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->''Find April Ryan... Save her!''
->--'''Faith'''

The OddlyNamedSequel to the AdventureGame classic ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', ''Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'' was released in 2006. It introduces a new heroine, ZoŽ Castillo, a 20-year-old college dropout living in Stark (our familiar Earth, albeit two centuries into the future) ten years after the events of the original ''TLJ''. After she starts receiving eerie messages from a StringyHairedGhostGirl to go "find April, save April" (and her ex-boyfriend disappears on top of that), ZoŽ has no choice but to delve into another [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] investigation. Meanwhile, April, the heroine of the original game, is effectively trapped in Arcadia (the magical alternate reality) and fights against TheEmpire of Azadi, while an elite Azadi SuperSoldier and third protagonist, Kian Alvane, is sent to assassinate her. Fans welcomed ''Dreamfall'' enthusiastically, but the reviews were rather mixed, primarily "thanks" to unsatisfactory (and, according to many, superfluous) action-adventure elements and the ending being a love child of a CliffHanger of cosmic proportions and the NoEnding trope.

Another [[OddlyNamedSequel oddly named]] sequel, ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters'', [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redthread/dreamfall-chapters-the-longest-journey appeared on Kickstarter in February 2013]]. It'll tie some of the numerous loose ends that were LeftHanging after ''Dreamfall'' back together and give an end to ZoŽ's story arc, but won't be the long-awaited GrandFinale of the saga. The latter will have to wait until what TÝrnquist has called the true ''The Longest Journey 2'' (a.k.a. ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourneyHome'').

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!!Tropes found in the game:

* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Playing as Zoe, April, and Kian.
* AntiHero:
** ClassicalAntiHero: Zoe.
** [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Anti-Hero]]: April and Kian.
* ApocalypseHow: A global Class 0 in the form of the Collapse.
* ArcWords:
** "Faith will bring you where you are needed the most."
** "The Undreaming is unchained."
* {{Arcadia}}
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: In the prologue, the Tibetan monks communicate... in Mandarin Chinese. Which actually sort of makes sense, since Tibet is a part of China as of 2013, and the official language of China ''is'' Mandarin Chinese. Still, Tibetan people are more likely to communicate with one another and their white friend in their mother tongue.
* AstralProjection: Zoe's trips to Arcadia, in a nutshell. She's not a Shifter, like April, but merely winds up there while dreaming. Unlike normal astral projections, her presence in Arcadia is very much physical.
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuysWin]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Zoe and April's story arcs are dedicated to them DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife. And wouldn't you know it? They both seem to have found it by the end of the game. In a very [[EsotericHappyEnding esoteric sort]] of way, sure, but they have found it, nonetheless.
--> '''White Kin''': (to ZoŽ) Faith will bring you where you are needed the most.
* BigBadEnsemble: [=WATIcorp=] for Stark and the Six for Arcadia. However, since Stark and Arcadia are separate, they never come into contact with one another. Only when ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters'' debuts will it be known if they will encounter each other.
* ButNotTooForeign:
** In RealLife Morocco, just over 99 percent of the population is Arab-Berber, about 90 percent speak Moroccan Arabic and/or a Berber language, and nearly everyone is Muslim. Zoe Castillo is from Casablanca but has a European surname (and a European name) and speaks with a British accent (and drinks wine, has premarital sex, and celebrates Christmas). There are a few people walking around in normal Moroccan/Muslim outfits but they're set dressing, you mostly can't even talk to them. Also, for some reason most important people in the Japanese corporation you visit are white. You could argue that it has something to do with it being set in the future, [[LeastCommonSkinTone but why does the future have to be increasingly more white?]] In all fairness, though, Dreamfall is still significantly less white than TLJ - not just the Stark part of it, but the Arcadian part, as well.
** Zoe is of mixed descent, Spanish and Chinese--at least [[DependingOnTheWriter according to one of the writers]].
* {{Callback}}: ''Dreamfall'' is full of these.
* CataclysmBackstory: The Collapse is single-handedly responsible for most of the glaring differences between ''Dreamfall'' Stark and ''TLJ'' Stark.
