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 (471 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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"Shan Gui is a short chinese VN with nice Voice actors and a nice little story. Its about 30-45 minutes long, drawn well and has nice music."

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November 26

Ver 1.23

Minor tweaks on BGM.
All BGM updated to 320kbps now.
Added WAV format in DLC.

背景音乐略微调整。
所有的背景音乐现已升级至320kbps。
DLC里增加了WAV格式的音乐。

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November 24

現在日本語対応!

Ver 1.22
Japanese language is now available!
Fixed the noise in voice of He Jia.
Tweaked a few transition effects.
Other minor tweaks on HUD.

现已支持日语!
修复了贺佳配音中的噪音。
调整了个别转场。
其他界面上的小型调整。

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About This Game

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 Mountains. 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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
Helpful customer reviews
149 of 164 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
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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109 of 117 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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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116 of 149 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
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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129 of 173 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
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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119 of 160 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
What is Shan Gui?

Shan Gui is a non-interactive visual novel about a young girl who travels to the Purple Mountain, meeting a younger girl and befriending with her. They spend the day together.

The beginning of the story is rather boring, and when it takes up pace, or interest, around two thirds of it are already over. It would have made a nice short story, and it is good to have such visual novels on the PC.


Graphics:
The graphics are nicely painted, the beautiful spirit of the younger girl is nicely caught, as well as the worldliness of the elder girl, the main protagonist.

Sound:
The sound can only be praised when the younger girl sings. Otherwise it always is fitting.

Story:
The story is the main issue of the novel. As I said, it doesn't take up pace until too far in - until then, it feels mostly like a sightseeing tour around the Purple Mountain. Without the achievements, I would have missed the nice parts since the beginning would have thrown me off. It takes around one hour to enjoy it, maybe 75 minutes. The recurring theme is that beautiful times won't last forever

Recommended:
If you have it, it is definitely worth going through. If you don't have it, you should only get it on a massive sale.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Very cute story. Short and sweet, uplifting. The music was beautiful.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
- Gorgeous artwork
- Great soundtracks
- Sweet story
- 100% achievements for one playthrough
- Achievements are so cute! (Well, I bought it, because I wanted to decorate my profile with the achievements.)
- Emoticons are also cute!
- Trading cards are beautiful!

Shan Gui is a 45-minute visual novel game. Too short for the price in my opinion. Better get it when it's on sale if you can. Voice acting is not so good. Anyway, I have such a cute Achievement Showcase, so I'm good!
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Beautiful artwork. Nice story, beautiful girls. buy it its a really good story
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This is just like my animes! Except, it's in Chinese? Hey wait, why does everyone have Dorito™ eyes?

PROS:
Good artwork, likeable characters
Dorito™ Eyes

CONS:
Dorito™ Eyes
Why the ♥♥♥♥ is this lesbian college student hitting on a 12 year old?

http://i.imgur.com/MTecAiD.jpg
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
As a father i really enjoyed this title.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Shan Gui is a chinese visual novel which is really cute in my opinion, and doesn't cost a lot of time. It's a nice change of pace and I do recommend it. But, because it is a visual novel, you have to expect that it is full of text.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Short but very sweet and touching story. It's a 'kinetic novel' and not a game in true meaning - there are no choises or decisions, all you need to do is click to see next picture and read next paragraph. Beautiful art and great music (check out the free OST in DLC section). It will take about an hour of your time to complete it (and another minute to watch the credits in 'Extras' menu and get 'Watch The Credits' achievement), but it will be one sweet and serene hour. Highly recommend.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I purchased this as part of a bundle, it was on my wish list for a while but I didn't buy it directly because frankly I wasn't sure what to expect from this title. I have so many games and reached the point where I agreed not to buy any new ones until A - I had completed or at least tried a lot of the games I currently have or B could justify buying it. A bundle had 2 or 3 of my wish list games on so I had to take that chance.

That being said I still had no real idea what to expect from this title as I installed it. I decided to just jump into it, and I'm glad I did.

In simple terms this is a Chinese story of a girl (Han Hui) who decides to visit areas of her past (for reasons explained in the story that I do not want to give away), and upon her journey she meets a wonderous child (He Jia) who claims to be local and aids in Han Hui's adventure. Through their adventure which lasts only a day they help each other with their problems and become very close, though through it all not everything is as it seems.

I really don't want to give the story away so please forgive the basic description. Just know that if you like Chinese fables, beautiful scenery with well drawn images, don't mind slightly broken English and have a few hours spare then this is worth a try.

The translation of Shan Gui is Mountain Expensive....which leaves me puzzled (about the expensive part). I know some Chinese so I double checked but found it to be true. Still, that isn't something to be put off by.

Additional Note - All achievements are easily received. 7 come from the story and 1 comes from watching the credits. So if you are an achievement junkie then rest assured you will 100% this.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This game is why I am learning Chinese.

10/10 yuri simulator.
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187 of 344 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Purely kinetic visual novel. I'd love to say it has a great story but I can't. A good 50% of it boils down to brief descriptions of some mountains/paths in China with Wikipedia hyperlinks. There is also some very barebones plot that is nothing more than a girl showing another girl around the area with a brief stop to get tea. It takes about 30 minutes (I'd guess 45 if you're a slow reader) to go from start to finish. There is also some very bad voice acting thrown in. It just sounds so bland and uninspired. On the plus side some of the artwork is nice but that's about all the praise I can give it unfortunately.
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
VN's are hit and miss for me. Shan Gui was a miss.

The background scenery was fantastic, lovely screenshots. Character art, not so much. Music was good. Voice acting, not so much. The English translation was definitely subpar, worse than most, which is a problem in a game where the only gameplay is reading. It's linear, no choices. Add in a weak plotline and the fact it was over in 45 minutes, gives you the recipie for a game I can't recommend.

On a more positive note, it has cards, some decent profile backgrounds, and it's an easy perfect for achievements. If I had sold the cards, the game might have paid for itself. The problem is, the cards and achievements are where the game's value is, not the game itself.

I'm digging VN's, and I approach each one I experience with an open mind. I can overlook some short commings, but sadly, Shan Gui just isn't on the level of something I can recommend.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Pros: Beautiful Art
Relaxing Music
Cute girl characters
Story is nice

Cons: Voice acting is terrible, sounds like they was recording on old laptop on toilet
Really this was not recorded in studio, its horrible, sometimes it sounds like some strange sounds...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
This is a mixed review:

There are a number of reasons to recommend this game:

* You can 100% it in a couple of minutes by holding 'Space'.

* The card drops sell for a good price. (Why? See screenshots+below)

* If you find pleasure in lesbian erotica you chose the right game.

* The artwork is pretty.

Apart from that, there are some negatives:

* The game is a strictly linear Visual Novel. No choices are given.

* The dialogue is mostly tedious.

4/10
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Native speaker proofreading help is needed much more visual style. Game is standard visual novels plays nothing new.


(or: It has a very pretty visual style but the text should really have been proofread by a native speaker. The gameplay is your standard visual novel fair, nothing new.)

Translation issues aside, this is a visual novel without branching path or choices: it is essentially a short story. The story comes through even in the clunky Engrish and is well worth your time. Everything fits together nicely, from the voiced (Chinese) dialog to the soundtrack, to the very beautiful backgrounds.
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