Shortly after I graduated from high school I had little to do with the free time I had. Sure, I was working full time at my sister’s daycare and still writing but not much of anything else. I had my weekends free and saw less and less of my close friends. They had either signed up for the Army or were in college pursuing their dreams. I felt left behind and needed an escape.
Back in the early 2000’s I was terrified of computers. I was still typing away on my typewriter. An ex boyfriend had actually introduced me to computers and had left me the game Omikron: The Nomad Soul. This was a great game and also had a great soundtrack by the legendary and awesome David Bowie who also appeared in the game. Now some would argue that this was the one that made me a gamer and though I enjoyed it, in my opinion it did not. It did, however, lead me to The Longest Journey and that is where it began. My mother had actually encouraged me to try it, to get me more involved with computers, hoping it would ween me off my typewriter. I wasn’t too sure of the game but I decided to give it a shot.
I waited a couple of days to play it. At this time the only computer we had in the home was the Gateway which was in the corner of the kitchen by our table. I don’t know about you but I’m the lonely gamer. I really like to be by myself when I play so I devote my attention to it.
I played as April Ryan, who seems to be living in her dream. You need to start right off by solving a puzzle and meeting a dragon. Soon the dream starts crumbling and something threatening is there. You are back into your dorm room and talk to yourself. You will do this a lot. As the story continues, you realize you are in Italy well into the future. This helps mold the game. If you are not into sci-fi and robots and aliens don’t fret. I feel that this really helped shape the game but it’s the center of it’s being. April and her journey is.
April starts to dream when she’s awake. She sees creatures at the cafe where she works and also when she is watching TV with two friends. She is being chased and stalked by goons known as The Vanguard. She can’t really get the help from her two best friends or the creepy guy, Zack, across the hall that wants to take her on a date but seeks the help of an older man, Cortez, who other than April happens to be another favorite character of mine. Cortez helps her little by little until he has her meet him at an old Movie Theater. It’s then that the game gets awesome. You discover that April is a shifter. This means that she has the gift to go between two worlds: Arcadia and Stark. It’s basically the Present and the magic World.
In this game you will do everything from out smarting an Alchemist and the Gribbler. Restoring the balance between the two worlds. You will need to defeat McAllen and Gordon and the Vanguard to do this. They are the evil creeps trying to stop you. You will have the help of Tobias, The White Dragon, Crow, the Bandu and of course Cortez who has a big surprise for you farther into the game.
This game has it all. There are wonderfully created worlds, visuals, many puzzles and characters. It actually has an ending which I find most games don’t. If you are interested in this game you can check out these links: http://www.longestjourney.com/ , http://www.ask.com/wiki/The_Longest_Journey?oo=0 Or if you like you can purchase Omkiron: The Nomad Soul at Amazon.com. There is a sequel to The Longest Journey called Dreamfall. Find out more at this link: http://www.dreamfall.com/ . In this game you play as a new character named Zoe but you do play as April too.
I hope you do. In fact, I’m thinking I might just get the game which I still have and pop it into my lap top. After all, it seems like a gaming kind of day to me.