Prepare to experience the original man-on-the-run thriller in a completely new way. This is a digital adaptation of John Buchan's incredible book (inspiration to Ian Fleming's James Bond!). Be transported back to 1914 London, where Richard Hannay finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit.
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Release Date: Apr 25, 2013

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About This Game

Prepare to experience the original man-on-the-run thriller in a completely new way. This is a digital adaptation of John Buchan's incredible book (inspiration to Ian Fleming's James Bond!). Be transported back to 1914 London, where Richard Hannay finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit. Now he must escape the Capital and stay alive long enough to solve the riddle of The Thirty-Nine Steps. There are secrets to be discovered, locations to be explored and - above all - an incredible tale to be told in this ground-breaking interactive novel.

Key Features:

  • A new form of entertainment, merging the worlds of literature, gaming and film into one visually stunning storyline.
  • Faithfully constructed using the original - and best-selling - John Buchan text, first published in 1915.
  • Hundreds of hand-painted digital environments, and authentic materials from 1910s Britain.
  • 8 different storytelling mechanics, 25 collectible items and 16 awards to be unlocked.
  • An original soundtrack by Si Begg and theatrical voice performances, including Ian Hanmore, Greg Hemphill and Benny Young
  • Created in Unity4, with a playtime of 5-8 hours.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2GHz Processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 512MB card
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX
    • Processor:2.2GHz dual core processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GPU 128MB+
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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SenTrax
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It took a bit to get used to the style of presentation, however after that I definitely found it entertaining. Not much more to say. If the sound of an audio book combined with a visual novel sounds appealing to you, give this a shot. If that's not your type of thing, you're probably not going to like it.
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The Mendozer (JJ) AFK/IDLE
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
A wonderful blend of visual novel storytelling and interactive playability is The 39 Steps. Travel back in time with me, as we make passage into the early 1900's London as you the player must free his good name from corruption and conspiracy as a framed man for the murder of an intel spy. Move from the comforts of one's London flat into the spacious hills of Scottland in hopes of avoiding the police units and hired muscle of the black stone crew.

With achievements and badge progression this title is progressive on profiles and the story is quite interesting. Can be completed in a single playthrough why not pass the buck for this gem. Id recommend this peek for anyone.
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JacquesLeSauve
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Come, sit with me by the fire a moment, you smart, youthful, effervescent, irresistably attractive gamer you. I'd like to have a chat with you about modern life, if I may. There's a really good point to all this, I promise.

There's way too much content out there right now. And no matter what it is you're in to, you'll never be able to get through everything you want. Whether you're a TV show enthusiast or a movie lover, you're high on sound or big on gaming, an avid fan of all the latest comic books or works of highbrow literature, or just a dedicated follower of the art scene or certain, ummm... specialist videos found throughout the internet, whatever's your bag, there's more going on than any mere mortal would ever be able to keep up with. And that's even if you're only into one of these things. If you're into a few then, well... yeah, you're basically boned.

There's more content to consume now than ever before, and that statement will only ever continue to be more and more true as time goes on. There used to be a time when content creation was something reserved for the elites, for people with access to the proper equipment and money needed to produce something then distribute it to the masses, and we pretty much had to be content with whatever scraps we were given. But now, the doors have been blown wide open for just about everyone. No longer do you need a big expensive studio to make music or record film. Even amazing games can be created in a bedroom then reach a global audience more easily than ever. All you need is a microphone or a camera and a computer with internet access and you already have the basics to get started for so many things. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty bloody mind-blowing.

The great thing about that? We're now spoiled for choice for how we want to pass the time and entertain ourselves. The bad thing? We now have to be incredibly fussy about what we consume and time now becomes one of our most valuable commodities as we have less of it to decide whether something is worth sticking with or if we want to move on to the next thing. And that's before even in factoring real life into the equation. We might have family or relationship stuff to deal with, or work or education matters to attend to. There's a lot going on for everyone. The result is that we now have to decide pretty damn quickly if we want to spend time on something. If it doesn't grab us immediately, then there's a million and one other things all screaming for our attention. Personally, I've never read a comic book in my life because the sheer volume of history there has essentially made that medium impenetrable for me at this stage. I used to play music but those days are far behind me now. Even TV and movies are fast dwindling in my life. I've made my bed with videogames, and now I'm lying in it. So, "Just what in the name of Jiminy Christmas does this have to do with The 39 Steps?", I hear you ask. Well, I don't read books either. But his made me realise gaming is the perfect gateway into so many other things.

