Explore the world of Thirty Flights of Loving through a first-person short story. In this sequel to Gravity Bone, take a deep dive with high-flying schemers, lovelorn criminals, and more stray kittens than you can shake a stick at. Saddle up, gunslinger. Featuring an original soundtrack by Chris Remo.
User reviews: Mixed (988 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 20, 2012

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"A short, sharp burst of first-person, spy-themed adventure with magnificent style."
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"It’s made by someone who has spent a long, long time thinking about how to tell linear first-person stories, and who has found a new way to do it better than anyone else."
PC Gamer

"Chung spins a memorable yarn, delivers it with confidence and panache, and trusts you to put all the loose ends back together."
- Wired

"What's truly impressive is the narrative weight and emotional impact it delivers in such a short span of time."
- 8/10 ign.com

About This Game

Explore the world of Thirty Flights of Loving through a first-person short story. In this sequel to Gravity Bone, take a deep dive with high-flying schemers, lovelorn criminals, and more stray kittens than you can shake a stick at. Saddle up, gunslinger.

Featuring an original soundtrack by Chris Remo.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:60MB OpenGL-compatible
    • Hard Drive:90 MB HD space

    Minimum:

    • OS:Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
    • Processor:1GHz or faster
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:800x600 or greater screen resolution
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
While the game IS fun, and the art style is one that I enjoyed, for the price it is not worth it. It costs about half the price of a movie ticket, and you can beat it in less that 20 minutes. I in-depth played it (Stopping to read all the cards, payed extra attention to the environments, and tried to explore best I could, etc.) AND played through a second time on commentary mode, only to find myself clocked in at a little less than an hour. I wish the game were a lot longer and offered a lot more. It's a great story, but for 5 dollars you should just watch it on youtube.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
AUDIO: Neat                                                                 AESTHETIC: Artsy
MEMORABILITY: Reasonable                                 WORTH: Serious Discount

PROS: The world looks nice, it's curiosity-piquing. I found the characters to be somewhat memorable, if only in role rather than name. The story is interesting once it's broken down for you or played through multiple times. It's the Momento style of story-telling, not just a random series of events that some are making it out to be. There is a fleshed out tale here that is admittedly poignant, and in a very interesting setting.

CONS: My overall time played was accrued through more than one playthrough. It is VERY short. For having such an interesting story, it's poorly told. The artsy factor actually detracts from the experience in this aspect. It would have been much better if the story to have been expanded upon, but I feel that's not what they were going for, for the sake of brevity. Unfortunately, a lack of any consequence makes it little more than a walking simulator that blows right by over the course of ten minutes or so.

OVERALL: This game is not worth five USD, simple as that. Is it a travesty upon gaming? A sin that cannot be redeemed? Is it the worst thing that has ever stolen the money of players everywhere? No. It's just an overpriced art game, so calm down and stop giving it so much hate for the sake of cheap comedy. This loss of five dollars is not worth stabbing your grandmother and threatening the developer over but exercise caution in buying it.

                                                    
SCORE: 5/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
91.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
I played it a little
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
An intensely surreal time, difficult to recommend at any kind of price-range given how abbreviated the experience is but still manages to be an interesting take on the "games as art" bandwagon. Can't be recommended as a purchase but worth watching a youtube playthrough of.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I've played this for 15 minutes.... Its pretty good, or atleast powerful. That being said, I don't reccomend you buy it, atleast not for 5 bucks. For a Dollar, it would be a great value, I suggest waiting for a bundle, because even those 15 minutes are worth experiencing.... just not for 5 bucks.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
226.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
it is definitely worth it and if you say it isnt then perhaps it is your time that is worthless
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I'm the type of guy that will wholeheartedly recommend a short game if it has a good story. Even if the price tag is sometimes a little over.

Year Walk, To the Moon, Brothers: A tale of two sons, Limbo, Deadlight, Thomas was alone, Spec Ops: The Line.

The list goes on. All short games. All have great stories. All I would recommend.

I would not recommend this game.

I don't want to sound like an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ but it feels like this game was made by some hipster who wanted to make an art piece out of a game. It didn't work.

