The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
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Release dates
Windows November 19, 1999
The Longest Journey
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Key points

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

General information

Official game site
Official forums
Official forums support section
The Longest Journey Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail 1.42
The soundtrack is available for free at developer's website. and Steam[edit]

Both digital releases of the game have major compatibility issues and require tweaking to get around them


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

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.61 adds an external configuration tool along with some bug fixes. This patch is for retail releases only.
Patch can be forced on other versions by using an archive utility to extract the files. However, you may have sound issues.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ
Save game location can changed, see Issues fixed section.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher options
Launcher options
In-game options
In-game options


No native option to run in windowed.
Game only runs at resolution at 640x480 (whether fullscreen or windowed)
Game window cannot be moved or manipulated, and there are no fixes for this issue.
Fix: Edit Preferences.ini[citation needed]
  1. Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini (or Preferences.ini in your game install folder).
  2. Under the [DirectX] heading, type bool_StartFullscreen=0, and save your changes.[2]
Fix: Secondary Monitor
Will not work on every graphics card.
  • Sometimes connecting an external monitor will force the game into "windowed mode".
Set compatibility mode for 640 × 480
This is the simplest and most stable solution.
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.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Some subtitles mismatch audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Change Save Game Location[edit]

Change Save Sub-Folder
You can use any number, just remember to create the numbered folder under the Save folder first.
  • Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini (or Preferences.ini in your game install folder).
  • Add the line SaveDir=02.
  • Save the updated Preferences.ini
Change Save Folder
Can be used to use Dropbox or OneDrive for cloud saving if the service can be mapped to a drive letter.
If using a cloud service mapped drive ensure allow off-line use is enabled.
  • Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini (or Preferences.ini in your game install folder).
  • Edit line SaveDir with the full path you wish to use for saves.
Example: SaveDir=D:\TLJ\Saves
  • Save the updated Preferences.ini


Default fonts can be very difficult to read.
Customize Fonts
Customize fonts and sizes.
Some text may not align properly in dialog boxes.
  • Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Gui.ini (or Gui.ini in your game install folder).
  • Subtitles/Dialog Choices: change the font name and/or font size:
  • Tooltips: change the font name and/or font size:
  • Save the updated Gui.ini

Movie and graphics problems[edit]

Issue with not being able to view the Bink-encoded movies.
Issue with not being able to display a game window (black screen).
The fixes work for most people, but others have persistent problems and cannot get the game to work properly
Versions prior to 1.61 do not have a separate Configure.exe utility.
(These versions have options presented when the game is launched instead.)
Run in Software Mode
This fix turns off the game's hardware graphics acceleration.[3]
Only affects the 3D models on screen, as backgrounds are rendered in 2D.
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 (Or Preferences.ini in the game install folder.)
  4. Under the section that starts with [DirectX] add or change the following settings:
Multiple displays
If it doesn't work, try to create multiple display (VGA, extend), as shown in this video. Also u can put those two monitors you have just created in cross position, so your mouse will not run "out of screen".
Fix: High Performance Power Plan
This fix only applies to laptops.[4]

Change the power settings to 'High Performance' in the control panel.

Crash to desktop[edit]

Game exits to desktop with an error message as soon as a cutscene (FMV) stops playing
Fix: Skip cutscenes

Press Escape before the cutscene finishes. Also, save at every new location. That way you can watch the cutscene, then reload your game after the crash and skip ahead.

Fix: Use low quality video[citation needed]
  1. Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\preferences.ini (Or Preferences.ini in the game install folder.)
  2. Under the [Preferences] heading, change bool_HighResVideo=1 to bool_HighResVideo=0 and save.

For digital releases, go to in-game options and uncheck "High Quality Video".

Crash at Police Station[edit]

On some graphics cards, the game will crash upon entering the Police Station.
Fix: Patch
Fixed with a special patch located in the install folder: station_fix\TLJ_PoliceStationFix.exe.
Fix: Patch
Fixed with the 1.61 patch.
If you find the patch is unable to be installed (for example, with the version of the game), you may be able to fix the crash by changing some options on the game's launcher:
Turn off 3D acceleration
Turn off high quality models
Set the game to 16 bit color.
(You can then re-enable these after you get past that section of the game.)
If all else fails you can try right-clicking the game icon, select Properties, select the Compatibility tab and check the box for "Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution".

Graphic glitches/flickering with forced AA[edit]

Graphic anomalies can be seen when forcing Anti-aliasing through driver's Control Panel
Fix: Force single buffering[citation needed]
  1. Run Configure.exe found in the main game directory. In the launcher, go to Advanced Options.
  2. Check "Force Single Buffer".

An alternative solution can be found here

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. Wikipedia:The Longest Journey