The Long Gate Is Challenging Puzzler That’s Way Too Smart For Me

The Long Gate Is Challenging Puzzler That’s Way Too Smart For Me

The Long Gate is a challenging new puzzle game that will put your mental abilities to the max. Especially if you're a big old idiot like me.

The Long Gate is a new first-person puzzle game that’s deeply complex and incredibly challenging. I’ve only spent a short time trying to delve into the game’s many puzzles, and I already have a massive headache. That’s far from a bad thing. You want a puzzle game to make you struggle. If you can just immediately puzzle out its solutions, then what’s the point? That said, I’m a bit worried The Long Gate might just be too smart for my pea brain. If videos are more your thing, watch me stumble through the first few puzzles below.

Just to be clear. I love that this game is so tough for me. I think it could potentially onboard the player just a little bit more. There’s a line between hand-holding and just tossing you off the deep end. I think games like The Witness absolutely nail it. The Long Gate definitely, on the other hand, trends toward the latter camp, which I’m sure some players will appreciate.

However, asking some numpty like me to jump in and start solving even the second set of puzzles I came across could be a tough ask for some players. Fortunately, the game does have a nifty hint system that keeps things mysterious while nudging you in the right direction.

I didn’t really explore them much in the video above, but I’ve since tossed my pride aside and think it is probably the way to play. It doesn’t solve the puzzles for you. Instead, the hints just make it a bit easier to understand some of the puzzles concepts. For someone like me who is much better with words than numbers, this is incredibly helpful.

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It’s worth pointing out that I also love how the game looks. Sure, from a fidelity standpoint, it’s not going to compete with other games on the market. However, the striking visuals you get when you move from dark voids to colorful fields keeps up that constant theme of mystery. And the way the puzzles kind of make you feel like you’re building your own circuit board is a nifty touch.

It’s hard to fully recommend The Long Gate because, quite honestly, I’ve just not been able to make much progress in my first few hours with the game. That’s not the game’s fault, it’s just my dumb brain. However, what I will say is that I’m quickly getting that same feeling I had when playing something like The Witness. I’ll play for a half-hour, get frustrated by my lack of ability, turn the game off, and then just keep thinking about the last puzzle I was on. Games like this feel like an earworm in the way they’re just constantly in the back of your head. I haven’t gone all-out with a noteboard of possible solutions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I get there.

I’m not sure if The Long Gate is for everybody. It’s very challenging. Heck, the developer David Shaw consulted with scientists to ensure the game’s depictions of quantum circuits were up to par with real-world standards. I don’t know what exactly that means, but it sure sounds smart. If you’re looking for a new puzzle game to challenge your brain, give The Long Gate a look. It might be just what you’re looking for.

The Long Gate is available now on PC.