I really feel that all the positive comments about this game are from people who are trying to make it clear that they support innovation and creativity in video games. That's great, but this "game" really isn't.

As I said before, length isn't usually an issue for me. However, I've played 20 minutes of this game and I've completed it three times. That's ridiculous. It could have the best story ever told ever by anyone ever and it would still be ridiculous that I can complete it three times in just over 20 minutes.

And that's what's worse. You watch the trailer and it says at the end

"Tells a better story in 13 minutes than most games do in 13 hours." - PC Gamer

Now, I like PC Gamer, but that is such a stupid statement that it's practically a lie. Its actually a really cheesy, sub-par romantic story. I won't spoil it, just in case you refuse to listen to me. I'm not that much of a ♥♥♥♥.

And above everything else, it is BORING. You'd be surprised at how bored you can get in a game that takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The story is boring and the gameplay is boring. At least in Dear Esther and Gone Home, the story was good and it lasted longer than 10 minutes.

Walk around for 10 minutes. Engage in a plot that will leave you bored and with no attachment whatsoever to the characters. You've completed the game! Wasn't that great?! That'll be £4 please.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Looked promising and interesting when I saw the screenshots. Finally got it for half-price in the sales (IDK £4 seemed a bit steep) so I was really excited when I got to play it. I started it up and was like "Ooh this is interesting..." and then again two minutes later "Um I don't really get it but it's going somewhere right..."

And then five minutes later it was over. FIVE MINUTES OF GAMEPLAY (Not inc. the 15 minute game you can get for free from the intertwebz). At half-price it still wasn't worth it. Nowhere near!

Potentially an interesting concept/ story, rushed into a tiny, meaningless prototype thingy.

At the very least this game should be free.

Tl;dr: I want my £1.99 back.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Thirty Flights of Loving 9 / 10
Oct 23, 2013

A five minute Quentin Tarantino game/movie;
An interactive movie trailer between Pumpkin and Honey Bunny;

Yeah no sh*t - this lasts only five minutes; so I played it ten times for a total of 50 minutes hoping to get some Steam Cards.... (warning - did not work : p)

Do you make games? You figure out how to fit something like this into your game as an Interlude and Bingo you have a Hit within a Hit; hilarious and intense potential.

Check this out....
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Your a spy and the game is a story depicting your life. Short sweet and fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
This is what happens when Tarantino makes a game about love while tripping on acid.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Awesome, but waaay too short. Get it on sale.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
"As a historian I find myself both pleased with the results and revolted we may never know the veracity of our efforts. Regardless of whatever headaches I have, may you enjoy the fruits of our labor.

We may never know who Citizen Abel truly is, but we do have stories about him." -- Brendon Chung, Thirty Flights of Loving

I'm not going to lie: This is a difficult game. It will anger you. It is meant to do so.

But if you pretend it doesn't have a story that is desperately trying to make its way to you, you are deluding yourself. And you are falling for the trap that Chung has so meticulously designed for the average player.

I don't mean that this is a difficult game insofar that it's hard to complete. It's level design is agonizingly linear, and excruciatingly short in length. It's difficult because the most important events in the story don't happen on the screen. It's difficult like a jigsaw puzzle without a picture on the box -- difficult because you don't know what you're putting together, let alone how.

It's short because most of what it's trying to tell you, it tries to communicate by not telling you at all. Just leaving hints, out of order, tucked away in parts that don't seem important. That is not to say that Chung is lazy and expects you to make the story for him, simply that he respects the player enough to understand what's on the table and what that means is likely being dealt under it.

This isn't really much of a game in the usual sense of a game. It is a linear short-story, told in a fragmented non-linear fashion. It is so short a story, in fact, that it is really closer to a poem in that vein: its decided brevity poses more questions than it answers, and that is its main storytelling technique -- in typical crime-mystery fashion.

