The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey Box.jpg
Release dates
November 19, 1999
The Longest Journey at WineHQ
The Longest Journey at SteamDB
 The Longest Journey at Wikipedia
The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey 1999
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2006
Dreamfall Chapters 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 Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Official game soundtrack download page


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM-free DRM-free
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Version differences[edit]

Information The version has been updated for compatibility with modern systems.


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

Steam And[edit]

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

Essential improvements[edit]


Information 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]

Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
External options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution No native support Only supports 4:3 aspect ratio at 640x480 resolution.
Multi-monitor No native support
Ultra-widescreen No native support
4K Ultra HD No native support
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support Enabling AA causes flickering. The solution can be found here
Vertical sync (Vsync) No native support
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown


Information 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.ini

  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 Monitor

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 × 480

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.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping No native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Movie and graphics problems[edit]

Information Issue with not being able to view the Bink-encoded movies.
Information 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 Mode

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:

Fix Multiple displays

Information 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 Fix: High Performance Power Plan

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

Crash at Police Station[edit]

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

Fix Fix: Patch

Fixed with the 1.61 patch.
Information 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