More visual novel than game, The 39 Steps is based on the book of the same name, a tale about a prospector and war veteran who leaves his African adventuring behind in the early 1900s and returns to his original home of England for the quiet life, only to soon find himself embroiled in an international conspiracy set to plunge nations into war with each other. What unfolds is a spy thriller as the hero, Richard Hannay, must avoid the clutches of the conspirators whilst also trying to gather proof to expose them and clear his name of a crime they have set him up as the perpetrator of. And so he goes, on a merry chase across the highlands of Scotland, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way, as he tries to outwit his pursuers and do his best to stay one move ahead along the way.

The presentation is beautiful, as an array of backgrounds are presented to us throughout every scene, and ambient audio sets the mood for us, along with the occasional splattering of music and voice acting. The art style can vary depending on the scene, cleverly introducing us to the tone of a particular character or scenario, before then returning to the more traditional, realistic, painted look for the rest of the story. There are occasional moments of interaction beyond clicking a button to read the next piece of text, such as examining the setting in a room or flipping through newspapers or assembling items that progress the story, but for the most part it's a pretty passive affair as you'll largely be reading your way from one part to the next.

While it wasn't perfect, and some parts of the story felt like they were either meandering or getting repetitive in parts (I swear some of it felt like it was just an advertisement from the Scottish Tourism Board, dwelling on how stunning the scenery was or basking in the charm and generosity of the locals) overall I really enjoyed reading this - and that's what I found so amazing about it. Were this simply some pages and ink, or some text on a screen, I don't think I would have been nearly as involved as I was. But add some nice art and production values to it, gamify it a little and throw in some achievements for me to get, and I'll play the hell out of it. It made me realise this could be the way to get gamers into so many other things, a Trojan horse of sorts to expose us to more great literature or art or to be used as a tool for learning.

There's so much that could be done to exploit the medium of gaming to branch it out and reach wider audiences than so many things might by themselves. I mean, of the people who played/read this, how many would have actually sat down with the novel of their own volition otherwise? Provided it was based on the right source material, and handled with as much reverence and style as it with this, then they really could be onto something here. So, while this shines as a great example and starting point for what could be done with other pieces of media outside gaming, it's also a really great experience in its own right. I'm really glad I took the chance on it (and hope lots of others do, too) and look forward even more to seeing what else I'll be introduced to in future.
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@geewonii
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
“I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.” ― John Buchan, The 39 Steps
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Night_Wing
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I believe this game come from some kind of novel with the same title. I don't the story but I personally enjoy this game through every sequences. Starting when you framed as a murderer and you ran away to find the culprit and reveal their secrets. No options to be made in this game, but you need to find some items and clue to lead you to do the next plan.

The graphic is good even though there no clear image of person on the entire game (just a white shadow). The sound, definitely can't be ignored because the strength of the story can reach beyond my expectation because it's sound.

For collector, This game has trading cards and also easy 100% achievement.

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Sepp
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
I enjoyed it...
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Lord Izotop the NekroCleric
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Do i recommend this title???
YES!
YES!
YES!

But.......
You must know one thing about this product. THIS IS NOT A GAME!!!!
This is a novel with a little interaction.
You don't have any decision making events. just something to entertain you while you read and listen to it.

So basically if you didn't read book and you want taste of something different from book reading then this is a title for you.
If you want interactive novel or a game.... look for something different.

I love it.
It is a nice espionage thriller with beautiful, hand painted graphics.
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Overlord Jr.
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Very cool linear visual novel with no interactive choices, beautiful artwork, music and great presentation. Thrilling yet relaxing experience
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rhiannon_3r45mu5
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Interesting attempt to work a new way to tell a story, yet, in my opinion, was a let down. Maybe is the interaction, or the lack thereof. Perhaps the original story isnt just that good.
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Acerayl
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
This is a step up from an audio book. The voice acting is wonderful and the visuals help those who have never been around that environment before. Some of the characters are silhouette so it still leaves your imagination to run while playing/listening to the game. This would be a good next step above an audio book format and wish other classics were available like this. I read the book before, and this just made the experience better, since much of the scenery in my mind was different than what is portrayed here, and this visual experience made the story much better.
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Richard Kuklinski
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
I read on the discussion boards that this game is classified as an "interactive book". I'd agree with that.

