Go on an epic journey in Odysseus: Long Way Home.
Prepare to go on an epic adventure in Odysseus: Long Way Home. Help Odysseus find his way home to Ithaca after the Trojan War and navigate all the obstacles he will face along the way. Long Way Home is based on Homer’s famous epic The Odyssey and give players a nice break from all the stories set in haunted mansions and dilapidated hospitals.
The game is presented in a chapter format, with each chapter being a different tale from Odysseus’s journey home. The game begins at the end of the Trojan War, and yes, you will be building a Trojan Horse. Along the way you will meet up with mythical creatures and get help from the gods. Every location has several scenes to explore and puzzles that need to be solved.
Long Way Home does an excellent job of balancing hidden object scenes, inventory puzzles and standard puzzles throughout the game. The puzzles vary in difficulty with some being extremely easy and a few that may have you considering the skip button. The hidden object scenes are well done. The objects are well hidden but not overly difficult to find. The scenes become repetitive after a while, as each location only has around three scenes to search through. You will be revisiting each scene at least twice, and sometimes more often.
The background images in Long Way Home are excellent. The scenes are bright and pleasant to look at. There are numerous inventory items hidden throughout the locations, and you will zoom in on areas to get a closer look. Sometimes you won’t be able to pick up an item until you know you need it, which can be frustrating.
You will want to look at everything you run across because some of the hidden object scenes need to be triggered. While this can be irritating at times, the hint system in the game will prevent you from getting stuck. You can get hints outside of hidden object scenes, and they will guide to where you need to go to progress the story.
There is no voice acting in the game, and it would have been a nice addition. There are a lot of characters that you interact with over the course of the game and it would have been nice to hear them. Also, if you click to speed up the text, it really speeds up, to the point that if you aren’t a speed reader you will miss parts of the story.
Another potential problem with the game is if you aren’t familiar with The Odyssey you may find the story somewhat confusing. If you are familiar with the story, you will notice that some major events from the epic are missing. However, the game is a nice change of pace from all the horror and mystery games available right now. Long Way Home may not be the most memorable game, but it is fun to play and has a great story. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
- Numerous detailed locations to explore, lots of puzzles to solve, story is original to the genre.
- Those not familiar with The Odyssey may find the story disjointed, hidden object scenes are repeated, game is very linear.