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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May 28

Ver 1.31

Font and Engine updated.
Tip: Summer Sale will start soon.

更新了字体和引擎。
提示:夏季促销即将来临。

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April 22

Ver 1.30

Remade voices of all characters, except He Jia. For old players, we hope you still willing to retry this game.
Also, we will have a -50% discount at Apr 27 10am (PDT).

重做了全角色配音,除了贺佳。对于那些老玩家来说,我们希望您还能够愿意重新尝试下这款游戏。
同时,4月28日凌晨1点开始新一轮5折。

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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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 or better
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
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59 of 60 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Distancing yourself from your parents is an unavoidable part of growing up. Eventually, most of us come back around from the rebellious phase and learn to listen to what parts of our tradition and culture may be worthwhile additions to our own identities. But what if we're already too late?

Shan Gui is a short, Chinese-developed visual novel about finding one's familial and spiritual roots in a society that increasingly shuns both.

During its one hour of playtime, the reader follows lost and disillusioned Han Hui on her way to revisit a vacation spot from her youth. She meets and befriends little He Jia, who guides her through the mountains and shows her around the various nature sites.

Let's get the formulaic part of this review out of the way first: It's a kinetic novel without any player choices or branching paths, the story is pretty unique in its thematic focus but extremely slow when it comes to pacing, the background and character art meets a high quality standard and retains a distinct visual style that I would not mind seeing more of, the soundtrack, relying heavily on solo piano pieces but branching out here and there, is nice (if ultimately forgettable), and the very authentic voice acting adds a lot of charm even though it suffers from the use of lackluster recording equipment.

Alright, now let's get to what makes Shan Gui actually interesting.

The textbook approach to structuring a story is to establish a setting and a premise, create some tension or conflict, then construct a dramatic arc that resolves the conflict and guides the reader to a satisfying conclusion. This curious little thing, however, does very little of the sort. Even though it uses the elements and mechanics of storytelling, its mood and deliverance probably have more in common with those of a poem or even a painting.

I can only imagine that the theme of modernization and technocratization of everyday life clashing with filial piety, tradition and spirituality might resonate with young Chinese people even more than it does with me, but at the very least it has the potential to speak to anyone (or at least anyone in a position to be able to play computer games), no matter their cultural roots.

Shan Gui handles its themes with care. It doesn't hide behind opaque metaphors, nor does it beat you over the head with simplistic morals. It simply puts you in Han Hui's shoes on her way to learn more about her past. It's up to personal opinion whether her quest is a worthwhile one, and it's up to interpretation whether she succeeds, and if there ever was a concrete goal to begin with. I was easily able to empathize with her struggle to explore her identity and I am glad to have witnessed this very personal journey.

The one negative aspect that really stood out to me was the sexualization of the main characters in some of the artwork, which is not only unnecessary but also completely at odds with the story itself. Maybe the developers assumed (correctly?) that those screenshots would increase sales, which is a bit of a depressing reality. In any case, I had to roll my eyes and grit my teeth through it.

In addition to that, Shan Gui unfortunately also ticks some other boxes on the "Bad VN" checklist. Still though, while putting my opinion into words I find myself thinking "Sure, there are embarrassing typos in the script that really should not exist in the age of spell checkers, but..." and "Yeah, the sightseeing web links in the middle of the in-game dialogue are pretty immersion-ruining, but..." and I just have this positive gut feeling about it as a whole. It seems like whatever it tried to do, it succeeded with me.

Many Steam users have yet to make their first contact with a visual novel, and I have to say that I can not generally recommend Shan Gui as a starter VN, simply because, for all intents and purposes, nothing much happens. So unless you specifically enjoy slow and meditative mood pieces, there's a decent chance you'll just find it boring.

Generally though, with the above caveats in mind, I'm going to take a bit of a leap and recommend that if you think it could be for you, you should sit down (preferably with a cup of good tea) and give Shan Gui a chance. If you're lucky, maybe you'll even learn something about yourself in the process.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Sweet and atmospheric.

