Ambient procedural mountain game.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,408 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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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
139 of 151 people (92%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
You don't change the mountain, the mountain changes you.
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129 of 145 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I have no idea what's the point of this game but it's quite soothing. In fact there are no controls and there is feature to play your own music theme because some of keys are making piano sounds.
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142 of 174 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
This game made me question my religion....
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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102 of 128 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Still better than COD
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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
981.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
At least now when I die, I'll be known as that chick who wasted her life on a virtual mountain.
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51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
i drew male genitalia and played a piano
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,242.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
I mean I guess...
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Is like having a plant in a pot.
You check it every day to make sure it's still alive, maybe you stare at it for a few minutes fascinated.
Then you go to play with the dog because he actually does something other than just exist.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Listen Baby

Ain't no mountain high.
Ain't no valley low.
Ain't no river wide enough baby.

If you need me, call me
No matter where you are
No matter how far,

dont worry baby

Just call my name
I'll be there in a hurry
You don't have to worry

cause baby,
There aint no mountain high enough
aint no valley low enough
aint no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe

Remember the day
I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow
I'll be there when you want me
Someway, somehow

cause baby,
Ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe

oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Nor winter storm
can't stop me baby
no no baby
Cause you are my goal
If you're ever in trouble
I'll be there on the double
just send for me
oh baby!

My love is alive
way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I'll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can

Don't you know that there
ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Don't ya know that there
Ain`t no mountain high enough
Ain`t no valley low enough
Ain`t no river wide enough
To keep me from gettin to you babe.
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49 of 70 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Mountain is Love , Mountain is Life
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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
718.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I really enjoy the questing and the combat system presented in this game, everything is pretty balanced except for that one abilitiy that kills everything in one shot. Also the optics for certain weapons dont work when their supposed to. 10/10 a great family game great for the kids and fun for the adults
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I left this on all night and when I woke up, I had found out that my Mountain was destroyed by a giant Ice-cream.
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102 of 164 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I'm sorry, but I have got to be honest here. Before I start, I'd like to point out that this is more of a warning than a review. Alright, I can't recommend this game, and the reason for that simply being the fact that this IS NOT a game, despite advertised so. It's a screen saver. A good looking one though, no questions about that.

According to the store page, the genres for this product are Casual, Simulation and RPG. Do you want a casual gaming experience for all ages? You won't find it here. Do you want a game that simulates real life? You won't find it here. Do you want a role-playing game with great gameplay and character development? You won't find it here.

In the beginning as you launch Mountain, you are given a chance to draw a few pictures of your childhood, earliest memories and so on. After that, you will get to see the mountain and you can explore it by moving your mouse around. The weather will change from time to time, so there's some excitement to be had I guess. The mountain will also share some thoughts with you, like "The starlight is almost too beautiful to look at". And last but not least, you can also play piano with your keyboard. How awesome does that sound?

Also keep in mind that this isn't like the worst possible purchase out there. The asking price is only one dollar and the mountain is good looking, so there's some value to be had. I'm pretty aware of the fact that the user reviews for this game are 'Very Positive'. The Mountain is not a game which is why I can't recommend it for others.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
it's just a mountain i mean come on what do you want from me
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This mountain came to Mohammed.

11/10
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
An action packed mountain sim. You can play jingle bells while it snows.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
CHODAGIRL PRO-GAMER TIP
The Mountain can be used as a screensaver if you rename the .exe to .scr :)

tl;dr.
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!

full review.
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.

PROS
+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)

CONS
-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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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
If you look deep inside of the mountain, you can see the eternal truth. This changed my life.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Not a game for the casual gamer.
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