Reviews for The Thirty Nine Steps

80

Well-executed adaptation

Elfangorax | June 29, 2014 | See all Elfangorax's reviews »

The digital interactive novel is still a medium in its infancy, piggybacking on the video game as its nearest cousin in the entertainment industry. The Thirty Nine Steps shows that there is great potential for the medium to spread its wing and achieve legitimacy as a distinct form of entertainment.

The presentation of the events in this piece is simply stunning; everything from the artwork to the music to the way the text appears on-screen is always true to the tone of the moment.

The story itself is rather good, too. Many of the characters are absolute delights to see interacting, and the voice work for them is really top notch.

As long as you go into this expecting not a game, but a dynamic and mildly interactive retelling of a classic story, I am sure you will be pleased to play/read/watch it. (Incidentally, we really need a new verb for this.)

45

For the fans only?

Furrek | June 18, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

I'm not the fan of the book and to be honest, I never heard of it. Same goes about John Buchan. Maybe it's because there is only one book translated to language in my country. So anyway, I just give it a try and played the game. For sure I can say that art is nice - perfect fitting for this kind of story. And about story... it's decent. Maybe I did expect a bit more from a interactive novel / visual novel. There is no way to interact with story, you also have only one ending. I know, it's adaptation of something really old, but games like that nowadays are much more complex. They are longer and offer you much more. Sadly, most time playing, or rather reading this game, I was just bored. I do enjoy this kind of games, but looks like this one didn't fitted in my type.

77

Great interactive book

NikorasuSan | March 6, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »

As the title of this review sums up, The 39 Steps isn't much of a game as it is an interactive book. Even then, I feel that description falls short of its goals and accomplishments, for it is not an entirely passive experience.

The gameplay is quite simple. There's not much to do, other than spinning the mouse to make the story move forward, and some minigames that you can't really fail. Still, the plot is quite good, and the "game" does a good job at delivering. This is coming from someone whose first experience with the story was through this adaptation, as I have not read the original book.

Going back to the plot, as I said, it's good. What you'd expect from any other suspense novel out there. I won't spoil the details, but let's say that it's about the main character in the novel getting involved in the middle of an international conspiracy. Quite intriguing, isn't it? I'll let you to find the rest by "playing" this game.

80

Awesome Adaptation

YYS1995 | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

I've read the book, so when I learnt that there was a game adaptation of the book, I jumped to the chance and got it. The game guides you, in an interactive manner through the story. You get chances to immerse yourself in the story, through beautifully crafted interactive features. The producers really gave attention to tiny details, to bring out the story. They did justice to the book. There are simply actions to complete . but NO difficult puzzles to complete. You play as a reader, not as a character. Imagine the book turning into an interactive movie. With you in control, to go through it at your own pace. The subtitles and voice overs given are great!. Awesome game, for lovers of the book and those that want to get to know the book. 8/10

80

Great Adaptation. Excellent.

YYS1995 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

I've read the book, so when I learnt that there was a game adaptation of the book, I jumped to the chance and got it. The game guides you, in an interactive manner through the story. You get chances to immerse yourself in the story, through beautifully crafted interactive features. The producers really gave attention to tiny details, to bring out the story. They did justice to the book. There are simply actions to complete . but NO difficult puzzles to complete. You play as a reader, not as a character. Imagine the book turning into an interactive movie. With you in control, to go through it at your own pace. The subtitles and voice overs given are great!. Awesome game, for lovers of the book and those that want to get to know the book. 8/10

81

Excellent game

britishlad | May 30, 2013 | See all britishlad's reviews »

I am a big fan of the book so I was interestesd in this game even though I wasn't sure what type of game these was! The 39 Steps is an interactive story. It's a beautiful, highly evocative, interactive story - and not like anything I've played before. It's not a game. There are no puzzles. There is no way to fail. But for 6 or so hours, I found myself lost in an incredible story, which took me on a journey back to 1914 London, across the rolling hills of Scotland, and back again. It's very immersive and very well made! The whole experience keeps the reader perspective - so you're not actually a character in the 39 steps. In fact, for the most part, you don't see any characters - instead your mind racing to fill in the blanks, alongside some of the best voice-acting I've heard in a video game for a long time and I have played hundreds of video games!. Imagine if a book had been turned into a giant art installation, a complete visual journey through the text, and then put behind your computer screen. The production values are incredible, and it's obvious that the developers really cared about what they were making here. They pay attention lots of little details that most developers would ignore!

I highly recommend 39 Steps though it's hard to know what I should recommend it as... it's not a book, a game or even an interactive film. It's a just a great and unique experience! Though be warned you will have to do lots of reading!