* CerebusSyndrome: This game plays a lot more seriously than its predecessor.
* CliffHanger: The ending.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Faith]]. Also, a popular WMG for many characters.
* CombatDiplomacyStealth: You are occasionally given multiple paths to victory, especially when playing as Zoe. For example, when sneaking into the Victory Hotel, you can either fight and knock Vinnie unconscious, sneak past him while he is checking his pizza, or talk him into letting you in.
* ConstructedWorld
* CorruptChurch: The Azadi's religion, [[spoiler: Kian calls them out on it before he's arrested.]]
* CuteMachines: The Watillas. The creepy black eyes aside, no human could claim not to adore such a machine.
* CyberPunk: ''Dreamfall'' is more sleek about it than the original game.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: The ending: April Ryan was hit with a spear and tumbled into the water, never to emerge; Kian had a crisis of faith and was promptly imprisoned; ZoŽ was sent into a permanent coma; Faith dies after living a tragic life of {{Fate worse than death}}.]]
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The theme of ZoŽ and April's arcs.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Faith loves this trope.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: Calling it this would be a serious understatement.
* DuelingPlayerCharacters: Not a physical conflict but, when April and Kian meet for the first time, they engage in a heated argument over the Azadi politics in the Northlands. Notably, you can select ''both'' characters' responses, so it is possible to either convince April to reconsider her views on Azadi, or force Kian to take a good look at his superiors. Too bad it doesn't really lead to any StoryBranching.
* DyingTown: Newport in ''Dreamfall''. Marcuria begins showing early signs of this.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Faith, April and Helena Chang are this to one degree or another.
* TheEmpire: Azadi, though their portrayal is slightly ambiguous.
* EmptyPilesOfClothing: Zoe's first trip back out of Arcadia has her disappearing but leaving her clothes behind. In subsequent trips, she's gained enough mastery of her abilities to disappear without leaving anything.
* ExactWords: "Faith will bring you where you are needed the most." [[spoiler:Faith is a person.]]
* FantasticGhetto: The Marcuria ghetto for the "magicals", set up by the Azadi occupants.
* FantasticRacism: Between humans and magical races and magical races themselves, most notably the Azadi and their treatment of magical races.
* FisherKing: The Guardian. In ''The Longest Journey'', the Guardian's Realm, when lacking a guardian, was a desolate, stormy, foreboding landscape. Under the new Guardian... see SceneryPorn. April even comments on it.
** [[spoiler: Faith is this for Winter]].
* FourthWall: Played with. When Zoe first enters Marcuria, she comments that everything looks like something out of a fantasy role-playing game.
* GoalInLife: Discussed in-depth, especially with Zoe's story arc.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Project Alchera.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: The Dark People ''want'' their Library to become this, embarking on an endless Sisyphean task of collecting every book ever written.
* [[spoiler: HauntedTechnology: Faith.]]
* HeelFaceTurn:
** [[spoiler:Roper Klacks]] actually helps April numerous times.
** [[spoiler: Kian]] had the beginnings of one at the end of ''Dreamfall.''
* HollywoodHacking: Hacking into electronic devices in the 23rd century apparently involves symbol-matching puzzles.
** HackingMinigame: Justified - Oliva de Marcos gives Zoe the software she uses to hack electronic devices and explains that it's specifically designed to look like a game so that if someone comes by and sees her screen, they'll think she's playing a game.
* HomelessPigeonPerson: Beggar Crazy Clara has a pet that defies biological definition and that Zoe has to rescue from Azadi to get Clara to tell her some plot-relevant stuff.
* HopelessBossFight: Failing to be stealthy in the Grubber cave produces a giant Grubber that will kill you in two hits and cannot be hurt. You can technically outrun it forever, but that makes finishing the puzzles nearly impossible. Two more appear later in the level, and just running by them is a viable strategy.
* HowWeGotHere: Most of the narration is Zoe recounting the events of the past few days.
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Allowing a very shady character, that you have just promised to take down, to put you into what is essentially a temporary coma without anyone you know/trust to watch over you or even know about it. Little wonder that Zoe ends put into a more permanent coma with little chance of survival.]]