Be sure you know what you're buying (it's short, there are no choices, and there's no epic plot) but if you want to relax into a short story between girls it's a nice experience.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Sometimes "less" can be "more", and the simplicity of Shan Gui is what counts here in my opinion. The voice acting borders on average, the music is touching and the scenes are breath-taking. The plot itself involves a female tourist being guided by her mysterious friend (another girl) to real locations in the mountains. (Think "Go Go Nippon!" but in China).

The whole experience is like reading a short romance comic while listening to classical music in the background.

Personally, I can only wish that the friendship (relationship) between the two main characters was explored in greater detail. This can be somewhat of a disappointment especially for Yuri fans, unless the writer intends to make a continuation!

All in all, it's as short and straight-forward as a kinetic novel can get. There are no choices to be made to influence the story. Depending on how fast you read, you can finish the entire novel in an hour or less, at the same time, take in all the achievements with no effort. These factors may be pros for some, and cons for others.

Considering the novel's length and it's price (it's better when on sale!) then Shan Gui is a good deal.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Sweet yuri and another good chinese VN: buy if u want
-sweet story
-child molesting
-achievements


cons are the very short time and the tortillas eyes
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
"Shan Gui is a short, linear, kinetic visual-novel set in Nanjing's gorgeous Purple Mountain." This is the admirably honest description on the Store page, a kind of honesty not easily found on the official description.
First things first: a kinetic visual-novel is one in which the player can't interact with the (linear) story, so don't expect this to be a VN proper; in other words, this is not a game - rather, it's a non-interactive mixed-media experience, and a rather good one at that.

It takes about an hour to complete, more if going through the Wiki links (more on this later), and even more if you'll take your time to sit (sometimes quite literally) and enjoy some of the little... "atemporalities" (pardon me) it offers. The replay value is absent - because this is not a game, bear with my redundancy - but this doesn't mean you won't find yourself drawn to re-experience some of the aforementioned time bubbles.

The story may appear a little plain/slow to the Westerner's eye, especially in the very beginning, but it catches up quickly; on the other hand, those acquainted with the East Asian cultural sphere and its peculiar mindset will take great pleasure on the many references - some rather obvious, others less so. This is why I strongly suggest to break the immersion and check out the Wikipedia links provided in-game (and perhaps follow up on those when the story is over).

The translation is decent both in English and German, there are some grammar errors and there's a certain ingenuity in the choice of words, with some nuances irremediably lost in translation. Both characters display some degree of naïveté, however, which makes that ingenuousness somehow fitting. The voice acting is fine as far as I'm concerned; 'tis certainly not the best I've ever heard, but it serves its purpose well enough. Another reviewer said that "the protagonist is consistently lacking any sort of enthusiasm", which can hardly be denied - but, given the plot, I think it may have been intended.

As to the "art" department, I found the soundtrack remarkable, the sound effects rather good and their timing effective. The backgrounds are gorgeus, and most of them can be "visited" using Google Earth's street view; the artwork is solid, although some scenes have the protagonists overly-sexualised, and while I realise that some if not most will welcome such a thing, I found it rather out-of-place. An utter buzzkill, actually, although that's pretty much the only real downside I stumbled upon during the whole experience, and it is an understandable marketing (and cultural) choice. Thankfully such buzzkills are not that common, and they ultimately had little impact on my enjoyment.

What else can be said? The controls are smooth and so are the transitions; the game can be run in fullscreen up to 1920x1080; 16:10 isn't supported, resulting in movie-like black bands on the top and bottom - not an issue due to the nature of the product (as in, a kinetic VN as opposed to a game). I suggest using headphones for a better experience, if only for the cicadas and thunderstorm.

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Did I enjoy it? Far more than I would've expected
Will I go back to it again? Yep.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, and quite frankly I felt it was a steal at a 1,69€ sale, given that even with its shortcomings I'd still buy it at its full pricetag (4,99€), retrospectively.
But do keep in mind that this game is not for everyone, although I think I made that rather clear in this review.

