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Surviving High Altitudes & Freezing Temperatures – Cursed Mountain’s Debut Hours

August 10, 2011
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     Cursed Mountain was released for the Wii on August 25, 2009 with a MSRP of $49.99.
     The game was developed by Deep Silver – Vienna and published by Deep Silver/Koch Media, but the Deep Silver Vienna studio office was closed in early 2010 and I believe Cursed Mountain was the only game developed/shipped from the studio.
     Cursed Mountain received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB with “Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of, and it is described as a “survival horror game“.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent in the freezing Himalayas with Cursed Mountain during the last 713 days reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners
that report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel,
and not for all Wii owners that have played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Cursed Mountain has had about 9,383 Wii owners report their play-time data since the game released on August 25, 2009.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Cursed Mountain has 50,194 Total Hours of game-play reported with an average play-time of 5 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person” that has reported data.
     The game has an average play-time of 1 Hour 33 Minutes per session played.

Sales Information
     Cursed Mountain has two versions available on Amazon.com, a regular version and a “Limited Edition” version that included a “Bonus Disc with 15 tracks of in-game music and a 5-part ‘making of’ DVD.  Interior Art in Steelbook case.”

     Cursed Mountain’s standard edition sale rank on Amazon.com is #1,946 and it is currently selling for $7.40.
     Cursed Mountain’s Limited Edition Amazon.com sale rank is #5,485 and it is currently selling for $8.80.
     (Sales ranks and prices recorded on August 9, 2011 around 11:00PM.)

Review Score Averages
   Cursed Mountain’s “professional” review score average is 68.89%, based on 36 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has about a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 45 customer reviews between both versions of the game.
     Cursed Mountain’s customer review score average is 77.77%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded on August 9, 2011 around 11:00PM.)

Filtered Thoughts
     I remember seeing some of the “behind-the-scenes” videos for Cursed Mountain, and I was glad to see the developers taking time to do them.  Cursed Mountain is a game I can say is on my “interested” games list and I would like to give it a try one day, but I haven’t played the game yet.  If you have never seen anything on Cursed Mountain, the video below is a trailer and “behind-the-scenes” look at the game that should give you an idea about the game:

     As for the reported game-play data, being that it took Cursed Mountain almost 2 full years to debut I think shows the game was definitely a slow/low selling game, but the fact that it has debuted is still better than some other Wii games(Spyborgs) that have not yet debuted.
     Before seeing this reported data, I didn’t recall how long the game was.  Seeing the average hours reported “Per person” being just 5 Hours 21 Minutes is a lot shorter than I was expecting, because for some reason I thought the game was between 8-10 hours long.
     Knowing Cursed Mountain released with a MSRP of $49.99, and now seeing it available for less than $10 on Amazon.com is definitely tempting, but I’ll hold off until I finish some more games on my backlogged list.
     So, while the game definitely did not debut as fast as other Wii titles have, the fact that is has debuted I think shows that Wii owners are surviving(and enjoying) the high altitudes and freezing temperatures the game apparently throws at them.

Questions
     If you have not played Cursed Mountain is it a game you are perhaps interested in like myself?
     If you have played it, is it a game you would recommend to other Wii owners, and did you find yourself playing through the game more than once?  Also, do you remember about how many hours it took you to complete the game?

If any of you are interested in Cursed Mountain, you can see prices for both versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002M6VSOM&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001P5HM64&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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