Montague’s Mount is made by Polypusher Studios and will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux on October 9th. It’s set on an uninhabited Irish island, where you’ll find your character shipwrecked and without a memory of his past. As you progresses through the game you’ll find that there’s more than meets the eye in this indie that’s equal parts thriller and mystery.
The game play left a lot to be desired. The character has a nonadjustable walking speed that isn’t very fast. For those who want a “chill” puzzle game, this is for you. Anyone looking for something faster should be wary.
Not only was the speed disappointing and confining, but so was the viewpoint. Montague’s Mount remains limited to first-person and could have done better if it was in third person or had the option to switch between first and third (not unlike Skyrim). With first person, as in most games, it is easier to bump into things and miss the whole picture, creating a frustrating and longer game than it needed to be.
The puzzles ended up being needlessly difficult. Though the game has hints posted up the often times weren’t enough. It’s easy to become confused; pacing back and forth along a strip of land for a while before figuring out what you need to do. Sure, the sense of accomplishment after you finally figure out what to do is rewarding, but seems unnecessary and injures the pacing.
Montague’s Mount does have decent graphics. They are not as flashy or advanced as some more expensively made games, but they do give off a unique aura of gloom and darkness. The eerie visuals also have an optional film grain effect, further adding to the sense of decay and age that is at the forefront of the desolate environment.
For most of the game the color is more of a grayscale, (though not completely grey, as there are some hints of color) than any of the bright dazzling games common today (e.g. The Uncharted series). Overall the graphics are acceptable and unique to Montauge’s Mount.
The story element (which we will not delve too much into, for the sake of spoilers) was very different from the clichéd storylines in the industry today. Montague’s Mount has a unique storyline that teeters on enjoyable or painful depending on whether or not you like the whole dark mystery thing. There is a problem solving aspect to its story which the character must overcome in order to understand more about what happened to him in the shipwreck, and more about the island. Of course the further you progress, the more you discover, and you’ll find more depth than your usual first person game.
Overall Montague’s Mount was decent for an indie title, and though it disappointed in more than a few aspects it still manages to satisfy the player with interesting Irish landscapes, strange objects, varied puzzles, and an intriguing story in a uniquely dark and haunting world. Montague’s Mount is a three and a half star game (out of five) and again, will be available on October 9th for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Verdict:3.5 out of 5