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: One level has Zoe sneaking into a corporate headquarters by following cleaning bots through passages that open for them.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: The deity of the Azadi Empire is the God''ess'', emphasis on the second syllable.
* KudzuPlot: You have no idea...
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Several locations [[EasterEgg contain]] [[RecursiveReality game boxes of the game itself]]. For an added bonus, they have not only the final game cover but many designs discarded before the release, as well as some old ''TLJ'' boxes.
* LeftHanging: Just WTF happened [[spoiler:to all the main characters in the end]]?! That's for starters, and if you want to know how bad it was, go to the [[WMG/DreamfallTheLongestJourney WMG subpage]] and marvel at its size.
* LimitedWardrobe: Partially averted, with different, context-sensitive outfits for both April and ZoŽ.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:The dreamer machines]] can have this effect. They even have a flower component that covers a person's face.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Faith is really [[spoiler: Zoe's sister and their mother is potentially yet again the first White Dragon.]]
* KnightTemplar: The Azadi, who seek to [[spoiler: destroy the world in order to "cleanse it".]]
* {{Matriarchy}}: The Azadi Empire is ruled by six Empresses, political power is expressly the woman's domain (though military power is the man's), they worship a Goddess, and the term for an orphan without fortune or connections is a "motherless" child. Sub-trope Enlightened Matriarchy (great cultural and scientific achievements, started off saving the entire civilization), or Original Matriarchy (overstayed their welcome big time to become an occupation, [[{{WellIntentionedExtremist}} Well-Intentioned Extremism]] on full display including the FantasticGhetto, repressive government, assassinations, and mass murder).
* MegaCorp: Lots of them in Stark, e.g. [=WATIcorp=]. Even the police is owned by a megacorp. What does this mean? When you're arrested, you're read both your rights ''and'' a catchy soda ad.
* MyLittlePanzer: [=WATIcorp=] sold several units of questionable safety and would like to assure you that they've since been absolved of all charges.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Azadi can best be described as the ascetics of the Persian Empire meets the military of the Roman Empire meets Fascist politics. Especially their tendency to refer to themselves as "Trueblood", and their isolation of the "undesired" magical beings in a ghetto are very overt.
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Grubbers Were Harmed]]
* NoobBridge: The music puzzle that lets Zoe out of the caves into Marcuria. It requires two elements that will not be immediately apparent to new players, namely that a certain item from the previous location could be picked up and used on the wall symbols to reproduce the melody hummed by random encounter enemies on said location. Incidentally, you can kill those enemies, leaving you with no melody if you failed to pay attention.
* NoodleIncident: The Collapse. Characters constantly refer to it, but the game never goes into detail about just ''what'' it was or why it caused such societal upheaval.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The jury is still out on [[spoiler:April's]] case... and will remain thus until ''Chapters'', apparently. But DeathIsDramatic, right? Right?...
* OddlyNamedSequel
* OneHundredAndEight: Only one copy of [[spoiler:Roper Klack's]] book remains because when the reader reaches page 108 ''they explode''. The last remaining copy has been de-enchanted though, and is safe to read. [[TakeOurWordForIt At least, that's what he says]]...
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The way Brian Westhouse behaves in this game is ''vastly'' different from the way he behaved in ''The Longest Journey''. It's not quite clear what happened to him between the games [[spoiler: and after his encounter with The Undreaming]], but it sure is very important.
** A more straigtforward example would be Sister Sahya, who is a part of an extremely matriarchal culture, taking orders from the Prophet, who is rather obviously male. April even lampshades on it.
* OrganicTechnology: Bioengineering has become a big thing after ''The Longest Journey''.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Draic Kin.
* PhysicalGod: The Guardian, after the Changing of the Guard.
* PrecisionFStrike: Alvin Peats when talking to Zoe: "You're connected to that fucking girl."
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: [=WATICorp's=] trademark talking-animal robots, which in the past have been programmed with features such as ADHD and the ability to urinate (that wasn't a very popular feature).
* RuleOfSymbolism: ''Hoo boy''...