I was very impressed with this game. I played at night, in a dark room for a full submersive effect. For 5 hours I was lost in the world of Richard Hannay, a witty and resilient Brit who must evade capture across the UK as he attempts to prove his innocence and foil an international assassination plot directly preceding WWI. Fans of early 20th century European History and Black Hand enthusiasts would definitely want to take a look at this.

If you are looking for a way to escape this hellish joke that we call a "life", The 39 Steps is what you're looking for.

I hope to see this genre boom, especially as VR tech becomes more commonplace.
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N@stюша
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Совсем не то, что ожидала. Игра получилась ну очень необычной. Точнее - необычно скучной.
Во-первых, очень много текстов (которые не всегда легко читаются) при малом количестве действий.
Во-вторых, интерьеры нарисованы замечательно, вот только наблюдать за белыми пятнами вместо героев во время диалогов совсем неинтересно.
И третье, очень много графических багов, здесь и проблемы с расширением экрана при загрузке, и просто непонятные черные полосы, и прочее.
Итог: не хватило терпения даже на 3 эпизода этой тягомотины. Единственное спасибо разработчикам - за карточки:)
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nikisss69
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Very nice. vould not pay over $8, as I can play it only once
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CLaSH
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
Not unless you're into historical events and visual novels, this is one of the more "interactive" visual novels you can read or listen to as for the "game" itself provides rather impressive audio and visuals.

Although I myself haven't seen the movie adaptation nor read the book, this was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. Even with the majority of the game consisting of still images it still felt somewhat of a movie to me as each change in events involved a cinematic transition. But again, it's still technically just an E-book. Don't get too excited kiddies, although I stated that this game's interactivity is higher than other novels, it still has as much interactivity as a vending machine. :P

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Whilyam
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
TL:DR: This is an interactive storybook. It's not bad.

In almost every way this is the same a picture book being read to you. This should be the mindset you go in with. If you're a fan of that, I think it does a pretty good job of telling the story and making exploration of the screen rewarding. It is also point and click. If you demand your digital people run around and do digital people things, this is not your game.

The major issue with this game is its interface. As I gather, this is/was a test for adapting novels into video games. Admirable, but you might want to try and hire someone who can make the interface easier to use. Buttons sometimes take a while to register as clicked, keyboard functions are unintuitive, and if you hit Esc at the title screen, you just exit the game, which is pretty generally accepted these days to be a lazy way of quitting a game.

There's also achievements and picture cards of different characters that, while I enjoy the cards, the achievements are really bad in that they never show you your progress through them. I was lucky to have clicked everything to qualify for one of them.

Overall, this game is a pretty good gift for someone into point and click adventures and narrative storytelling
Verdict: Get this game on sale >50% off
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BananaMan
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
ITS SUCKS SO MUH DIK U WEL DI F U PLY IT
M8
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V@N
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
A good story, even the story line is linear and you can't do nothing except marching forward but it remains a good story
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I know you like Sausage101
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
This game is stupid. It almost made me cry.

10/10 would cry again
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Saint Aaron
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
A very nice storytelling Visual Novel in the early 19th Century of the British Empire with great british and scotts dialects and purely fine Sounds.

Pros
Excellent story and narration.
Excellent voice acting
Very well curated artworks and visual effects
Very particular playing style

Cons
N/A
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Hentaiqueen
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
I didn't read the book, but after I finished the game, I think, I never will.
The story wasn't that exciting, although it's supposed to be a thriller.
After a while it gets pretty slow and shallow imho.. (could be different in the books idk)

BUT.. I can't rly dislike this "game", as it's really well made, with stunning artwork and quite professional voice over speeches. I guess the developers put much heart into their work and therefore deserve a certain appreciation.