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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Well, this game came close to being your stereotypical, Japane4se over sexualization of teens, but it stopped just barely short of that, which I was thankful for. Anyway, basically, this was an interactive novel wherein the heroine was wandering lost after a life changin event (revealed later in the game) and comes upon another girl who shows her around the area they are in, visiting sites and teaching the protagonist how to deal with that life changin event in a way that made her feel some joy rather than sadness, and gave her a means of connecting with the world around her as well.

This one could have turned bad quickly with the aforementioned over sexualizing, but tey managed to keep it just within the lines of what can be considered acceptable, and it ended up being more a tale of sisterly love and coping rather than....well something more than that.

Very pretty backdrops with all the locations in the area the story is hosted, with real life places which some of the dialogue is wiki linked to (within the game) for your perusal on your browser.

All told, I think I give this a 9 out of 10 for graphics, and a 6.5 out of 10 for a story that almost makes you cringe....almost. If they had distanced themselves a bit further from that aspect, the story would have been more like an 8 out of 10.

'nuff said
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Hall of Fame

I freaking love Shan Gui. This game is gorgeuos. It really touches my heart, not the story exactly, but overall aspects of the game.

The art and music are really beautiful. I was quite immersed in it in that short about an hour gameplay. I listen to the music of this game for quite a while. It is quite relaxing. I enjoy different scenarios of the game too.

This game is short. It does not dragged on unnecessarily. The story is innocent and beautiful as well as the characters.

The translation isn't that good though when I first play it. After the patch, it is better and I come play it again. LOL.

What I like about this game is that it doesn't really have stupid fan services. I'm quite sick of those sometimes to be honest. There might be some parts in the game that people may consider it as a fan service, but I don't think it's for you guys. It's for Han Hui. XD. This game is quite bitter-sweet and innocent, it wouldn't go along well with the fan services. But I don't know the dev true intentions, of course.

This review is subjected to my own opinion, of course. As I can see I might overhype it a bit for some people. (Meaning, personally, I think Shan Gui deserve every compliment I give). So this is here just in case.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5 stars

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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Holding down the space button to get achievements simulator
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
voice acting gave me cancer
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Pros:
- Bright beautiful art
- Characters are voiced
- Pretty soundtrack
- Visits some places in china which is interesting
- I liked He Jia she was very sweet and cheerful. Besides the art and music He Jia is the only thing I liked about the game.

Cons:
- Bad voice acting, Han Hui has no emotion in her voice whatsoever.
- This isn't really a con per se but you can't make any choices and there are no branching storylines.
- Again not really a con for everyone but the game is really short.
-The story is so simple that there is no interesting plot elements such as a conflict or event. I kept on waiting for something interesting to happen but nothing did.
-This games pace takes a leisurely stroll, very slow and no real plot elements. It reminds me a lot of "slice of life" animes. I love "slice of life" animes but only if they have some sort of impact or message, I felt this had none.

I say only give this game a try when it's on sale for really cheap.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This was such a treat, I couldn’t help but smile at the end. A simple, beautifully crafted story with an impressive amount of emotional depth and plenty of charming details. Do yourself a favor and make yourself some sweet (and I mean sweet!) tea while playing this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
So far the shortest game I have ever played, but well worth what I paid for it.

Story:
Nice story. Pulls you in right away, and ends before you know it.

Gameplay:
It's a visual novel, so you pretty much just left-click your way through it. However, sometimes it will link you to a Wikipedia page explaining various parts of Chinese culture, which was a nice plus. If you take the time to actually read about the places and creatures mentioned in the game it adds a lot to the whole experience.

Graphics:
The pictures, both the characters and the scenery, are beautiful. I went straight to the gallery to have another look at some of the pictures as soon as i finished the game.

Music:
To me this was probably the best part of the game. The instrumental pieces were beautiful, and you even get the OST for free when you buy the game! There are a lot of games out there, with much worse music, that make you pay for the OST, and then this game lets you have it for free! BIG plus.

The two voice actresses also did a pretty good job. I have only studied a little Chinese, but was able to pick up a few words and sentences here and there that I knew, so for those studying Chinese this game might be a nice listening exercise.

