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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    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Fewer stills then old ironsides.
Not the worst voice acting at least.
Tried with controller, really messed up mapping. Had to admit defeat and use keyboard.
VN, there are none.
I am not sure what this thin plot is trying to tell me.
Not Applicable.
No, but it was still a better love story than twilight.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Shan Gui is a slightly different kind of game than I normally play, not like I don't play Visual Novel game's, but it is an China Visual Novel game, which is new for me, I love Visual Novel games, so this is no different, this game is a good game, it has good music, good art and they even have voices in the game, I can't understand Chinese, so I don't know what they say, but I like the feature, so it not all text, however, I do miss some sound effect, like the birds and rain you hear through the game, but they could have added more, like water sound or sound that will make you feel like you are there in the game next to the persona, also they stop the sound when the persona is speaking, which can make a kind of awkward silence, but I guess that so you can focus on the text or voice in the game, without getting distracted by the background noise, I personal don't like that awkward silence, also the game is way to short for me, it took me only 1 hour and 25 minutes to complet it, and I'm not a fast a reader, so that really did disappoint me, but if we look at the story alone then it a sweet, sad and good story and I feel like I could keep reading it, even after it was done, one other thing that really was in your face, as the game start, was the really big and weird looking boobs, I don't give much for fanservice, and the same goes here, I keep getting distracted but the boobs instead of focusing on the game, and it annoy me a lot because I'm here for the game and not the fanservice.
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220 of 239 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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123 of 133 people (92%) 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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86 of 91 people (95%) 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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91 of 99 people (92%) 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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91 of 100 people (91%) 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 91 people (89%) 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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121 of 158 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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52 of 55 people (95%) 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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2.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
It's a really nice game. The mood and the music is very enjoyable. Drawings are nice. This game totally worth it's price.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Short and sweat, like the tea. Nothing much to say, it's an emotional journey of one and half hour. Smile and read.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: September 14
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. Aside from how all the reference to locations open up a 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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3.5 hrs
Posted: September 10
I've acquired a lot of crummy visual novels for free in bundles, this one was actually charming!
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3.1 hrs
Posted: September 4
Meh. Lackluster.

Story is basic.

One of the main character voice seems to be recorded on a laptop microphone.
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New Sheriff
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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3.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
Another game to get 100% achievements in a short time.
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1.4 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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