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Take your bike and find your own path down unspoiled mountains in this arcade-style mountain biking game for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Take your bike and find your own path down unspoiled mountains in this arcade-style mountain biking game for Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Just you and your bike - take it on a thrilling ride down an unspoiled mountain landscape. 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!

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is planned for release on PC/Mac/Linux mid-2018 if we hit our funding goal.

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When we started the development of Lonely Mountains: Downhill two years ago we knew that we wanted to create a different kind of sports game. 

Inspired by videos from Danny MacAskill or Kenny Belaey (just to name a few) we went on a journey to create a mountain biking game in which the mountain is your only opponent and nature your only companion. 

Set in a world without sponsor signs, barrier tapes or spectators we want you to feel like the first rider to ever challenge this mountain - to explore its wild landscapes and to find your own path down the trail.

Our gameplay vision was to create a fun game - not a replica of real downhill biking. After lots of prototyping we ended up with controls and a camera system that we believe offer a very cool arcade-like racing experience. 

We wanted to keep it simple: you can steer, accelerate, brake and sprint. We handle jumping and sliding through our custom bike physics system so there are no extra buttons required.

We also strived to make a game that you can simply enjoy as a pastime while still offering serious challenge for speedrunners, competitive players or gamers looking for a tough but fair experience.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is not an easy game. You will crash and you'll crash a lot - but you can instantly restart at the last checkpoint (which is never too far behind) and due to our rag-doll system crashing is actually quite fun - especially for the people watching you crash.

 

 

There is no better way to explain the game than just watching these fine folks play the Gamescom Showcase (Thanks to Motoagogo 13, Starsnipe, and Bonnie Kiwi)

 

 

 

 

 

The game will feature numerous mountains - all of them handcrafted. Each consists of several sections connected seamlessly with multiple paths to the next checkpoint.

Our goal is to allow you to play the game the way you want to. You can choose to take a relaxing ride on the scenic route, go off-road to find hidden locations and secrets, or you can go into "full speedrun mode" - trying to make that one nearly impossible jump over the canyon for the all-time record.

 

 

There's a special bond between a rider and her or his bike. Not every bike is the best fit for every rider or every mountain. That’s why in the course of the game you will be able to unlock new bikes with different gameplay values, so that you can always choose the best bike for the trail ahead.

We also know that everyone has a personal taste when it comes to cool looking bikes. Therefore each bike will have a large variety of different skins you can find or unlock.

 

 

Nature plays a huge role in our game. You'll find no barriers or sponsor signs on the side of the road. No audience cheering you on and no winner's podium waiting for you at the finish line. It's just you and the mountain.

Our goal with the visual as well as the audio design is to make the environment in the game come to life. Trees are swaying in the wind, butterflies travel between the flowers and you can discover all kinds of birds and animals as you ride.

 

 

Ready to see the world? The base version of the game will feature six different lonely mountains which are inspired by real life mountainscapes and locations all around the globe.

 

 

 

During the game you will unlock new game modes and each will have its own leaderboard. There will be two different time trial modes, a special challenge mode as well as a "One Life"- mode which will only be for the toughest of riders!

 

 

 

We want to support the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean.

If you want to help us localize the game or - even more important at the moment - this Kickstarter page please don't hesitate to contact us at localization@lonelymountains.comWe really appreciate any help we can get! 

 

Overview

Additional Information 

  • Dollar Prices: these have been calculated on the 11th of October 2017 and might change slightly during the campaign based on the exchange rate between Euro and Dollar. 
  • Design A Paint Job: We will send you a template which you can color and then we create a paint job based on your design. Please note we can't put logos or texts on the bike.
  • Unique Bike and Rider: We'll design a bike and outfit in the game’s style based on images you provide. After release you will receive an in game redeemable code to unlock the bike and outfit. The code can be used as often as you like and you can share it with your friends.

 

 

 

 

 

We started Lonely Mountains: Downhill two years ago and now have the game in a state where all the core gameplay features are there. The art, UI and audio direction are also set and most of the tools are tested and ready to use.

We’ve also had nearly a thousand players playtest the game at different events. The feedback has been very good and we're pretty confident that the core gameplay is a lot of fun.

We feel that the game is now at a point where we know what game we want to make and can now ramp up the production to build the actual game content.

 

We founded Megagon Industries in 2013. Our initial goal was to have a shared company to publish our private pet projects but since then the company has grown into much more than that:

We released two premium mobile games: “... and then it rained” and “Twisted Lines”. The later was nominated for the German game developer awards, the German video game awards as well as selected for several showcases. This encouraged us to spend more and more time working on our games until we decided to work full-time on Lonely Mountains: Downhill.

Hi, I’m Jan. Ever since I was a kid I truly loved riding a bike - whether it was racing down a hill against my friends or riding for a week along the Baltic Sea. Sitting on my bike makes me happy. 

My first steps in creating digital stuff reach back almost 25 years ago. Although “coding” back then was more putting together some keywords in QBasic to see what happens.

