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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
35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
294 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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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
1,007 products in account
29 reviews
23.8 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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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
114 products in account
4 reviews
9.2 hrs on record
A beautiful title that promotes a beautiful language, most of the reviews that are negative are unfortunately biased towards either the genre or the style of gameplay. (dont buy games you know you wont like, or do research before you buy. just because you dont like a game doesnt mean it is bad, just not to your taste)

it is a walking simulator with some satisfyingly complex puzzles and intriguing story line. beautiful atmosphere and phenomenal sounds and music. i would reccomend this to any one who likes a challenging puzzle, exploration and just generally looking at the scenery. treat this game as if it were a painting, it makes you think and its nice to look at.

id give it a 8.5 out of 10 as it achieved its goal in providing an interesting thought provoker and good story line, but the graphics pop in can be a tad irritating. all in all i hope part 2 gets finished soon!
Posted: February 23rd, 2014
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1,331 products in account
57 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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
83 products in account
1 review
6.7 hrs on record
I really don't understand why people have a problem with this game. I will happily admit that I'm not an expert gamer, but I completed it today without resorting to any hints or guides (except for the plinth puzzle, which was my own fault for not realising that I had a compass).

If you like Dear Esther you will like this. The Metacritic score is ridiculous, I would give this a clear 80% (I'd give DE 90%).

Just turn the film grain off and yes, the very beginning may give you motion sickness but you should find the walking stick within five minutes and from then everything is great.

Very atmospheric, loved the soundtrack, storyline and Celtic influence. Can't wait for the second part!

Posted: April 5th, 2014
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 products in account
2 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
I was drawn to this from the Irish angle and didn't really know what to expect.

The way in which the environment is being portrayed is quite frankly amazing (note though that you need a fast machine to see it in all its glory). The voice acting and music are also spot on. So is it all great?

Well, no. It seems to be a game that's having a bit of trouble deciding what it should be. Is it a puzzle game? Is it a story game? Is it a walking around type affair? At times, I don't think it is really sure. What it is though is absolutely captivating. As the story comes out (told through snippets from a book that are left laying around) a picture is built up of a character that is trouble by many things.

Yes, the pacing is slow, the writing fairly 'over the top', but I think these are somewhat intentional. This is a game that demands the players commitment to read between the lines. I would certainly recommend it to people who want something a bit more thought provoking and different.
Posted: December 11th, 2013
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