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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Longing is a point-and-click adventure about waiting and loneliness. It's an intentionally slow game that takes 400 elapsed days to finish. It draws on the Idle Game genre, where you use minor interactions to incrementally advance. Here though, the slow repetitive pace of the game isn't to persuade you to pay money to speed thing up but to reflect on the pace of life.

The 400 days of the game advance in real time, both during play and between sessions. As time passes you click to move around and explore the world, find items and take on simple tasks. It is set in a small cave with hand-drawn paintings on the wall and carpets on the floor. Not unlike a hobbit hole. There is even a fire in the corner. In the space you, as the Shade, wait until the time arrives when you can awaken its king.

Along with the long-slow pace of the game, interactions in the world are also slow. You move slowly, and even simple tasks take a long long time. This consists mostly of exploring caves, gathering resources to furnish your home and other busy work. These things can slightly speed up the game clock but not very much.

Although this sounds like something of an anti-game, it is surprisingly intriguing and appealing. It invites you to face the slow pace of time. But more than that, it becomes a place for you to face, and potentially reconnect with yourself. How you play the game doesn't have a huge effect on the screen (although there are several endings) but it can have a large effect on you, the player.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Simulation

Developer: Studio Seufz (@StudioSeufz)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8000 hours and 9600 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This requires some unusual skills. You need to be willing to wait for months of real-time to prgress. Younger players need to be able to enjoy very slow progress. Those that see this more as a game to visit and see what's happen rather than to win, enjoy it the most.

CostsCosts

The Longing usually costs £12.99 to £13.49.
 

The Longing

Steam Store PC £12.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49
App Store Mac £12.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Longing Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@StudioSeufz) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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