Ambient procedural mountain game.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,559 reviews)
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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August 18

HI STEAM!

We are really excited to launch on Steam! Here are some tips for Mountain:

Leave it open - it's designed to run in the periphery of your life. Only interact with it when you feel like it. You can play Mountain while playing other games. If you are not playing it, it will play itself.

If you're having an annoying storm or boring night, play a melody (using your keyboard) and time will accellerate.

Certain melodies unlock certain modes which get saved in your songbook. Here are some to get you started:

Blood mode : mmmmmm,mnab
Snowglobe mode : bbbbbcb
Fish : cxzxccc xxx cbb

You can also trigger a thought by hitting period (.)

You might recieve items on your Mountain. In this version of the game you can rearrange them by clicking & dragging - and do some other things.

Have fun!

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Reviews

“Mountain breaks the mold of video games.”
The Atlantic

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

“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.

FEATURES

- 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Graphics: Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
133 of 169 people (79%) found this review helpful
84.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It's not Call of Duty
11/10
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78 of 93 people (84%) found this review helpful
409.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I don't think a lot of people don't see the value in Mountain, and when people do they tend to simply overcomplicate the game for what it is. It's not meant to be a 'game' exactly. The developers of the game purposefully say this originally: "Leave it open - it's designed to run in the periphery of your life. Only interact with it when you feel like it. You can play Mountain while playing other games. If you are not playing it, it will play itself. ". Again Mountain is just mean to be left open and you can return to it when you feel like it. You might not see the aspect of it originally but you can find it later… hopefully. But then again, what are the standards of a 'game'? Are we to simply segregate Mountain simply because it is possibly outside of the norm? On the contrary! Different experiences lead to different viewpoints which make you more open-minded. So can people truly state that Mountain is not a game but a screensaver? There are many ways to view Mountain and seeing it as a screensaver is one of the more popular demoralizing viewpoints to which many have so acquired. So one can only view Mountain as simply a standalone and not compare it to more contemporary issues. Or one can compare it but by doing so one loses the face value of the game itself. I think I've settled for now the dispute that this 'game' might be a screensaver or simply not a 'game' at all.

On another note, the developers stated this: "If you're having an annoying storm or boring night, play a melody (using your keyboard) and time will accelerate." Mountain is there for you when you decide to return to it and play it. I think that is a common misconception. It's not as much meant to be a 'game' but rather a subsidiary and supporting game next to you. Yet there are many ways to view Mountain as with any form of issue in life. But the Way Mountain was constructed, at times unappealing to the eye, allows it to show you a different path and possibly one you may not have seen before hand.

But you don't have to follow what the developers say. A 'game' is meant to be played whichever way you feel like it. If you feel like you've been cheated off by buying this game, then take two steps back and think about the aspects of this 'game' and the elements. Perhaps you begin to notice that wonderful ambient sound that plays amidst the night, or perhaps you fall in love with the way the streaks of the sun touch your Mountain. But you might not have to like all these things to truly enjoy the game. Perhaps you have all these games and you developed a love for the game. Or perhaps you try to ridicule the game but in turn you've actually Grown accustomed to the game. I for one cannot answer that question of whether a gamer should like this or not, but it is all up to the gamer who buys it, and whether he is willing to open up his heart and mind.

Now is the Mountain truly your Mountain and your own property? I think that is in the conception of the gamer alone for the gamer can make notion whether the Mountain truly is a self embodiment, or the player truly controls the Mountain. Does the Mountain not speak to us and tell us of its thoughts? Or is it conveying a hidden message to where we might be its own spawn and it is the master. Whichever way you see fit, there are quite a lot of ways to see Mountain, as with any game. Mountain might not have a storyline, no shooting, no love triangle (unless you begin to make one up between somehow the items, the Mountain, and the sky in which case you probably might have gone a bit too far), but Mountain contains a moment of solitude in which you might notice things in games that can be recurrent in Mountain. Perhaps Mountain might contain all these elements in which you create the story. Mountain can always be a storyline in which you, the gamer, is going along a path with the Mountain to a destination into your subconscious. There is much to do in Mountain and blocking your imagination and logic will only hinder it. But if you so choose to do so than you have not hurt no one but yourself in denying the possible powers in the 'game' itself. This review cannot display my neutrality toward the game but I only wish to explain to the gamer that Mountain can only be accentuated by only the gamer.

And another thing many question is the role of the keyboard in the game. Although at first it may seem like the keys simply advance time and increase it in a way the human eye can perceive, Mountain is inevitably omnipresent and time is of little importance to him. Binding ourselves to this thought, we can perceive the passing of time as not one full of dread and dreariness, not one full of change and a different scenery, but becoming part of the universe and its infinite realm of possibilities. What we perceive as a minute can seem as nothing more than what has occurred to the Mountain. What we perceive as the future is simply the happening in the Mountain. What we perceive as the past is imply seen as the done by the Mountain.