Later on when level editors became more common I created maps for games like C&C, Doom and Half Life and got fascinated by 3D graphics.

My diploma thesis introduced me to Unity and since then I worked as a freelancing programmer on many different Unity projects. One of them lead me to a company called Die Hobrechts in 2011 where I met Daniel.

Hey! I'm Daniel. I started creating levels for Unreal Tournament when I was 16 and I’ve been making games ever since.

After graduating as a Game Designer in 2008 I worked at Keen Games and remote control productions before I became a freelancer in 2010.

In 2011 I co-founded a game design agency called Die Hobrechts with some friends which became the place I met Jan for the first time. We're working together ever since and founded Megagon Industries together in 2013. 

 

Although Kickstarter comes with a lot of risks it feels like the right step for us - for more than one reason:

Early access: We got asked a lot if there's some way to play the game before its official release. We think a Kickstarter campaign with different early access tiers is the best way to offer that.

Developing the game together: We hope that a Kickstarter campaign can be the start of a community who helps us shape and improve the game.

Creative independence: It’s important for us to stay creatively independent and make decisions we think are best for the game.

We need the money: We were fortunate enough to receive state funding by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. However, this funding will only cover half of the development costs as we need to provide the other half. If we are able to reach our initial funding goal we can make the base version of the game together with you and Medienboard.

 

So what’s happening with the Kickstarter money?

After taxes, Kickstarter & payment processing fees 71% of the Kickstarter money will be used to pay for the development of the game together with the Medienboard funding.

Development costs include Jan’s and Daniel’s salaries as well as salaries for freelancers helping with sound design and additional 3D assets and animations.

We also have to pay office rent, accounting, software licenses and all the other stuff necessary to run a game development studio - even when it’s as small as ours. 

 

We know Kickstarter will be a tough ride. We saw a lot of very good projects who didn’t or just barely succeeded. We both thought long and hard about the risks of doing this but seeing all the amazing feedback over the last few months we decided to try it anyway. We believe that together with you we can climb that mountain! 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We’re probably not alone with saying that making games is nearly always a risky endeavour. We’ve never worked on a game which didn’t hit some unexpected problems somewhere down the road and Lonely Mountains: Downhill will probably not be the exception. With that said we already have a fun and playable core game so we’re hopeful we can tackle most of what the game development gods might throw at us.

In addition there are only two of us at the moment, and for such a small team certain risks are bound to be present. If one of us gets ill or has to take time out for their personal life, it is extremely likely to affect the development roadmap.

Lastly- one of the reasons we decided to go with a Kickstarter rather than working with a publisher is the freedom to keep experimenting and prototyping. If we have to choose between a new great idea for the game or an earlier release, going for the idea will probably win most of the times.

As for the Kickstarter rewards fulfillment: because we decided to only have very few physical rewards we’re confident that all backers will get their rewards once they become available.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.18

    PLANT A TREE

    Thank you for your support! We will plant a tree in the game for you (but won't tell you which one).

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    VISIT THE MOUNTAINS

    The Lonely Mountains await you!

    + Get a digital DRM-FREE COPY OF THE GAME or a STEAM KEY for Win/Mac/Linux on release

    + Your name as "Backer" in the game

    + Invite to the "Backer" Discord group

    Includes:
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
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    KICKSTART YOUR GAME

    Support us on this Kickstarter ride and get exclusive Kickstarter rewards!

    + Upgrade your game to A SPECIAL KICKSTARTER VERSION with a Kickstarter exclusive paint job, outfit and leaderboard icon

    + A digital ART / BEHIND THE SCENES BOOK with our most beautiful artworks, behind the scenes screenshots and war stories from the development

    + A digital KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE WALLPAPER

    + A digital KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
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    Pledge €35 or more About $41

    TAKE A SHORTCUT

    Get a head start on the competition!

    + Download our GAMESCOM SHOWCASE with a fully playable mountain directly after the Kickstarter campaign ends and start playing (Itch.io key for Win/Mac)

    + Get BETA ACCESS to the game before release (Steam beta key, approximately May 2018)

    Includes:
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Special Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Your Name as "Backer" in the Credits
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
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    Pledge €50 or more About $59

    BE THE FIRST ON THE MOUNTAIN

    Let's ride through development together!

    + Get ACCESS TO THE DEVELOPMENT VERSION with bi-weekly builds of the game and join us to find the best trail to the finish line! (Itch.io key)

    + Your name as "First Rider" in the credits

    + Invite to the "First Rider" Discord group

    Includes:
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Your Name as "First Rider" in the Credits
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Special Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
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    Pledge €75 or more About $89

    JOIN THE CREW

    Support development and join the inner circle.

