It is the end of summer. Han Hui, a university student, meets a mysterious young girl named He Jia in the mountains. After this chance meeting, the two embark on a delightful journey.
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Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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It is the end of summer. Han Hui, a university student, meets a mysterious young girl named He Jia in the mountains. After this chance meeting, the two embark on a delightful journey.

Shan Gui is a short, linear, kinetic visual-novel set in Nanjing's gorgeous Purple Mountain. It follows the adventure of two young girls as they tour the park, attempting to recount faded childhood memories. Han Hui is moody and depressed until she eventually becomes enraptured by He Jia's overwhelming warmth and happiness. In He Jia, Han Hui finds respite from her sadness and a brand new friend... a friend who may be more than she suggests.

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Mac OS X
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    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6 or better
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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5.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
Ever since the olden days that have slowly passed in the wake of the ever changing times summer still held a special meaning to them as they gazed as they gazed outside at the world often, spreading endlessly beyond the horizon which seemed to invite them to an adventure like none they have experienced before. Giving in to the impulse to find some relief under the blazing heat might just seem like a small annoyance while wandering around aimlessly, making the choice of turning back seem attractive enough to consider setting aside what one came for, not worrying about it anymore as the difficulty of modern life occupy the present once again. But as one takes a step forward from the sanctuary making them faintly wonder why they leave themselves, in the atmosphere undisturbed by anyone something pleasant might be there for them, as though awaiting their presence for a very long time.

It is quite the pleasant surprise that from the moment we start this novel a beautiful landscape spreads out before the eyes, from the open fields of a hill lined by trees on the side to forests covering trails and stone passages moving through the sights we are meant to see, with only the presence of nature around that makes it feel as if we are the only ones in the world. These photographic backgrounds are of much higher quality one would expect from an indie game like this one, though sadly the ones that show abandoned buildings ruin the atmosphere, as they ill fit to the place shown there which is a little distracting, even if not overly so. The artwork on the other hand is very well drawn, reminiscent of water colored painting with vivid colors covering the canvas that really depict the moments of this story quite nicely, with only the slightly strange looking eyelids standing out in a less than desirable way, thereby making the graphics satisfying to anyone.

Another great aspect of this game is its soundtrack made of atmospheric songs that play many different kind of instruments, a few being more prevailant while others less so, but notwithstanding their sometimes lacking impression due to their shortness it's still a collection of pretty nice tracks. The title track in particular is excellent to enjoy while relaxing in the shade of a tree, with perhaps a wind chime moving gently in the breeze on a late summer afternoon, until the time of parting despite our reluctance knowing this moment might come ever again. In that regard, its simplicity makes this a well composed album not far apart from other doujins.

It's also similar to Go Go Nippon in a way that Shan Gui also shows a less known side of a culture we rarely get to se with a hint of mystical presence that lends itself easily to the course of the story. Notwithstanding how all the reference to locations open up the relevant wikipedia page instead of introducing them on the spot like Overdrive's tour guides do, this is still a pleasant kinetic novel worth giving a chance to, as you might find something precious along the way you didn't expect to see.

In the end, after experiencing the last moments of a journey which transcends the boundary between this world and another where we feel at ease, it is sometimes difficult to tell if it really happened or it was nothing but an illusion. But sometimes, even if it seems to fade away despite our longing desire, that moment becomes the point where one finds themselves attracted to another, and through the passage of a single day experience the joy of a lifetime.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
An absolutely wonderful journey to sit through.

This VN doesn't not give you any choice or anything of the sort, it's a definite story, but a really great one.
It's quite short so the price tage fits well.
But, if you got 2 bucks laying around you should definitely give it a read, both the protagonist and her new found friend are lovable characters!
I has a few grammatical errors, missing words etc., but if you can look past that, it's an absolutely wonderful experience, and the art is amazing!
If you're looking for Yuri, however, this isn't really it.

Conclusion - 10/10 would farm 'chievs again
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2.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
Another game to get 100% achievements in a short time.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 3
Beautiful aesthetic
Well-programmed interface
Gorgeous art
Quality bgm/sound design
Decent voice acting
Compelling story
A great experience


Overall: 10/10

I got this as part of a bundle, but I would have no qualms about spending <$15 for this. Much better than any movie I've seen in theaters recently.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: July 30
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11/10 would fap to this game again
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1.4 hrs
Posted: July 19
Short and enjoyable with good music and visuals although the story is a bit clunky.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: July 10
Shan Gui is a sweet short VN with a lovely sound track. I found the story, artwork, and voice acting enjoyable. It provided an enjoyable hour of relaxing gameplay, and I think it is worth it's low price. The achievements were easy to 100%.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: July 9
Shan Gui is a short but sweet Kinetic Visual Novel that was rather relaxing to go through.

