Beautiful And Haunting: Game Review ‘Mundaun’

April 7, 2021

Written by Capt McNeely

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Hidden Fields and MWM Interactive were awesome enough to allow me the chance to check out their unique horror tale set in the Swiss Alps, Mundaun. The game follows a young man returning to the village of Mundaun where he grew up after receiving news that his grandfather died where shortly afterward the grandson soon discovers that there’s more to the story and a threat from the past awaits.

Now onto Mundaun itself. The controls are very easy to master and not over thought out. The game handles well from its default settings so players are able to just start the game and go without any tweaking.

When it comes to sound, finally, a game that does it right! The ambient sounds are not ridiculously loud or clearly on a loop but actually sound like how I would imagine it would be in the Alps, I’ll admit, I like it at one part in the story when you’re inside the Grandfather’s house and it’s raining, makes me want to curl up in bed!

The music of Mundaun is great as well, it fits for whatever is happening at the moment may it be good, bad, scary, or whimsical it’s great!

Now onto the part of the game I could not wait to talk about…the art. The main draw of Mundaun is that it’s entirely hand-drawn in pencil by Swiss programmer, illustrator, and the only member of Hidden Fields Michel Ziegler! A bold direction for the game BUT it also adds to the game’s unique story and setting giving it a look of a living storybook.

The gameplay of Mundaun is pretty straightforward and fun. Exploration is a must to find what you need as finding items in the game can help you build up your character’s strengths. There’s really no combat in the game but you can fight except there’s a fear mechanic in the game where the player will freeze in fear so it’s best to avoid confrontations if possible. There are puzzles in the game and you can solve them easily if you keep referring to your journal.

My overall experience with Mundaun has been very positive. The unique art style, great sound, and music, interesting story, even more, interesting interactions with characters, easily mastered controls, and having 5 possible endings to the game makes it something you want to explore again and again. Mundaun is in a category all its own and it deserves more attention and praise.
On my scale of 1-10, Mundaun earns a well-deserved 10! Mundaun is out now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Epic Gamestore.

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