That is what I love about Thirty Flights of Loving, and what so many people hate: it gives you but a blink of an eye, from a view of limited scope, in a world promised to be much larger than it shows. A world that Chung has obviously given much thought, more thought than a passer-by might think he has given the game itself. And like a poem, agonizingly short, its parts are so few that they have been chosen with such care that they tell more than the pieces themselves ever could. Like in poetry, how sometimes the story resides as much in the silence between the words as the words themselves.

Thirty Flights of Loving isn't really so much a game, as it is a question. A series of questions, posed to the player, answers known by the characters, if they could only speak. And it sparks a rare kind of intense and frustrated curiosity that I have experienced but few times in my entire life.

It does so by being more than what it is: it is incredibly consciously constructed, made for consumption from the very beginning. And if you try to wolf it down and casually digest it like you would a hamburger and fries, it will tear through your gut like a box of nails. It is uncompromising, and it will make you angry.

It is difficult like that, it was made to be. That is what makes it so uniquely wonderful to me. Chung dares to ♥♥♥♥ you off, and asks you what you're going to do about it.

That part is up to you. That is the game.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
what the ♥♥♥♥
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
I dont know what just happened....
10/10
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
LMAO
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191 of 252 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2012
you cant understand the voice acting in this game because everyone has a square head. really makes you think
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173 of 245 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Thirty Flights of Loving is an indie art game which I found short, obtuse and largely uninteresting.

Speaking as someone who loved Dear Esther, and even Thirty Flights' developer's previous game ('Gravity Bone', which is included here as a free extra), I found myself thoroughly bewildered by Thirty Flights of Loving.

I was bewildered by the sloppy non-linear storytelling. The game hops, skips, and leaps, with all the grace of a big rig in a tutu. I've played through the whole game and read several summaries to make sure I wasn't missing anything, but even once I made sense of the story being told (a by-the-books tale of a criminal caper gone wrong), it didn't connect with me at all.

I was bewildered by the lack of flow within the gameplay. For such a short game, I was astonished to find myself stuck on at least two occasions. Normally I'd be the last person to call for such handholding tactics as blatant signposting or railroading of the player, but in this case the current state is completely at odds with the intended purpose. The developer obviously wants to tell a story, but I found it a trial just to get to the next part. This is not to mention the pointless interactions in the game which sometimes seem to serve no purpose whatsoever.

I was bewildered by the end. It came out of nowhere, and left me with the strongest feeling of 'is that it?' I think I've ever encountered with a game. I spent more time in the options menu than I did with the game itself. I wouldn't mind if it was some kind of masterpiece of storytelling, but it just wasn't.

Most of all, I was and am bewildered by the praise this game has garnered. 88% (at the time of writing) on Metacritic. Critical acclaim. Fans on the forums defending it to the hilt. I saw similar reactions to Dear Esther (which, as I said earlier, I felt deserved every bit of its praise), but I genuinely cannot understand it in this case.

Maybe I'm missing something huge here, but Thirty Flights of Loving was not an enjoyable, enlightening, or otherwise entertaining experience for me. I respect any developer who attempts to tell stories through games, but this feels like one of the more unfinished, unfocused efforts that I have played. Not recommended.
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2012
Please visit the dev's page here and download the free game "Gravity Bone". http://blendogames.com/
You have time. The game is 15 minutes from start to finish.

If you like Gravity Bone, you will like Thirty Flights of Loving.
If you do not like Gravity Bone, you will not like Thirty Flights of Loving.
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111 of 177 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
5 euro, are you ♥♥♥♥ing high? So glad I got this in the humble bundle and not actually on steam, I would never have felt so cheated on steam than if I had actually payed five euro for this. I could buy four burgers at mcdonalds for a euro less and get a longer lasting and more enjoyable experience. Get out with your "It's art man you don't get it" bull sh*t. This is lazy and boring. Unless you are into pretending you're high and mighty for liking some obscure "modern video game art" then I'd avoid this. It can literally be finished in less than ten minutes. Definitely not worth the money. I would only recommend playing this if you wished to see what's up with the mixed reviews and if you literally have total free time with nothing better to do, and I mean nothing. Even stabbing myself in the finger would have been a more enjoyable experience, at least that would have envoked some sort of emotional response other than utter boredom.
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