Just a university student that collects games.
I am rating this with the mindset of it being an interactive novel.
The 39 Steps is a "digital adaptation" of the adventure novel of the same name that was published in 1915. I hadn't heard of the novel before getting this "interactive e-book", but it's been adapted a few times into movies and said to the an inspiration to the James Bond stories.
The digital adaptation is divided into Events, like chapters in a book, which you can then go through in order, it's mostly reading with slideshow backgrounds and some animation, with good background music and sound effects. It is not an adventure "game" so you're not making choices are answering questions, what you can do it mostly clicking on items to view details and examine them.
The items you can examine are surprisingly interesting, as many of the items are extremely detailed and you can zoom it on newspapers with articles written in the style of the time period then, and many other items that give you a sense of immersion with England and Scotland as it was in 1914.
The story itself is great even from a modern perspective; lots of action, evading pursuers who seem to have the upper hand, a huge conspiracy, war... though the settings is where there're no fancy spy gadgets, and the main character does not have any gadgets or weapons so to speak, he's very resourceful and it's not predictable as some spy stories/ movies have come to be.
Overall you should give it a try if you got it in a bundle, don't recommend buying unless you're really into this kind of thing. I really enjoyed it, probably will take 4~6 hours, depending on your reading speed. The great thing is that this is an awesome new way to read stories, and I'm looking forward to more digital adaptations like this of literature.
Great style for an adventure game, I like how it's situated in a more realistic setting but has those moments where it's more between realism and surreal stuff. Very enjoyable and while there were some hiccups in consistency in the difficulty of puzzles but overall awesome game!
Enjoyable game, good for an evening when you just don't know what to do!
Enjoyable random game, liked exploring the buildings and collecting stuff, and just jumping around. Complex when you get deeper in it, depends on how you want to play it.
Enjoyable game, complex at times but good for some random play as well, depending on how you want to play it.
It's a great idea, fun game to put down and pick up whenever you want. Haven't encountered the frequent bugs I've heard some mention in their feedback, but maybe it's just a chance of what systems you have. So for me it runs fine, cool little game to play in one's free time :D
Enjoyed it a lot on Steam!
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