7 Grand Steps

7 Grand Steps

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Guide the generations of one family through ancient times in 7 Grand Steps! An enormous tableau of the rise of western culture awaits your exploration, but the game starts with simple, absorbing play that expresses a common facet of life, two steps forward one step back.

Then, like layers upon a pearl, game play expands, allowing fresh tactics and strategies which, turn by turn, drive a sophisticated, emergent narrative. How you play defines the lives of one family's generations through the changing ages.

  • Pursue three legend types
  • Achieve four different social castes
  • Explore the copper, bronze and iron ages
  • Build a story of your ancient ancestors

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  • OS: 10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
  • CPU: 1.0 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 65 MB

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7 Grand Steps is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different than any other game I've played If you like interesting story-lines, this one has that in spades. Follow your family tree through each successive generation of struggle, heartbreak (one of my characters got abruptly killed in a war), and ultimately, success - that's measured not only by an individual's accomplishments, but also by how well the next generation is trained and ready to take their place. I really haven't seen anything else like this. I've played it for an entire afternoon now, and still only gotten to the second 'Age' - but I'm hooked now - I really love the design. Something this different won't be for everyone - but if you're interested in something different from the normal strategy games, with an excellent storyline, this one's probably for you!
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from subtly addictive roleplaying/board game Game story is based on ancient world history. Before you play, you need to read through the instructions by pressing the info button and choosing from various golden owl icons. This way you understand what strategies to use. After you press play, you are given your first two characters, a prehistoric couple in love. Both the man and the woman are moveable pawns on the board, so it could actually work as a cooperative game for some creative couples, emphasis on cooperative and some. One quarter of an incomplete wheel is shown at a time, the board, it rotates toward snapping crocodiles, one place, before the start of every turn. Pawns too close (for themselves) will refuse to move backwards and not make tokens. Pawns make tokens by moving toward the river to the game character closest behind them or work with anyone on the same square if no one is closer to the river than them. . Crocodiles represent fear of mediocrity and failure, besides representing death of old age. Without talent tokens you cannot move forward. Moving forward to the right place brings you into contact with beads which are collected and traded for one of three kinds of sudden windfall of success for your dynastic history. A man or woman who lands on the square of a spouse who loves them (or an ally) will advance to not only the next space that matches the token spent but the space that matches after it also, and can collect beads from both squares. It is well worth it to marry someone you love or someone who loves you. Children can be tried for when you move up to a spouses square and can happen accidentally when you attempt to make tokens (moving backwards into their square). Heirs must be educated to make tokens well when their time comes.Too many children will diffuse the heirs inheritance of tokens, everything you die with is handed over square or divided amongst all educated children. They also cost more to educate, for which you must feed them one token per grade point desired in any given field, one only per turn, per child you want educated. Children will make tokens to make up for this, the higher their grade the likelier they succeed and they give the same token type they have the highest grade in most often. The only problem with this is the potential for sibling rivalry that can cause financial disruption when the heir is grown, thievery and doctors bills. Siblings can be helpful when they are treated exactly the same each turn as the heir. This is too expensive to do with a large family. Besides the board game, choices will come up and stories about the pawn or the children. People in the highest caste will have government decisions to make, as well. I played this game after installing it, from 1o pm to 83o am without noticing the time go past. The only thing I don't like is that the game ends (temporarily) at the age of migration and you need to go to the makers website for part two which works with your saved game. No, I also didn't like the jump from one age to the next which leaves out a hundred or so generations and starts up again with a game chosen, unknown descendant. Three, I would have liked to name the children. I did really like the snapping crocodiles and other imagery. The babymaking pictures seem really provocative to me. Maybe, that's just me. I also notice the woman sometimes looks like mother goose would with a bigger beak when your eyes start to go. That's something she's doing with her arm, if you run into it, too. Not all of the women do this.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Thoughtful I really enjoyed the freshness of this game. It takes a minute or two to pick up the rules, but it's not frustrating, and once I figured everything out, I was immersed. One of the few games I played all the way through the free trial and wanted to continue playing! It doesn't have fancy graphics and bells and whistles, and I wish there were more games like this - just purely based on reaching a goal by thinking things through and strategizing. There is no "random clicking" or "hunting" in this game. It is truly just that: a GAME.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and challenging This is quite a unique game and it really is nice to see something different. It's a turn-based strategy game, played entirely on a board. The objective is to create a family history that continues through the ages, building knowledge, making life choices. Your main characters, ( husband and wife) move around the board and the static children are educated based on the tokens you give them. Most moves are forward, but there is a backward move that is sometimes necessary to make, e.g. to get more tokens. This can potentially be dangerous because, with each turn, the board rotates backwards towards a danger zone. There is only one action per character in each turn and sometimes limited tokens. Also, other people appear on the board. You have no control over them and they can help or hinder the progress of your characters. Therefore, the choices you make need to be thought out. Your characters will age and one of the children will need to be selected to continue the family. He/she undergoes a rite of passage, the outcome of which is based on the education received. There is no winning or losing, just choices to make that define his/her personality. He/she then becomes your new main character and prospective husbands/wives are placed on the board. The most suitable partners have a heart icon, but can you reach them or will you need to settle for second best? Will a marriage without love bear children, I wonder? Other excellent reviews have explained things a lot better than I can and I have learnt a thing or two more from them! This game is intriguing, with more depth to it than I initially realised. A definite purchase.