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Cursed Mountain - first look

Fighting ghosts by taking photos of them in the Fatal Frame games was pretty novel, we’ll admit. But Cursed Mountain may very well take the cake for the most unorthodox method of ghostbusting in the horror game pantheon. When battling crowds of undead spirits in Cursed Mountain, you do what any god-fearing person would do to make the scary ghosts go away: you pray.

Sounds weird, but it fits pretty well with the game’s premise. It’s the 1980s, and you’re a mountain climber in search of his younger brother, who went missing while exploring a remote mountain in the Himalayas for an ancient Buddhist artifact said to grant god-like abilities. Oh yeah, and the mountain’s cursed. Old ghosts and wandering spirits trapped in a purgatory/shadow world called the Bardo haunt the place. Since they’re only looking for a little peace in the afterlife, sending them off with a combative prayer is only the nice thing to do.

Cursed Mountain’s a Wii exclusive, so you can expect that it all involves lots of wacky Wii Remote swinging. When exploring the mountain, you occasionally wander into thick black fog and spot weird anomalies in the air. Hit the B trigger to switch to ghost vision, and suddenly you’re surrounded by the ghosts of dead monks and villagers.

From there, you aim the Wii Remote at the screen and use different combinations of motions to perform complex prayer hand-motions and send the ghastlies to a better place. The game’s still in early stages, and all the prayer motions seemed pretty simple and not totally precise, but we were assured they’ll all be ship-shape soon enough.

7 comments

  • benjitenji - November 24, 2008 2:47 a.m.

    the power of christ pwns you
  • TrIp13G - November 14, 2008 10:54 p.m.

    These are the types of games I keep promising myself will make the Wii worth my while.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - November 14, 2008 5:28 p.m.

    the power of christ compels you
  • xenomorph99 - November 13, 2008 10:18 a.m.

    Looks intriguing. Might be well worth a look when it comes out next year
  • BastianBond - May 13, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    WHere the f.. is this game?? what happened to it?.. it's been almost a year since the first new regarding it.. i came to look for it because of a new.. (veridic) on the news were telling that someone on southamerica got "ghost" contacts while was on a mountain.. and so i reminded this game.. and came to look 4 it.. but, there's nothing new..
  • 100tommo100 - May 14, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    lol i play too much gun games xD
  • 100tommo100 - May 14, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    hmmm y would u take pictures of ghost isnt there another way to kill them like shooting their brains out!

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