To start, when I mean short, I mean really short. You can finish this game in around 30 mins if you read fast. But it presents a rather surface level story that feels about right for a surface level story. It was just a relaxing story to go through and reminded me of short stories that sometimes I'd read in English class that were simply meant to end as a "short" story. Personally, I found the art actually a bit weird with the eyes, although the art was not bad by any means. Along with the crisp art, the music fit in really well. If anything, I enjoyed the music the most out of all aspects of this game.

Although I generally liked the game, I felt like it tried to force a couple of things in that didn't need to be in it with the story. But overall, I thought this game was pretty nice for its purpose. Also since it has such a cheap base price and goes on sale for real cheap too, I'd recommend anybody give this game a go if you can get it on sale.

Rating: 7.2/10
Recommend Price: $0.49 or under
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6.6 hrs
Posted: July 5
The domestic chicken is descended primarily from the Red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) and is scientifically classified as the same species.[19] As such it can and does freely interbreed with populations of red jungle fowl.[19] Recent genetic analysis has revealed that at least the gene for yellow skin was incorporated into domestic birds through hybridization with the Grey junglefowl (G. sonneratii).[20] The traditional poultry farming view is stated in Encyclopædia Britannica (2007): "Humans first domesticated chickens of Indian origin for the purpose of cockfighting in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Very little formal attention was given to egg or meat production... "[2] In the last decade there have been a number of genetic studies. According to one study, a single domestication event occurring in the region of modern Thailand created the modern chicken with minor transitions separating the modern breeds.[21] However, that study was later found to be based on incomplete data, and recent studies point to multiple maternal origins, with the clade found in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, originating from the Indian subcontinent, where a large number of unique haplotypes occur.[22][23] It is postulated that the Jungle fowl, known as the "bamboo fowl" in many Southeast Asian languages, is a special pheasant well adapted to take advantage of the large amounts of fruits that are produced during the end of the 50 year bamboo seeding cycle to boost its own reproduction.[24] In domesticating the chicken, humans took advantage of this prolific reproduction of the jungle fowl when exposed to large amount of food.[25]

It has been claimed (based on paleoclimatic assumptions) that chickens were domesticated in Southern China in 6000 BC.[26] However, according to a recent study,[27] "it is not known whether these birds made much contribution to the modern domestic fowl. Chickens from the Harappan culture of the Indus Valley (2500-2100 BC), in what today is Pakistan, may have been the main source of diffusion throughout the world." A northern road spread the chicken to the Tarim basin of central Asia. The chicken reached Europe (Romania, Turkey, Greece, Ukraine) about 3000 BC.[28] Introduction into Western Europe came far later, about the 1st millennium BC. Phoenicians spread chickens along the Mediterranean coasts, to Iberia. Breeding increased under the Roman Empire, and was reduced in the Middle Ages.[28] Middle East traces of chicken go back to a little earlier than 2000 BC, in Syria; chicken went southward only in the 1st millennium BC. The chicken reached Egypt for purposes of ♥♥♥♥ fighting about 1400 BC, and became widely bred only in Ptolemaic Egypt (about 300 BC).[28] Little is known about the chicken's introduction into Africa. Three possible routes of introduction in about the early first millennium AD could have been through the Egyptian Nile Valley, the East Africa Roman-Greek or Indian trade, or from Carthage and the Berbers, across the Sahara. The earliest known remains are from Mali, Nubia, East Coast, and South Africa and date back to the middle of the first millennium AD.[28] Domestic chicken in the Americas before Western conquest is still an ongoing discussion, but blue-egged chickens, found only in the Americas and Asia, suggest an Asian origin for early American chickens.[28]

A lack of data from Thailand, Russia, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa makes it difficult to lay out a clear map of the spread of chickens in these areas; better description and genetic analysis of local breeds threatened by extinction may also help with research into this area.[28]
South America

