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80

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5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: Just you and your bike — take it on a thrilling ride down an unspoiled mountain landscape. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash — all the way from the peak to the valley.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    It’s a moreish experience, buoyed by outstanding controller response and a compelling reward loop. Occasional framerate hiccups threaten to wrestle control out of your hands, but instances of this are generally uncommon. 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.
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    Lonely Mountains: Downhill offers a great deal of seriously addictive fun and is something that players can enjoy for hours on end.
  3. 80
    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!
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 18, 2019
    80
    The very occasional framerate stutter aside, LMD is as much of a joy to stare at as it is to play, and PS4’s biggest sporting surprise of 2019. A wheel good time. [Issue#169, p.96]
  5. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    It might seem simple, but Lonely Mountains is much more complex than you think. A good idea fantastically executed that we recommend to those who are looking for a somehow relaxing challenge.
  6. Nov 1, 2019
    79
    Charming hybrid of bicycle racing and and skill tests - quite motivating and with spot-on controls.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 16, 2020
    10
    Great fun and really challenging. I love to explore the mountains and find the best ways. In total this game is a little treasure.
  2. Dec 27, 2019
    9
    I feel like I need to defend this game because of the user score. It's a good game and you should ignore the 3.4 it currently has. DeservesI feel like I need to defend this game because of the user score. It's a good game and you should ignore the 3.4 it currently has. Deserves much higher. At no point while playing this was I bored, or frustrated. It's easy to pick up, and it's easy to put down (meaning it's not frustratingly addictive). There isn't obnoxious music and the scenery is beautiful. The bikes are fun to unlock and each mountain definitely has it's own character. None of the runs feel the same.

    This is a game that was cared for during it's development. Shame to those who gave it a 0.
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  3. Dec 19, 2019
    8
    I don't understand why people are so negative in here. If you like some challenge and are a bit skilled in playing games, this can hold you inI don't understand why people are so negative in here. If you like some challenge and are a bit skilled in playing games, this can hold you in front of your TV for hours and hours.

    On every tracks first attempt, you just have to reach the finish, that's the easy part. Just try to get from checkpoint to checkpoint until you reach the finish. No problem if you fall a lot, you can't fail.

    You will then unlock new tracks (and different areas) by managing to get from start to finish either with a limited amount of crashes, so here you just need some skill. If you have to finish a track in a specific amount of time to make progress, it becomes more difficult. In this case you not only need skill, but also your brains. All over the different tracks you will find a plethora of shortcuts or just faster ways, so you have to experiment a bit and memorize those in between two checkpoints until you will find the - for you at this time - perfect way to get down from the peak. (Actually, if you check any walkthroughs, you will be surprised that there are still a lot of way faster paths down.)

    The game might be a bit tricky sometimes and especially children might not have the patience nowadays to make much progress. But this is a little indie diamond in terms of gameplay (and also graphics), so if you like trial & error games where you develop your gaming skills, just give it a try!

    I spent many hours already, still make progress and should unlock the last mountain (of four) very soon. For me, it was definitely worth the money!
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  4. May 25, 2020
    8
    Sometimes when you start playing a game it takes hours to get into it. Sometimes it takes even longer. My favourite game of all time, FinalSometimes when you start playing a game it takes hours to get into it. Sometimes it takes even longer. My favourite game of all time, Final Fantasy 7, took about three or four, maybe five, hours.

    Lonely Mountains? It took fifteen seconds to get its hooks into me: that's the time it took for me to accelerate my little diorama bike-rider towards a downhill corner...and skid-drift around it, accompanied by the delicious sound of churned-up gravel and dirt scraping against rubber. As soon as I saw the bike come to a skidding half-stop like that I knew I liked this game.

    The game is either very basic or incredibly pure and deep, depending on your tastes. You pedal/accelerate with the right trigger...but obviously, the sharper the angle of your descent(so far you're always going downhill) the greater the speed, and you often need to brake in order to avoid careening into a tree, or off a cliff. That's achieved with the left trigger. The left analogue steers, the X button accelerates the bike into a sprint. That's it. Those are all the controls, and yet it is punishingly tricky and deliciously skillful. It's reminiscent, in its purity and respect for the player's abilities, of the Trials series, but it's tonally completely different. Strange to say, but the most common comparison that came to me while I played it was Breath of the Wild: like BOTW it eschews music in favour of simple ambient sound effects...the breeze, birds chirping, trees rustling and above it all your bike's constant motion, the glorious skids, and grinds and bounces as it navigates one of the four(huge) lonely mountains.
    There's a hint of BOTW in the freedom it grants you to(literally) go off the beaten track, and experiment: see if you can manage to steer your bike down that almost sheer rock face and avoid a much longer but safer descent...you never feel like the game is constraining you.

    Visually it's extremely basic. Some people will hate the way your character is modeled; personally I was slightly put off the game by its cover, which shows a close-up of that angular modelling. But it's not meant to be seen in close-up, and when panned out, as 99% of the game is, it actually looks rather good. Aesthetically pure, clean, uncluttered, and with a clever use of blurring on background scenes. It's just pleasing to look at. Nothing special, due to its low-budget nature, but clean and pretty nevertheless.

    I can highly recommend you give this a go: it is moreish in the extreme.
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  5. May 17, 2020
    7
    I'll try to be fair. The game is absolutely stellar if you're into purely sports games that reward delicate skill and a good amount of work toI'll try to be fair. The game is absolutely stellar if you're into purely sports games that reward delicate skill and a good amount of work to master them. However for the people that are mostly in for the fun and the exploration it is not their cup of tea because within a few minutes the exploration part of each level is done so roughly speaking the game is 80 to 90% purely e-sports skill based. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2020
    6
    Im Prinzip ein schönes Spiel, aber mir wären tatsächlich mehr kurze Strecken lieber gewesen, als 4 Berge immer und immer wiederIm Prinzip ein schönes Spiel, aber mir wären tatsächlich mehr kurze Strecken lieber gewesen, als 4 Berge immer und immer wieder runterzufahren. Klar es ist ein spaßiges Spiel, aber so viel Spaß wie zum Beispiel in einem Trackmania oder Trials verpürte ich nie. Das Spiel ist in Ordnung. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2020
    0
    This game isn’t fun. It is an exercise of tedium. You ride a horribly wild bike where any object no matter the speed will make you crash andThis game isn’t fun. It is an exercise of tedium. You ride a horribly wild bike where any object no matter the speed will make you crash and start over. Look your not trying to take peoples quarters anymore. Why make a game that has no flow. Some will say the challenge is what makes it fun but this is so slow and finicky that I don’t want to build my life around such a simplistic.dynamic. Would it kill you to succeed in any other department besides avoiding a small tree root that crashes you. If you think this game is about exploration (as I did) or about flowing through a level and having a good time finding the best route, you’re wrong. This about surviving a level that punishes you for ridiculously small collisions. No fun other than beating something challenging but is challenging in a irritating manner. You watch the clips of the game and see people racing around, those are lies similar to tv ads for rc helicopters. You imagine having fun piloting one and performing maneuvers when in actuality you crash every 5 seconds because of difficult controls. I just feel as though I was completely misled by the game description. Expand