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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,574 reviews) - 83% of the 1,574 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 or better
    • Processor: Any 64 bit processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
This was an amazing VN which was both beautiful and relaxing

> The artwork was amazing
> The OST was lovely
> The game played smoothly

                 Bad stuff
> The voice acting was poor
> The game was a bit too short

Overall - 7/10 - worth every penny~ thanks
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Shan Gui is a visual novel where you click and you click and you read. No action done. You're a young woman, trying to find some childhood memories. You meet a young girl that will guide you through the park and mountains you're currently in.

The art is quite good apart that I don't really agree with the way the heroine's breasts are represented. You're under the impression that it's fan service. Else the rest is quite beautiful.

The soundtrack is also quite good and is also free.

So why should I recommend a game with so much dialogues? Because it's translated in several languages, that you have wikipedia links to explain your environnement directly in the dialogues, sending you on the page of the selected languages. Because the soundtrack is good. Because the art is good. But the story is also quite.... well.... going from depressing to joyful.

And while you get some extras in the game or cards or achievements, I can't let go of the fact that I didn't have a choice.

Bah, for the price, consider it as a nice interactive book.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Review in a sentence: Really relaxing visual novel with really enjoyable music, but almost no happenings, action, or "story" - I think this is enough to consider if if you're intrested in reading further or not.

It was quite a pleasant visual novel - it's the kind of vn when there are no choice-making, just reading/listening to the story. (Well, mostly reading, the voices are in chinese)
As others also stated, the game/story is about an hour long.
Voice-acting is rather average - neither outstanding, nor really bad (though there are quite a difference of the recording quality of the sound of the two girls)
The whole game is about finding some kind of inner peace, the dialogues, the background, the music are all aimed towards it, and they do a decent job.
*a small edit here:* the english the game's using is just incredible! It uses a wide variety of words, making a superb job at expressing conflicted feelings, or describing environment. One of the most sophisticated use of english I've seen in games.
It was an enjoyable and relaxing read, I can definitely recommend it with a mug of tea :)
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60 of 102 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
"Memory, hither come,
And tune your merry notes;
And, while upon the wind
Your music floats
I'll pore upon the stream,
Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
Within the watery glass." - William Blake, Song: Memory Hither Come


Shan Gui - or Sweet Osmanthus is a short Chinese visual novel, with a simple story. As any other kinetic visual novel - a VN without any choice option - it is built upon a specific preference and taste, thus it cannot be recommended for everyone. Aside that fact, I think it lacks much rather than it accomplishes even within the boundaries of its genre.

As Jeremy Irons once said, we all carry our own exclusive time machines with us. The one that we use for travelling to the past is called memory, and the one that we use for traveling to the future is called dream. For the case of Shan Gui, we are invited to take a really vague glance at Han Hui's time machines. She is a lonesome university student who decided to take a personal journey towards the Purple Mountains of China. There, she will chase after her childhood memories with the guidance of He Jia, a young, cheery and not so articulate girl with mysterious (!) origins.

The story display is slow progressing and doesn't reveal much, aside playing on a feeling of missed chances and family liaisons. The narration is plain and simplistic, without metaphors or any close up environment details. It is basically the collection of some nice environment depictions and oddly exchanged dialogue between some shallow characters. Through dialogue, we are given Wikipedia links to related places and folklore references in hopes of enriching the setting, which breaks the immersion rather than being helpful if you ask me. At the end of your 1,5 hours, you are left with a predictable spiritual motif and a rushed conclusion.

Art style might be considered elegant for backgrounds, and even character design would be nice if you were to overlook the fact that our heroine is well-endowed to an exaggeration; to a degree of being fan service, which is completely at odds with this specific setting's concept. Plus, some scenes that our characters do share - sharing popsicles, playing in the pond - are completely unrelated to story and displayed in a lewd manner unfitting to the mood. He Jia's childish innocence is exploited and displayed crudely to gain attention from a certain male demographic, which I find to be ugly in side by side with the actual mood.

Completing the game doesn't take longer than 1,5 hours. Thus the price of the game couldn't be called unfair. Still, I must confess I've seen 1 dollar games with better displays around. The soundtrack music is given free with the game, and this collection of solo piano music might be considered the biggest bonus of this game. It is not outstanding, yet it is melancholic and meditative.

As a final word, Shan Gui is not the best choice for someone just starting to play a visual novel, and probably not one of the better choices even for someone who is already interested in the genre. I played better games, watched better anime series; heck, even watched better commercials on the value of family than this. In the end, this is still your 2 dollars. Am I regretful? No, as I said I am glad for the beautiful piano music.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
"Old story-writing lady seduces the mountain king's third daughter"
Is it a dream or reality? However this VN is a short but nicely implemented game about an affair of a lady (Han Hui) and a young girl (He Jia). They are having fun in the parks around this mountain and explore a well architected teahouse during take cover from rain. Beautiful digitalized real life pictures, nicely drawn characters. voiceacting and a light piano soundtrack makes this game worthful.
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