Lonely Mountains: Downhill

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Lonely Mountains: Downhill is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 18, 2019

Arcade elegance meshes perfectly with a glorious wilderness

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LadiesGamers.com
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
May 21, 2020

Lonely Mountain: Downhill is a lovely little ride that reminds you of the beauty of the great outdoors, something that’s needed so much right now. The game does a good job of appealing to the casual and challenge-hungry gamer. While it would have been nice to have more challenge options or alternative ways to unlock things. I really enjoyed picking up this game just to have a casual ride down a mountain. It took me to a happy place, and I hope if you decide to pick it up it will do the same for you too.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 5, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is so incredibly close to being a masterpiece. The game feels like an incredibly refined mobile game that you find yourself playing for days, weeks and months on end, unapologetically getting sucked into its experience in search of finishing "just one more level today." It's a game you can pick up for 15 minutes or 15 hours and be satisfied either way. Aside from some wonky camera angles and dodgy steering mechanics at times, the game hits every mark. It's a winner in most every sense of the word.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Operation Sports

Top Critic

Unscored
Nov 19, 2020

As far as indie games go, Lonely Mountains: Downhill remains one of my absolute staples in my library and Eldfjall Island just adds to the experience. The physics-based experience almost always fills a void most other games can't for me. The need for patience and touch and care around every corner make for a white-knuckle experience, crossed with the unimpeded joy that comes from an absolutely flawless art design. Lonely Mountains: Downhill remains one of the best games on the market, and for $19.99, it should be a holiday buy this season.

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Scored Reviews

Guardian
May 14, 2020

Hurling yourself down a mountain on a bike has rarely been as much fun as in this sports game, which pairs serene scenery with thrilling challenge

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill feels very much at home on the Switch, and as such comes with our full endorsement, even if you haven't already experienced it on another format.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3
Athanasios

Top Critic

9 / 10
May 10, 2020

The few performance issues aren't enough to keep Lonely Mountains: Downhill from being a must-have for Switch owners, whether a racing fan or not. The result of this masterful mix of the beauty and serenity of nature, and the gripping challenge of extreme mountain biking, is a genuine classic, one with an insane replay value hidden behind its simple concept.

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AnaitGames
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 18, 2019

A magnificent zen arcade that manages to be at the same time thrilling and relaxing.

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The Game is a Lie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is, most likely, the best BMX game released in the last few years. The attention to details is commendable and, despite some flaws, the gorgeous atmosphere and fun gameplay stand out.

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Hu3br
Oct 28, 2019

The team at Megagon Industries nailed the feeling of climbing down a mountain. It’s not only about the challenge – its about the nooks and crannies, the wind, the birds. A game that’s both equally charming and very inviting for those who are into leaderboards challenges.

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33bits
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jun 2, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a little indie gem. With such a simple proposal, it's a surprise to see how fun and addictive it is. But it is also a game that is also enjoyed visually, and achieves an atmosphere of calm and solitude in really beautiful settings. It is a pity that the performance is not as good as it should be, but we would be talking about an even greater work.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 7, 2020

An exquisite bike racer-cum-trials game with tight controls, varied courses, and uniquely zen-like presentation. At once calming and demanding, Lonely Mountains: Downhill looks and feels like no other game on the eShop. Barring one or two disappointing technical issues, it's an absolute freewheeling delight.

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Fintendo
Jun 5, 2020

"Mountain Trials."

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XboxEra
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a both a relaxing and invigorating change to most games of its nature, in addition to being a game that requires precision, skill and patience to really get the most out of it. Either way you roll, I’d wholeheartedly recommend picking this up – I haven’t screamed “F**K!” at my screen when I’ve screwed up with this much earnest all generation. Back to the checkpoint. Stupid tree.

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The Thirsty Mage
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

Not since Paperboy on the NES have I been so infatuated with a title revolving around bicycling. By having all the trails locked behind the completion of challenges a strong sense of accomplishment provides the motivation longer play times. Whether you enjoy the tranquility of a nice ride through a beautiful forest, or the adrenaline rush of flying down a hill at breakneck speeds, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is the type of game that can make time float away like a leaf in the breeze of a sweet Spring morning.

