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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Descenders (2019) 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 of 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 means 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.

Our examiner, Wesley Williams, first checked Descenders 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Race and Simulation game with Sports and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. This works as a 4-8 player online multi-player, with support for public and private races.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 12 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's an exuberant game that appeals to youngsters. You do need to cope with the levels rushing towards you and making fast reactions. But the ability to keep trying again reduces the focus on pure reaction and thinking ahead skill. In fact really young players can be good at this by trusting their instincts (although some patience and resilience at failure is also needed).

Account Rating

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

CostsCosts

Descenders usually costs £9.99 to £19.99.
 

Descenders

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99 Free

PS Plus Essential

Steam Store PC £19.49
Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.49
App Store iOS £9.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Race, Simulation (Sports and Traversal)

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Rage Squid (@RageSquid)


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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