11 Mountain Biking Video Games to Play in Self Isolation

Apr 9, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Yes, a video game is never going to be as good as the real thing but seeing as we have plenty of time to kill and no way to ride our bikes properly, we're going to have to turn to our controllers and screens to get our fix. In days gone by, all we had to pick from No Fear Mountain Biking or Downhill Domination, but these days there is a wide range of mountain bike adjacent games to entertain us. From free browser games and apps to full-blown console releases, here are 11 to check out.


Free

Bike Unchained 2


Red Bull's mobile game makes full use of their athlete roster to allow you to play against 'real' pros. You can also build up a bike using components from real brands, making this feel like one of the most authentic mountain biking experiences here.

The gameplay is fairly simple and rhythm-based but getting the pumps right on the various tracks will take some practice and keep you coming back. There's also a multiplayer mode with daily and weekly events allowing you to work your way up a global ranking

Requirements: iOS or Android
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)



MTBFreeride


MTBFreeride brands itself as a mountain biking simulator, which means it's aiming at a more realistic experience than the rest of the games here. What that boils down to is that you'll actually have to use your brakes and you'll crash, lots.

The first person position gives a great sense of speed and the trails are more recognizable than the huge jumps and crazy drops in other games here. There isn't a great deal of breadth to this game but just getting to the bottom with a clean run will take you... well, I've never actually done it.

Download the game, here.

Requirements: Windows only, XP and up
Price: Free



Mountain Bike


This free browser game claimed many of my lunch hours in the library at school alongside 8 Ball Pool. It's a pretty simple, 2D game but the tracks are varied and there are even tech sections to be navigated. Plus your bike has pegs to do some 'sick' grinds.

Play here.

Requirements: Flash
Price: Free



Happy Wheels


The only game here that's not suitable for kids, Happy Wheels is a wacky game with super-gory crashes when it all goes wrong. There are a few cycling characters to take control of but you can also play as a Segway guy or an old man in a wheelchair. It's addictive fun with lots of daft levels designed by other players to try.

Play here.

Requirements: Flash, iOS or Android
Price: Free



Mad Skills Motocross


We're definitely getting into the mtb adjacent section of the list now but Mad Skills Motocross is one hell of a time sink and will keep you addicted for hours. It's all about catching downsides and finding the rhythm through whoops sections to maintain speed through the levels. You'll need to be inch-perfect (or should that be millimeter perfect on a phone screen) to progress through the levels and even when you've done that courses are added weekly in the online mode.

Requirements: iOS or Android
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Line Rider


One for the trail builders out there, this is all about creating a perfect flow line for a character to speed through. This game can really suck you in as you gradually tweak the track until you have an A-Line standard trail on your screen.

Play, here.

Requirements: N/A
Price: Free online but there's also an app that costs $2.99


Paid

Shred 2! Sam Pilgrim


Shred 2! is a freeride focussed game that lets you take control of Sam Pilgrim and piece together a perfect slopestyle run. It probably has the best tricking system of any game here so if dirt jumping is your bag you may find it the most enjoyable game on the list. There are 40 levels to try out and it's one of the cheaper games here that isn't free.

Requirements: iOS, Android, Xbox, Nintendo Switch or Windows XP and above
Price: Various (depending on platform)



Descenders


Descenders is about the closest thing that's out there to Downhill Domination in the modern-day. It uses procedurally generated worlds so that each time you play you face a different course, meaning it very rarely feels samey. There's now also online multiplayer which adds another element of challenge.

Requirements: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Windows 7 and up.
Price: $24.99



Lonely Mountains


Potentially the best game to play in self-isolation, Lonely Mountains is just about you, your bike and the hill. There's not really a racing element but each mountain features a few trails to explore to keep it interesting. The game is supposed to evoke the wonder of solitude in nature, even if that nature is a bit blockier than normal. It's definitely not the most thrilling game here but it's cool that someone has tried to do something different with the mountain biking game formula.

Requirements: PS4, Xbox One,
Price: $14.99



Zwift


You all know what Zwift is by now and it could be the most entertaining way to keep yourself fit in self-isolation. That, or it'll take your mind off the fact you're stuck on a trainer instead of being out in the hills. There's now steering support and even a mountain bike trail to train on too.

Requirements: Windows 7 or above, a trainer, a bike.
Price: $14.99/month



Pro Cycling Manager


If you're really desperate, Pro Cycling Manager lets you take control of a Pro Tour team on the World Tour and manage them to Grand Tour glory. You're in charge of finances, recruitment, training, implementing race strategies and boosting morale throughout the season.

Requirements: Windows 10
Price: $39.99



Downhill Domination


The OG. The classic. The one game to rule them all. No game has left its mark on mountain biking than Downhill Domination. There are still a few copies floating around on eBay if you want to relive the glory days but you'll need a working Playstation 2 to play it on too.

