European box art
|Developer(s)||Sproing Interactive Media
Deep Silver Vienna
|Genre(s)||Adventure, Survival horror|
Cursed Mountain is a survival horror-adventure video game for the Wii developed by Sproing Interactive Media, in collaboration with, and published by Deep Silver Vienna. It was released on August 25, 2009, in North America. The game focuses on a mountaineer searching for his lost brother in the Himalayas. A PC version of the game was released on February 5, 2010, in Europe. It is available globally via digital download on GamersGate.
Combat primarily consists of encounters with the angry souls of monks and climbers who are trapped in Bardo, a spiritual realm in between this life and the next. The player must stun the enemies and make gestures with the Wii Remote to free their souls. The game also makes use of other features of the Wii Remote, such as its built-in speaker.
Cursed Mountain is set in the late 1980s, due to the lack of technology available in the time period. The entire course of the game takes place on a mountain in the Himalayas named Chomolonzo, which the natives call "the Sacred One". The protagonist, Eric Simmons, is searching for his lost brother, Frank, who was hired by Edward Bennett to retrieve a sacred artifact called a terma. The goddess of the mountain became angry, and she bestowed a powerful curse upon Chomolonzo, trapping Frank and everyone who could not escape in time. The storyline of the game is heavily influenced by Buddhism and Tibetan folklore.
Cursed Mountain was a collaborative development effort by 16 companies consisting of 236 people in 17 unique locations in 14 different countries.
|This section requires expansion with: more critical reception. (August 2008)|
N-Zone magazine gave the game a score of 82%. Praise was given to the game's pacing and atmosphere, with criticism aimed at the game's sometimes sluggish controls. Blast magazine awarded the game a 7.7 out of 10, stating that the "story, setting and atmosphere are the keys to Cursed Mountain" while "the controls or pacing frustrate you a bit". About.com was less enthusiastic, giving the game a 3 out of 5 and referring to the controls as "infuriating" and the finale as "laughably pretentious." IGN and GameSpot both awarded the title a score of 7.5 praising the atmosphere and game play.
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