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A Ride into the Mountains

By Lee-Kuo Chen

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Evil force invaded the relic in the mountain. Darkness began to spread. A brave young man, equipped with his family’s unique mounted archery skills, rides into the mountains to battle against the mysterious demons.

"It’s downright elegant in its presentation and gameplay. Don’t miss this one." ~ Jim Squires (Gamezebo) - (5 / 5)

"This isn't a novelistic game. It's poetic. It doesn't say much, but it says it with quiet elegance." ~ David Clarke (Touch Arcade) - (4.5 / 5)

"A Ride Into the Mountains overcomes a few small rough spots to offer a challenging, intriguing, evocative, and memorable adventure of horseback archery with a stellar minimalist aesthetic." ~ Richard Moss (MacLife) - (4.5 / 5)

"As understated as just about every aspect of A Ride into the Mountains might be, everything comes together to craft a truly impressive experience." ~ Rob Rich (148Apps) - (4 / 5)

"'A Ride into the Mountains' is a beautiful, challenging adventure" ~ Andrew Webster (The Verge)

"Lovely visuals, a great soundtrack, and fun controls all go to pulling you into the story A Ride into the Mountains wants to tell you." ~ Hamza Aziz (Destructoid)

"A Ride into the Mountains is fairly unique and it is hard to compare it to other games in the genre." ~ Lory Gil (iDownloadBlog)

"Beautiful music, breathtaking scenery, a touching story, and some boss battles that are surprisingly intricate." ~ John Bardinelli (JayIsGames)

"A Ride into the Mountains is a picturesque, archery-based, epic adventure" ~ John Polson (

"There are no jaw-dropping graphics and not a single polygon to be found, but the washed-out look of the ultra-basic visuals fits the zen-minded nature of the game perfectly." ~ Mike Wehner (TUAW)

What's New in Version 1.2

Support Spanish language & Catalan language


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Customer Reviews

Incredibly Overrated!

I can't understand why this game is so highly rated. Someone mentioned it was like "playing art"... It's most certainly not. The graphics are moderately interesting, but I have tons of truly beautiful games that also have substance. This game just isn't fun. Shooting the bats/birds, whatever they are, was difficult, but it got old really quick. Replay value is nil.
Check out Ridiculous Fishing for the best example of an amazing"indie art" game.
And if you want to feel like you're "playing art", then get Smash Hit. That is what playing art looks and feels like to me.
This is NOTHING SPECIAL! I really do not understand the high ratings. It's not a horrible game; it's just not fun. I don't think the graphics justify the praise, and the game play lacks substance to justify the price!

Yes, The Game is Short...

... But it's short length only gives it even greater replay value. After completing the game, you acquire access to new bows. If this game were long, nothing would entice me to do it all over again, but because it can be completed in such short time, the weapon upgrades allow me to jump back in with a fresh twist at any given moment. The music isn't life changing, but it is a perfect and beautiful component toward the narrative. Zu is now one of my favorite video game characters, because of how much purpose and great destiny he holds. 10/10 pixelated demons.

A beautiful touch game ruined by tilt controls

Lovely setting, inventive retro sprites, and intuitive shooting controls, all weighed down by infuriating tilt controls that, in addition to making dodging difficult, recalibrate every time you die. What was a fast advance in your last life is neutral position in the next, requiring you to tilt the device to a nearly unviewable angle to play at all.

Gorgeous and thoughtful in almost every way, it's just a pity that it demands precision while giving you the most imprecise tools.

A Ride into the Mountains
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2013
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 10.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Lee-Kuo Chen
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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