Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Eldfjall Island (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Athanasios 14.11.2020

Review for Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Eldfjall Island on Nintendo Switch

Have you played the mountain bike/pulling hair-sim known as Lonely Mountains: Downhill? No?! Stop whatever it is you are doing, and just buy the darn thing! Basically a rally game on two wheels, this had you race against the clock (or the leaderboard's rankings), with the added challenge of trying not to crash, while controlling your bike as it went down the treacherous trails of a variety of locales. While simple in concept, it had excellent controls, marvellous audio-visuals and atmosphere, and most of all, a surprising amount of freedom for a racing game, which added tons of replay value. Its first DLC, Eldfjall Island, is an equally simple deal, as it's just a new mountain that throws four additional trails into the pile - but who can say no to more Lonely Mountains?

EljfEldjauEldar… this Iceland-ish DLC for Lonely Mountains simply adds a new mountain to have fun (and pain) with. This means four new trails, as well as a bunch of unlockables that basically provide the incentive to complete the challenges of each track. Note that due to how this critic had already unlocked all previous mountains, lil' Eldfja-something-isle here was available from the get-go, but maybe newcomers will have to complete the first four areas before giving this fifth one a go.

Anyways, this being the final mountain in line, and since the core game is a pretty challenging one, it's bound to be the hardest one, right? Surprisingly, no! This is not a veteran-only kind of deal. Without any exaggeration, this is just another set of trails, albeit in a new, volcanic setting. In fact, there are some trails from the previous mountains that still give nightmares to yours truly, yet this one was completed super-fast, even though the game hadn't been touched for quite some time.

Screenshot for Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Eldfjall Island on Nintendo Switch

Disappointed? In some ways, you should be. Expansions tend to add new mechanics along with more hours of gameplay, but this doesn't really bring anything new to the table. So, why spend any money to get this? The answer is simple: because it's too darn fun. Yes, the new mountain isn't something special. It's not harder, or more complex in design, but it still offers a very well-made set of trails, with some pretty tricky spots, and many, many alternative routes that one can take to finish with a better time.

It would also be a disservice to Eldfjall Island to not mention the change of scenery. In any other racing title that wouldn't matter much, but the audio-visual element was a big part of the experience in Lonely Mountains, as it provided a pretty unique, serene atmosphere that immersed you into its low-poly wilderness. This DLC is no exception. Basically an island with an active volcano, it has areas with lush greens contrasted with the black rocks underneath, trails were lava is flowing right next to you or ash is falling like snow, and all that while you can see the ocean in the distance. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Screenshot for Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Eldfjall Island on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Apart from adding a set of trails, Eldfjall Island doesn't try anything new, yet the design quality of the tracks is great. Add to that how stunning this volcanic island looks and sounds, and it makes this DLC an easy recommendation for fans of the main game, and not only.

Developer

Megagon Industries

Publisher

Thunderful

Genre

Driving

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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