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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Windows)

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Description

Dreamfall is the sequel to The Longest Journey and is a third-person adventure game with a few action episodes.

The game begins in Casablanca, 2219. Zoë Castillo is about to get involved in a conspiracy that spans across two worlds: the one she grew up in, and a mysterious magical realm. There has been static interference that is disrupting technology, and it seems to be linked to a little girl seen only by Zoë. As Zoë begins her search for a lost friend, she discovers the truth about the two worlds and the search is now on for the one person who may help Zoë unravel the dangerous web she has become entangled in: April Ryan.

Dreamfall puts the player in control of three characters. It also introduces the focus field feature, which allows the player to scan an entire visible environment as seen by the characters and also use it to eavesdrop into other people's conversations. There are a few fighting sequences in the game, and a few instances where the player can choose to fight a character or opt to solve the confrontation in a peaceful way. The game spans 13 chapters; like April in the previous game, Zoë keeps a diary of all the events that occur in the game.

Screenshots

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Windows Zoe in her apartment.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Windows Watch out for the scanning bots.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Windows Zoe scans the surroundings in Venice, Newport. This will highlight all the interactable objects on the screen.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Windows Friends or foes?

Alternate Titles

  • "梦陨: 最长的旅程" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "夢殞:無盡的旅程II" -- Taiwanese spelling
  • "The Longest Journey: Static" -- Working title
  • "The Longest Journey 2" -- Working title
  • "Mengyun: Zui Chang de Lücheng" -- Chinese title
  • "Drømmefall: Den lengste reisen" -- Norwegian title
  • "Dreamfall: Бесконечное Путешествие" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

More fall than dream אולג 小奥 (168715) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Excellent story and characters, but short on gameplay arensb (7) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
A great....interactive story. Solid Flamingo (1333) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
The story continues, and it's a pretty decent sequel. Jack Lightbeard (2653) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
That’s what happens when you mix ideas of pretty much every great adventure made Open_Sights (380) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Where is the Game? Great Hierophant (225) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
One of the most genius games ever! Patriarch K (33) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A sequel that shows the adventure genre is dying. x0n1c64 (14) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Cheat Code Central Apr 20, 2006 4.3 out of 5 86
Alternative Magazine Online Aug 17, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2006 82 out of 100 82
PC Powerplay May 31, 2006 81 out of 100 81
Gamesmania Jun 06, 2006 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2006 8 out of 10 80
FOK!games Jun 21, 2006 76 out of 100 76
IGN Apr 17, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
La Aventura es la Aventura May 03, 2006 50 out of 100 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Nooooooooooo where's the sequel?!?!?!? 5 Sicarius (61031)
Jul 01, 2008

Trivia

666

Curiously, four out of the seven *.CAB file archives located on the game CDs (2, 3, 4, and 5) are 666,000 kB large and the total size of all files on the first CD is also very close to that number.

1001 Video Games

The Xbox version of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Azadi

The Azadi culture in the game is based on the real world Persian culture (today's Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan). The word "Azadi" itself is a name of a tower in Tehran, the capital of Iran, which was built in 1971 and has since become the symbol of the city. Ironically, the Persian word azadi means "freedom", which doesn't exactly fit the fanatical nature of the Azadi in the game.

Damien's apartment

The two Chinese characters which can be seen on the background during the cut-scene in Damien's apartment are 平和, which are pronounced heiwa in Japanese and mean "peace".

Funcom

Dreamfall is an anniversary game for Funcom, as it is the 25th game they developed.

Sexual references

Intentional or otherwise, the two closed taverns that Zoë can see when she is first in Marcuria are "The Cock and the Puss" and "The Salty Seaman", which both have ambiguous sexual undertones.

References

  • There are several references to Funcom's Anarchy Online series in the game. A copy of the Anarchy Online novel is visible in Zoë's apartment, and the music that plays on the first floor of Reza's apartment is also a track from the MMORPG.
  • There are various Dreamfall and The Longest Journey boxes throughout the game. Such as in Reza's bathroom shelf, Zoë 's floor near the TV, behind the Merchant at the crossroads, as well as many other places.

Technology

Although the game's minimum requirement on the box and "readme" file states that you need a GeForce FX 5700 or a ATi Radeon 9550 display card to run it, the game is playable on older cards such as GeForce 3 or Radeon 8500. In fact, it only uses pixel and vertex shaders version 1.1 not version 2.0 and beyond. However just like every shader model 1.1 powered game it won't work with GeForce 4 MX.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #3 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #8 PC Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Adventure Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Adventure Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
    • 2006 – Xbox Adventure Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Best Music of the Year (PC)
    • 2006 – Best Story of the Year (PC)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2007 – The Most Interactive Movie in 2006
Information also contributed by Karthik KANE, Sciere and Unicorn Lynx.

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