Funcom’s Ragnar Tørnquist has confirmed his classic point-and-click adventure game The Longest Journey is being ported to iOS.
The Longest Journey is, genuinely, one of the best examples of its genre. It never quite achieved the same mythic status that games like Kings Quest or Monkey Island enjoy, perhaps because it was released in 1999, missing the point-and-click golden era of the early 90’s by a hair’s breadth, or because it was a relatively serious game surrounded by farcical contemporaries. Regardless, it was brilliant, and April Ryan, struggling art student and reluctant chosen one, deserves to stand alongside the likes of Manny Calavera and Guybrush Threepwood as one of the most likable characters in gaming, period. I could wax philosophical about this game for pages, gentle readers, so instead I’ll direct you to this piece by Tom Rhodes, which explains why the game is great, and by extension, why you should buy it when its released on iOS.
Tørnquist was being pretty stingy with the details, he hasn’t given us a release window for the port, a price, nor any idea if any changes will be made to the game’s forgiving brand of pixel hunting in light of the iPhone’s smaller screen. Funcom is presumably busy putting the finishing touches on The Secret World so, like Dreamfall Chapters –which we were promised back in 2008, Ragnar– we might be waiting for this one for a while.