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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    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
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Air
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Because of the way the developers were treated by the publisher:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/307050/discussions/0/357287304431021101/
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Solaire
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
橘彩你妈炸了了
这屎好臭
屎:说屎臭的飞个妈
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Los
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I feel enough some of VN release on Steam for making money,But who don't loves money,right?
But this game for personal scores,after Ju Cai kick all developers out,and then release the game again can "let everyone bring him a coke"(原价买就等于请我喝了瓶可乐),also ready for kick every single chinese player's a/ss...and writed on store page intruduction.(You can't see it when your Steam language isn't simplified chinese)

I can't belive someone just make a chlidish thing in here,and yes he did it,the developers still do nothing because they've nothing can do for that,they chose a 3 years old kid to publishes their game,or artwork.And now he's like "I DON'T care about how hard you draw and how much I haven't pay to my co-workers,how DARE you making me mad,FU and you guys all now it's MINE"

I write this review just don't wanna see someone really bring him a real drink,that's the most dumbass and bulls/hit thing I've ever seem on steam.
http://steamcn.com/t193101-1-1

说这么多没用,举报才是第一
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EverlastingPiston
( 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 wandering "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.

Summary:
Game itself: 7/10
Publisher: SUCH A NEGATIVE ♥♥♥♥♥♥/10
Developer: May the righteousness be with you.
DO NOT. PURCHASE. THIS GAME.
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nullptr[暂时AFK]
( 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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FrankHao
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Sorry 4 this comment
But this is what i call it a JUNK

我对我的留言感到抱歉
但是这就是我管叫作垃圾的货色
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Lyonesse
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Shan Gui is a short kinetic Visual Novel with gorgeous soundtrack, lovely voice acting and incredible artwork in general. The game had everything needed to be good game but, sadly, it isn't.

The plot development lacks consistency and the characters also lack a good background story, being like empty shells. It's simple... poor. To fill this emptiness, the developers tried to sexualize the romance between the characters for the sake of the fanservice, which made the whole plot even more forceful and empty. Besides the pretty backgrounds and relaxing soundtrack, this game has nothing else to offer.
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TakatoMakino
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
It's a good visual novel, the only downsides are It's linear storyline without choices for the player, and also It's lenght. You will finish it whithin two hours. No more, no less.
If you see it in a promotion, you won't be spending your money badly.
Good art, good music, nice story and a hint of yuri romance.
You will also end up knowing a thing or two about China.

Give it a shot.
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SpicyS
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Shan Gui

Shan Gui is a good but short VN game and it has great artwork.

6/10 i wanted a longer story but for 2 buck just get the game
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Negationix
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Short, linear, requires no action from part of the player (or should I say reader). Charming story that I liked to read. Very enjoyable experience.
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Suo 💛
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Beautiful artwork, I need to play more to review the story.
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Anselm of Ribemont
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
TL;DR: This game is ♥♥♥♥
I pressed play after my friend got this for me as a joke gift for about 20 cents.
I was greeted with a ♥♥♥♥ visual novel that I literally finished in 5 minutes by clicked through all the text.
This is the most ♥♥♥♥ game I have ever played, just read a ♥♥♥♥ing book for god sakes and don't buy this weaboo cringe "visual novel". We know people just want it so they can jack their chodes off to some ♥♥♥♥ softcore porn of an anime girl playing in a lake.

0/10 didn't 100% because I don't want to go back into the game in fear of vomiting, got 7/8 achievments, thanks "Magenta factory".

edit: I got the achievment from some guide. Thanks now I can finally kill myself
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Aserdon
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
This game has no choices. But the story is nice and relaxing and the music is good. It also tries to teach you.
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Super Max
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Best 1 and a half hours of my life 10/10. Hope to see a sequel soon.
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Jiskra
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Very nice, short, kinetic visual novel.

Its story about girl, coming back to location she used to visit with her family as child. Looking for past memories and clues to her feelings.

Drawings are just beautiful and whole thing feels very different from japanese VNs.
I wish there were more chinese VNs
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~BC~ Donald / Member Suche
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
What a Beautiful VN! Love the musc and voice acting as it really goes well with the artwork. Short and sweet.
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The Guardian ♛
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Nice artwork. Sexy anime. Boring story.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I feel enough some of VN release on Steam for making money,But who don't loves money,right?
But this game for personal scores,after Ju Cai kick all developers out,and then release the game again can "let everyone bring him a coke"(原价买就等于请我喝了瓶可乐),also ready for kick every single chinese player's a/ss...and writed on store page intruduction.(You can't see it when your Steam language isn't simplified chinese)

I can't belive someone just make a chlidish thing in here,and yes he did it,the developers still do nothing because they've nothing can do for that,they chose a 3 years old kid to publishes their game,or artwork.And now he's like "I DON'T care about how hard you draw and how much I haven't pay to my co-workers,how DARE you making me mad,FU and you guys all now it's MINE"

I write this review just don't wanna see someone really bring him a real drink,that's the most dumbass and bulls/hit thing I've ever seem on steam.
http://steamcn.com/t193101-1-1

说这么多没用,举报才是第一
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 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 wandering "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.

