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Descenders Review
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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Wesley Williams, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to avoid wiping out. Of course the faster that you do all of that, the higher score you'll post on the leaderboard.

The game provides a number of beautifully presented environments to race through, all which have their own unique elements. Deserts come with a large number of hills to perform aerial tricks, while forests provide lots of tight turns and trackside trees to avoid, which makes it tricky to ride at full speed. It doesn't end there though, as you'll find yourself racing down an icy glacier, riding on the rooftops of Favelas and there may even be a volcano in there too.

However, what makes Descenders unique, are the roguelike elements, which mean the tracks always have a random element to their design and layout. Complete an entire run in any environment without bailing out too many times, and you get to face the challenge of a boss level — a steeper, tricker course that has a massive jump at the climax.

As you race, you'll earn rep (reputation) points and these are key to unlocking the game's customisable elements. Progress well in the game and earn enough points and you'll be able to deck yourself out in new gear and try out the various different bikes and paint jobs the game has on offer.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Rage Squid (@RageSquid)


Duration: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 12 hours to complete.
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. This works as 4-8 player online multi-player, with support for public and private races.


Descenders usually costs £19.99.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. There is a free update, The Grand Tour, that introduces new mission system with dozens of tasks to earn items, kits and bikes. The update also includes three new Bike Parks and quality of life fixes.

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Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

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