Definitely recommended for impulsive sale purchases!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Come, sit with me by the fire a moment, you smart, youthful, effervescent, irresistably attractive gamer you. I'd like to have a chat with you about modern life, if I may. There's a really good point to all this, I promise.

There's way too much content out there right now. And no matter what it is you're in to, you'll never be able to get through everything you want. Whether you're a TV show enthusiast or a movie lover, you're high on sound or big on gaming, an avid fan of all the latest comic books or works of highbrow literature, or just a dedicated follower of the art scene or certain, ummm... specialist videos found throughout the internet, whatever's your bag, there's more going on than any mere mortal would ever be able to keep up with. And that's even if you're only into one of these things. If you're into a few then, well... yeah, you're basically boned.

There's more content to consume now than ever before, and that statement will only ever continue to be more and more true as time goes on. There used to be a time when content creation was something reserved for the elites, for people with access to the proper equipment and money needed to produce something then distribute it to the masses, and we pretty much had to be content with whatever scraps we were given. But now, the doors have been blown wide open for just about everyone. No longer do you need a big expensive studio to make music or record film. Even amazing games can be created in a bedroom then reach a global audience more easily than ever. All you need is a microphone or a camera and a computer with internet access and you already have the basics to get started for so many things. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty bloody mind-blowing.

The great thing about that? We're now spoiled for choice for how we want to pass the time and entertain ourselves. The bad thing? We now have to be incredibly fussy about what we consume and time now becomes one of our most valuable commodities as we have less of it to decide whether something is worth sticking with or if we want to move on to the next thing. And that's before even in factoring real life into the equation. We might have family or relationship stuff to deal with, or work or education matters to attend to. There's a lot going on for everyone. The result is that we now have to decide pretty damn quickly if we want to spend time on something. If it doesn't grab us immediately, then there's a million and one other things all screaming for our attention. Personally, I've never read a comic book in my life because the sheer volume of history there has essentially made that medium impenetrable for me at this stage. I used to play music but those days are far behind me now. Even TV and movies are fast dwindling in my life. I've made my bed with videogames, and now I'm lying in it. So, "Just what in the name of Jiminy Christmas does this have to do with The 39 Steps?", I hear you ask. Well, I don't read books either. But his made me realise gaming is the perfect gateway into so many other things.

More visual novel than game, The 39 Steps is based on the book of the same name, a tale about a prospector and war veteran who leaves his African adventuring behind in the early 1900s and returns to his original home of England for the quiet life, only to soon find himself embroiled in an international conspiracy set to plunge nations into war with each other. What unfolds is a spy thriller as the hero, Richard Hannay, must avoid the clutches of the conspirators whilst also trying to gather proof to expose them and clear his name of a crime they have set him up as the perpetrator of. And so he goes, on a merry chase across the highlands of Scotland, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way, as he tries to outwit his pursuers and do his best to stay one move ahead along the way.

The presentation is beautiful, as an array of backgrounds are presented to us throughout every scene, and ambient audio sets the mood for us, along with the occasional splattering of music and voice acting. The art style can vary depending on the scene, cleverly introducing us to the tone of a particular character or scenario, before then returning to the more traditional, realistic, painted look for the rest of the story. There are occasional moments of interaction beyond clicking a button to read the next piece of text, such as examining the setting in a room or flipping through newspapers or assembling items that progress the story, but for the most part it's a pretty passive affair as you'll largely be reading your way from one part to the next.

While it wasn't perfect, and some parts of the story felt like they were either meandering or getting repetitive in parts (I swear some of it felt like it was just an advertisement from the Scottish Tourism Board, dwelling on how stunning the scenery was or basking in the charm and generosity of the locals) overall I really enjoyed reading this - and that's what I found so amazing about it. Were this simply some pages and ink, or some text on a screen, I don't think I would have been nearly as involved as I was. But add some nice art and production values to it, gamify it a little and throw in some achievements for me to get, and I'll play the hell out of it. It made me realise this could be the way to get gamers into so many other things, a Trojan horse of sorts to expose us to more great literature or art or to be used as a tool for learning.

