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The Thirty-Nine Steps

by Jack Lockerby

Espionage/Literary
1995

About the Story

Your same is RICHARD HANWAY, a retired mining engineer, bored with having a life of inactivity in London. That is all about to change when one evening in early May an American named Scadder, who lived in the flat above your own, suddenly bursts into your living-room with an unbelievable tale of killers, spies and murder!

He is in such a state that you allow him to take refuge in your flat. Over the next couple of days he tells you about a secret organisation known as "The Black Stone" and about a little black book pinpointing the location of their headquarters - the book was written in code of course!

Returning late one evening, from your club, you find the American lying an the floor of your flat - dying of stab wounds. The only course open to you to continue the fight against Scadder's murderers and, as the circumstances surrounding his death could make YOU the logical suspect, you resolve to journey to Scotland the very next day. After all, had Scadder not already informed you that the anarchists have a "hide-out" there?

Unbeknown to you, however, there are TWO men watching your flat. Are they the killers? It will be up to you to discover the truth behind this and many other puzzling situations ... Are YOU up to the challenge?


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Former commercial
Development System: PAW
Baf's Guide ID: 2459
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 40brbwc1bghbh7cr

Off-Site Reviews

SynTax
Jack Lockerby's 39 Steps seems to be a faithful copy of the style and plot of the classic old thriller, which was first published in 1915, and although Lockerby has retained the same flavour and sense of urgency in his game, the text isn't as dated (or as politically incorrect) as the original. [...]

Perhaps because I was immediately gripped by the plot and tension of this adventure, all the usual annoyances apparent in any Spectrum-emulated game were irrelevant - the unfolding story and the puzzles far outweighed the minor inconveniences and technical shortcomings of The 39 Steps.
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