The Long Journey Home is a procedurally generated space exploration RPG. Players choose a crew of four and then launch into a hostile universe full of planets, alien species and danger.
Return to Earth
Describing the core mechanics of The Long Journey Home is a tricky task: part crew management, part space combat, part trading sim and part mining strategy, the game allows users to focus on different aspects or become a master of all trades. Players start by choosing a crew for their ship before departing on an adventure home to Earth in a seemingly endless universe. Planets can be mined, alien factions allied with and resources traded, all with the end goal of reaching home. Despite this wide variety in gameplay, The Long Journey Home quickly teaches players to approach the universe in certain ways. The living plot, with crew members' individual personalities impacting decisions, drives the game forward long after strategy choices are over. PC gamers should also note that use of a controller is highly recommended, especially with planet mining missions.
The Long Journey Home is a robust and engaging space simulator with a few small problems, especially on PC. The choice of crew members allows for extra playthroughs with new stories and challenges.