    + Upgrade the game to the ENHANCED KICKSTARTER EDITION and get the "Lonely Mountains Crew" paint job, outfit and leaderboard icon

    + We'll send you a printed PERSONAL POSTCARD from a randomly chosen Lonely Mountain (Worldwide shipping included)

    + Participate in monthly Q&A streams with the team

    Includes:
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Your Name as "First Rider" in the Credits
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
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    Pledge €100 or more About $118

    SEND A MESSAGE

    Leave your mark in the game!

    + LIMITED: Get YOUR OWN TREE in the game which will display your name and A PERSONAL MESSAGE to the world! (max 160 chars and we have a veto if it's not appropriate)

    + Digital POSTCARDS of all our Lonely Mountains

    Includes:
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Your Name as "First Rider" in the Credits
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
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    Pledge €200 or more About $236

    PAINT YOUR BIKE

    It's finally time to get creative!

    + LIMITED: Create your OWN BICYCLE PAINT JOB and we will put it in the game for everyone to unlock!

    + Your name as "Paint Job Artist" in the credits

    Includes:
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • Your Name as "Paint Job Artist" in the Credits
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
    • We will plant a Tree in the Game for you
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    Pledge €750 or more About $885

    ADOPT AN ANIMAL

    + LIMITED: Tell us your FAVORITE ANIMAL and we will put a little family of it in the game - must be a real animal, no dragons (or yetis) allowed and must thematically fit to one of our mountains (Decision must be made till end of January 2018 otherwise it will be given to the community)

    Includes:
    • Choose an Animal for the Game
    • Your Name as "Animal Caretaker" in the Credits
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
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    Pledge €950 or more About $1,122

    GET SOMETHING REAL

    + LIMITED: Get a hand-painted 3D PRINTED FIGURE of our little biker (Worldwide shipping included)

    Includes:
    • 3D Printed Rider Miniature (Worldwide Shipping Included)
    • Choose an Animal for the Game
    • Your Name as "Animal Caretaker" in the Credits
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
    • We will plant a Tree in the Game for you
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    Pledge €1,250 or more About $1,476

    BE IN THE GAME

    Wanna have your very own game experience? Send us a photo of you on your favorite bike and we will implement you both in the game

    + LIMITED: GET A UNIQUE RIDER AND BIKE which will only be available to you or whoever you want to share it with (Bike and rider will be unlocked by redeeming a code in the game)

    Includes:
    • Unique Bike and Outfit in the Game
    • 3D Printed Rider Miniature (Worldwide Shipping Included)
    • Choose an Animal for the Game
    • Your Name as "Animal Caretaker" in the Credits
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
    • We will plant a Tree in the Game for you
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    Pledge €2,000 or more About $2,361

    OWN A CABIN

    Ever dreamed of owning your own cabin? This is your chance!

    + LIMITED: Put your name one of our MOUNTAIN CABINS in the game. It's the perfect place for a digital vacation

    + LIMITED: 2 INVITE TICKETS to the release party

    + LIMITED: Your name in the MENU CREDITS

    Includes:
    • Name a Cabin
    • Your Name in the Main Menu
    • Unique Bike and Outfit in the Game
    • 3D Printed Rider Miniature (Worldwide Shipping Included)
    • 2 Invites to Release Party (Berlin, Expected August 2018)
    • Choose an Animal for the Game
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
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    Pledge €5,000 or more About $5,903

    ISN'T IT TIME FOR A RIDE?

    + LIMITED: SPEND A DAY WITH US, VISIT THE OFFICE AND LET'S GO MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING (Berlin, Expected August 2018, Travel, accommodation and potential hospital bill not included)

    + LIMITED: Printed art book (Worldwide shipping included)

    + LIMITED: Signed printed poster (Worldwide shipping included)

    + LIMITED: Printed Postcards (Worldwide shipping included)

    Includes:
    • Mountain Bike Ride with Jan & Daniel
    • Office Visit & Dinner
    • 2 Invites to Release Party (Berlin, Expected August 2018)
    • Printed Art Book
    • Signed Printed Poster
    • Printed Postcards of all Mountains
    • Name a Cabin
    • Your Name in the Main Menu
    • Unique Bike and Outfit in the Game
    • 3D Printed Rider Miniature (Worldwide Shipping Included)
    • Choose an Animal for the Game
    • Create a Bike Paint Job for the Game
    • A Tree in the Game with your Personal Message
    • Digital Postcards of all Mountains
    • Special Enhanced Kickstarter Upgrade for the Game
    • Printed Postcard (Worldwide shipping included)
    • Invite to Monthly Q&A Dev Stream
    • Development Access (Itch.io Key)
    • Invite to the "First Rider" Discord Group
    • Gamescom Showcase (Itch.io Download Win/Mac)
    • Steam Beta-Key (Win/Mac)
    • Digital Art / Behind The Scenes Book
    • Digital Kickstarter Poster
    • Digital Kickstarter Wallpaper
    • Digital Copy of the Game for Win/Mac/Linux
    • Invite to the "Backer" Discord Group
    • We will plant a Tree in the Game for you
    • Kickstarter Update News
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Funding period

- (30 days)