Review: Surmount

Estimated read time 3 min read

Developer – Jasper Oprel, Indiana-Jonas

Publisher – Jasper Oprel, Indiana-Jonas , Popagenda

Platforms –  Nintendo Switch, PC (Reviewed)

Review copy given by Publisher (Popagenda)

Brace yourself for an exhilarating journey into the heart of a new physics-based platforming adventure, as you embark on a thrilling escapade, that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through the breathtaking landscapes of Mount Om. From meticulously handcrafted obstacles to dynamically generated challenges, every step of your mountain-climbing expedition promises excitement and adrenaline, all the while following a silly story with eccentric folks along the way.

Whether you choose to embark on this daring quest solo or with a companion by your side, linked together by a single tethered rope, you must master the art of ascent, as you chase the ultimate prize: the peak of perfection.

The idea/goal of the game is pretty simple, you play the game by jumping off platforms, grabbing rocky outcrops, and using momentum to carry you up Mount Om to become the best mountain climber there is. The aim is to get past tricky sections by extending jumps and swings to get higher up the mountain in hopes of reaching the summit. If you ask me, there are many things that help make this game stand out, such as its approachable physics-based climbing system, which strikes the perfect balance between challenge and accessibility.

Adding to the game’s irresistible charm are its eccentric characters, whose “Animal Crossing-like” speech bubbles and infectious humor bring the world of “Surmount” to life. From quirky quest-givers to lovable locals, each interaction is a delightful romp through a world brimming with personality and wit.

Within the game, a plethora of items and upgrades await, providing ample opportunities for personalization and enhancement as you ascend the mountain’s heights. Whether it’s fortifying your gear for greater resilience against the mountain’s challenges or refining your appearance to reflect your journey’s progress, the options for customization are abundant, ensuring that every step of your ascent is tailored to your unique style and preferences.

Once you get to the top, the fun doesn’t stop ! Surmount offers a Daily Mountain challenge, that offers a ton of replayability and a new unique challenge every day.

The game is pretty great and there isn’t a ton of major issues, but one that got me angry was the shortcut cannon, and no proper way to restart without replaying from the beginning of a level/area. Another annoyance was some of the obstacles you must navigate around, which can block your view of your character or other objects to grab onto, although minor, it does cause more annoyance than it being a challenge.

Overall, Surmount offers an expedition into the heart of adventure, with its seamless blend of procedural and handmade levels, approachable physics-based climbing mechanics, and a cast of eccentric characters, it’s easy to say Surmount is an experience that’s as delightful as it is challenging.

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