Sunhead Games
Based in Taipei, Taiwan

Release date
23 July, 2013

App Store
Google Play


Regular Price

EUR1,99 €


"A Ride into the Mountains" is a retro action game depicting an adventure of a horse rider into the mountain woods. In a leisurely fashion, the player could experience the contemplation between movement and stillness while riding and shooting.


This is the first commercial work of Sunhead Games. Both worked as programmers, the team was not familiar with other fields in game-making. All they could do was try to use simple elements to convey real emotions. They adopted pixelated graphic style and synthesized sound effect and scores, in order to embody a delicate story. Interestingly, these elements seem to work as a whole and deliver a certain flavor.

After the launch, "A Ride into the Mountains" was reported by major international media such as CENT and The Verge. It also received a number of critical acclaims from renowned gaming websites such as TouchArcade and IndieGames.com. Moreover, the game was recommended by Apple's App Store as "Best of 2013".


  • Spectacular experience of horseback archery
  • Simple yet profound graphics and scores
  • A short and fabulous adventure
  • Retro feel with a twist
  • A complete game without in-app purchases or advertisements


Trailer YouTube


download all screenshots & photos as .zip (256KB)


Awards & Recognition

  • "App Store "Best of 2013" in Taiwan & Hong-Kong" 2013
  • "GameApe Mobile Game Award - Silver Award in Taiwanese Games" 2013
  • "Gamezebo The Best Games of 2013" 2013

Selected Articles

  • "A Ride Into the Mountains is a very impressive game that makes the most of old-school graphics by creating a compelling storyline."
    - Jason Parker, CNET
  • "'A Ride into the Mountains' is a beautiful, challenging adventure"
    - Andrew Webster, The Verge
  • "“A Ride Into The Mountains” is a calming and reflective experience that expresses a different kind of beauty that gamers should welcome."
    - Charles Huang, Examiner
  • "This isn't a novelistic game. It's poetic. It doesn't say much, but it says it with quiet elegance."
    - David Clarke, TouchArcade
  • "A Ride into the Mountains is a picturesque, archery-based, epic adventure"
    - John Polson, IndieGames.com
  • "Ride is the sort of experience that’ll hook you from its first moment and leave you completely satisfied in the end."
    - Jim Squires, Gamezebo

Amazing musical sequencer. Most background music in A Ride into the Mountains were generated by this: earslap.com.

About Sunhead Games

Sunhead Games is a Taiwan-based independent game studio founded in 2012, responsible for A Ride into the Mountains, The Swords, and Carto. Currently a 4-person team, they seek to create unique games with passion and an independent spirit.

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