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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Releasedatum: 25 apr 2013

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15 december 2015

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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.

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    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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6.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 31 januari
“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.

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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11 van de 11 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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9.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 6 februari
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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9 van de 9 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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Geplaatst: 7 december 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 van de 7 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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4.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 14 december 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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5 van de 5 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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6.8 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 1 mei
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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4 van de 4 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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3.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 22 december 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 van de 14 mensen (64%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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2.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 18 december 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 van de 3 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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7.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 6 januari
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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Geplaatst: 8 februari
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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5.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 2 mei
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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4 van de 5 mensen (80%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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7.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 19 december 2015
Not terrible for an interactive story sort of "game." A bit slow but the music sets the tone rather well and once you've adjusted to the pace it is well executed. Story is part entertaining spy yarn, part silly patriotic English mumbo-jumbo. I got it on sale - otherwise I'd have never bothered. For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they'd like.
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Geplaatst: 20 december 2015
The 39 Steps é um jogo que conta uma história de um conto policial, com um engenheiro que quase se tornou um detetive (com a sorte e ajuda de outrem) e com um pouco de mistério. Este jogo tem um quê de Sherlock Holmes (inclusive faz referência ao personagem, à saga e ao autor Arthur Conan Doyle). A história é bem interessante, mas demonstra faltar alguns pontos chaves com elementos não tão detalhados e simplificados (subjetivos).

Sobre a jogabilidade em si, você não precisa fazer muita coisa. Basta ler tudo o que o narrador-personagem vai contar (que é o protagonista) e clicar em coisas brilhantes que te chamam a atenção e que o personagem vai notar e usar junto aos seus conhecimentos para dar continuidade à história (semelhante a um Hidden Object). As cutscenes do jogo mostram ambientes bonitos e bem feitos (que parecem telas pintadas ou fotos antigas de lugares a céu aberto ou ambientes bem mobilhados). Você ainda tem a possibilidade de fazer desenhos com o mouse (nos momentos em que o personagem vai abrir portas - normalmente, nada de arrombar - ou abrir janelas, garrafas. O jogo indica no canto da dela a quantidade de coisas que você pode encontrar no ambiente para ajudar seu personagem e a quantidade de parágrafos que você também vai passar por . Além disso, a história contada pelo personagem só dá continuidade quando você dá um clique com um mouse para ela passar ao próximo texto narrado. No mais, a história segue seu curso e você não faz muitas interferências (no máximo pular as cutscenes e entender nada da história e perder conquistas do jogo por causa disso).

A OST do jogo, apesar de não ser tão diversa nos diferentes momentos da história é boa. Acho que se encaixa bem no que o jogo propõe e os sons utilizados também.

Por fim, eu gostei do jogo, porém acho que ele foi pouco explorado. Ele tem uma proposta muito boa (pelo menos para mim) e poderia ter sido mais legal ainda com poucas mudanças. Mas entendo que a proposta talvez tenha sido essa desde o início, e é um modo de contar uma história.

7/10.
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2 van de 2 mensen (100%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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4.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 7 december 2015
I actually got this game in a giveaway and because it sat at the top of my library I thought I'd give it a go when I wanted a quiet night in. I'm not new to visual novels I've been playing them for years but this was the first one of it's kind that I'd read.
After the initial few chapters had passed I found the story to be quite interesting, I got through it in one sitting or roughly <4 hours and that was with my random breaks to make tea as I read.

I have no complaints about it and as I did receive it for free I'm quite pleased with it.
If you're interested in this kind of genre and enjoy an interactive visual element when reading I think it's worth giving it a go :)
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4.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 24 januari
An excellent story. I really enjoyed it as a fan of the book and the films.
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5.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 15 januari
Really good story that follows the 1915 novel closely. Highly recommended.
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4.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 5 februari
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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5.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 25 februari
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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5.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 13 november 2015
Absolutely recommended, it was a very well written and composed work. From newspaper articles to clues and music, it was a very enjoyable tale to listen and read, and adapted to the time of the facts that transpire in it.

As with other titles like this one, the only real complain to be had might be the duration, for I wished it to last a bit longer, but it more than served it's purpose and made the afternoon I spent on it a very interesting one.

(Tips hat)
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9.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 8 december 2015
Better than Alfred Hitch♥♥♥♥♥ version.
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Geplaatst: 14 december 2015
Really good adaptation. After a while "just one more chapter" rule started working.
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