There's so much that could be done to exploit the medium of gaming to branch it out and reach wider audiences than so many things might by themselves. I mean, of the people who played/read this, how many would have actually sat down with the novel of their own volition otherwise? Provided it was based on the right source material, and handled with as much reverence and style as it with this, then they really could be onto something here. So, while this shines as a great example and starting point for what could be done with other pieces of media outside gaming, it's also a really great experience in its own right. I'm really glad I took the chance on it (and hope lots of others do, too) and look forward even more to seeing what else I'll be introduced to in future.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A wonderful blend of visual novel storytelling and interactive playability is The 39 Steps. Travel back in time with me, as we make passage into the early 1900's London as you the player must free his good name from corruption and conspiracy as a framed man for the murder of an intel spy. Move from the comforts of one's London flat into the spacious hills of Scottland in hopes of avoiding the police units and hired muscle of the black stone crew.

With achievements and badge progression this title is progressive on profiles and the story is quite interesting. Can be completed in a single playthrough why not pass the buck for this gem. Id recommend this peek for anyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Very cool linear visual novel with no interactive choices, beautiful artwork, music and great presentation. Thrilling yet relaxing experience
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Do i recommend this title???
YES!
YES!
YES!

But.......
You must know one thing about this product. THIS IS NOT A GAME!!!!
This is a novel with a little interaction.
You don't have any decision making events. just something to entertain you while you read and listen to it.

So basically if you didn't read book and you want taste of something different from book reading then this is a title for you.
If you want interactive novel or a game.... look for something different.

I love it.
It is a nice espionage thriller with beautiful, hand painted graphics.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I believe this game come from some kind of novel with the same title. I don't the story but I personally enjoy this game through every sequences. Starting when you framed as a murderer and you ran away to find the culprit and reveal their secrets. No options to be made in this game, but you need to find some items and clue to lead you to do the next plan.

The graphic is good even though there no clear image of person on the entire game (just a white shadow). The sound, definitely can't be ignored because the strength of the story can reach beyond my expectation because it's sound.

For collector, This game has trading cards and also easy 100% achievement.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Interesting attempt to work a new way to tell a story, yet, in my opinion, was a let down. Maybe is the interaction, or the lack thereof. Perhaps the original story isnt just that good.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Personal Rating: Had a really great experience playing it.
Classic Rating: ★★★★✬

The 39 Steps is a digital/visual adaptation of an adventure/crime novel by
John Buchan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirty-Nine_Steps .

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=616520995

✓ Excellent story and narration.
✓ Excellent voice acting (even though I'm not a native English speaker, I had a couple of good laughs listening to some Scottish side-character).
✓ Very well curated artworks and visual effects (transitions and animations).
✓ Very particular playing style, common to Visual Novels but original nonetheless.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=616003461

✘ A couple of times subtitles were missing.
✘ Sometimes I had difficulties understanding words and phrases too: I know, this is my fault, not the game's one but it can be a good enough topic for non-English people to think about before buying.

Would you like to read a book while listening to characters voices, ambient sounds and background music? Would it be even better if you were able to watch it like a movie and enjoy like you were its protagonist?

If the answer to those questions is "yes", than you'll understand why "The 39 Steps" is a must to play game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
A fantastic visual novel. You can play the game with just your mouse, but you still feel immersed in the story. I enjoyed the way the dialogues were plotted out, and the way you get to see inside Hannay's mind through text over some very gorgeous imagery. Fans of the book will love it, and maybe some who play it will go out and read the novel. When it is on sale there's no reason not to buy it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This is what visual novels should be, not borderline hentai anime ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

The 39 Steps is a very very very very very good digital adaptation of John Buchan's 1915 novel of the same name. I remember reading these early 20th century novels such as The Great Gatsby in highschool english class and thoroughly hating every word in them. The 100 year difference between then and now simply just does not translate well in text form due to changes to speech and culture this past century.

This game however was able to keep me hooked in a novel from this time period, I was engrossed in this thriller about pre-World War One conspiracy. The voice acting (despite using the same old english dialogue that I usually have trouble understanding in the book) and art are both top notch and really helps to sell the immersion. Also the game mechanics, while simple (this is a book after all, there are no alternate paths in the story and there is no fail state) are enough to keep the player engaged with what is going on. Whether it be reading an authentic looking newspaper that tells more about the world or even just simulating the opening of a door knob with the mouse.

