Digital The 39 Steps app

Published on May 11th, 2013


The 39 Steps (app)

John Buchan’s classic thriller – done like never before.

It’s London, 1914, and Richard Hannay is framed for a murder he did not commit. Now he must escape the capital and stay alive long enough to solve the riddle of The 39 Steps.

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Immerse yourself in an incredible story: the perfect pairing of great writing and the latest digital storytelling technology.

• Unlock dozens of achievements and items to collect on your journey
• Explore 100s of hand-painted digital environments and context from 1910s Britain
• Get more story — classic stop-frame animation and original silent film music
• Enjoy an authentic original soundtrack and theatrical voice performances

Developed by digital storytelling experts, The Story Mechanics, The Thirty-Nine Steps gives you all the atmosphere and tension of a classic thriller, with the great looks and instinctive gameplay of a gorgeous Mac app.

Published by Faber & Faber/The Story Mechanics, April 2013

George Walkley, The Literary Platform

“From the outset, this is a wonderfully atmospheric, immersive app … Where it falls down a little is on gameplay … the slow progression of interactions simply doesn’t suit Buchan’s galloping plot … This is not to say that this is a bad app, or without interest…”

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Anna Baddeley, The Observer

“The graphics may be beautiful, but pausing every few minutes to pan around a room or take in a vista of London makes the whole storytelling business desperately slow. It was over an hour before Richard Hannay made it to Scotland. Maybe they picked the wrong book. It’s quite a risk to take on a novel so famously adapted by the master of suspense … But I think, ultimately, interactive storytelling is a matter of taste.”

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Horatia Harrod, Daily Telegraph

“There are things to admire – charming Lotte Reiniger-inspired animations; a fine soundtrack; some glossy CGI artwork. But I was struck by a sense of the pointlessness of the whole exercise. Why turn such an exciting novel, and what’s more, such a short one, into an interminable hybrid which will please neither fans of the book nor teenage gamers (presumably the app’s target market)?”

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Out now on iPad/iPadMini (UK link)

Out now on iPad/iPadMini (US link)

Out Now for Windows and Mac OS X

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