** [[CreepyChild Creepy little girl]] named ''Faith''.
** The protagonist and the narrator is named "Zoe", which is the Greek for "life".
** Zoe lives in Casablanca, "Casablanca" is the Spanish for "''white'' house". Faith lives in a bizarre ''black'' dollhouse.
** The image of the big red dragon found on the floor in the hall of [=WATICorp=]. Anyone who played ''The Longest Journey'' knows that [[spoiler: red dragon - or [[InsistentTerminology Kin]] is the true form of Cortez]].
** Apparently, TÝrnquist borrows heavily from Australian Aboriginal mythology. "Alchera" is the Arrentje for "dreaming", which natives understand as a process of shaping the cosmos. [[spoiler: In that context, the Undreaming can be understood [[OhCrap as a process of un-shaping the cosmos]]]]. [[spoiler: Eingana]] is the name of Aboriginal creator goddess who governs life and death and lives in the [[spoiler: Dream time, mythological era of totemic spirits]].
* SceneryPorn: Quite a few instances but [[http://www.schille.no/gallery/dreamfall/dreamfall_screenshot_06_hig.jpg the Guardian's Realm]] is probably the best example.
-->'''April:''' I like what you've done with the place.
* SequelTheOriginalTitle
* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]
* SimpleScoreOfSadness: A simple piano solo from "Rush" when [[spoiler:Faith dies.]]
* SimultaneousArcs: Occurs throughout the game after you're introduced to the other two characters. Produces a very striking moment, when Kian meets April and player is being switched from one to other in their dialogue.
* ShoutOut: The naked bald blue-glowing PhysicalGod of a Guardian, [[spoiler:Gordon Halloway]], looks suspiciously similar to Dr. Manhattan from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
** A more overt one:
-->'''Brian Westhouse:''' [[Film/EventHorizon Where we're going, we won't need wings to fly!]]
* SilentMajority: InUniverse, April mentions that the SilentMajority of people in Marcuria actually ''might'' not like the Azadi occupation and its attached restraints on their personal freedoms... but they won't speak up because the Azadi has [[BreadAndCircuses put a roof over their heads, food on the table, and provided jobs to pay the bills]].
* StandardPowerupPose: The [[PhysicalGod Guardian of the Balance]] assumes this pose (but with his legs together) upon ascending to the top of the Tower of the Balance.
* StealthBasedMission: Several parts, most notably the Grubber cave and the [=WATICorp=] building.
* {{Steampunk}}: The Azadi machinery in general looks more modern than the rest of Arcadia. WordOfGod is that there is a good reason for that.
* StepfordSmiler:
** [=WATICorp=]'s museum and staff. The museum has fluff in regards to [=WATICorp=]'s robotics history, and the mechanically cheerful voice uses the same tone to describe how fluffy-wuffy much everyone loved Roboy and the fact that the prototype Watilla's habit of soiling itself was a controversial design feature, not to mention glossing over the original gigantic Robunny's numerous injury cases ("of which [=WATICorp=] has been completely absolved"). Meanwhile, security guards and mechanized drones tell you that almost no one was hurt in today's exhibit rampage, and that since you're somewhere you shouldn't be, they're going to very politely use force now.
** Zoe realizes that [=WATICorp=]'s ''products'' are Stepford Smilers; at the beginning of the game, she realizes that when Wonkers, her Watilla, talks about what he does while she's not home, he's trying to communicate that he's lonely, but is literally incapable of expressing or understanding it in any way possible. Rezza's Watilla Lucia is similarly unable to communicate or understand her mental state in regards to his disappearance, but it's clear she's even worse off than Wonkers, who can at least rest assured of Zoe returning home once in a while.
* TheStinger: The ending... again.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Faith, [[spoiler: who is actually far more benevolent than most other examples]].
* TrickAndFollowPloy: [[spoiler:Knowing that Kian ''will'' find a way to the rebel camp but uncertain of Kian's loyalties, Vamon has him secretly followed.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: April is just a normal art student in the first game, but a competent fighter and a rebel leader in the second.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The plot structure, albeit with three plot strands.
* WhamLine:
--> ''Damien (to Zoe)'': [[spoiler: I'll be here when you come back]].
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