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The Long Gate – Nintendo Switch (Review)

by on January 30, 2022
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Release Date

July 29th, 2021

Developer

David Shaw

 

The Long Gate – Nintendo Switch (Review)

The Long Gate was released on Steam on June 16, 2020. It eventually made its way over to the Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2021. Unfortunately, life has been pretty busy and delayed our review of The Long Gate, which I must apologize for. Though damn difficult, The Long Gate is a pretty fun game…once you’re not stuck haha.

The Long Gate was developed by a one-person team, and that person is David Shaw. David deserves a round of applause for the depth of puzzles you run into. Holy hell they can be difficult. The game plays from a first-person perspective, and if you are playing on the Nintendo Switch. I HIGHLY recommend playing in ‘dock’ mode. Sometimes the smaller screen of the Switch made it a little difficult to see and understand the puzzles, and you will sometimes need to see the whole picture to solve some of these.

The puzzles are heavily based on computer science, electronic components, binary, and even get into quantum puzzles. You start with the basics, such as true or false, and the always fun; and/or statements. You walk around, trying to light up paths at first to get doors open and move on to more complex puzzles. I blew through some of the first puzzles. As my background was computer science. Then BAM, I was like what in the absolute hell is going on. Even with hints on, some parts felt, and are overwhelming a bit. Even if you aren’t technically inclined if you break down the puzzles into smaller parts eventually you will solve the overall puzzle as everything usually ties in with each other and need to solve the beginning parts to even begin with other puzzles. One thing I noticed on the Switch, is you really needed to be someone accurate with the joycons to be able to select some switches and move puzzles around. It may be more accurate on a PC with a mouse, but that could also be me.

Visually, the game is quite awesome. It does have a very minimalist feel. Don’t expect this to be Myst or anything, but some of the scenes and environments are very pleasing to look at. I really wasn’t sure what to expect in the beginning, but it didn’t take long to realize though the game is very puzzle-based, be sure to also look around at the beauty of the game as well.

In the end, The Long Gate was overall an extremely difficult puzzler, but only partly satisfying at the end. I really don’t think the average gamer will enjoy this game. On the other hand, puzzle fans should look into The Long Gate. You’re going to definitely be challenged and may even learn something such as binary if you’ve never come across that in your life.


Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for review is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience. All opinions therein are from the author alone.

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Positives

+ Very difficult puzzles
+ First time seeing puzzles in this fashion

Negatives

- May be too difficult for average puzzle fans

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B

 
Graphics
B

 
Story
C-

 
Replay Value
C

Total Score
C+

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The Long Gate was overall an extremely difficult puzzler, but only partly satisfying at the end. I really don't think the average gamer will enjoy this game. On the other hand, puzzle fans should look into The Long Gate. You're going to definitely be challenged and may even learn something such as binary if you've never come across that in your life. 

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