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24 Great Games Like Descenders

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Descenders and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Descenders is not available on Android, PS5 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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: Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Rage Squid (@RageSquid)

Players: 1 (8 online)

Costs: Purchase cost

22 Hand Picked Video Games Like Descenders

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Descenders. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Descenders. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Lonely Mountains Downhill

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Race and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Megagon inds (@Megagon_inds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Race down a mountain on a bike. 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. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.

Riders Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World, Race, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.

The Crew 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Race

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Ivory Tower Offic (@IvoryTowerOffic)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 12% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Race

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 72-player online game

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 72-player online game

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Tony Hawk 1 and 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Price: 17% off

Platforms: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Vvisions Studio (@VvisionsStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been re released in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.

Steep

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Steep is an extreme winter sports game set in a fully explorable Alps. You can ski, snowboard, paraglide or wingsuit (fly) down various mountains, with alternate pathways to explore and create. You gain experience points from performing tricks and...

Skate 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...

Motorstorm (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Race

Developer: Motor Storm RC (@MotorStormRC)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

This series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing game. Whether...

MXGP 2020 Official Motocross (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Race and Sports

Developer: Milestone Italy (@MilestoneItaly)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 19-player online game

MXGP 2020 The Official Motocross Video Game is an off road motorbike racing game based on the FIM Motocross World Championship. You compete in 19 muddy tracks from the competition, rain or shine, jumping huge hills and altering high-speed sections with...

Trials (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/02/2019, updated in 2019

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...

Art Of Rally

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/09/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Fun Selektor (@FunSelektor)

Players: This is a single-player game

Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.

OlliOlli World (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/01/2014, updated in 2022

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Roll 7 (@Roll_7)

Players: This is a single-player game

OlliOlli World is a skateboarding game where you roll, jump and trick your way around the vibrant world of Radlandia. It's hard to start, but once it clicks the controls are designed to let you flow through different moves. You meet colourful characters...

Solar Ash

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Solar Ash is a running and jumping game with a strong focus on fluidity of movement and combat. You play Rei, who is trying to reclaim her homeland. You swing and float your way through a vivid, surreal landscape filled with enemies of all shapes and...

Jet Set Radio (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jet Set Radio is an action game where you play a skating youth traversing Tokyo, spraying graffiti and evading authorities. It was influenced from late 90s Japanese pop culture such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper.

Skate Story

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: By Sam Eng (@BySamEng)

Players: This is a single-player game

Skate Story is a skateboarding game that focuses on the skill, weight and locomotion of controlling the board. Running through the game is a story where you explore the underworld beneath New York City.

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/09/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Creative and Race

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Milestone Italy (@MilestoneItaly)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game

Hot Wheels Unleashed is an arcade-style racing game where you race toy cars around sprawling, looping tracks through rooms and garages. Its controls, while child-friendly, offer enough nuance to reward practice. It's a game that focuses on ingenuity and...

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Race and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road is an off road driving game for four players, controlled with a single button. You play from side-on and press to accelerate or release to brake. The challenge is to apply the right amount of momentum to get your car over the...

Nice Skating

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-5 year-olds

Release Date: 17/12/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Sports

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single-player game

Nice Skating is a simple ice skating game for youngsters. You want to become a professional ice skater and experiment with different tricks and outfits.

Rollerdrome

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Shooting, Sports and Traversal

Developer: Roll 7 (@Roll_7)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rollerdrome is a single-player skating and shooter game with fluid movements and trick making fun. You play in a comic-book style dark-dystopian world set in 2030 where the public are innoculated from sinister politics by this brutal new sport.

The Ramp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Sports

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hyperparadise (@__Hyperparadise)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Ramp is a relaxed skating game where you perform stunts, jumps and flips with no timers, penalties scores or objectives. It's this simplicity that, along with its deep-yet-simple controls and laidback soundtrack, make it a uniquely calm and...

2 Video Games Like Descenders Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Descenders. This includes games from the Race, Sports and Simulation genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

10 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Descenders

If you like the sound of Descenders but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Descenders Accessibility Report.
 

Descenders is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Descenders in the following lists:

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Happy Brain With Endorphin Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without endorphins we can struggle to cope with pain and stress. We also need endorphins when we want to push ourselves beyond our discomfort in chosen activities. They are also needed to help with sleep, particularly when there is anxiety or worries on our minds.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that help create endorphins are those that let us experience excess emotions. Video games that make us laugh or cry do this. Also, games that let us feel the exhilaration of creating something beautiful or being part of that creative process help generate endorphins. Horror games can do this for some, offering the stress of fear and jump-scares before the euphoria of escape and mastery of both the situation and our fears. Extreme racing games can also generate endorphins as you narrowly escape a catastrophic crash, or if you take on a super long challenge like Le Mans 24 Hours.
 

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to 2021. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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