• Publisher: ASHGAMES
  • Release Date: Apr 14, 2021
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: AN UNUSUAL MIX OF ADVENTURE AND IDLE GAME. Play as a lonely Shade, the last servant of a king who once ruled an underground kingdom. The king's powers have faded and he falls asleep for 400 days to regain his might. It is your duty to stay in the earthen palace until he awakens. As soon asAN UNUSUAL MIX OF ADVENTURE AND IDLE GAME. Play as a lonely Shade, the last servant of a king who once ruled an underground kingdom. The king's powers have faded and he falls asleep for 400 days to regain his might. It is your duty to stay in the earthen palace until he awakens. As soon as you start, the game inevitably counts down the 400 days - even when you stop playing and exit the game. It is now up to you to decide what to do with your solitary existence beneath the soil. Don't stress yourself, you have plenty of time. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 23, 2021
    100
    The Longing is an incredibly cerebral game all about not just slowing down, but stopping and waiting. Every aspect of the game speaks to an intense thematic through-line few other games can hope to possess.
  2. Apr 28, 2021
    90
    If you are the kind of gamer who likes an atmospheric, experimental style of game, then pick up The Longing. Will you be benevolent or cruel? Curious or apathetic? Loyal or untrustworthy. The choices, the discoveries, the myth, and the magic are all in your hands!
  3. 90
    The Longing is a very special game that alters how someone plays a game, what a puzzle can be, or even what a game can be. This is a fun game full of moments that are exciting, which is honestly surprising for what might be the slowest game ever made. Finding a new tool or a decoration to make The Shade’s home more comfortable is truly joyous, and I love that the puzzles are clever and unique. No other game is going to lock progression behind waiting two hours for a door to open. No other game is going to make moving a rock across a room take three minutes and dozens of button presses. I just don’t know if I think that wanting to play a different video game while waiting for another video game to play itself is good. Should an entertainment product be constantly engaging? I don’t really know. However, I do know that I wouldn’t change a single thing about The Longing.
  4. May 14, 2021
    80
    The Longing might seem like it doesn't quite belong to the gaming world - who would play a game that takes 400 days of real time to finish? Fortunately, there's a lot more to The Longing than that number suggests. Thanks to its truly challenging puzzles, an innovative and well implemented concept, a good balance between active and passive gameplay styles, and engaging ways to make the time flow faster, The Longing fits perfectly with the Nintendo Switch catalogue and will treat many gamers to an unexpected surprise.
  5. Apr 22, 2021
    75
    While The Longing isn’t for everyone, it’s an excellent exercise in expanding our definition of what video games can be. You can explore and get to know your Shade, filling its home with warmth and making it happy as it longs for its king to awaken. Or you could put the game down, turn it off, and never open it again until the 400 days have passed. The choice is entirely yours. The Longing rewards your curiosity, invites you to sit with your feelings, and reminds us of the importance (sometimes) of being alone. And, if anything, it’ll teach you that patience is a virtue.
  6. May 4, 2021
    70
    This is one of the hardest games I have ever had to review. Partially because I haven’t played the The Longing in its entirety, but also because I simply don’t know where the journey will take me. Many people will write off this game for being boring or too slow paced; I certainly grew impatient many times and had to take a break. But if the player can understand the slow pacing as a means to communicate The Longing’s true essence, they will be rewarded with a purgative experience unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
  7. Apr 30, 2021
    50
    We can't lie — we hated The Longing. We hated every second of playing it for review. Is it a resounding success at presenting all of its themes? Is it thought-provoking in a way that few games manage? Is it an exhausting slog we wouldn't wish on our worst enemies? The answer to all these questions is yes. But, with all that said, you cannot help but respect the developer's audacity and unwavering commitment to their principles. What the game sets out to do it accomplishes with flying colours, and it's filled with clever ideas and meditations. Ultimately, The Longing is one of those video games that defies traditional scoring metrics. What kind of score would you give a game that succeeds so triumphantly at being utterly, utterly tedious? A one? A ten? It feels inadequate and somewhat trite to split the difference, but here we are.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 16, 2021
    10
    Definitely not a game for everyone but most certainly a one of a kind game. I find more and more that AAA gaming gets a bit samey at times.Definitely not a game for everyone but most certainly a one of a kind game. I find more and more that AAA gaming gets a bit samey at times. There are franchises which defy this of course but when I grow tired of big budget flashy games which feel the same I find the indie space is the answer. The longing is a prime example of something different.

    An ancient king has created you to wake him after 400 days have passed... 400 real life days. How you spend that time is up to you. Exploring the network of caverns will allow you to uncover secrets which allow you to interact with the environment in different ways. You may even find ways of speeding up the time.

    This is a great game to check in with for an hour or two a day. It's simply not possible to complete it in one sitting but at the same time it has multiple endings so you can find a way of finishing it without waiting 400 days. It took me roughly a week and a half to two weeks.

    I mostly avoided guides but there were a couple of tricky puzzles towards the end. I'd say if you're stuck don't be afraid to look up the answer but a lot of the joy of this game is in exploring and figuring out how to make progress.

    I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique gaming experience and someone who appreciates something slow paced as well.
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  2. May 7, 2021
    10
    La meilleure expérience vidéo-ludique jamais vécue en 30 ans de jeux vidéo. Le concept de solitude et du temps qui passe est exploité àLa meilleure expérience vidéo-ludique jamais vécue en 30 ans de jeux vidéo. Le concept de solitude et du temps qui passe est exploité à merveille avec une mécanique très judicieuse autour du compte à rebours qu'il nous appartient de subir ou de manipuler. Très bonne ambiance, une magnifique OST, un monologue subtil, percutants et souvent drôle, et une direction artistique qui n'est pas sans rappeler ce qu'on connait de dessinateurs de BD tel que Lewis Trondheim ou Joann Sfar. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2021
    8
    A slow and very relaxing game were you wander around as a tiny shadow through 2D drawn dungeons. Perfect to play in handheld mode on theA slow and very relaxing game were you wander around as a tiny shadow through 2D drawn dungeons. Perfect to play in handheld mode on the Switch. The perfect game for the Switch Expand