The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey Box.jpg
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Release dates
Windows
November 19, 1999
The Longest Journey at Steam Charts
The Longest Journey at SteamDB
 The Longest Journey at Wikipedia
The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey 1999
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2006
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey 2014

Key points

Disadvantage Performance is fairly poor on modern operating systems, with multiple issues with the way that the game window is rendered and movie compatibility.
Disadvantage Fixes listed on this article make the game playable, but the experience is relatively unfriendly.

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official forums
More information Official forums support section
More information The Longest Journey Wiki
More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Official game soundtrack download page

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail DRM-free
GOG.com DRM-free
Steam Steamicon.png

[edit] Best version

The GOG.com version is inarguably the best due to not having any DRM unlike the Steam version and being updated for Windows 7 compatibility and having a simple installation unlike the Retail version.

[edit] Retail

Information 4 CD-ROMs, a 2 CD as well as a DVD re-release has been made.[1]

[edit] Steam And GOG.com

Information Both versions of the game have been patched for Windows 7 compatibility
Disadvantage Both require major tweaking in order to be user-friendly.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Patch 1.61

Information All digital versions of the game already have this patch installed

The latest official patch available for the game, it adds an external configuration tool along with some bug fixes.

It can be found here.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

In-game options menu.
External options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Impossible Only supports 4:3 aspect ratio at 640x480 resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible
Ultra-widescreen Impossible
4K Ultra HD Impossible
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

[edit] Windowed

Continuation No native option to run in windowed.
Information Game only runs at resolution at 640x480 (whether fullscreen or windowed)
Disadvantage Game window cannot be moved or manipulated, and there are no fixes for this issue.

Fix Fix: Edit Preferences.iniLink

  1. Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini
  2. Under the [DirectX] heading, type bool_StartFullscreen=0, and save your changes.[2]

Fix Fix: Secondary MonitorLink

Disadvantage Will not work on every graphics card.
  • Sometimes connecting an external monitor will force the game into "windowed mode".

Fix Set compatibility mode for 640 × 480Link

Advantage This is the simplest and most stable solution.
Disadvantage 640x480 is not supported by many modern displays.
  1. Right click the game shortcut.
  2. Choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Choose "Run in 640 × 480 screen resolution".
  5. Click OK.

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Movie and graphics problems

Continuation Issue with not being able to view the Bink-encoded movies.
Continuation Issue with not being able to display a game window (black screen).
Information The two listed fixes work for most people, but others have persistent problems and cannot get the game to work.

Fix Run in Software ModeLink

Information This fix turns off the game's hardware graphics acceleration.[3]
Advantage Only affects the 3D models on screen, as backgrounds are rendered in 2D.
Disadvantage Slightly worse visual quality.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Run Configure.exe that you'll find in the above folder. Change one of the options (doesn't matter which) and click ok - this will create the config file. You can open Configure.exe again and switch the option back if you want.
  3. Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini
  4. Under the section that starts with [DirectX] add or change the following settings:
bool_IsDoubleBuffer=0
bool_UseHardware=0

Fix Fix: High Performance Power PlanLink

Information This fix only applies to laptops.[4]
Change the power settings to 'High Performance' in the control panel.

[edit] Crash at Police Station

Information On some graphics cards, the game will crash upon entering the Police Station.

Fix Fix: PatchLink

Fixed with the 1.61 patch.

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Pentium 166 MHz Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 SVGA high colour (16bit) video card
2 MB of VRAM
3D accelarator card (Direct 3D compatible)
4 MB of VRAM

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Longest_Journey
  2. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7631112&postcount=2
  3. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=558693
  4. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23571841&postcount=8
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