Aconcagua (video game)

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Japanese box art
Developer(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation
  • JP: June 1, 2000
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Single-player

Aconcagua (アコンカグア?) is a survival horror video game released only in Japan for the PlayStation.[1]


The setting of the game is in the fictional country of Meruza – which was named after the actual Argentine province Mendoza; the country is currently undergoing political turmoil as the result of an independence movement.[2] The movement has split Argentina in half, and a 33-year-old activist named Pachamama goes on a flight as part of a politically motivated independence tour. During the flight, a terrorist detonates a time bomb, which causes the plane to crash near Aconcagua's peak; only five passengers survive the crash.[3]


In Aconcagua, the player controls a Japanese journalist named Kato, whose job, along with Pachamama's, is to guide the survivors safely down the mountain. The game is organized in a series of missions in which the player must complete from a third-person perspective.[2] During the descent, the terrorists, knowing their plot failed, try to eliminate the survivors via helicopter drops.[3] It also involves various problem-solving and survival skills while using items left behind from the downed plane.[3] The game features over 80 minutes of cinematic cutscenes to advance the plot.[3] It also features multiple outcomes and endings, both of which depend on the choices the player makes during the game.[3]


The game was previewed on Sony's website, which showed trailers that featured English dialogue. Aconcagua was set to be released in North America sometime in late 2000, but it was never released there.[4] According to IGN, Sony was attempting to penetrate the Argentine video game market with this title, while GameSpot said that they timed the release on the advent of the PlayStation 2 launch in order to boost PS1 sales.[2][3] Aconcagua has been compared to Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn, also known in Japan as Chase the Express,[2] as well as Dino Crisis, Parasite Eve and the Resident Evil series.[3]


  1. ^ "Aconcagua Release Information for PlayStation". GameFAQs. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d IGN Staff (April 12, 2000). "New Info and Unseen Screens of Aconcagua". IGN. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Provo, Frank (July 27, 2000). "Aconcagua Preview". GameSpot. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ IGN Staff (April 26, 2000). "Sony Offers Movie of Aconcagua". IGN. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 

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