Ambient procedural mountain game.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,269 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

PC
Mac
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
704 of 897 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
This was my first time buying a screensaver.
Posted: August 23
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214 of 261 people (82%) found this review helpful
1,159.0 hrs on record
This game is--
This game makes me feel like nothing else has before. It's a surreal experience in how you never stop learning new things about this mysterious mountain lost in a black void...
The way you feel when you start the game for the first time, and you have to do those silly drawings and you have no clue of the implications of them later on.
How curious you are at first dawn, when the mountain speaks to you for the first time.
When you figure out which keys do what, and why.
How satisfying it is to have you first piece of debris hit your mountain.
How you get to feel when you figure out how to move that silly piece of crap.
When you figure out what goes where and why.
When you realize that the mountain is you--
You are the mountain, you get to shape the world around you...
When you figure out how to play your favorite song on the keyboard.
How insignificant you feel when you scroll all the way out, only to see a bloom of light and a dot.
The sadness that fills you heart as your first item-- that you became so attached to-- slowly floats off into space, and you cannot do anything.
When you have to draw a loved one.
When you figure out that you are lost, and the simplist thing like this game can make you find yourself.
When you achieve Zen and realize that....
Mountain is Love.
Mountain is Life.
That is what this game is about.
Posted: August 23
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1,891 of 2,669 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This isn't a game, it's a screensaver.

From the reviews on the store page, I thought that it would have some kind of events that happen to liven things up. You could grab random objects, arrange them, see the seasons change, maybe there would be some birds flying around. It gave the impression that even though there wasn't a point to the game, the experience alone would be fun, and you'd stick to it just to see what would happen.

But I never saw that. I played for 20 minutes. I spun the camera, i played the keytar, I zoomed in and out, I found every feature on my mountain. It rained, i spun the mountain to make the clouds go away. I saw the little thoughts my mountain had. But nothing happened. I pressed every button, manipulated every control I could think of, and made as many patterns with my mouse as I could imagine, and nothing happened.

I can't honestly recommend it, because I've had more enjoyment from that Windows '95 screensaver about a maze (with the rat in it) than I did from this game. Maybe there's more to it than I thought, maybe you need to leave it on overnight for something to happen. But it's not presented in a way that makes me want to stick around to find out.
Posted: August 18
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517 of 730 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Killstreak system could be better.
Posted: August 23
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1,091 of 1,593 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
You play as a camera observing a mountain, and you can play the piano. If it were free, I would reccomend this. But I feel for 99p, there is not enough content. It should be freeware, in my opinion. Also, it is a CPU hog.
Posted: August 18
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