The Thirty Nine Steps

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Description

John Buchan’s incredible espionage thriller is set to be our debut – and the first ever – digital adaptation: a new form of entertainment for interactive platforms, and created by The Story Mechanics. Whether you know The Thirty Nine Steps inside out, or have never heard of Richard Hannay, this is the classic story as it has never been told before.

Prepare to experience the original man-on-the-run thriller in a completely new way. Be transported back to 1914 London, where Richard Hannay finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit. Now he must escape the Capital and stay alive long enough to solve the riddle of The 39 Steps. There are secrets to be discovered, locations to be explored and - above all - an incredible tale to be told in this ground-breaking interactive novel.


Key Features:

  • A new form of entertainment, merging the worlds of literature, gaming and film into one visually stunning storyline.

  • Faithfully constructed using the original - and best-selling - John Buchan text, first published in 1915.

  • Hundreds of hand-painted digital environments, and authentic materials from 1910s Britain.

  • 8 different storytelling mechanics, 25 collectible items and 16 awards to be unlocked.

  • An original soundtrack by Si Begg and theatrical voice performances, including Ian Hanmore, - Greg Hemphill and Benny Young

  • Created in Unity4, with a playtime of 6-8 hours.

Customer reviews

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!