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Blast off in 39 Days to Mars on April 25th

Blast off in 39 Days to Mars on April 25th

Blast off in 39 Days to Mars on April 25th

Grab a friend and puzzle your way to the Red Planet in this co-op steampunk adventure by It’s Anecdotal

Category: Upcoming release
Written by: Cindy Kyser on
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More info:
39 Days to Mars Kickstarter Video, Screens, Info – February 13, 2014 

It’s Anecdotal* is a one-man indie studio run (and staffed) by Philip Buchanan. Prior to embarking on his own development adventure, he worked on other people’s games including Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO. He splits his time between Montreal, Canada and Christchurch, New Zealand and his vision is “to produce concise games that give memorable experiences and have strong atmosphere.” In March of 2014, he ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and began the long trek towards his goal. He is about to cross the finish line and will release 39 Days to Mars on April 25th.

The game begins during the Victorian Era in the year 1876. Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter have been awarded the “honour” of piloting the HMS Fearful on her maiden voyage to Mars. However, the ship is a “masterpiece of unreliable engineering” and neither explorer is adept at 19th century technology. Early in the journey, the steam engine runs out of coal and the navigation charts are shredded by the ship’s cat. It’s an inauspicious start to the 39-day adventure as the two attempt to reach the Red Planet in one piece.

39 Days to Mars is designed as a cooperative adventure to be played by two people. It requires two minds, working together, to collaborate on puzzle solutions and to survive action sequences. For those who do not have a gaming partner, the game can be played in a single-player mode with the ship’s computer-controlled cat filling in as your companion.

For more information, visit the It’s Anecdotal  websiteThe game is currently available on Steam for adding to your wish list.


*Editor’s Note: When JA first covered 39 Days to Mars back in 2014, the developer was reflected as Surrealix. It was also under this developer name that the game was Kickstarted.

While Surrealix appears to still exist and reflects 39 Days to Mars as one of its games, the game is also reflected on the It’s Anecdotal site. It’s Anecdotal is shown as developer on the game’s Steam page as well.

Both Surrealix and It’s Anecdotal appear to belong to Philip Buchanan.


Cindy Kyser

Cindy Kyser

Cindy’s love affair with gaming began when she opened a mailbox in front of a white house and took the first step in a long series of adventures. ‘Back in the day,’ Cindy was a regular contributor to JA and an active member of the online gaming community. She has attended several E3s and has had the pleasure of spending time in person with both Ray and Randy. Her all- time favorite adventures include the Tex Murphy series, the Gabriel Knight series, and The Longest Journey. She also enjoys RPGs and her list of ‘best ever’ includes Fallout, Asheron’s Call, and Planescape Torment. Â Frustrated with the cost of rising PC system requirements, Cindy decided to switch to console and tablet gaming. Although you can teach some old dogs new tricks, she discovered that console controller dexterity is a skill set that she is lacking. Her results with tablet gaming were not much better. With the exception of a few gems such as The Room and Forever Lost, there is a limit to how much one can play Candy Crush and Hidden Object Adventures. Having proved that pure escapism is worth the investment, she has a new gaming laptop and is back to her search for the perfect adventure. Â After spending most of her life in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Cindy escaped the stress of urban life and moved to rural Arkansas. To show that she has become a true Arkansan, she has taken up deer hunting, wears pink camo, and put a chicken coop in her backyard. On a stressful day, she can be heard yelling ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ when all else fails.

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