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The Longest Journey arrives remastered for iOS

The hit point-and-click classic has been soft-launched in Australia and New Zealand, and is coming soon to the rest of the world.

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As Red Thread Games releases the next installment in the Longest Journey series -- Kickstarter-funded Dreamfall Chapters -- the studio is also gearing up for a global relaunch of the original 1999 game, remastered for iOS.

"The Longest Journey is truly more than a game -- it's more like a book, a movie and a game all rolled into one. Explore an interactive and beautifully created universe from the perspective of April Ryan, a young art student who soon discovers that there is more to her world than meets the eye," the description reads.

"With the power to pass between worlds like others pass from waking to sleep, April must embark on the longest journey of her life; a journey not only across twin worlds but also into her very own heart and soul. Embark on a voyage across phenomenal worlds, encounter a fantastic cast of unforgettable characters, and unravel one of the most epic stories ever told."

Three years in the making, the game is a faithful port of the original title, with graphics remastered for the high-resolution screens of iOS devices, both iPhone and iPad. The graphics can be a little rough around the edges in parts, but the point-and-click format works perfectly with the touchscreen platform.

At this point, The Longest Journey has only been soft-launched in Australia and New Zealand as a test market. It's expected to arrive globally soon, at which point it will come in at $6.99 (AU$8.99 | £4.99) in the iTunes app store.