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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (483 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 25, 2013

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"A really neat mystery novel turned into a really neat interactive experience. Remains fun and intriguing throughout. Very casual game done right."
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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
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
This is a great blend of a video game and an e-book. Not spoiling anything, this is a great spy thriller set right before WW1. There is limited interactivity since you are usually just clicking on various locations, finding helpful items and clues, and piecing together the mystery. The artwork is fantastic. So many times I wished I could be sucked into the game just to enjoy being in the world of England 1914. While the backgrounds are stunning, the characters are given a silhouette, letting the player draw their own conclusions to their distinct features. I love the cut scenes. They are done in a silent film style, which again draws from the time period. The cast of voice actors is spot on perfect. Now whether or not this game is worth the full retail pricetag is debatable. I bought this game for 1.49 and it was well worth it. Knowing what I know now, I would have paid full price. However, I love story above all in video games. For those who are bothered with the limited interactivity, wait for a sale. I cannot wait to see what The Story Mechanics will do next! This is an indie developer I will keep my eyes on.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This digital adaption of "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan is very well-made and holds a lot of promise. The concept of digital adaptions of novels is a good way to introduce the younger tech-savvy generation to the great writings of old. While it may not have the exact features of what you'd call a video game in modern standards, it does have a story which will have you gripped and glued to your seat. Featuring beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds, simple gameplay mechanics, and convincing voice-acting, The 39 Steps is greatly recommended for those avid book readers who wants to experience something new or just people looking for a great espionage-thriller story.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
After reading many other reviews, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into. And I must say, despite a few minor temporary audio glitches, I greatly enjoyed this treat. Very relaxing, engaging, immersive, and exciting.

I haven't read the original yet, but I feel this undoubtedly did it justice. While one is usually wary with a movie-adaptation of a novel, I am looking forward to another digital-adaptation from these guys. The love and care clearly shows through.

As long as players are aware of what they are getting themselves into, I'd highly recommend this delightful experience.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Okay, be ready not to play but to read a lot thoughtfully. You don't have any choice while reading, all the process is strongly linear like a book. It's not a shortage, it's a fresh experience.
7/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
A really well presented visual novel/semi-interactive piece of literature.
Very stylish presentation and great sound+voice acting.
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