Since its release in March 2021, the Swiss horror game Mundaun has been receiving outstanding feedbacks.
Mundaun is a lovingly hand-pencilled horror game set in a dark, secluded valley of the alps. It combines the narrative sensibility with a more free-form approach to gameplay: Open levels, hostile encounters, vehicles, an inventory and a variety of hand-crafted puzzles. To complete the immersion, the game has been entirely dubbed in Romansh, Switzerland’s fourth national language.
Michel Ziegler, the creator of Mundaun, has been fascinated by dark, mythical folklore since he was a child. Ziegler began working on Mundaun in Summer 2014 with research for the game on location in the Swiss alps. Prototyping began soon after that. In 2017, the company Hidden Fields GmbH was founded to further professionalize the project. The game is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Steam and the Epic Games Store. Mundaun arrives also for Nintendo Switch in April 2021.
During Mundaun’s development process, Ziegler was awarded with Pro Helvetia’s Interactive Media pre-production and the production work grants and took part to the 2019 SwissGames delegation to GDC in San Francisco, where he met the publisher MWM Interactive from Los Angeles.
In the international press:
- Der Spiegel – Schweizer Horror, handgemacht
- Der Standard – Mundaun im Test: Gruselmärchen auf der Schweizer Alm
- 3sat – Mundaun: Ein Videospiel aus Bleistiftzeichnungen
- Libération – Mundaun, transe alpine
- The Washington Post – Mundaun offers the rare chance to smoke a pipe while talking to the severed head of a goat
- Independent.ie – Hand-drawn horror game Mundaun is a chilling mystery steeped in Swiss folklore
In the tech and game press:
- Polygon – Mundaun is the dreadful vacation I didn’t know I needed
- Kotaku – Mundaun is Beautiful, Hand-Drawn Folk Horror
- cnet – Hand-drawn horror game Mundaun is a chilling mystery steeped in Swiss folklore
- heise – Mundaun angespielt: Horror-Meisterwerk in Bleistiftoptik
In the movie press:
- Hollywood Reporter –The Independent Gamer: David Lynch Meets ‘Silent Hill’ in Folklore Horror Game Mundaun
- Slant Magazine – Review: Mundaun Comes Alive Primarily Through Its Engrossing Sense of Place