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Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 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: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 14, 2020
    100
    I have become obsessed with this game in the last week, with the moments of quiet, uninterrupted, intense concentration it has given me at a time when focusing is difficult. The game has a simple concept, executed very well, with precise controls and finely balanced difficulty, but it is the magical ambience and an urge towards self-mastery that keep drawing me back, hurtling downhill with my heart in my mouth.
  2. May 31, 2020
    90
    Extreme sports come to Nintendo Switch thanks to Lonely Mountains: Downhill. Descending a mountain has never been so addicting and satisfying. If you like extreme sports simulation games and even if it is your first time with this type of titles, we recommend this challenge.
  3. 90
    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.
  4. Jun 1, 2020
    90
    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.
  5. May 15, 2020
    85
    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.
  6. 80
    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.
  7. May 6, 2020
    75
    There’s no shortage of weird little games on the Nintendo Switch. Whatever brief escape you’re seeking out, you’re certain to find it on this system. Cycling down a series of hills may not immediately catch your eye, but it should. Sometimes a single mechanic is a blessing, in that it inspires a narrow degree of perfection. On the other hand, there’s a very good chance this game just isn’t for you. But! On the off chance the confluence of bikes and bodily harm pings something deep in your guts, you won’t be disappointed. The controls, the game feel, and the level design all come together to bring you peace of mind in the strangest way. Let Lonely Mountains: Downhill take you away, and you’ll be deeply satisfied with the trip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 9, 2020
    10
    Absolutely fantastic and Perfect for the Switch, both handheld and Docked modes. The vibration on the joycons also provide a great sensation.
  2. May 26, 2020
    10
    Amazing little game. It is so much fun to race down the mountains slow as well as very fast. It also provides some nice depth due to theAmazing little game. It is so much fun to race down the mountains slow as well as very fast. It also provides some nice depth due to the various bike variations that offer different skills which makes it lots of fun to play the tracks over and over to find all the crazy nice shortcuts. The steering is sometimes not that intuitive due to the camera movements but the pixel art and lovely design are incredibly well done. Expand
  3. May 13, 2020
    9
    When I first tried this game, the controls felt dreadful and the frame rate choppy. I felt I had completely wasted my money and scored theWhen I first tried this game, the controls felt dreadful and the frame rate choppy. I felt I had completely wasted my money and scored the game 0 in anger.

    I still maintain that the switch is capable of running far more graphically demanding games without freezing. Despite all this, after persevering I have to say that this is one of the most fun games I have ever owned.

    The feeling of carving and sliding through the trails at blinding speed is unlike any other racer and you really feel a sense of accomplishment when you start to shave seconds of your times.

    I dont often change my mind about reviews but am so glad I stuck with it.
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  4. May 13, 2020
    8
    I’d not heard of this game, and being a fan of rally games I thought why not? Beautiful! So glad I found it. There are some occasional frameI’d not heard of this game, and being a fan of rally games I thought why not? Beautiful! So glad I found it. There are some occasional frame rate drops but nothing serious and only once has it caused an unavoidable crash. There is a certain peace when you feel you can slow down and just enjoy the nature sounds - so glad there is no soundtrack. Depending on the challenge you’re doing you certainly don’t get punished when you crash, and by the time you get good, then the shortcuts and such are so satisfying, especially with the soundeffects of gravel on tyres. The controls have taken a little getting used to, but once my head was around it it’s just like learning any other control scheme. Only gripe is the occasional perspective based errors as there are points where I’d actively look and land not where I’d expect (usually with jumps). Great game. Expand
  5. May 25, 2020
    8
    I love this game. Its got an unusual camera for this type of game but it works with this game. Don’t expect the camera to remain fixed on yourI love this game. Its got an unusual camera for this type of game but it works with this game. Don’t expect the camera to remain fixed on your bike as is the case with most racing games. It’s pleasing to the eye and wallet. It’s a game I think I’ll be playing for a long time. Unlocking a new trail is genuinely exciting. I haven’t near reached completion but so far it’s an absolute blast. Expand
  6. May 8, 2020
    7
    I would love to say that it's a great port from xbox/ps4 but unfortunately it's not.

    Graphix : I know that the Switch Hardware doesn't have
    I would love to say that it's a great port from xbox/ps4 but unfortunately it's not.

    Graphix : I know that the Switch Hardware doesn't have the power of the Xbox and ps4 but the textures are muddy and not crisp..The game isn't graphically realistic..Switch should handle that easily

    Performance: Framerate stutter and fps drops are noticeable. Especially if you drive faster and better.

    Gameplay : Smooth as on Ps4 and Xbox

    Verdict : It's a great game. But the Performance Problems and the muddy Graphics Stopps it from being awesome.

    I Hope the Developers put some work on it and patch it to make the experience better.

    7/10
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  7. May 21, 2020
    6
    When indulging beyond easy challenges in day mode following issues become apparent.

    Level Design: Obstacles are placed so that you need to
    When indulging beyond easy challenges in day mode following issues become apparent.

    Level Design:
    Obstacles are placed so that you need to learn courses by repetition in order to evade them in a quick fashion. The problem here is that you don't get a chance to learn about said obstacles without falling as the time-spans are too narrow to react.
    Needing to react before they're visible is frustrating and cheap difficulty. I'm surprised how this isn't criticized more often as these are game design basics.

    Missions:
    You can do all available missions in the current list, e.g. 3/5 at once. When finishing those and unlocking new missions your best time doesn't count towards the new mission even if you theoretically would have completed the mission. For example you would complete 2 missions: Complete under 2min20sec, Complete with falling less than 13 times. You complete in 1min59sec with 8 falls. After that you'll unlock the mission to complete in 2 minutes 10 seconds. It's so much fun doing that again.

    Performance:
    The performance issues make the game unplayable in night mode, other than that it's completely fine.

    Sound Design:
    SFX without music. It's marketed as zen. For me it's cheaping out on sound design. Celeste is harder, fairer and more "zen" WITH (sublime) music.

    Graphics:
    Even low-poly can be way more than that, but it's completely okay.

    Conclusion:
    What could be a lighthearted and challenging biking game instead is a frustrating mess, not adhering to industry standards and basic game design rules. Far from being worth the price tag, probable half would be fair in my opinion.
    Despite all of this I have a slight impulse to play it as it's still kind of fun, although I feel betrayed by the game and its reviews.
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