When The Long Journey Home focuses on interactions with a diverse and entertaining cast of aliens across its procedurally generated star systems, it's possible to find a degree of wonder and personality that many roguelike seldom achieve. Unfortunately, such interactions take a back seat to a barrage of frustrating minigames with rewards that rarely match the risks. The experience as a whole suffers for it.
A savage, sometimes frustrating space exploration game that succeeds because of beautiful design and a compelling universe.
The Long Journey Home promises much more than its punishing gameplay can deliver on
Daedalic has created a very brave space roguelike that features strategy elements and a huge universe to keep us in front of our screens.
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There's not quite enough here to win me over completely, but there's more than enough to make the numerous trips I've made worthwhile, and part of the charm is in never knowing if there's anything left to discover.
The Long Journey Home is a roguelike that tries to do things differently but it still fails to become accessible enough to a wider audience. While there are some interesting mechanics and features, the bad controls for both ship and lander and the lack of precise information will put more than a few players off.
The Long Journey Home is a roguelike sci-fi survival simulator fueled on hope and hopelessness. Bring them home, commander. But be ready to die a hundred deaths before that ever happens.
The Long Journey Home is a nice spatial game that suffers repetition.
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The space adventure of The Long Journey Home it's hard, a journey into the galaxies that requires a lot of patience. Not a bad game, but not for everyone.
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Space the final frontier... this is the attempt to return from that frontier.
The Long Journey Home is an interesting exploration game that succeeds in a lot of ways, but never really seems to shine.
More like Wasted Journey
I spent many moments cursing its name in frustrating due to consistently dying. However, the game has grown on me, and I am excited to take different paths and play different ways. Fairly priced, The Long Journey Home provides some comedic relief in a dire and stressful time. The game's atmosphere is beautiful and the exploration into the game provides a vast amount of space adventure.
The Long Journey Home is a painful war of attrition. It feels at odds with itself: it wants to incorporate randomization to encourage replayability, yet that randomization makes the critical resource-management components even more frustrating. It could have seriously benefitted from some restraint on the part of the developers; if fewer systems were left up to pure chance, this could have been an expansive, exciting new exploration game. Instead, it's an overpriced curiosity that buries some great ideas under a planet-sized mound of bad decisions.
It's slow moving, but that's mainly because you're trying to conserve fuel. If you're awful at resource management, then you'll find The Long Journey Home takes longer than it should. There's quite a bit to do and see, and kill, but if you want a time sink then this will be right up your alley.
The Long Journey Home never attempts to make its journey particularly thrilling, but the deliberate pacing combines well with its risk-versus-reward elements and the simple enjoyment of travelling the stars.
If you’re looking for an strange little alternative to No Man’s Sky then look no further than The Long Journey Home
The Long Journey Home is a richly detailed, challenging experience which quickly and efficiently sucked me in. For those willing and able to master the complexities of the game, it will provide a rewarding and memorable adventure with an abundance of replayability and variety.
At this point in time I can’t really recommend The Long Journey Home. The game’s control system is fundamentally broken and I think it would take too much work from the developers to patch this in. I personally think it would be a worthwhile investment as it would seriously make the game much more playable and enjoyable. My other main gripe is the repetitive gameplay, unless you like grindy type games, then The Long Journey is probably an easy one to skip. Especially for the very high price point.
The Long Journey Home on paper is a game that is very much for me. It is a game about the exploring space, seeking out new life and interacting with fascinating civilizations but the fact that it is a rogue-like takes away from all that.