TLJ: Dreams

This is the intro a series of articles related the the best adventure game I’ve ever played: The Longest Journey. The articles will contain a lot of details about the game – so if you want to try it – you should consider not reading this article.

The Longest Journey is the story of the existence of two twin worlds. The Stark [Earth] and a parallel Universe called Arcadia.

The first one is governed by science and technology. We can see from the first chapter of the game that even if Venice it’s an old human-inhabited place – mega-structures and high-tech equipment is scattered all over the place.

Arcadia – is a place of magic, a place where dreams become truth. This will be explained in a later article.

Venice, Newport - outside the Border House

We have our protagonist – April Ryan. She is an artist studying at VAVA University.

Even if her inspiration left her – she has to finish some paintings for an upcoming exhibition.

We see that she has a troubling dream. She is taken to a strange realm where she encounters the Spirit of Wood and then a dragon which tells her that a greater destiny awaits her.

When she’s back to reality, a strange character – Cortez will show her his interest and knowledge about her condition.

He’s the one who marks a certain piece of the puzzle. He truly believes in the power of art and the truth of it. By using the phrase “visualize your dreams” he is capable of offering a detail about April’s dreams. They could be real – they are showing her something.

When while watching that movie – and the jungle landscape becomes real – we have our answer. Deep beneath our imagination is a sparkle of accuracy. It’s a principle that is the base of all things. It’s a naked-truth.

Does April know that?

iPlay: Zoe Castillo

Welcome to the newest series of articles this blog has to offer. iPlay includes different aspects of gaming including stories, characters, puzzles and so on.

Today’s feature is the main character from a game I recently finished and which was featured here. I’m talking about the sequel to “The Longest Journey” – “Dreamfall”. Being an adventure game with a really cool story, the game has to offer interesting characters.

But probably the most interesting and cool and cute and…stop. The one which people loved is Zoe Castillo.

On the official “Longest Journey” forum someone stated – I think I’m in love with Zoe Castillo. Is that wrong?

If people fall in love with virtual girls that must have reasonable explanation. And all begins with the story behind the character.

Zoe is a typical girl who hasn’t found yet a purpose in life. She dropped out of university, she broke up with her boyfriend, she spends time doing useless things. She isn’t the type to get involve into every part of the society she lives in, by the contrary she has just a few close friends.

Lacking a purpose only makes her feel unsteady, useless, probably close to miserable. This til the moment her adventure begins. Being involved in the action of trying to help Reza will place her into a world she would never imagine.

At first she has a hard time accepting her role in all this story. She is the type of person who has to see with her own eyes in order to believe something. But she will convince herself of the things she has to deal with after The Eye – the police – puts her on the black list.

From the indifference she will get into really wanting to find out the truth.

The messages she receives – like the one in which she is told to find April Ryan – will reflect her devotion to the newly stated destiny.

It’s amazing how the creators put the pieces together and offered this character the possibility of mental and spiritual evolution. I always liked that in games or anime series or whatever crossed my path.

But is it worth to have a massive crush over a 3D virtual model? I guess not, but you can enjoy its aspect as long as you’re playing the game.

Zoe is smart, she is devoted to her cause and besides that she is represented as a women – acting cute sometimes or defending her personality. I guess I appreciate this character.

Dreamfall: The Longest journey [part two]

I would never guessed this…my adventure playing this game took me to….Japan. That it’s right. But only during the gameplay 😦

So, Zoe ends up in Japan trying to get to her friend. A very cool atmosphere is depicted here. Despite the botspiders that fry you – and the grumpy persons you can find here.

But it has some cool aspects – if I may say – the puzzles are quite easy to solve – or I’m just too smart for this game. Except for those musical hieroglyphs I didn’t have any problem solving all the puzzles. Hacking and breaking codes – putting all the pieces together, obtaining all the necessary items, talking to the right people – I’m doing fine playing this game.

What I really like about this game is the environment and of course that feeling of getting the chance to see again all parts of Marcuria: The JourneyMan Inn, the Streets, etc.

And surprise – we get Crow once again into action. And his humor never ceased to exist.

But enough of this. The story brings back Zoe to Marcuria and she meets April, who has to save her from the prison. I’m currently in the 11th chapter so soon the story will end. I wonder what my reaction will be after seeing the final chapter. I surely hope it will amazing…