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Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 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: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. Jun 26, 2020
    90
    Lonely Mountains: Downhill is one of those prime examples of a game so simple in its concept but executed so well. There’s a constant force pulling you back in for one more death-defying ride that fans of the Trials series will be no stranger to. Unlike Ubisoft’s loud and goofy rider though, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a beautiful experience – often times tranquil – that proved an obsession of mine for weeks, the call of the mountain too strong to drag myself away.
  4. 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.
  5. Jun 17, 2020
    80
    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.
  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. Jun 12, 2020
    60
    Lonely Mountains: Downhill is the perfect game to play between other big gaming sessions. It's easy to pick up and the adrenaline will become addictive. The only real downside is that the control methods take time to get used to, which can deter some.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  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. Jan 5, 2021
    9
    Discovered it on accident. Such an underdog really. Took me totally by surprise! I haven't expected so much fun from such a simple game :D
  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 17, 2020
    7
    There's a really beautiful game under here, but there are a lot of physics inconsistencies that still need to get worked out.

    Sprinting, a
    There's a really beautiful game under here, but there are a lot of physics inconsistencies that still need to get worked out.

    Sprinting, a core mechanic, doesn't always work and the player will die getting caught on object corners at the slowest speeds. Disappointingly, several of the game's speed challenges aren't possible to complete with the "screen-based" control scheme due to how it's programmed on Switch which isn't called out anywhere.
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  6. 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
  7. Oct 26, 2020
    2
    You can tap a tree whilst barely moving and still crash and die. Incomprehensible physics and tedious, slow gameplay. Just horrible.

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