It's Anecdotal
(Philip Buchanan)

Xbox One
Nintendo Switch



Local co-op

Release Date
25th April 2018 (PC)
6th Feb 2019 (Xbox)
16th May 2019 (Switch)


Regular Price


39 Days to Mars is a co-operative steampunk puzzle-adventure game.

What is 39 Days to Mars?

39 Days to Mars is a two player co-operative puzzle-adventure game. Step into the shoes of Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter, two 19th century explorers who have chosen to pilot the HMS Fearful on its maiden voyage to Mars.

When the steam engine runs out of coal, the ship's cat shreds the navigation chart, and the tea gets cold, it becomes clear that interstellar transportation isn't a walk in the park. It will take the talents of two players working together on the problems that arise to get to Mars in one piece.

For a solo adventure, the ship's computer-controlled cat will keep you company.

Get in touch

E-mail : philip@itsanecdotal.com

Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/504920

Discord : https://discord.gg/43hzDtN

Twitter : https://twitter.com/ItsAnecdotal

Website : http://www.itsanecdotal.com/39days

Download the media

Download everything: 39_Days_to_Mars_media.zip - 4mb


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YouTube - Switch Trailer

YouTube - Xbox One Trailer

YouTube - Additional Victorian Adventure


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Awards and Recognition

Game Details

39 Days to Mars is a mix of puzzles and action sequences. You play as Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter, two 19th century explorers who have been chosen to pilot the HMS Fearful on its maiden voyage to Mars. This spaceship is the pinnacle of Victorian engineering, designed by the brightest minds of the age. However, Albert and Baxter are not the brightest anything, and are both eminently unqualified to be piloting a spaceship.

The mix of action and thoughtful puzzles make it perfect for playing in short sessions. The entire adventure fits comfortably into an evening. With two lead characters it's designed to be played co-operatively with a friend, but there's always a computer-controlled cat to help you out on a solo voyage.

Most of the game is set on the HMS Fearful, which is a masterpiece of unreliable engineering. Parts of the ship regularly fall off, explode, or simply stop working, and it takes the effort of both players to repair the damage through various puzzles and activities. Nothing can be done without the effort of both players, who have important roles to play in the adventure.

It's Anecdotal

It's Anecdotal is the one-person indie development studio of Philip Buchanan. Having previously worked on titles such as Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO, Philip is now focused on bringing small indie titles to life. Working out of Montreal, Canada; and Christchurch, New Zealand, his aim is to produce concise games that give memorable experiences.


I'm happy to answer any further questions you have about 39 Days to Mars.
Contact me at philip@itsanecdotal.com