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LongStory: A Dating Game for the Real World

Release Date: March 8, 2014

Developer: Bloom Digital Media

A progressive, queer-positive dating game for tweens and teens.

TOTAL SCORE (PLAYERS):

7.4

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LongStory: A Dating Game for the Real World is a queer-positive dating-mystery-relationship game for pre-teens that doesn’t shy away from difficult topics like homosexual identity, bullying, healthy sexuality, fitting in, standing out, and figuring out what normal is.

When the previous owner of Locker 1224 mysteriously disappeared, you are left holding the only clues. It is up to you, a girl in her early teens to navigate the school’s social landscape through your decisions and conversations. The gameplay is structured as an interactive comic in which you solve puzzles and build relationships with new friends and old enemies to work out exactly what happened – and if there’s anything you can do to make it right.

Players test approaches to romance, flirting, vulnerability and emotional awareness while solving the mystery and negotiating new social realities. If you manage to work up the nerve to ask out your crush, there are 5 datable characters in Long Story: Two girls, two boys, and one… well, you’ll have to wait and see. LongStory Episode 2 is now available for iOS and Android.

Platform:
iOS, Android

Contact:
@LongStoryGame

Trailer:

Screenshots:

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  1. 3
    kryistina
    Total Game Reviews: 4

    No tutorial means that you have to trial and error in order to figure out the game controls. Slow page loading means that the game takes longer than it reasonably should to get through. Incomplete story (only three chapters available total), means this is not a long story at all, and there likely is not an ending available to the player. The fact that you have to pay for all of the chapters beyond the first one is ridiculous for the small amount of content in each chapter, and the fact that the price of each chapter is the same as many professional-grade career assistance or reference apps is ludacris. I did not enjoy this game, and the idea that a mascot-suiter is not a person was just ridiculous, and dehumanizing to cosplayers.

  2. 10
    liftyd
    Total Game Reviews: 3

    It’s a really interesting spin on high-school life. It presents interesting social engineering puzzles wrapped in a seriously engaging story.
    Trying to avoid conflict didn’t always work and on many occasions I found myself making risky choices just because I felt it was the right thing to do. Powerful stuff.

  3. 9
    jRose
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    I keep replaying it to try and get all the endings- Im so excited for the next episode

  4. 9
    LesHether
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    LongStory has interesting and believable characters with full lives. I really like how it portrays the three main bullies like one person because bullies do travel in packs.

    As you make choices to play the story, the characters remember and may challenge you on them, such as if you say you’ll be in different places, with different characters at the same time.

    The dialogue also feels really natural and I like the way the game lets me try different approaches, including being more assertive, which is something I don’t always do in real life.

    I had one snag when it was running on my iPad but other than that it’s great.

  5. 8
    eliphoenix
    Total Game Reviews: 4

    LongStory is one of the first choice based games I’ve really enjoyed playing. There are many options to choose from and as more chapters are put out, the more interesting the game becomes. The mechanic of being able to go back and redo choices you were worried about without losing progress is one of the things about this game that makes it fun to play. With many choice based games, the player is forced to make a concrete, irreversible decision. LongStory, however, gives you the option to rethink.
    The only real pressing issue is that the episodes don’t seem to be connected at all. For instance, the choices you make in episode one seem to not affect the game in episode four.
    However, I would recommend this game to anyone who asked. The characters are funny and fascinating, the game play is easy to pick up on, and it’s a good and fun way to spend an hour or two, playing through all of the episodes.

  6. 10
    solongspaceboy
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    I really like this game, because of its queer-friendliness. It allows you to choose your pronouns, features same-sex relationships and more.
    Everybody should play this game!

    The episodes are a little expensive. I think somewhere around 0.99 would be more appropriate. I also would like to see more reassurance that there are many more episodes to come as I’m a bit reluctant to purchase the extra episodes in case there aren’t enough or they stop making them.
    A release date for each new episode would be good, or at least a ball-park.

    Overall, a really great game. Please make many more episodes!

  7. 3
    bosco95
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    I like the interesting storyline, but the game itself is not very interactive or engaging. It relies heavily on reading and has limited audio features. This game has great potential though!

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