[PS4] Lonely Mountains: Downhill Review
Lonely Mountains: Downhill from Megagon Industries and Thunderful is a minimalist mountain biking game that is quite charming and fun. Learn more in our Lonely Mountains: Downhill review!
Lonely Mountains: Downhill from Megagon Industries and Thunderful is a game with a minimalist look with low-poly but packed environments in which, as its name states, you’re going to take on different downhill trails as you explore the mountains. There will only be one trail unlocked at first, and you will go down that path with your trusty standard bike as you, well, try to stay alive! Downhill biking is a fun activity, but also a dangerous one once you’ve picked up some speed. You might end up hitting a rock that sends you crashing into a tree, or be going too fast for your own good and go flying off a cliff. And when you hit something you’ll know it’s not good because you‘ll get a satisfying thud along with some pixel blood flying out of your character.
As you play Lonely Mountains: Downhill, you will get different challenges to complete. The first objective to do is to cross the finish line, so that you can then unlock some additional challenges for that trail. Your standard bike will have balanced stability, agility and shock absorption, with a higher suspension for sprinting, good wheels for acceleration, but low shock absorption and a low grip. It’s a good all-around option, but it’s certainly not built for you to try and find some new off-road paths. There are five more bikes you’ll be able to use, each with a different set of stats, but you’ll need to first collect the required parts to unlock them.
Playing the game is very easy, since the controls are just as minimalist as the game you’re playing. You’ll steer your bike with the left analog stick, accelerating with the R2 button. The left analog stick can be configured to allow you to move your biker in eight directions based on your position on the screen, or you can change it so that you can only steer left or right with a bit of an old-school tank control feel. If you’re going a bit too fast you can hit the brakes before it’s too late by pressing the L2 button.
If, on the other hand, you feel the need for speed, you can press and hold the R2 button to accelerate while also continually tapping the X button to gain an extra boost by sprinting. This is very useful for when the daredevil in you feels like jumping from over a short spot where the trail cuts off. But since you’re going to make mistakes, The X button will also be the one in charge of reloading to the last checkpoint you reached– which is great for when you realize you didn’t have enough speed to clear those boulders you thought you were cool enough to jump over.
As you complete each trail you can go into the leaderboards to see how your run compares to that of other players. You’ll get to see a player’s name, the bike used for that particular run, how many times they crashed, as well as their best time for the run. The leaderboard is organized by best time, so you can certainly crash as many times as you have to as long as you find the best path between each checkpoint to shave some valuable seconds here and there as you go downhill.
Once you’re done with that first trial run of your first trail, you’ll get to take on more challenges for subsequent runs. For example, the first trail in Graterhorn Mountain – the first and only mountain available when you start to play Lonely Mountains: Downhill, you’ll have a Beginner set of challenges to complete: finishing a run in 3 minutes or less, and finishing a run with 21 crashes or less. While you can certainly try to combine challenges and do more than once for each run, I do suggest you take your time and plan separate runs so that you end up screwing up along the way, reducing your odds of completing either one. But if you’re feeling like you’ve learned a particular trail like the back of your hand, then you can add as many challenges as you want by pressing the Triangle button to activate each one.
Completing challenges will allow you to unlock, new trails for you to take on as you go down the mountain, new paint jobs for your bike, or new parts for the bikes you have to yet unlock. Completing challenges will also unlock more challenges for you to take on for each trail. Once you’ve complete the first two challenges in the game, you’ll get to try and complete the same trail in 2:30 minutes or less, in 2:00 minutes or less, or with 14 crashes or less, which is not as hard as it sounds since by that run you’ll probably know several shortcuts down the mountain that will improve your overall completion time. It’s the crashes that will probably get in your way since you’ll be trying to find new shortcuts between each checkpoint.
In the main menu, you can press the L1 and R1 buttons to change between the available tabs. Along with the one for selecting the mountain you’ll take on, and the one for the customization of your bike, there’s one for progression that will let you know how much you’ve already done and how much you have left ahead of you. There are 16 trails to unlock, 173 challenges to complete, six bikes in total to secure, 53 apint jobs, 21 outfits, as well as 16 resting places to locate in each of the areas you’ll visit. As you can tell from the math, there’s a lot for you to do in this one!
Lonely Mountains: Downhill has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and that means there are plenty of things to do to unlock all trophies on your path towards adding a new shiny Platinum for your collection. The objectives range from crossing your first finish line, to jumping over 15 meters, finding a resting place, unlocking each of the additional mountains, completing all challenges for every mountain, completing a run without crashing a single time – which is definitely as hard as it sounds -, unlocking each of the additional bikes, and more. It’s a hearty list that will keep you busy for a while.
Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a fun arcade-style bike riding game that is easy to pick up and fun to play. It has an addictive gameplay cycle, as it’s very easy to keep going back for new runs as you try to complete them with a better time to climb some slots in the leaderboards. It has a minimalist look and different types of mountains to visit, as well as several challenges and unlockables to keep things interesting. Be sure to check it out!
This Lonely Mountains: Downhill review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Thunderful.