The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey cover
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
The soundtrack is available for free at developer's website.

Version differences[edit]

The version has been updated for compatibility with modern systems.


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

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

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.61 adds an external configuration tool along with some bug fixes. Digital distribution versions are already patched.

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 cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
External options menu.
External options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only supports 4:3 aspect ratio at 640x480 resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Enabling AA causes flickering. The solution can be found here
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS


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
  1. Open %APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Preferences.ini
  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
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

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 two listed fixes work for most people, but others have persistent problems and cannot get the game to work.
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
  4. Under the section that starts with [DirectX] add or change the following settings:
Multiple displays
If it doesnt 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 possition, 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 at Police Station[edit]

On some graphics cards, the game will crash upon entering the Police Station.
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, high quality models and set the game to 16 bit colour. You can then re-enable these after you get past that section of the game.

When 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".

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