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.
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.
Excerpt: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1 Cursed Mountain tells the tale of Eric Simmons, who is looking for his lost brother Frank Simmons. From the outset, world-renowned mountain climber Frank Simmons embarks on a journey to the Himalayas to climb a mountain in Chomolonzo. Frank mysteriously vanishes and his brother Eric travels to Chomolonzo in order to find his brother, Frank.
Excerpt: The survival horror genre was one that was dying pretty quickly with the advent of the HD era. While there were some occasional hits such as Siren: Blood Curse on the Playstation 3, and Silent Hill: Homecoming on multiple formats, there was never really a huge influx of horror games available to horror fans.
Excerpt: It's cold in the Himalayas--damned cold. The chill fills your lungs as you desperately search the mountain for the leftover canisters of oxygen you need to survive. And as you draw rattling breaths with burning lungs, you desperately defend yourself from hostile spirits hovering between this world and the next. This is the world of Cursed Mountain, where the frigid air will chill you to the bone, and your inner eye draws secret runes into clear view.
Pros: Great setting provides chilly atmosphere, Authentically integrates Buddhist stories and rituals, Some cool, memorable sequences, When the controls work, the combat is fun
Cons: The controls don't always work, Overdone visual effects sometimes make things too dark and hazy, Can get tedious and predictable
Conclusion: Cursed Mountain is a successful survival horror game featuring strong production values and solid gameplay. The story is unique but a little slow for a major portion of the game. And, though the game does last for around 20 hours, there is nothing more than the main game to keep you playing. Nonetheless, Cursed Mountain wins the ultimate battle of survival horror titles by setting one killer atmosphere. Pick up the game if you're a fan of the genre.
Excerpt: Think about Buddhists and what springs to mind may well be a bunch of slapheads in robes sitting around chanting 'om' all day. You certainly don't associate them with religious curses, turning into ghosts and scaring the bejesus out of plucky young mountaineers.