Descenders, the procedurally generated downhill biking game, has come to Android. Delayed thanks to Play Store issues slightly, but it’s now available to download for everyone. The original game was released in 2019 for Windows and Xbox One and has steadily made its way to multiple platforms, picking up many positive reviews from critics and users alike.
This mobile port is more or less identical to its console and PC versions, but thanks to some simple but effective touch-screen controls, the Android release is just as tactile and responsive without a controller or keyboard.
Descenders’ procedurally generated tracks are a big draw, but there’s plenty more going on with Descenders to make it worth a shot. Movement is affected by an in-depth physics system, allowing you to pull off tricks with quick swipes of your finger.
Descenders are built around a rogue like system, where you’ll attempt to build up as many points as possible before the inevitable crash sends you back to the start. With each run, you’ll earn upgrades and abilities for your bike, so you can customize your motorcycle and character to suit your play style. You’ll also make Rep which serves a dual purpose as a currency to unlock new looks and as a way to display your ranking among other players.
Unfortunately, the game’s performance seems to suffer on mobile, as many users complain about poor graphics and stuttering frames. If you’re planning on giving it a shot, keep this in mind if you’re using an older Android device — you can always still use Google Play’s return policy if the game doesn’t work well for you. Otherwise, you’d spend $10 in vain. Controller support also seems patchy, so you might want to stick to the excellent touch controls for now. Time will tell if this game ends up being optimized better for mobile and if it will manage to become one of the best games available on Android.