The Long Reach Review by HateMe4141

17 Jul 2018
14 1 4
The long reach is a side scrolling suspenseful horror game published by Merge Games and developed by Painted Black Games. The story opens with a man-child, Calvin, making his way to the corner store to buy some jellies. The story quickly gets dark as you witness a gruesome killing and are dropped into the shoes of local scientist and start progressing through their story, slowly piecing together what has happened. With the perfect amount of suspense, dark humor sprinkled with just a pinch of nihilism, this tale will have you on the edge of your seat, gripped with intrigue from start to finish. Which is convenient because this can be completed in one sitting.

The gameplay is typical of the 2D puzzle genre, search each room for the highlighted item, pick up the item that surely must be junk… nope its needed for the next puzzle, try all the items in your inventory on all the highlighted spots to find what goes where. The puzzles themselves are not overly challenging and can be solved with a little intuition. A few jump scares, dramatic musical stings, and run-ins with enemies will make sure you are nice and attentive to the story, which is quite good and deserves a few hours of your time.

Dimly light corridors, flickering lights, ominous music that fades into whispers, then nearly gives you a heart attack as it swells into a suspenseful sting, all paint the dark and dreary portrait of The Long Reach. Move in and out of reality at the blink of an eye as you drift from street view to a burning hellscape, where people hallucinate their greatest fears as if trapped in a dream or nightmare, unable to wake to reality.

Gripping Story
Eerie music and visuals
Great dialogue

Short story
Linear path with no room for branching stories

I really enjoyed my time with this game and would love to play more games like it. I would have liked a few more puzzles and a more fleshed out story, but as a whole it was great. I would recommend it to fans of the thriller/puzzle genre. The price is a bit high for the amount of content but would make a great purchase when on sale. Hopefully we get more titles like this in the future.
ProfessorPlutoSo far this game reminds me of Uncanny Valley, so if you're after more of the same you might like that. Nice review. Thumbs up from me
Posted by ProfessorPluto on 07 Oct 18 at 19:40
EarthboundXSame, this reminded much so, so much of Uncanny Valley.
Posted by EarthboundX on 06 Mar 19 at 08:17
Noble RoyaleJust got in the sale today, and have uncanny ready to play also. Wish me luck...
Posted by Noble Royale on 13 Mar 19 at 14:48
Legohead 1977I enjoyed this one, maybe a bit more that Uncanny Valley, but not as much as Final Station. A cool story that ties up well and doesn't outstay it's welcome.
Posted by Legohead 1977 on 15 Jul 19 at 09:18