For anyone interested in a casual yet suspenseful story The 39 Steps is well worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
A very nice storytelling Visual Novel in the early 19th Century of the British Empire with great british and scotts dialects and purely fine Sounds.

Pros
Excellent story and narration.
Excellent voice acting
Very well curated artworks and visual effects
Very particular playing style

Cons
N/A
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
The 39 Steps isn't a game so much as a mildly interactive visual novel. It features a fantastic visual style and it drips with tension from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
It's a good story and visual novel. Good for one playthrough. 8/10
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Very boring. The storyline is also mediocre. The progression is so slow.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Game feels more like you are reading a book and it's just telling a story, it was very short the story wasn't bad or anything maybe a bit unrealistic of a story but not bad, main issue is that I played this on my laptop(mac) instead of my desktop (windows) thinking that would be fine to just lay back and enjoy the story, but acheivments are completely broken on mac and fgrom what I've heard, Linux too long ago the Dev's said they were going to work on getting that fixed but I did try to contact them about it to see if they had anything to say about it, and never got a reply so basically if you care about acheivments make sure you play on a windows machine, because of that detail, and that it didn't feel like a game, I'll give it a negitive review, but if you get it for a good deal its not a horrible game to play by far.
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47 of 51 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
“I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.” ― John Buchan, The 39 Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps is originally an adventure novel and an ancestor of the spy thriller genre, written by the Scottish author John Buchan in 1915 - the first year of the World War I. It has long been reinterpreted into various other media - including Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1935 silver screen interpretation. But it is the first time we see Buchan's famous action-hero, Richard Hannay in a video game, thanks to Story Mechanics' initiative with a project of reinterpreting literature as narrative video games.

Here at the start of his adventures, Richard Hannay is a wealthy and able English gentleman with considerable social standing. He was raised in South Africa, became a successful mining engineer and took part in the Matabele Wars. He also served as an intelligence officer during the Boer War. He is realistic, self-sufficient with a diverse set of skills and means. Just before the events of the game, Hannay returns to London, only to find the routine life of a Londoner to be devastatingly boring. Just as he was about to give up on the capital, he is visited by one of his neighbors at his apartment in London. The neighbor reveals himself to be Franklin P. Scudder, a freelance spy and asks Hannay's help with a dangerous political plot. Finding himself in a web of lies and intrigue, Hannay quickly becomes the target of a manhunt, and starts his escape towards the Highlands of Scotland. Will he ever be able to clean his name and prevent a dangerous plot that would spell doom for all Europe?

The 39 Steps is a retelling of the original novel without nearly any content cut down. The atmosphere is a wondrous success weaved out of water color environments, characters displayed as foggy silhouettes and tales that belong to characters reenacted by shadowy silent motion pictures. The display is wholly elegant and thrilling, appropriate for the tone of the narration. Voice acting is marvelous - with nuances, accents and even vocal exclamations. For the part of the presentation, you are in for a feast.

As for the gameplay, on the other hand, the same cannot be said. Yes, the game is basically a visual novel but the player's participation in the narration is close to non-existent. The game could even be categorized as non-interactive considering all you actually do is some clicking to do to reveal environmental details or some mouse movements to draw certain shapes for Hannay to interact with things now and then. There is nothing you actually do, decide or participate in. You click and watch as the story unravels. On that part, one could actually prefer reading the novel rather than playing the game, but the amount of labor put into display is certainly admirable.

For the last verdict, I'll bite and recommend The 39 Steps, considering newer generations prefer watching the story through a screen rather than actually reading it. You just have to know what you are getting yourselves into before buying it. The 39 Steps is not a game; it is a beautifully arranged digital story book, and one that I can safely recommend if you are unfamiliar with the novel and/or bear no intention of reading it.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
The 39 Steps is a famous adventure thriller novel by John Buchan that released in 1915. This novel had several movie adaptation, and the first movie adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935. And this game is a digital adaptation of John Buchan's novel, it is different to compared to another Visual Novel games. This game is not like that.

