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The Long Return (2019) is a running and jumping game where you guide an orphaned cub on a journey to retrace the steps of the last adventure that he went on with his mother. Throughout the game, you solve puzzles to progress and learn more about the cub's story.

In The Long Return, you travel different zones with puzzles of increasing difficulty. Along with exploring and jumping, the puzzles involve moving blocks to get to the exit or guide the cub through an area or avoid environmental hazards such as boulders or falling in the water.

Throughout the journey, there are diamonds placed in your path or hidden in objects such as piles of snow, flowers, or different types of wildlife. The diamonds you find act as a currency to buy hints for the puzzles. As you retrace the steps of the cub's mother, you encounter their memories in the form of holograms that tell their story. These guide you to the next area where new puzzles are introduced.

The Long Return has little to no stressful moments so you are carried through the game solving the puzzles, exploring the scenery, and learning about the orphaned cub's story. It's a good way to dip a toe in the world of adventure platform games.

Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked The Long Return 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Puzzle game with Narrative and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are some timed jumps and reaction based puzzles but much of the game is exploring and guiding your character towards home.


The Long Return usually costs £7.19. 

The Long Return

Switch StoreSALE Switch £7.19 £2.15 until 24/06/2024
Steam Store PC £7.19
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/10/2019

Price: 70% off

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle (Narrative and Platform)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Max Nielsen Dev (@MaxNielsenDev)

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