Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    65
    The greatness of this game relies on its willfulness, trying to carry out a project full of tension, characteristic of the madness and the dilemmas of the science fiction genre. To accomplish that, they introduce insane characters, capable of causing real apprehension, especially accentuated by a good soundtrack. Sadly, all these great ideas fail to amaze us due to a simplistic level design and because it's deprived of terror.
  2. Apr 20, 2018
    60
    The Long Reach is a fantastic debut from developer Painted Black Games in terms of presentation, but its lacking story (or explanation thereof) and technical hiccups hold it back. If you fancy a short horror experience with sleek, pixel art visuals and classic point and click elements, it's worth giving it a try.
  3. Apr 8, 2018
    60
    If you’re easily frustrated you will probably give up way before the four or so hours it takes to beat the game, which is a shame because it’s a title that has something to give.
  4. Mar 19, 2018
    60
    Fans of classic point-and-click adventures will feel right at home here, but anyone else might find The Long Reach a little flat.
  5. Mar 14, 2018
    60
    A quirky 2D adventure with hints of psychological horror and some classic puzzles. Though its gameplay is riddled with glitches and its narrative full of flaws, The Long Reach keeps tempting you to peer around the next murky corner.
  6. Mar 21, 2018
    50
    The Long Reach just barely misses the mark thanks to a painfully tone deaf script full of juvenile dialogue and puzzles that rely on process of elimination as much as actual thought-work. The general aesthetic of the world is appealing, with just well-crafted sprites, and the atmosphere is appropriately oppressive, but the overall story feels bound together by a script that can't decide between humour and tension.
  7. 50
    All told, The Long Reach could have used some more time in the oven. It presents issues that seem readily solvable—lighting, object highlighting, proof reading—but in its current form, the game is frustrating and not particularly enjoyable. Maybe some of the problems can be patched out, but until that happens, I can’t recommend The Long Reach despite its intriguing storyline.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Mar 21, 2018
    5
    .......
    Try hard dialogue
    No logic to most puzzles
    Spooky tedium
    ......
  2. Jun 8, 2019
    8
    Got this game for the Switch, for 1,59€ (currently at discount on the store at around 4€) gotta say its a short story, but its a damn goodGot this game for the Switch, for 1,59€ (currently at discount on the store at around 4€) gotta say its a short story, but its a damn good one. I got capture by the game's vibe. The music is well balanced, but at one part the "creepy music" didn't fit what it was shown. I loved the dialogue options there's a few that actually made me chuckle.

    But be aware this game is mostly for people who like the story 1st and gameplay after, it's more of a light novel with intractable parts. The puzzle parts are mediocre at best but captivating towards the story and interactions with the main character. The gameplay itself is rather straight forward and easy.

    In perspective its worth trying at least just for the story. I'll expect more games like this in the future but longer and actually hard to solve some of the puzzles, love these type of games.
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  3. Jan 2, 2019
    0
    Score: 0 - Would not play again. Would not recommend. Would talk someone else out of wasting their precious time.

    Gameplay style: This is
    Score: 0 - Would not play again. Would not recommend. Would talk someone else out of wasting their precious time.

    Gameplay style: This is an exploration game where you walk left or right in long rooms and use doors to enter and explore other rooms. There are limited items to interact with and fetch-like puzzles.

    I've played games with this style before, and this one was easier to play in terms of finding the items and combining/using items. It helps that all the items you can interact with highlight.

    About 1-2 hours in i asked myself "wait, what is going on" because it wasn't 100% clear why people were losing their minds and how this incident spread and effected the entire planet, or if that was even real. It was unclear and it was never answered and the game ends suddenly.

    Even though it was easy to play, the story drags this down all the way. In a world with so many games and so little time, put your time somewhere else.
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