Overall:
9/10

I'm rating this game this high because despite only taking about an hour to finish, it's 1) a very good game, 2) a very beautiful game, and 3) a very cheap game. I've had the credits rolling in the background since I finished the game a while ago, just so I could listen to the music ("Can't Wait Sweet Osmanthus Blooms") while writing this.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
+Touching story
+Cute/beautiful characters.
+beautifully animated
+Not that short.
+Main character has large breasts
+Good music

-Wish Hui was my waifu
-Wish i had tea.
-Wish i had friends like in the novel.
-writing this as tears go down my cheaks.
-Still not as good as Cory in da house.
7.7/7.8 - Just like tea with guns.
Recommended who play Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
This Vn is incredibly relaxing, I actually felt pretty good while i was playing it. It is quite short, but it more than makes up for it with its amazing soundtrack, which you get for free if you buy it.
All in all this was a great buy, specially considering its price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
It's a cute enough story, and the illustrations and music are gorgeous. The voice acting, although only the two girls are voiced, is decent. They aren't annoyingly high pitched, and you can tell who is talking based on the difference in pitch, since the one girl is several years younger than the protagonist. It's really short, but it's also cheap, it drops cards, and it's constantly going on sale for like, 50% off. The story is kind of strange, but I think that maybe some of the translations are just a little off. Either way, I would definitely recommend buying it while it's on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
A heartwarming Chinese VN that reads like a short story. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and very high-quality! The music alternates between a few piano pieces that fit the mood well, and though the voice work seems a bit amateur, it's certainly not worth listing as a con. Seriously though, the artwork is amazing! Very bright, colorful, and well-defined. It's worth admiring.

I believe this is the first game from China that I've ever played, and I must say, I'd like to see more!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
An extremely short VN (took me half an hour) with no choices for the player to make. You play as this girl wandering in a forested mountain area in search of tranquility and old memories when another girl comes along to bring her to all of these lovely and nostalgic places. The art and music is excellent, and it meshes well with the simple but heartwarming story. On the other hand, the voice acting and translation work is of poor quality, which is rather disappointing.

In short, a happy little story with pretty pictures and calm music. As for a recommendation, I am rather neutral but will give this game a thumbs up because the negatives aren't great enough for me throw it under the bus. If you can get past some mediocre voice acting and its very short length, then this will probably be fine. Hooray...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Played this less than 10 minutes and already have all achievements by holding "enter"

11/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
The reason I bought this game?

You'd be suprised, but I had to buy something to unblock my Steam Market, so I just went to weekly deals, and a title cought my eye... That's all. To sweaten the deal, it cost half as much. Then, I don't remember clicking "buy", strangely...

But it doesn't matter anyway. This is still one of the shortest, most relaxing and beautiful kinetic visual novels I've ever played, and I've played. hm, a few by now.

Following the most routine scheme, let's just take a quick peek at story, characters, music and graphics.

Story
This game might not have the storyline clew of Ever17 - Out Of Infinity or some similar projects, but it has a certain ring to it. It's all about your inner feels and emotions. Have you ever felt, that you don't care about people, you are ought to love? Have you ever felt left behind in a labyrinth of your inner fears? This VN is all about it. It also had some pretty sensational moments, which I won't, of course, spoil, but know, that you have some things and twists to look forward to.

Characters
A student with a bit of a messed up life and warm childhood memories meets a strange understanding, enthusiastic, but unic in her own way girl. There's not much to say, just that MC were pretty well made for a story that short.

Music
Pretty enchanting and relaxing tunes on the background and some nice voice acting. I don't particulaly like Chinese, but I can't ask for too much, can I?..

Graphics
The scenes (especially sceneries) were amazingly well drawn and felt real. The character designs were kinda mediocre, but cute at the same time.

Overall, I can't say I regret buying it. At least, I know it exists now, and I can recommend it to someone. By the way, it reminded me of Kotonoha no Niwa quite a bit, especially when the rain came into play. Same intriguing, but relaxing feeling. I hope this review will inspire you to enjoy this game as well!
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