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Use a Potion
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill offers a brilliant bike-riding experience that demands skill and precision, but offers plenty of thrills and spills with each run. I had a whole lot of frantic fun speeding down each of its beautiful mountains, whilst the tricky challenges constantly kept me coming back for more – regardless of how many times I failed some of the tougher ones… It does have a few little flaws, with the physics system seemingly having a few hiccups here and there and the challenging difficulty feeling a bit unforgiving in places. Fortunately, they’re minor issues that don’t ruin what is otherwise a thoroughly entertaining and incredibly addictive experience.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2019

Somehow simultaneously soothing and thrilling, this excellent arcade-style experience captures the joys of biking, nature, and competing against yourself

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2020

Whether you're pedaling down tight paths with little margin for error, catching air off natural stone ramps, or getting a quicker than expected reprieve by cruising over a railed bridge, Lonely Mountains: Downhill delivers a challenging, yet remarkably calming, experience. Don't let a few miscues prevent you from checking this one out; it's a game worth mastering.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 8, 2020

One of the best video games to ever be based around cycling, with the stylised visuals and pitch perfect controls creating an impressively immersive experience.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 17, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a new, minimalist kind of extreme sports experience. Whether you're popping on for a quick run or spending longer riding across numerous mountains, Lonely Mountains provides a challenging but ultimately relaxing experience.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 18, 2019

This is a very different kind of two-wheeled platforming to the recent Trials Rising, but it scratches the same kind of itch – arguably more effectively, too.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2019

A serene and pretty aesthetic sits atop a brutal but satisfying arcade downhill bike game which wears its retro stylings and simplicity with pride. A fine game for all and not just for MAMILS!

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a fantastic game. You don't need to be into bikes, mountains, or sports to enjoy it. The simplicity of riding down a mountain trail, even when you're trying to beat your personal best time, is an oddly relaxing experience that you can zone out to wherever you're playing.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 22, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is easily the best mountain biking game available.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 20, 2020

I didn't think I would spend so long playing this game, and yet I find myself slinking off to a quiet room to get stuck back in and unlock more goodies. The leaderboard also feeds my compulsion to rise through the ranks; and I can't wait for my friends to get this game and try to give me a run for my money.

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Video Chums
Oct 22, 2019

Carefully steering a cyclist down rough mountainside terrain sounds like a fun challenge and Lonely Mountains proves that it indeed is.

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Screen Rant
Oct 18, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill might not sound like much on the surface, but this little mountain biking game offers some serious and addictive fun.

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Saving Content
Oct 25, 2019

Tight, responsive controls met with highly detailed environments puts Lonely Mountains: Downhill in a class all its own. I take issue with some of the decision decisions to purposefully block your view, or how hard it is to unlock new bikes, but they’re never enough to take away from my enjoyment. The terrain, physics, visual style, and sound design are deserving of awards. This is a game that’s challenging but fair. Lonely Mountains: Downhill is wonderful, top to bottom.

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Daily Star
Nov 25, 2019

Lonely Mountains is far from lonely, it rekindles a feeling of childhood. Of meeting with friends and exploring the woods, daring each other to take jumps or freewheel through water. It’s a game about being alone, by being at one with nature and the bike beneath you.

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Thumbsticks
May 13, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill excels as both an adrenaline-fueled racer and a zenlike exploration. It’s a signal of the game’s clarity of vision and tightness of scope that it can, somehow, succeed at both. A triumph of beautiful cinematography and spinning tyres alike.

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 15, 2020

GREAT - clean, vibrant and accessible way that I generally thought wouldn’t be possible. With semi-freeform trails that allow players to carve out their own paths, and challenges that’ll have you white knuckling down a mountain to beat a time limit, there’s a lot of intense fun to be found here for a very reasonable $19.99 price tag.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 6, 2020

Let Lonely Mountains: Downhill take you away, and you’ll be deeply satisfied with the trip.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill offers a pleasing mixture of challenge and serenity. It's a touch repetitive and the level design needs work, but it's a fine way to while away a rainy afternoon or two.

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Game Rant
Nov 19, 2019

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a fun mountain biking game that falls short of the mark due to a general lack of content and poor progression.

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