Grand Mountain Adventure Review (Steam)

Our Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands Review Has us exploring freely and at our pace through the massive ski resorts and the surrounding mountains. Unlock ski lifts and reach new areas by competing in challenges, or enjoy the scenery while you find your own path down the mountains.

Grand Mountain Adventure Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.1GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Skip racing gameplay.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, window mode, depth of field, show fps, and v – sync.
  • Controller setting for dead zone tweaking.
  • Tutorial pop-ups from time to time.
  • 12 resorts to unlock.
  • Free roam and play how you want.
  • Many events from racing to time trials to trick events.
  • Has snowboarding and skiing.
  • Goto any place/event/lift to unlock fast travel.
  • Lay down your own markers.
  • Leave a trail in the snow.
  • Every resort looks like a Cutesy little diorama.
  • In the backpack menu, you can instantly change between any unlocked boards and skis.
  • Populated resorts with Ai characters.
  • Chilled soundtrack.
  • Ski lifts are used to transport you around when on them you can fast forward the travel.
  • Controls are easy to learn.
  • Earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold in events.
  • You can replay events.
  • Hidden events and passes all around the resorts.
  • Ski passes are earned and found to unlock new resorts.
  • Drifting on corners can give a slight speed boost.
  • Rewind button that takes you back a few seconds or in events it will restart them.
  • It looks really nice.
  • Supports up to four local players.
  • Can be played with the mouse and keyboard.
  • Ghost support for best or last attempt.

Grand Mountain Adventure Review Cons:

  • Minimum graphic settings.
  • It’s hard to get going movement-wise.
  • The award for each level is just a simple text screen.
  • It can be hard to see the gates in events.
  • The controls take getting used to for the more advanced moves like drifting and tricks.
  • The camera is all over the place and moves with you which is extremely disorienting when you go from side to side or in a circle.
  • The zoom levels are less than ideal.
  • It does feel like a game that has the basics down and now just needs more content and variety.
  • Roaming around is a mixed bag of frustration and joy.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Uses a cursor system for menu navigation which is less than ideal with the controller.

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Grand Mountain Adventure:

Official website.

Developer: Toppluva

Publisher: Microids

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Steam

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Grand Mountain Adventure is an open-world winter sports game that is a lot like real-life skiing, getting started is hard but once you get going it’s smooth sailing. The camera is one that follows you around which is both a blessing and a curse, it’s fine in events but a nightmare in free roam as you will do more intricate turns and with that get some fish-eye style camera shenanigans. I live in the resorts they have created in their mind, looking like little dioramas in a snow globe, exploring and just existing in the world is a thing of real beauty. Controls are a bit clumsy at first but you grow into them eventually, events are plentiful and varied from slalom to racing to time trials. It’s the world and how you interact with it that’s really unique here, it really is smart. I really appreciate a game that will let you do what you want where you want and the actual gaming part is a second thought, it’s just a fantastic smart idea that I wish had a bit more to it in terms of tweaking but maybe mods will come to the rescue? Either way, I urge you to try the game out as it’s a real surprise.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!