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Montague's Mount is disturbing psychological thriller set in the bleakness of an abandoned Irish island, featuring exploration and challenging puzzle solving. This game is part one of a two part story, some questions are left unanswered and open to interpretation.
Release Date: Nov 19, 2013
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Montague's Mount has been updated!

June 3rd, 2014

To go along with this week’s Montague’s Mount 75% off sale, we are rolling out an update that addresses some of the feature wishes we have received.

- A new ‘optional’ screen resolution configuration tool has been added. This is to help out users who may have a non-standard default screen resolution or Retina display. If you are finding resolution issues with the default loading, hold down ‘alt’ whilst starting the game to access the tool. You can set the desired resolution here that will override any game startup settings.

- Added an option to disable the in-game ‘Generator Mini Games’. Located in Settings/Game.

- Added additional help for the O’Sullivan’s Strand plinth puzzle. There is now a visual aid to help the player align the plinth compasses. Have a look around the beach to find this new aid.

- Updated the graphics to add a new cleaner brighter non-grime version. This can be enabled by turning off the grime in Settings/Video.

- Some graphical optimisations have taken place. These will be on-going with future updates too.

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Reviews

“Unique and emotional in so many ways, while tackling issues rarely before seen in videogames, it can be safely said without any hyperbole that this is one of the most important artistic creations ever to come out of Ireland.”
8/10 – God Is a Geek

“Montague's Mount certainly has the right atmosphere and careful pacing to create a sense of despair.”
7/10 – Muse Culture

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About the Game

Montague's Mount is disturbing psychological thriller set in the bleakness of an abandoned Irish island, featuring exploration and challenging puzzle solving. This game is part one of a two part story, some questions are left unanswered and open to interpretation. To thank our fans for our successful Greenlight campaign, we have added new voiceovers, clues and storylines, and also made the Oculus Rift demo available (which will update to the full version on its release).

The mixture of cold Atlantic water and coarse sand in your mouth brings you back from unconsciousness. Surrounded by the wreckage of a boat’s hull, you can only draw one conclusion: your vessel has been torn apart by the submerged rocks. The secrets of the island must be uncovered if you are ever going to find a way to escape. Where is everyone; is the island really uninhabited; and what is lurking within the isolated caves?

Features:

  • New hints, storylines and voiceovers.
  • Desolate yet beautiful environments to explore.
  • Challenging puzzles to solve.
  • Secrets and collectibles hidden across the island.
  • Voice narration by Derek Riddell (Ugly Betty, Frankie, No Angels and more).
  • Oculus Rift demo. (Windows only, full version available post-launch for all platforms.)
  • First game to promote the Irish language (Gaeilge).
  • Full language support for English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Russian.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (2 * 3200 MHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2900 XT or GeForce 8800 GTX
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X (10.7 or higher)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (2 * 3200 MHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 5750 or GeForce GT 640M
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (2 * 3200 MHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2900 XT or GeForce 8800 GTX
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
311 of 365 people (85%) found this review helpful
293 products in account
4 reviews
5.2 hrs on record
I just finished 'Montague's Mount' with 2 hours and 10 minutes of in-game time, and I am absolutely blown away. It has been years since I was this disappointed in a video game and/or felt this mislead by the title's description and the feedback on the Steam store page. I paid less than $2.00 USD for 'Montague's Mount,' and it took me less than 3 hours to defeat it. Honestly, I'm so shocked and appaulled by this game that I want to ban myself from ever pursuing ANY additional PolyPusher Studios projects, and I am loathe to blacklist any developer.

If you want "puzzles" that are difficult only due to horrible frame rate issues and intentionally obtuse clue placement, and the added bonus of spending 50% or more of your time back-tracking at a slow pace, by all means purchase this title. I was initially impressed with the music and the stormy seascape atmosphere, but I need a little more than that from a video game to call it worthwhile. The plot was lackluster, and by the "climactic ending" I was totally disinterested; even the creepy kid failed to impress me after the first few encounters.

I also question the term "psychological thriller," because this video game is barely suspenseful at best, and the completely predictable decline in the main character's mental process doesn't feel psychological, it just feels like lazy storytelling.

