A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Long Journey Home is a procedural sci-fi adventure/role-playing game (RPG), meaning no two games are the same. Players take charge of a four-person crew lost in space trying to make their way home. Throughout the adventure, players will make use of resource management, communication skills, reading and problem solving, and even physics to successfully make their way back to Earth. It's not an easy game to learn, but it's somewhat forgiving when mistakes are made and patience does pay off in time. The game's dialogue does make occasional use of profanity, as well as references to drug and alcohol use. There's some mild violence, depending on the choices you make and the aliens you encounter, but there's no blood or gore shown, and some of these encounters can be avoided.
What's it about?
THE LONG JOURNEY HOME is a story about a space mission gone horribly wrong and the steps the crew must take to find a way back. When your ship's jump drive malfunctions during what should've been just another supply mission, you and your crew find yourselves stranded light years from Earth. To get back home, you'll need to forge a path ahead, explore new worlds and discover the secrets they hold, strike up alliances with alien races, use your crew's skills, and make some tough moral decisions. With each new game, you'll face new galaxies and new challenges, but through it all, one thing stays the same … the desire to get back home.
Is it any good?
This space RPG will challenge your management and diplomacy skills as you try to safely return to Earth. If you were stranded, far away from everything you held near and dear, surrounded by the unknown, what would you be willing to do to find your way home? That's the constant question players must answer in The Long Journey Home. While you may be lost in vastness of the cosmos, you're never alone. Stumbling into various alien encounters pushes players to make some hard choices. Should you give up one of your crewmembers to satisfy a slave trader's demands? Or do you fight it out and try to escape, potentially crippling your ship and leaving you with no way home? This is just one example of the tough moral choices you have to make in the game, the consequences of which can ripple through the rest of your adventure. Thanks to the procedurally generated content, each fresh start opens up new scenarios and new choices, with no two games ever playing the same.
Of course, there's a lot more to space exploration than alien diplomacy. You're in charge of a manned spaceship, after all. One that needs fuel, maintenance, upgrades, with a crew that needs its health and well-being if you ever plan to see home again. This means taking planetary excursions for supplies and discoveries. It might seem simple enough on paper, but there's a lot more to flight than just pointing the ship in a direction and hitting the gas. You'll need to factor in things like how to use a planet's gravitational pull to slingshot to a new destination while conserving fuel. Or you may need to adjust course and speed on the fly, with even slight changes making the difference between entering into a safe orbit or slamming full speed into a nearby star. The controls definitely take some getting used to and can feel a bit overly sensitive (especially if using a keyboard/mouse combination). Thankfully, the game is a bit forgiving when it comes to mistakes. Sure, crashing into a planet might leave the crew with a few broken bones and your ship a bit worse for wear, but it's rare not to be able to recover from a single bad choice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about problem solving. What are some of the skills you can use to overcome obstacles? Are there any tips for keeping a cool head during a crisis situation?
Discuss science and space. What are some of the ways that we use science in our everyday lives, and how are we applying what we've learned to the future of space exploration?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
- Release date: May 30, 2017
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: STEM, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: May 4, 2021
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