The Longing Review (Nintendo Switch)

The game: Gender Aspiration: Adventure, puzzle, Indy System : Nintendo Switch (also on Steam)
Developers | Publishers : Anwendungssysteme Heidelberg Software GmbH | ASHGAMES
Age Classification : US E | EU 7+
Price : US $14.99 | UK £13.49 | EU €14.99
Release date : 14. April 2021

Verification of the code used, courtesy of Emily Morganti on behalf of the application systems.

The Longing – Indie Adventure Game About Waiting…. And the waiting! The aspiration begins with a word: Wait a minute, wait a minute. And it’s the perfect introduction to this game where waiting is literally the only thing you have to do. Based on the German saga of Kiffhauser, the film begins with a giant king talking to his loyal servant Shadow, a plant-like figure with yellow eyes and a beak-like nose.

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Waiting game

After telling the servant that his strength is waning, the king tells him that he will sleep for 400 days to regain his strength. Then his servant will rouse him to put an end to all fear and desire.
Shadow had to guard the king for the next 400 days while he slept. That’s 400 days in real time, 400 days!

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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After the king’s announcement, The Shadow retreated to a small cave in a vast underground network of caverns, where he contemplated the gravity of his task.

From the moment the king falls asleep, a countdown clock appears at the top of the screen. The clock continues to run even if you close the game or turn off the console. Until it’s time to wake the king, the shadow must entertain itself within the confines of a completely abandoned kingdom. You have control of Shadow, so you can use it for those 400 days.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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Selection for production

At this point you can make a choice. There is no learning curve beyond basic shadow movement, you will be able to play the game almost immediately. You could, if you really wanted to, turn the game off now, come back in 400 days and see what happens. But I don’t recommend it because it’s not the most interesting way to play, it would also be a waste of money.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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There is much to do, and often not much to do, in this unusual Indian title. This is really a test of your patience. Will you wait until the dot breaks, or will curiosity eventually kill the shadow? Everything is in your hands!

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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What’s the emergency?

So what will Shadow do for 400 days in his dank, gloomy cave? He can explore at snail’s pace, Shade moves very slowly, but why rush when you have 400 days to kill. It frustrated me at first, I really wanted Shade to go faster, I didn’t like Shade’s dead-end corridors going down and up so slowly. Sometimes I felt like pressing the button and stopping the game. I didn’t, and two weeks later I’m still looking at my shadow as it became when the game dragged me in.

We explored together and discovered that the kingdom consists of dozens of corridors and rooms, many of which are inaccessible at the beginning of the game. Time plays a big role here, and you’ll have to wait hours, days or even weeks in real time to find new paths that open up when, say, a stalactite falls or a well fills with water.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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The Longing is a unique game in that it is a puzzle game, an adventure game and a Tamagotchi, all revolving around the concept of time. There is an overarching story, puzzles to solve and activities to keep you busy. I hope you enjoy reading it, because Shadow loves it! Or you can just start the game and live four hundred real days, then come back and see what happens.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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Easy operation

The Shadow covers many things you might need, and you can save them for later use. The operation is very simple. You can point to a location on the touch screen and Shade will walk there. You can even turn on automatic operation and it will run without your help. When you find an object to pick up or use, a dialog box appears and when you click on it, Shade picks up the object. That’s it.

While exploring, there is a small area where you can save certain destinations in the menu to return to later. This can be useful because, by clicking on a destination, you can make your shadow walk from where it is to that particular location. There are no enemies to fight, no specific goals to achieve except those you set for yourself.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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Cellar

While it sometimes takes a while for something to become interesting, interest is a rather vague concept in The Longing. Finding a sheet of paper, let alone a piece of charcoal to draw with, becomes quite an event. Discovering a book, one of the many real books like Moby Dick or Also sprach Zarathustra, that can be found and read in the game is almost a major event.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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In the Shadow Cave, I found things to make it more comfortable. He can take a nap in his chair, read a long book, draw pictures and hang them on the wall. You know how to brighten up the apartment and make it comfortable for him. Time passes faster when The Shadow is at home, in her cozy den, and even faster when a fire is burning in the fireplace.

The Longing, review for Nintendo Switch

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Supplement

Needless to say, I didn’t finish The Desire in two weeks with the game, how could I when it took 400 days! We explored a vast hand-drawn realm and listened to the atmospheric soundtrack that accompanied the slowly moving Shadow. It started as a strange little game: after 20 minutes with her, waiting for Shadow to come up the stairs, I was ready to pack her up and never look at her again.

Shad and I have become close. Now I walk him slowly down the unfamiliar hallway and make sure he is in his seat when I leave the game.

He sits in his chair reading a book and I press A to turn the pages while I play a video game on my computer. Nothing better than sitting side by side like that, without words.

Who knows what the next hundred days have in store for Shad and me, but I think I’ll stick around to find out. !

Last block : I like it

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