When I made the decision to purchase this game, I ignored the awful 'Metascore' (per usual with Steam, especially with Indie games), and focused on the 100% positive reviews in the "Most Helpful" category. I cannot believe that not a single Negative review is visible on the store page, and that seems questionable in my book.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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130 of 153 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,780 products in account
65 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
I wish I could recommend this game, as it is obvious the developer really tried to give us something good. Unfortunately, the execution is very lacking. By default the game is an ugly dark grainy mess, which can only be slightly improved by turning off the film grain.
Your character walks so slowly it becomes an annoyance to walk around, even after you find a certain upgrade.

Then there are the puzzles. The good thing is they all make sense within this world, there is no "get the hair from the cat to make a mustache" or other such nonsense... but the puzzles you do get require items that are hardly visible on the terrain. The island is littered with garbage, and there is no indication what is useful and can be picked up and what isn't, so you have to click on each item to see if the mouse cursor changes.

I can only recommend this to people who are a huge fan of both Myst and Dear Esther, and who want the puzzles of the former in the latter game.
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 products in account
7 reviews
30.9 hrs on record
The reasons why i wouldnt recommend this game outweigh why i would recommend it unfortunately. Now, the game is a good concept, but there were so many problems with it i just couldnt wait to finish the game. I dont like to just stop playing something because of whatever is wrong with it, so i pushed through because i also wanted to know what the whole story was etc. and give it a chance.

Pros:
*decent story
*atmosphere was ok, it wasn't scary but i still didn't feel "safe"
*nice art but hard to enjoy with a skitzo framerate

Cons:
*gameplay was slow and laggy, choppy framerate. when i finished the game it seems to freeze at the main menu so it didnt register my progress or anything--had to restart my computer and try again, still freezed.
*puzzles were extremely fustrating. i like a challenge but these were no fun whatsoever. However when i DID figure them out i felt like a freakin genius lol
*with the bad framerate, the walking around, limping at the beginning was just as irritating. i tried fiddling with my settings but some of that didnt even work.
*the music/sound affects were a bit annoying but no big deal. not as annoying as the lightning and rain
*letters/notes whatever were oft times hard to read

All in all, my biggest dislike is the puzzles because most of the time i had no idea how to work them, it didn't even seem to register when i did use them but i got through the game nonetheless thanks to the option to turn 1 puzzle in particular off. Anyway, i got this game during the 75% off sale if i remember correctly, so for 2 bucks, i cant complain. though if i got it for the original price -,- yeeeeaaa i'd likely bust my computer with a hammer and cry for the waste of money. So i'm in between recommending and not doing so...give it a try if you'd like but there's no proper guides for this game, and it is very long and complicated if you dont know what to do.
Posted: June 9th, 2014
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57 of 102 people (56%) found this review helpful
1,016 products in account
30 reviews
25.5 hrs on record
This game is like Myst, except the weather's worse and the protagonist moves more slowly. I loved Myst.

The puzzles are logical. The colors are psychotropic, i.e. most of the stuff is grey-ish, but important objects will be colored and bright. Don't expect to rush around, the protagonist has a leg injury and walks with a cane. If you explore your surroundings carefully, the puzzles are straightforward and require little back-and-forth. I'd say this is more a game of mystery, less one of horror.

One bug: move all of the spinners at least once, even if the combination is already correct, or the game will think it's not.

My system:
Intel i3-2120 @ 3.3GHz
Geforce GTX-550 Ti
Windows 7

My game settings:
* Video *
Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Anti-Aliasing On
Film Grain Off <-------important
Small Objects Shadows On
Small Objects Cast Shadows On
Small Objects receive Shadows On
Real-Time Shadow Distance FAR <-------important
Object Clipping Distance FAR <-------important
Terrain Clipping Distance FAR <-------important
Overall Graphical Quality SUPERB
Gamma Level 1
Field of View 75°
* Game *
[ Key Mappings ]
Object Highlights On <-------important
Disable Achievement Text Off
Invert Mouse Off
* Audio *
Sound Effects On
Music On
Subtitles Off

I know I set the language to English someplace before I started. The text is displayed in Irish and English, the audio is English.
Posted: February 28th, 2014
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35 of 64 people (55%) found this review helpful
1,348 products in account
68 reviews
4.0 hrs on record
I found this rather bland and boring.. and this is coming from someone who enjoyed Dear Esther!

Video Review Below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=270528784
Posted: June 13th, 2014
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