Reviewed on PC
Available on- Xbox one/Series s/x Nintendo Switch- Ps4
Price- Included with game pass PS4- £15.99
Lonely Mountains Downhill and the expansion are out and I thought it’d be a great time to take a look. For those unaware, Lonely Mountains is a Mountain biking game from Thunderful Publishing and I was invited to try out the game along with its DLC. Here’s a bit more about the game-
The Lonely Mountains are waiting for you! Explore rocky mountain slopes with your bike, jump over sandy gorges or find your way through the foggy forests. Each Lonely Mountain awaits you with new challenges! Sprint, jump and slide to find your own way to the finish line. Explore the detailed mountain worlds or face the ticking clock – with every success you unlock new bikes, paintwork and outfits piece by piece. Train your skills day and night, improve your place on the leaderboard and ultimately compete with the best riders in the world in the risky Free Ride mode.
Graphics and Art style.
Graphically the game is glorious, rich colours mixed with incredibly good looking environments make for a great experience, bikes and your little rider are simple and don’t detract from the task of pointing your bike downhill and negotiating the twists and turns. It’s not a visual revolution but it’s very well crafted with each mountain looking and feeling individual.
What Lonely mountains does is capture the essence of mountain biking. It may not be a simulation but it’s how mountain biking is. The sounds, not knowing what comes next as you hurtle round the corners. It’s a very immersive and somewhat exciting experience that really does capture the true feeling of barreling through the woods on a trial with your trusty steed.
Challenges are set for each mountain with the first being to just explore and complete the course, with the others being crash related and to complete the course in less than a certain time. It’s basically how it works on the trails. Explore the track and learn the quickest way down. Then rail it and hope you don’t come off.
No music in this one, Audio as it’s meant to be for a mountain biking game. The sounds of the mountain combined with the click of your hub and the sound of tires on Dirt. they’ve got that spot on and it adds to a pure and immersive experience.
What you riding bro?
In Lonely mountains the wip matters. Getting more parts leads to getting better bikes with better tyres, suspension and speed to be able to master the trails. There’s even a Cyclocross bike if you fancy being one of those nutters!
The Eldfjall DLC Is also out, here’s what it adds-
• 4 new trails with new challenges and resting spots await you
• New special effects: ride through the thunder storm or find your way along an erupting volcano.
• Satisfy your inner viking and unlock unique outfits, helmets and paint jobs
• Upgrade your existing outfits with the new pro helmet
• Complete your fashion style with new unlockable backpacks
• Make your name famous on the leaderboards
Eldfjall island adds more unique trails whilst maintaining the rich DNA of the game and keeping the pureness of mountain biking. The trails continue to wind but through a wonderful volcanic island. The DLC is more of the same great content as in the base game and it’s a great addition.
Lonely Mountains Downhill and its DLC add on is a pure experience of mountain biking without being a simulator. It retains the raw features of throwing a bike down a hill whilst keeping tracks varied enough for it to not be repetitive. Eldfjall DLC is a great addition also maintaining the spirit of the game but adding plenty of new content to keep you interested. Go shred bro!