An unusual variety of chicken that has its origins in South America is the araucana, bred in southern Chile by the Mapuche people. Araucanas, some of which are tailless and some of which have tufts of feathers around their ears, lay blue-green eggs. It has long been suggested that they pre-date the arrival of European chickens brought by the Spanish and are evidence of pre-Columbian trans-Pacific contacts between Asian or Pacific Oceanic peoples, particularly the Polynesians, and South America. In 2007, an international team of researchers reported the results of analysis of chicken bones found on the Arauco Peninsula in south-central Chile. Radiocarbon dating suggested that the chickens were Pre-Columbian, and DNA analysis showed that they were related to prehistoric populations of chickens in Polynesia.[29] These results appeared to confirm that the chickens came from Polynesia and that there were transpacific contacts between Polynesia and South America before Columbus's arrival in the Americas.[30]

However, a later report looking at the same specimens concluded:

A published, apparently pre-Columbian, Chilean specimen and six pre-European Polynesian specimens also cluster with the same European/Indian subcontinental/Southeast Asian sequences, providing no support for a Polynesian introduction of chickens to South America. In contrast, sequences from two archaeological sites on Easter Island group with an uncommon haplogroup from Indonesia, Japan, and China and may represent a genetic signature of an early Polynesian dispersal. Modeling of the potential marine carbon contribution to the Chilean archaeological specimen casts further doubt on claims for pre-Columbian chickens, and definitive proof will require further analyses of ancient DNA sequences and radiocarbon and stable isotope data from archaeological excavations within both Chile and Polynesia.[31]
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5.2 hrs
Posted: July 5
This game was off the market for a couple of months while the developer could work on getting the rights to having the game back up on steam. Everything is fixed, and the money goes to its proper place.

Anyway, It's a nice short visual novel that's worth it if you want achievements or just want a short little VN to read.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Another game to get 100% achievements in a short time.
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219 of 237 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Shan Gui is a short-ish, but beautiful Visual Novel. The story is sweet and cute, and two main characters are fully voiced, which certainly adds to its appeal.

However, Shan Gui has no dialogue choices or multiple endings one might except from a VN, although in its case it is sort of fitting, and I can’t think of any place where I would’ve changed the story. But those who don’t mind the lack of interactivity will be rewarded with a beautiful story.
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122 of 131 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
A charming indie addition to the Steam VN library.

It's a small package, clocking in at under 2 hours, which is acceptable given the price point of $5. Bear in mind that this is a static VN, without gameplay or decision-making, simply a story to experience. It's up to your discretion if the price of content justifies a purchase. I can say that those two hours are well spent.

Criticisms primarily pertain to elements of the voiceacting. You may want to adjust the sound settings in option and turn the music down a bit, as both of the VAs are, for the most part, very quiet, and the music may drown out their performances. Furthermore, the protagonist is consistently lacking any sort of enthusiasm; in comparison, her new friend, while similarly quiet, has moments of excitement suited to the demeanour of a child, and when she sings it's a delight. That said, the voiceacting is more often a benefit than a detractor to the experience. Auto-scrolling is perfectly timed to the voice acting.

Perhaps some of the cultural specifics of the region could have been conveyed better through dialogue. Links are provided to articles as aids to understanding the region, its history and various mythological concepts. They're okay to thumb through upon invitation, but not seemingly necessary for enjoyment of the experience.

The UI is standard, perfectly functional, and requires no introduction. I recommend the use of Quick Saves to allow the story to continue to flow.

The settings are beautiful and excellent captures of the Chinese landscapes. Your mileage may vary with the characters and hand-drawn scenes themselves, but transitions allow both sides of the visual coin to compliment one another. The descriptive writing also helps the user fill in any blanks, creating a general sense of tranquility that goes hand in hand with a visual tour of Purple Mountain. The English translation is competent enough to carry that sense across to English readers.

I do not feel the plot is anything to write home about; it is a modest story, as the author says. However, it is a product of love, a captivating experience, a simple journey and an look at a new world for many of us; it's about seeing the beauty in everything.

I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of visual novels in particular. If anything here piqued your interest, you should read it too. It requires little investment of time and money and the experience is captivating.
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91 of 98 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
For a travel guide, the sexual tension is pretty impressive!

Shan Gui is a really short visual novel (a visual short story maybe?) with lush artwork and beautiful music. Beautifully voiced entirely in Chinese, the translation isn't perfect but it isn't so bad that it becomes a distraction. The story is simple and engaging, and I thought it was interesting that the game actually links to wikipedia entries on the actual locations and lore mentioned in the story. I do use "game" in a loose sense here, because this is definitely more of a novel than a game. There aren't choices to be made, you just click to progress the dialogue through the linear story.

For the completionists, Shan Gui has strong Steam integration with super easy achievements and a game that can be completed in a very short amount of time. I didn't actually see the short story and lack of replayability as a bad thing, but I got the game deeply discounted and I feel like the content was worth what I spent. The extras include a gallery of the gorgeous artwork found in the game, as well as the soundtrack.