And another question still remains as to what is the value of the items that the Mountain contains and at times loses. Are those pieces of our memories or life lessons that we must cope to accept? Or are those as somewhat like to put it as simple items that simply 'fall' on the Mountain. No they are granted upon the Mountain and delivered first hand to the Mountain or possibly to you. And what is of this item leaving our grasp and floating off into space? Have we broken your heart, Mountain? Have we done some unforgivable act too which I've lost my pony? That alone can be answered only by the gamer and his affiliation with the mountain.

And what of this inevitable destruction that reaches the doorsteps of the Mountain ever so often. Are we to simply ponder over the oblivion of the Mountain or sputter key notes to protect the Mountain? Or can we observe the Mountain and it's destruction in all its gloom and tidings of change too which a new Mountain is brought forth to bring new waves of joy to the gamer, too which the cycle is repeated. Why do we have the ability to protect the Mountain or is it even in our ability to protect it? Is it predestined that we protected or is it by our own free-will? That is something that neither I can answer you and only you can resolve either by justifying it or believing in something.

This setting that surrounds the Mountain is quite serene and yet the darkness around it is quite opposite. Is this serving as a contrast between dark and light? The battle of how light destroys the darkness. Or perhaps the story has been switched and light is simply a harbinger of this cycle of death that is ever so dreaded upon. Again, I am not in any sort of ability to answer that question, and it alone can be sought through the Mountain.

So if you ever feel hurt or saddened than perhaps a tune on the fashioned keyboard can mend your heart. Or perhaps a stressed out day simply requires a concerto done by your own imagination. And maybe in the end when you've discovered the infinite combinations on the keys that by which you alone and the Mountain as well contains in the hidden locks of memory, you realize all this and then come to think in terms of the Mountain, and how time is not congruent, but simply an assortment of things by which we alone can process and that by which we alone can control. Mountain is infinite and it is up to the gamer only to perceive the game as he wishes.
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36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
At first I thought this was an ancient Chinese torture device, then I realised no. No sane human can make such a horrible thing as torture, this is beyond that. This was made to make people hate life's good things, such as mountains, trees, serenity. It was made to make us all cold heartless people.

10/10 Would ignore School bus full of helpless dying children in order to inspect my mountain.
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The game where you and your friends can get, and spend 2 hours describing your mountains to them.

10/10 Would mountain again
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
88.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This isn't a game it's an experience.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I love how peaceful and calm this game is. Good for people looking for something to just relax to.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Broke 4 different key boards. 10/10
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is awesome, and I'm not even high
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68 of 111 people (61%) found this review helpful
1,517.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I will not recommend this game until it has Multiplayer capability.

As soon as two clients can connect, interact with the same objects, view the same mountain, play music for each other, and watch their mountain turn to stardust, I will change this review to recommend this game.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game is pretty rad. You can poke the mountain and spin it and stuff. Something text pops up and the sounds are nice to listen to. And the visuals are pretty.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
not a game as much as a screen saver really,watch the mountain day n night,things happen to it,u just basically check in on it from time to time .not a game!i like it for something different.kinda childish items that get placed on the mountain,of which u have zero controller over.,still only like 1.20$so why not.8/10 for what it is.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Omg I'm a mountain. XD

Everything in life makes sense now.. .___.
Mountain is love, Mountain is life.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great game, super calming and it's great fun to drag and drop the items that crash into your mountain. You feel like you're taking care of this mountain, like a tamagotchi but less lkely to die on you (unless you input the commands of course). The piano/xylophone keyboard is a great idea, but if only the keys made sense! Anyway, here's some of the tunes I've collected around that you can play.

Blood mode:
mmm mmm ,mn ab

Snowglobe mode:
bbb bbc b

Fish (Mary Had a Little Lamb):
cxz xcc c xxx cbb

Meteor Shower (In the Hall of the Mountain King):
cvb nmb m

Frogs (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star):
bbaa ssa ,,m mnn b

Coins (Jingle Bells):
ccc ccc cbzxc

Hearts (Lullaby):
ssfssfsfjhggf

UTTER ANNIHILATION (as in, this will OBLITERATE your mountain):
as,zb

When the Saints Go Marching In (by sir_deadlock):
bm,a bm,a bm,ambmn mmnb bm aaa, m,ambnb

Trigger thought: "."

Clear all items on mountain:
sss, aaam

Hitting number keys:
Change windows size (1 smallest, 2 bigger, etc)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
No better way to waste $1.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game changed my life. After playing 5 minutes I now have a new house, a triple digit job, and a smoking hot wife. Not only that but I was cured of Ebola and learned how to fly! Simply amazing. A must have
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It is amazing
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Playing this makes me feel like a god.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
My mountain was depressed, then found a golfball, questioned the meaning of life, then found cake.
10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
"Wow" is what I think when I get the chance to have my own mountain. "Wow" is what I say when I come back from half an hour of AFKing and seeing how my mountain has changed. "Booooring" Is what I say to just watching the mountain spin."


10/10 -IGN
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
More content and better graphics than Binding of Isaac Rebirth. 1000/100/10
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