Classic-style adventure games have seen a resurgence over the past several years, but at the turn of the millennium things weren’t all that rosy for the genre. Adventure games had ruled the early and mid ’90s, but as console hardware improved and twitchier games like first-person shooters began to rise, our old friend the PC adventure game looked like it was going the way of the Dodo. That made the release of Funcom’s The Longest Journey in 2000 pretty awkward. The game received massive critical acclaim, but sadly there just wasn’t a whole lot of mainstream interest in adventure games at that time.
With adventure games finding a renewed interest and mobile devices becoming a dominant presence in recent years, the iPad seemed like a perfect home for The Longest Journey and a way to get it in front of the kind of audience it was dying for back in 2000. An iPad port was announced in 2011, but nothing ever seemed to materialize in the years since. That is, until this morning when The Longest Journey Remastered popped up out of nowhere in the New Zealand App Store, and was spotted by our eagle-eyed forum community. Here’s a look at the trailer for the original PC version of the game.
You can count me among those who missed out on The Longest Journey back when it was first released, and like so many other games I’ve missed over the years, I’m very happy to be able to finally experience it on my iOS device at some point soon. At the moment, The Longest Journey Remastered only appears to be available in Australia and New Zealand, so unfortunately this may be a soft-launch type situation. If you happen to find it in your own country’s App Store, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll monitor the situation to see when the rest of the world will be able to experience this classic adventure.
New Zealand App Store Link: The Longest Journey Remastered, $8.99 (Universal)