under Vista and Windows 7 but
they are too complicated for our technical support people to deal with. The
information is available on the internet for those who want to try and think
they are expert enough to deal with changing setting on their video card and
various other problems. We do not guarantee that it will work under those
"...Overall, The Longest Journey is a
must-have game. It brings strong story-telling, good puzzles, and great
graphics... The Longest Journey has what it takes to be a family classic for
all generations of adventure gamers."
"...one of the best games I've ever played,
and definitely my choice so far for game of the year"
"...This game is a sensory masterpiece! Its
visuals, sounds, and story line will grab your soul. You will want that 21 inch
monitor after seeing this beauty!"
"...Beautiful graphics, many in-jokes,
atmospheric music, an original story, tough puzzles, dozens of characters...
need I go on? TLJ is likely to become one of this year's hottest adventure
games. Pre-order this game if possible, because you won't want to miss out on
The Adrenaline Vault
"...There is no forthcoming adventure title
I know of that I am anticipating as much as this one. On top of the truly
incredible graphics, there is the promise of great ambient sounds, beautiful
orchestral music and excellent vocal effects..."
"...The Longest Journey in its 13 chapters
will be a great game. What pushes the marks up are the wonderful storyline, the
motion capture animations and graphics, and the music. I also really enjoyed
the writers sense of humor throughout the game...."
"...one of the most visually attractive and
engaging worlds yet devised."
"...the writing in The Longest Journey is a
cut above normal gaming fare."
"(a) literate and refined adventure
"Once in a while a game so beautiful and so
visually stunning comes along that you have to pinch yourself to make sure that
you are not dreaming (...). Funcom is doing just that in it's new Adventure
title - The Longest Journey"
For an interview with the producer/designer
of The Longest Journey, visit:
Adventure, by Randy Sluganski
"Exactly what is it that allows The Longest Journey to
transcend the normal limitations of the adventure genre? First and foremost is
April, the central character. Though the shell of the plot is your cliched
"save the world" (or in this case, two worlds) theme, the framework upon which
this story is composed delves much deeper. For April is entering upon a rite of
passage; a maturation from the indecisive, self-deprecating teenage years into
a hesitant adulthood that is at first shunned and then gradually embraced. Her
reluctance to face responsibility, as evidenced by her leaving home, forces her
eventually to confront a confused past. Yet, these universal themes of
adolescence, femininity, and sexuality are presented so subtlety that the game
can be enjoyed on many different levels. If one were to extract the superb
dialogue and scripting from The Longest Journey, we would still be left with a
game that is the equivalent of any of the King's Quests or Monkey Islands. That
is how much better this game is than anything on the market. Finally, the
game's conclusion and epilogue are masterpieces of subtlety. A dazzling ending
is surpassed by an even more surprising epilogue."
"Top-notch writing, memorable characters, beautiful 3D
animations against 2D backdrops, and a musical score that is more complementary
than ornamental all unite for a once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience."
EuroGamer, by John
"Every now and then a game comes along that sucks you into
its world so completely that you vanish into it for days at a time, surfacing
only for food and sleep when you just physically can't play any longer. Last
year we had Outcast to rob us of sleep and social
life, and this year we have The Longest Journey.
"Produced somewhere in the depths of Scandinavia, and only
reaching our God forsaken shores some months after it had been released across
most of the rest of Europe, The Longest Journey is quite simply one of the
slickest and most involving adventure games I've ever had the joy of
"The Longest Journey is not without its flaws. the humour
may not appeal to everyone, the conversations can be rather long and meandering
at times, and the labyrinthine plot is occasionally hard to follow.
"Also the 3D characters don't look as good as they should do
because of the low resolution, and although the game still looks gorgeous and
runs silky smooth even on my old RivaTNT, you will really need a graphics card
with support for full-scene anti-aliasing to make the most of the game's
"At the end of the day though, The Longest Journey is an
engrossing and highly entertaining adventure game with characters that you can
care about, an involving storyline to keep you hooked, and settings and
characters that are both beautiful and bizarre. What more could you want from
an adventure game?"
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