The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey cover
Release dates
Windows November 19, 1999
Metacritic 91
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Realistic, Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Europe, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Medieval
Series The Longest Journey
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The Longest Journey on IGDB
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Key points

Can be played on ScummVM.[3]
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 forums
Official forums support section Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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1.42; includes manual, wallpapers, guide, soundtrack, avatars, and artwork
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Demos are available from ResidualVM and ScummVM. 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.[4]

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.61 adds an external configuration tool along with some bug fixes. This patch is for retail releases only.
Steam version already includes this patch.
Patch can be forced on other versions by using an archive utility to extract the files. Just to have audio, you must convert iss files to ogg (audio only) format using vorbis codec and rename format to ovs. That's working!

The only problem is the lack of character encoding other than the English version.

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Allows high resolution and super sampling anti aliasing
Fixes the white square over the quit game dialog
Works with the GOG and DVD versions, but not with the original 3 CDs version

Game-specific utilities[edit]


You can run The Longest Journey with ScummVM regular builds. Daily builds are no longer required as of October 2021; however, be wary of any remaining issues. This remains the only way to run the game on OS X, Linux, and other operating systems. Link here.

The Longest Journey HD mod[edit]

The Longest Journey HD mod is an AI upscale mod for TLJ. The mod includes neural network upscaled backgrounds and sprites, redrawn user interface and it works on all modern systems without any issues of the original game.
This mod uses ResidualVM framework to load new assets. The development of ResidualVM has been stopped, and the project's functionality is now a part of ScummVM.[5] ResidualVM remains a working solution, but if any bugs occur when running the mod (e.g. incorrect word wrapping in menus with "..." replacing parts of labels), try using one of the latest ScummVM daily builds instead.

The download link can be found here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6310/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Funcom\TLJ[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\The Longest Journey\Save
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6310/pfx/[Note 2]
Save game data location can be changed, see change save game data location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, Music, Sound Effects
Surround sound
Some subtitles mismatch audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version only.
GOG & local retail version only.
Retail only. Download: Text, videos and voices.

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 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.)
Fix: High Performance Power Plan[6]
This fix only applies to laptops.

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: version[7]
  1. Download
  2. Extract 01.Xarc from and copy it to <path-to-game>\32\01, overwriting the existing file.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Use ScummVM for 64-bit support.
macOS (OS X)
Use ScummVM.
Use ScummVM.


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video, Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 640x480 SVGA high colour (16bit) video card
2 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/6310/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (6310) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.