Ambient procedural mountain game.
User reviews: Very Positive (6,137 reviews) - 86% of the 6,137 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014

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"WHAT I turn away for half an hour and my mountain has a barrel and a CD. AND a bottle of spirits. Mountain, what have you been up to?"
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“Mountain breaks the mold of video games.”
The Atlantic

“Nothing You Do Matters in This Game, But You’ll Still Obsess Over It.”

“At the beginning of the game, I find the idea cute. By the end, I am hypnotized.”
LA Times

About This Game

~ you are mountain - you are god ~

Ambient procedural mountain game, as seen on The Internet.


- no controls
- automatic save
- audio on/off switch
- time moves forward
- things grow and things die
- nature expresses itself

"Welcome to an existential nightmare."
- Patrick Klepek, Giant Bomb

"The time I spend with Mountain feels slightly more real to me than anything else inside my computer."
- Leigh Alexander, Gamasutra

"“Mountain” upends expectations, refusing to fit into preexisting categories."
- Justin Cone, Motionographer

"I don’t like to talk emotions but this game genuinely is so uplifting."
- Alice O'Connor, Rock Paper Shotgun

"The only experience that has ever made me feel sad about a geological phenomenon."
- Andrew Webster, The Verge

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • OS: Lion (OSX 10.7.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel GMA Graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
229 of 260 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Mountain is to gaming what a fish in an aquarium is to pets: you can't pet or cuddle it but sometimes just watching it exist is reward enough.

I picked this one up in a bundle or sale, and I have no regrets.
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431 of 527 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
500.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
It's not made by Ubisoft.

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223 of 263 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,023.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
It gets old quick. Beat it in an hour. Grab it when it goes on sale. 4/10 would ruin my marriage again
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89 of 100 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
The Mountain can be used as a screensaver if you rename the .exe to .scr :)

The Mountain is constantly changing and metamorphosing. When you stop wanting it to be more than what it is, it blossoms into its own experience. And what it is, is more virtual plant, than anything else; is that a bad thing? Read on!

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If you let it, the Mountain can be a soothing and relaxing experience if you need 5-10 minutes (taken) away from your life. It's a slowly spinning Mountain in Space. You can zoom out to see nearby galaxies and star clusters, or zoom in to fill your view with the mountain and the surrounding atmosphere. There are so many variables that change and the changes/additions appear every 30 seconds or so, it has enough to keep your eyes trained and your mind engaged in thought.

In a nutshell: if you enjoy sitting on a bench watching nature around you (e.g., the ocean, a coast, a forest, a vista), then you will enjoy this experience. But understand that virtual-mountain-in-space-watching is the only experience it can innately provide you. Anything else you experience, is a result of where your thoughts and your psyche take you. And that's Zen. :)

The Mountain does nothing in particular, but does it very well.

+Beautiful scenery/lighting effects
+Soothing audio effects
+Striking day/night cycle
+Well-done weather and season cycles
+Occasional random or pseudo-inspirational captions
+Occasional random object collisions (some can be quite funny)
+Some interactivity (POV, musical keys)

-You have to pay for it
-Surprisingly resource intensive
-wtf, ALT-F4 is how you close it?

(suitable for all ages and skill levels)
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46 of 50 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Mountain does exactly what it sets out to do. It is an ambient, casual, silly game that is entertaining to mess around with for an hour or three… and I don’t see the problem with that. I thought it was very fun.

This is a perfect game to combat boredom in a lecture, or a slow day at work. You can mess around with it a bit and then let it run in the background, so you are free to only partially pay attention to it. Not everybody at every time is available to get immersed in an epic game; sometimes it is nice to mess around with something light and casual. This is where Mountain shines brightest.

Of note: in order to truly and actively “play” the game, you should probably look up the songs (i.e.: codes) that you can use to force things to happen in the game. I feel like many people who disliked this game weren’t fully informed of all the things you actually can do to make it more interesting.

I don’t normally focus on price in my reviews, because it is all relative. Many people use Steam; people with a wide variety of incomes and who participate in very different economies. I will make a brief exception here just to say that I think this game is very reasonably priced. Even at full price it costs less than a soda (at least where I live). I mention this because I think it is important to recognize that the developers aren’t trying to rip you off; they acknowledge what the game is and what it isn’t, and have priced it accordingly.

And so, I believe Mountain is a great little game which should appeal to those of you who may want to casually mess around with it for a few hours here and there. It certainly isn’t some epic game, but it can be an enjoyable, quaint experience.

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