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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Soundless Mountain II (2008)

Genre: Survival-Horror | Players: 1 | Developer: Superflat Games

Seeing the above picture in a Google image search may lead someone to believe that it's simply a kitschy bit of fanart. As awesome as it would still be if it were indeed nothing more than that, this is actually the artwork for a genuine computer game! It sadly does not come close to encompassing the entirety of the source material's journey, but it is a loving 8bit-esque homage to it. The text predictably skirts just to the right of the actual dialogue and the pathfinding is simplified to a notable degree. The combat is best avoided when possible, but it doesn't really distract from your limited exploring to have to dodge things on the 2D plane utilized here. There's one screen I guarantee you'll be capping, even if you never return to this the way I do from time to time.

I'm happy to tip my hat to Jasper Byrne, Phil Duncan, The Mysterious Lorc, and C418 for all the work they did to make this a reality. It's incredibly quaint, but its heart is unquestionably in the right (special) place. Further details and download links can be found on Jasper Byrne's page, Superflat Games.

3½ Tiny, Yet Incredibly Inviting Parking Lots out of 5

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