I like The Story Mechanics treatment about this game, they presentation of this game made me feel that I watch a thriller movie than playing a game. The storytelling is masterpiece. The soundtrack is very good, it blend with the atmosphere of the scene and sometimes made me nervous about the next scene. The voice acting is superb, especially english gaelic accent of the scotslands peoples.

Well, this digital adaptation is an alternative way to read a famous literature, I'll hope The Story Mechanics made another adaptation of famous literature by famous writer. And I'm highly recommended this game to anyone interested in good storytelling games.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Edit: I had to cut down my review a bit because it seems Steam is experiencing a bug.

As someone who hadn't previously read the book or seen the play/movie, I have to say this definitely made me want to read/watch.

It started off pretty slow, (again I'm sure someone will pick up this game having no prior knowledge of this story) I had a problem where whenever I would alternate to a different window to do something, even when pausing the game, it would not let me continue, instead it would restart the chapter I was currently on, which can get annoying as I'm a very easily distracted person. Nonetheless, solving that would just mean putting your undivided attention into the game, at least until the end of that chapter (which is a good thing as this is more of an interactive story rather than a game, you wouldn't want to miss precious plot)

Anyway, the water colour landscape art is absolutely stunning, and added suspense in a way that really made you listen to what was being said and at times forced you to visualize the situation yourself, with the help of some awesome first person narration. I bought this game a while back on a third person game bundle site for a few bucks at most. Would I spend $15 on this game? No. But I am broke so I'm speaking from the stance of an empty walleted person.

All in all this game is relaxing, suspenseful, and to a degree educational. I'd recommend this game to those who want something that they can casually unwind to, without much effort on their part.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
If you don’t mind a game with almost no gameplay elements and you are looking for something diferent to relax in the cold winter, 39 Steps might be the game you are looking for. Sit back, get warm and grab a cup of tea or coffee because you will only need to move your mouse every now and then. You play as Richard Hannay, a man from London during 1914 with a boring life whose fate changed after a certain event. Now, he’s being chased by a crime he didn’t commit. And that’s when the story gets interesting.

The game reads like a book, and you won’t have any choices to make like, say, a Telltale game. You just explore your surroundings, read some descriptions, and move on with the story. The game does not lie about this, their premise is really honest and you should know what you are getting into, you will be reading a digital book with some clicks here and there. As the story goes, tension will go up as things may get troublesome in the road making Hannay finding different means to get what he want weather by escaping, stealing or using his wits and words with strangers. The visuals of the game are calm with vibrant colors. They are hand painted with minor movements like the wind and it will remind you of some old point & click adventure games. During your play through you will also find some collectibles by explorations. These are very hard to miss, especially if you are playing the game carefully and take your time to look at the scenario before being done with it.

After 4 hours I finished the game and I do not find any reason to play it again. It’s a different experience and it was something I rather enjoyed. The final chapters make the conclusion satisfying and I was engaged in the game from start to finish. When I finished a chapter I just had to go to the next one as I was too curious to know what was going to happen or how Hanney is going to find a solution for his current problem. Because there’s almost no gameplay mechanics involved this games ended being quite relaxing. You can be very tired after a long day at work sipping your hot beverage while playing 39 Steps and it’s going to be a nice experience.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
I don't feel like this game is as interactive as it could be, or at all. It feels more of just a visual novel, the other annoying aspect is whenever I Alt-Tabbed out, it would completely start over from the very start and not let me skip through cut scenes and that I had already watched. Never been a huge fan of visual novels, this game is visually easy on the eyes, the art is fantastic and the voice acting is very good, I also really enjoyed the soundtrack. But the gameplay itself is severely lacking and the constant starting over if I had to alt-tab out really ruined it for me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
All visual novels i’ve come across seem to follow that choose-your-own-adventure line while catering to a very certain, slightly perverted, teenage fanbase.

This instead is what you could call a multimedia thriller, combining the classic narrative with beautiful hand drawn backdrops, fitting audio and some basic animations. All combined it makes for a very immersive experience, and with the excellent quality of the source material writing there is an actually gripping story driving the game forward.

It was a captivating 4 hours experience that changed my conception of what can be done within the rigid structure of a visual novel. Highly recommended as such.
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