[Beyond PlayStation] The Long Reach Review
In psychological adventure game thriller The Long Reach you take control of Calvin who is out buying some groceries after his girlfriend, Shelly, politely lets him know he needs to get stuff done. Theyâ€™re getting married soon, so off goes Calvin to get jams, because thatâ€™s what he wants to do and no one is the boss of him. While at the store you will get to chat with the owner, and you also run into your fianceeâ€™s grandmother. After getting the jams, you hear Simon, the shopâ€™s owner, scream for help. As you rush towards him, you notice the strange man that used to be near the ice cream display seems to be having a seizure, so Simon asks that you call an ambulance. After you make the call, things take a weird turn, and the game proper begins…
You move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad and can run by holding down on the Y button. You can check your inventory with the X button and can use things with the B button as needed. Oh, and if you want to turn on your flashlight, you can do that with the R button. Got it?
I wonâ€™t talk about the gameâ€™s story since that would ruin your experience, but rest assured that it is full of twists and turns that will keep you engaged until the end. There are experiments, scientists, dark rooms, things that go bump in the night, long corridors in which you wonâ€™t feel safe… and maybe dreams are somehow part of the equation? Youâ€™ll need to play the game to find out what is going on!
The game’s art style looks great both at home or on the go, and the 2D nature of the game makes it easy to focus on each of the small puzzles as you try to stay away from the danger that lurks around here and there to stay alive. Will you be able to find out what is really going on before it is too late? Is there… actually something going on?
The Long Reach is around 5-6 hours long, and it will depend on if you have some experience with the point and click adventure genre so that you can solve some of the more obscure puzzles in the game. I feel that the game is the perfect length since it tells its story, keeps you engage from start to finish, and it does not overstay its welcome. Be sure to check it out on Nintendo Switch!
This The Long Reach review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Merge Games.