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The Thirty-Nine Steps

By Faber and Faber

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Prepare to experience the original man-on-the-run thriller like never before.

Praise for The 39 Steps:

• Cubed3 ‘Step into the world of espionage as the literary classic is transformed into something truly special.’
• Observer ‘The most impressive example of interactive storytelling I've seen.’
• The Times ‘Immersive and atmospheric, it shows how progressive digital storytelling is becoming on the digital frontier.’
• 'A visual and aural feast for interactive novel fans.'
• Gamezebo 'A wonderful adaptation that pays the highest respects to its source material.'

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.

Immerse yourself in the world of this incredible story featuring:

• 100s of hand-painted digital environments and context from 1910s Britain
• Classic stop-frame animation and original silent film music
• Original soundtrack and theatrical voice performances

Developed by The Story Mechanics as the first of a new form of entertainment, The 39 Steps unites book and game to bring to life a classic spy adventure.

What's New in Version 1.1

— Fixes for language selection and “Show text” bugs —

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Customer Reviews

Thoroughly entertained

I love reading. However for some time I have been too tired to read a book by the time I'm able to sit down of an evening. Equally I've been getting frustrated that this has been the case, missing not having a diverting story to "work" through. So I thought I'd give this version of The 39 Steps a go, to try something different.

Not familiar with the original story, I soon found myself eager to find out what happened next. In large part, this is due to the excellent presentation by The Story Mechanics.
My advice to anyone "reading" this version is to "take your time". This is not something that needs to be hurried. If you are looking for quick thrills, look elsewhere.
Savour the combination of some quite lovely artwork allied with a brilliantly atmospheric soundtrack, which work well together to create the necessary drama.
This is impressive since it deliberately eschews trying to be frenetic in its presentation, yet remains highly evocative & adept at creating tension (using headphones only heightens this).

I hope we don't have to wait to long for another digital adaptation from this developer.

Echoing a previous reviewer, this is "very atmospheric and well polished. Enjoy!"


Good update resolves previous issues. Evocative interactive version of an old favourite which has been niftily cleansed of the more 'colonial' perspectives of the original book whilst retaining the style of its language. Still glad to have read the original text, but enjoyed this version as a complement to it. The book differs in considerable respects from all the film versions, so still worth reading even if you've seen all of them.

Well worth it

I really enjoyed this - a very different way to experience a book. The interaction, beautifully drawn scenes and mix of multimedia is cleverly done. A unique approach and I hope it's the first of many!

The Thirty-Nine Steps
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  • £2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 612 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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