Shan Gui does really feel a bit like a travel and cultural guide though. With more panties and larger boobs.
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81 of 86 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
First in first: I'm a Chinese player, I wrote these words in English just for more players not having trouble wondering "what's the matter with this little-known Chinese game?"

Q: "Why this game got in and out of stock from time to time?" or "Why this VN which is far beyond first-class have got SO MUCH reviews in Chinese, or Japanese--whatever, I don't distinguish them."
A: You know, Shan Gui is the first Chinese VN, even the first Chinese game that was landed (Chinese version of "was on sale") on Steam. So it should be a proud event. However, from now, it's nothing but the biggest shame for every Chinese VN fan.
Who to blame? Only the publisher, "Ju Cai". In simple version, Ju Cai took developer's lack of experience as a loophole, pocketed all the profits, and won the legal strife intervened by Steam.
Now this game may well not be out of stock again, but Magenta Factory, the developer, have declared they won't give up getting Shan Gui's authorship right back. I bet not till then, will a single Chinese player give a blue thumb to this game of bittersweet.
As for the game content, just check out those earlier reviews, I'm not gonna wasting your time here.

Game itself: 7/10
Publisher: SUCH A NEGATIVE ♥♥♥♥♥♥/10
Developer: May the righteousness be with you.
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88 of 96 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
a negative review not only for the boring and short story, but also for the f**king Publisher.

How did this game pass the greenlight? Publisher promised to give steam keys to voters. But broke the promise because "too many voters, and I don't have enough keys" (that's an absolute lie)

Why this game got removed? "The developer company didn't receive the payment from publisher in the past one year, and all developers are kicked from Steamworks group, so the developers are not able to update the game and have to cancel the support. So the developer company created a DCMA ticket to Steam and the game is removed."

Why did this game come back again? Because the publisher sued the developers, but developers didn't have enough funds and energy to deal with overseas lawsuit, so they gave up.
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81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
An illustrated short story, set in the mountains of China.
Impressive artwork, that's so good that you can't help but wonder if it's processed photographs! I think the scenes really do exist!
There are no choices, no different endings, so really this is just one to sit back, watch, listen and read the story.
There have been a number of complaints about the translation but personally I think it’s perfectly acceptable . Too much interpretation and it would lose it's Chinese flavour. Leaving the voices in Chinese is a really nice touch too.
Perhaps too gentle for some, this is delightful short story. Well worth the small amount it costs.
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120 of 156 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
The game kinda remains me of a lot of "Go! Go! Nippon My First Trip to Japan" Has a story with a guide explaining certain parts of the land and instead of a lengthy explanation of the place from your guide will give a link to the wiki. The other difference is this game has achievements and badges if you care for them. Also this game is shorter then hour and half I spent on it I spent just as much time on reading up on the wiki as I did on the game. With all I said I really enjoy but not enough to go through a second time.
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132 of 180 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
First and foremost, this is a review for what Shan Gui is and what it can become.

As others have mentioned, it is indeed a Kinetic Novel. It's up to you to decide whether you think that's good or a bad. Personally, it's a nice change of pace from all the other VNs I have played on Steam. There are times where you just want a straightfoward experience.

The game throws a few wiki links along the way which depict actual scenery or sights/art present in China. I find this as a great opportunity to share numerous beautiful places to visual novel enthusiasts. If you shine a positive light on this, it can (emphasis on can) actually be quite educational.

As far as the price point goes, I think it's set fairly. There is of course a lot of room for improvement so one must take that into consideration before making the final judgement about the game.

Seeing as I want this game to improve and the developer to succeed, here are 2 small suggestions (for current or future projects):

1. Improved audio - The voices were a bit muffled at the beginning of the VN. This may be because it was intentionally meant to be hushed up a bit when portrayed as the character doing a monologue but the audio during that part could have definitely been a bit clearer.

2. More scenery (in the future?) - I really do believe that if you are going to link us to wikipedia links of various places, you should definitely make the most of it. China is a vast place and I am sure there are tons of beautiful scenery there so it would be a boon/benefit for a Kinetic Visual Novel to feature these places.

Edit: Thank you zedraxlo and all those involved with Shan Gui. I look forward to playing future chinese VNs
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
The publisher not even pay the developers a single dollar in the past 1 year!

10/10 for the game
-10/10 for the publisher

F❤❤k you Ju Cai! You stole this game from the developers!
Shame on you!
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