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The Longest Journey

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The Longest Journey
The Longest Journey cover
Tri Synergy
Release dates
Windows November 19, 1999
Metacritic 91
Monetization One-time game purchase
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
The Longest Journey on HowLongToBeat
The Longest Journey on IGDB
The Longest Journey guide on StrategyWiki
The Longest Journey on MobyGames
The Longest Journey on Wikipedia
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The Longest Journey is a singleplayer cinematic camera adventure game in the The Longest Journey series.

General information

Official forums
Official forums support section Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Early copies released on 4 CDs, later copies released on 2 CDs or 1 DVD.
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v1.42; 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 Steam and ScummVM.

Essential improvements


Patch 1.61 adds an external configuration tool along with some bug fixes. This patch is the latest for 2 CD/DVD releases only.
The latest patch for 4 CD releases is Build 142.
The Steam version already includes this patch.
The only problem is the lack of character encoding other than the English version.

Peixoto's patch

Allows high resolution and super sampling anti aliasing.
Fixes the white square over the quit game dialogue.
Works with the GOG and DVD versions, but not with the original 4 CD version.


The game can be run with ScummVM regular builds as of October 2021.[3]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

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
640x480 (4:3) native resolution.[4]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use ScummVM and disable the Fullscreen mode setting on the Graphics tab. Press Alt+ Enter in-game to toggle.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use ScummVM and set the 3D Anti-aliasing setting on the Graphics tab to the desired level. This applies MSAA up to 16x.[5]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use ScummVM and enable the V-Sync in 3D Games setting on the Graphics tab.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 92 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, Music, Sound Effects
Surround sound
Press F9 to toggle.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Some subtitles mismatch audio.[6]
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only.
Retail and only.
Offcial localization by "1C/Snowball". Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Download: Text, videos and voices.
Retail only.

Issues fixed

Movie and graphics problems

Issue with not being able to view the Bink-encoded movies or display a game window (black screen).
Versions prior to 1.61 do not have a separate Configure.exe utility. These versions have options presented when the game is launched instead.
Switch to High Performance power plan in the Control Panel (laptops only)[7]

Crash at Police Station

On some graphics cards, the game will crash upon entering the Police Station.
Fix: version[8]
  1. Download
  2. Extract 01.Xarc from and copy it to <path-to-game>\32\01, overwriting the existing file.

Game exit screen is white

Use DDrawCompat[9]
  1. Download DDrawCompat.
  2. Extract the contents from the .zip file into <path-to-game>\System.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
DirectDraw 2
Use ScummVM and set the Game 3D Renderer setting on the Graphics tab to OpenGL or OpenGL with shaders.
Software renderer
Use ScummVM and set the Game 3D Renderer setting on the Graphics tab to Software. Note that the software renderer does not support modded assets.[10]
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 Video Technology


HD mod

Download link
The mod includes neural network upscaled backgrounds and sprites, as well as a redrawn user interface.
This mod uses ResidualVM framework to load new assets. The development of ResidualVM has been stopped, and the project's functionality is now part of ScummVM.[11] 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), switch to ScummVM instead.

HD characters mod

HD characters mod Download link
This mod upscales most characters (the previously bugged Emma upscaled texture in the pack works correctly as from ScummVM v2.8.0 and above) and removes the mipmapping, creating a more crisp experience. It is meant to be played alongside the HD mod above.

System requirements

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 color (16-bit) 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. The Longest Journey - ScummVM :: Wiki - last accessed on May 2023
  2. scummvm/configure.engine at master · scummvm/residualvm - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  3. ScummVM - Oct 9, 2021: Twenty years ago today... - last accessed on 2021-10-10
    "With this release we announce support for Grim Fandango, The Longest Journey and Myst 3: Exile."
  4. ScummVM :: Wiki - The Longest Journey - last accessed on 2022-07-09
  5. ScummVM Documentation - Understanding the graphics settings - Anti-aliasing - last accessed on 2022-07-09
    "Multisampling Anti-Aliasing, or MSAA for short, was developed as a much faster alternative..."
  6. Verified by User:Nonstopmaximum on 2024-04-21
  7. Can't view movies? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  8. Crash on entering Police Station (retrieved)
  9. GitHub - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Verified by User:Baronsmoki on 2022-07-09
    A ScummVM dialogue says this when trying to run The Longest Journey HD mod with the software renderer.
  11. TLJ: Random text is replaced by ellipses - ScummVM :: Forums - last accessed on 2023-06-04