Summary:
Game itself: 7/10
Publisher: SUCH A NEGATIVE ♥♥♥♥♥♥/10
Developer: May the righteousness be with you.
DO NOT. PURCHASE. THIS GAME.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Shan Gui is a short kinetic Visual Novel with gorgeous soundtrack, lovely voice acting and incredible artwork in general. The game had everything needed to be good game but, sadly, it isn't.

The plot development lacks consistency and the characters also lack a good background story, being like empty shells. It's simple... poor. To fill this emptiness, the developers tried to sexualize the romance between the characters for the sake of the fanservice, which made the whole plot even more forceful and empty. Besides the pretty backgrounds and relaxing soundtrack, this game has nothing else to offer.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Because of the way the developers were treated by the publisher:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/307050/discussions/0/357287304431021101/
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
橘彩你妈炸了了
这屎好臭
屎:说屎臭的飞个妈
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Sorry 4 this comment
But this is what i call it a JUNK

我对我的留言感到抱歉
但是这就是我管叫作垃圾的货色
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I cannot recommend this as a game.
Shan Gui is a kinetic novel, which means there is no player interaction whatsoever aside from advancing the text. In that regard it is okay-ish, but nothing memorable to write home about.

The story, if you can even call it that, is very short and if you're a fast reader you'll be done in about half an hour, which I guess is okay for a 2 EUR game.

Overall the art is consistently solid, though the characters do tend to squint in the stills. The females are also overly busty, which I think doesn't fit the mood (sweet yet slightly nostalgic) of the story at all and was probably only implemented as eye candy.

But the backgrounds, oh boy, those are beautiful and among the best I have seen in any visual novel to date.

Sadly I can't say anything about the voiceacting or music because my sound system is AWOL.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Pretty backgrounds and relaxing soundtrack, but other than that this game has nothing else to offer.
  • No story whatsoever (main character basically walks around a park and cries a bit )
  • No story means no character development
  • Whatever story that's left is full of cringe-worthy cliches

  • Also, unattainable chest sizes just like no matter how pretty this game looks it will never attain any real value
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Nice artwork. Sexy anime. Boring story.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Very very good read! It was so charming and innocent (o・ω・o) $1.99 is a steal. Its informative while you go on this exploring adventure. Learning about different things and just enjoying the story. The music was cute and the backgrounds were A+
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
"As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end."
I'll be honest here, I bought this because it was on sale and cheap. What did I expect? Well, it looked like some weird Chinese VN with some depressed main character and a little girl who bathes with her at some point.
I, quite frankly, expected to touch myself to this more than this to touch me, but, somehow, it did touch me.
It's short and sweet, and I felt sad when it ended, and also felt it taught a valuable lesson to the main character and maybe even to myself.
Along with that, it has a great OST.
If you're looking for a cheap and somewhat touching game to spend an hour or so on, get Shan Gui, you won't regret it.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Nice artwork. Sexy anime. Boring story.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Beautiful VN! Amazing art, background, songs… And I liked the voice acting too. It was simple, but I liked. It’s quite short tho! But worth the full price for sure!

10/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
there may not be any romantic routes or any choices to be made in this VN...
but let me tell you the PRO's of it instead!

*nice music
*chinese history/mythology
*cute characters
*enjoyable storyline


just because there's no romance it doesnt mean you should steer away,
play it and you'll see. i also recommend buying the music DLC. :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
This is a relatively short, linear VN. It took less than an hour for me to finish it. I have 2.1 hours on record just because I let it sit to get the other card drops.

+ The background graphics are stunning compared to some of the other VNs I've "played".
+ Even though it was linear and short, the story was okay with some unexpected twists (at least for me). It still has some negative points that are covered below.
+ The OST is relaxing piano music.
+ Low cost. I got it during the current (2015) Holiday Sale for $0.49.
+ The artwork, OST and other things are available under "Extras" in the game.

- Even though the character overlays usually fit well with the backgrounds, sometimes the styles look completely different.
- Han Hui is overly endowed, is wearing a Madonna bra, or something. I wouldn't even call it fan service because it just doesn't look right.
- What's with the fan service with He Jia? She's supposed to be a kid. You can see it in the Store page gallery.
- Along the same lines, some of her dialog is straight out of the gutter. Again, a bit odd for a kid.
- It takes a while for the story to actually start progressing. As a whole, the story really doesn't make sense. Also, some of it either seemed superfluous, out of place, or just weird.
- The voice acting is bad. It seems forced and off-key many times.
- THE THIRST IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE.

Overall, I'd still say it was a good buy. I killed an hour before bed with beautiful graphics and relaxing music for $0.49.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I would say this is a nice wee visual novel. It's about a woman and her day in a mountain with a girl she just met. The game is short and the event's in the game flows nice. It's worth the price it costs. I would say the best time to play this game is if you feel down about something small like if the weather is dull or if you just want to brighten up your day.
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