Conclusion: Cursed Mountain is an earnest attempt at staking its own niche in the survival horror space, but uninspired gameplay and clumsy controls keep it from reaching its own summit. It doesn't go far beyond an interesting concept, and unless you're willing to pay the price for a few fleeting hours into the maw of Chomolonzo, this one is better left on ice.
Summary: Cursed Mountain is a survival horror game where you take on the role of a fearless mountaineer climbing into the Himalayas on a quest to find your lost brother. As you ascends the mountain, he encounters an ancient curse: the souls of the people who died in that region are stuck in limbo, caught in the Shadow World.
Excerpt: With the Resident Evil of today being focussed on the survival ahead of the horror and the action in favour of cerebral puzzle solving, the old fashioned form of survival horror games are quickly dying out. As much as I enjoy the more modern entries in the Resident series, I do miss the old formula, caveats and all.
Excerpt: Après avoir approché Cursed Mountain, vous ne râlerez plus jamais après votre petit frère ou petite soeur qu'il a fallu chercher en sortie de boîte ou extirper d'une situation difficile. Car question plan galère, Franck en a fait un sympathique à son grand frère. Parti seul en expédition dans l'Himalaya à la recherche de reliques, le jeune alpiniste a disparu.
Conclusion: As far as survival-horror games go, Cursed Mountain gets a lot of things right and manages to stay afloat through its unconventional setting, intriguing story, and well-designed atmosphere. The harsh environment and the desolate landscape evoke feelings of isolation and till the soil for some solid thrills and chills to grow. Minor control issues and occasional sluggishness in the game's momentum crop up but don't damper the overall spirit.
Summary: : Cursed Mountain is perfectly enjoyable if you’re willing to forgive its gameplay flaws, as the presentation of the game is generally solid and the concept is interesting and different, but if you’re a fan of gameplay over all else, it might not be worth your interest. The story is engaging and generally well written, the visuals are solid and mostly engaging, and the audio is generally fitting and well designed across the board.
Excerpt: Cursed Mountain isn't built for speed. Scaling treacherous inclines in the Himalayas, grizzled climber Eric Simmons must move with caution. When he's crawling up the sheer side of a cliff with only an ice axe in each hand for traction – a surprisingly rare occurrence – he has to be wary of loose rocks that could send him plummeting to a violent death. If he ever needs to bolt, it's done with the same amount of care; the game appropriately calls it a jog.
Excerpt: A common argument against Wii games getting mediocre review scores is that the person reviewing the game just doesn't like the Wii and motion controls. It seems that the console has developed this kind of protection against criticism, with anyone against it simply being wrong. No doubt then there are people that will label Cursed Mountain the pinnacle of survival horror gaming, be dazzled by the way you use motion controls and accept the 'atmospheric' visuals.