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from from the misty clouds of the past you are reading this... that means you have great dna you are descended from expert survivors on earth from thousands of years ago that seems to be the theme of this game you get an overview of not just yourself but your descendants gameplay...... unique in it's own way but similar to a solitaire game... instead of using cards you use tokens to advance worth a free hour try
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Board-game type feel - semi-strategic addictive fun A change from HOPA and plays more like a turn based board game. There are 3 ages for multiple generations to make their way through. At the end of each age there is a Challenge, which will determine if your family survives into the next age. Your families live their lives through various social classes. You can chose a life of discovering a new skill in your current class, do heroic deeds, or advance socially towards ultimate ruler-ship - another way to win the age. For your turn, you either 1) Work - to make tokens, or get married / make children 2) Move - using tokens, to gain advancement points 3) Children - decide whether they: work, play, or use a token to learn a skill. This game works as a standalone game. There is no sense of buying 'part' of a game, even though step 2,3,4 etc will come in future. I _really_ enjoyed playing this game. I started off clueless and struggled a bit with the written help instructions, but even so, I was addicted to my imaginary lineage developing before my eyes. Even a week later I was having discoveries which adjusted my gaming strategy. It was the subtle things that effected game play I enjoyed e.g. Siblings stealing tokens if they did not get on with each other growing up! Neighbours being jealous or friendly, making game play easier or harder. Rites of passage defining the personality of your family head which in turn impacts how you may react to life events in future. Playing the demo will give you a feel for the game play that is consistent throughout the whole of the game. Enjoy living many many lives! :)
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Captivating Game Very different from all the other BF games I've played - almost hypnotic in its fascination. There are many threads of storyline, each determined by the choices you make. Lots of strategy required to acquire tokens and complete goals - which either reward you with tokens or raise your skill level or social status. To succeed you must marry early, have children, and educate them using the tokens you earn. But leave plenty of tokens at the end of your time for their dowry in the next generation. Thought-provoking, puzzle-solving game; and though it is essentially the same play throughout, there is great variety in the direction of the story as new challenges come up, and new twists to the story occur. Once you reach ruling status, you have to vote in the Senate, making decisions that affect the worker class, the elite, and the military. I find this fascinating and a real departure from the usual PC games. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Give this game a chance 7 Grand Steps starts slow. That's how it should start, though, as you are playing the character of a field worker in a semi-primitive society, following the worker through life. This is a strategy game, but there are setbacks and rewards that cannot be predicted. As time passes and your original character's children and their children and their children live and die, the age progresses and you become a senator, voting on measures that can make or break your society. A thinking person's game. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting strategy - but only ONE step of 7 This game has some unique mechanisms. Much of the game is spent moving along the 'wheel', effectively a linear track, but every so often you get a story-based choice. This depends on your characters' 'personalities' as chosen as each comes of age but apparently not on the skills acquired during play. The game ends when you reach the end of the first grand step, and your family tree is saved for the sequel. If that means we're going to be expected to buy six more games to see the end of the story I'll be jumping off here. I think the amount of gameplay is reasonable for the price - it took me seven hours or so to reach the end of one family's story and there were parts of the game I hadn't explored. There is reasonable replay value.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Live Long And Prosper! I must admit I had to give this game a second look. I played the game for about 5 minutes the first time and just didn't get it. However, I just couldn't give up so I gave it another try. This is the basic idea: *The first generation of players or "pawns" are Khet the father and his wife "Selk" *You need to advance the parents status and skills and keep them from falling into the alligator pit. To do this you use a token of either irrigation, masonry, brewing etc. and choose in order to hopefully land on a matching icon with legendary beads which will also give your family status. *You choose to have children in order to keep the family bloodlines going. You need to give that child or children tokens even though they don't have "pawns" on the playing field. Each token you give the child raises their education in whatever field or fields of tokens they are given and when they are old enough and wise enough they will take the place of their ageing parents. The young adult must then choose a mate pawn and so forth. *You also have gold ingots which can be used to make more tokens. If you use an ingot it counts as that pawns turn and it must be used by the player in the lead so the other pawn can catch the pawn and make the tokens. This must indeed sound confusing but the game explains every step as you go along and after 10-15 minutes of playing you will get the hang of it, enjoy!
Date published: 2013-10-03
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