The Charmingest Adventure Game: 39 Days to Mars

We call this an RPS slam-dunk: 39 Days to Mars is a charming, 2D indie adventure game about a pair of steampunk scientists rocketing off into space in 1876, just 3 years after the formation of this very website. The art is simplistic and striking, with black and white inscriptions on a parchment-coloured background. It’s got an (absolutely gorgeous) orchestral piano soundtrack for God’s sake! This would only be more perfect if the Kickstarter was still running, so you could grab the whole thing for very slightly over a pound from solo coder Philip Buchanan. Sadly it’s not out until 2015, but there’s a trailer below where you’ll get to see what I mean about the soundtrack.

Basically stop whatever you’re doing and slam the album that track is from on. I haven’t been this calm since just before I opened Twitter after beating Mass Effect 3.

Which helps to contain the anger that it’ll still be at least six months until we can get our disgustingly fleshy hands on it. Philip runs a blog, updating once every fortnight, the latest post of which explains as much. There’s also a note in there to say the game’s up on Greenlight. He’s also written about his artwork and animation changes and how he puts all that together.

The original Kickstarter pitch is worth a gander too, giving off a few more details:


  1. harrewarre says:

    This looks great. Shame I missed out on the kickstarter.
    The amazing soundtrack on Spotify as well: link to

  2. harrewarre says:

    For the Spotify users: link to

  3. Shadowcat says:

    “Orchestral piano” sans orchestra? All I can say is I’m glad I’m not the only one confused by that phrase.

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      Thanks for the link! I too was quite confused by the term, and surprised to learn that it is a thing. (I’ll be honest and admit that I was arrogant enough to assume that it was a stupid mistake on the part of the article’s author.)

      • JFS says:

        You live and you learn, but somehow I still have the feeling that “orchestral” in this context is mostly a weasel word. No one really knows, everyone uses it… maybe it’s the piano equivalent of “epic”.

  4. clorex says:

    That music was also used in the trailer for MIND: Path to Thalamus, which was featured on this site:
    link to