Requirements: Playstation 2
Price: Various (second hand)




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59 Comments

  • 62 1
 whilst not "MTB" you should include TRAIL BOSS or PUMPED BMX!
  • 9 0
 Easily the two best bike related games out there
  • 8 0
 Pumped BMX is awesome!
  • 10 0
 Not sure about those two, but if you have an Xbox, MX vs. ATV Reflex is great. The dual joystick rider control makes throwing whips awesome. It's available on Steam so you can play with a controller on PC as well.
  • 25 0
 I'll probably still manage to hurt my back.
  • 20 0
 ''MTBFreeride focuses on realism'' - Immediately starts with a mile high drop followed by riding through trees without a hint of realism.
  • 12 0
 That's just a black trail from IMBA's perspective.
  • 1 0
 lol exaaxxxctly
  • 6 0
 Fineprint reads; game made and designed by Josh Bender
  • 1 1
 I thought it looked pretty impressive, but, "f*ckING LOL" at, "bicycle simulator"; just buy a damn bike!!!
  • 12 0
 pumped bmx is awesome too!
  • 11 1
 The person playing Downhill Domination in the video suuucks! Didn’t even punch any other racers and only has one trick in the bag.
  • 9 0
 Descenders is an amazing game! They recently added bike parks to the Xbox version (I believe it's been on PC for a while) and so far Stoker Bike Park is my favourite
  • 2 0
 stoker is pretty aweomse. I am working on building A-Line on it.
  • 2 0
 The stoker last upgrayde was excellent.
  • 8 0
 Shred 2 is awesome! It features places like Whistler, but jumps are a little bit bigger Big Grin
  • 2 0
 reminds me of like a THPS or SKATE for mtb.
  • 1 0
 Thanks dude!
  • 7 0
 Just download DHDom and play it on an emulator. It's free, easy and only slightly illegal
  • 9 0
 DAVE MIRRA FREESTYLE BMX
  • 6 0
 Lonely mountains is amazing and they keep updating it too
  • 3 0
 Yeah, this game is great! Can speedrun sections by taking batshit but somehow plausible Rampage lines, or just calmly wind around the mountain and get Zen. Like real mountain biking, either is a pretty good way to turn your brain off for awhile.
  • 1 0
 Pumped BMX Trail boss is the best imho. Although I've reached a plateau on it so hammering bike unchained 2. The gameplay has very little skill but the it's all about the upgrades, I'm desperate to change my frame as stuck riding a spec enduro with boxxers, which obvs feels wrong
  • 4 0
 The sounds in the Sam Pilgrim one are so funny. What about bike mayhem? It's the bests mobile bike game in my book.
  • 1 0
 Mad Skills BMX 2 is one of the best out there, it's better than the Moto version! Also, don't buy the Redbull Game, they ruined it and turned it into an obvious cash-grab.


edit: also PedalUP... really cool, but difficult, Trials game.
  • 5 0
 No Bike Mayhem? Odd
  • 3 0
 If I can’t implement a doping program in the cycling manager game, than it isn’t realistic enough for me...
  • 2 0
 anyone play bike baron on Iphone? its a trials style moto game you can create your own course (ZCGA) if you want to try mine.
  • 1 0
 Yes! My favorite bike game. Played your level, great flow! Here are a few of mine: ZKQZ, ZKTE, ZMEH
  • 3 0
 Pumped BMX is the best and didn't even make the list.
  • 3 0
 Lonely Mountain is actually pretty fun.
  • 2 0
 I unlocked the Geronimo in Lonely Mountains and now I can huck my meat off a cliff like Brett Rheeder.
  • 3 1
 Lonely mountains is the best! And available on PC! Best played with a controller, even on PC!
  • 3 0
 I think it's even available for Mac - I had the demo working on my 2011 MBP.
  • 2 0
 Descenders is a fantastic game, way better than Downhill Domination. There, I said it.
  • 2 0
 Happy Wheels Irresponsible Dad has his pedal tension dialed.
  • 2 0
 PS2 and downhill domination are back under my tv for 4 weeks already : )
  • 2 0
 how did you leave out Bike Mayhem?
  • 1 0
 is it just me or does the voice in the last one remind anyone of matt jones
  • 2 0
 Come on....wheres bike mayhem
  • 1 0
 monster energy supercross 2 on ps4 is getting me through lockdown in NZ, play online with your mates too!
  • 1 0
 A mtb version of steep needs to be made, surely theres a developer amongst the pinkbike commentators.
  • 2 0
 Hey, I'm the developer of Shred! 2. Im always lurking in the comments Smile . Thing is games like Steep probably have a multi-million dollar development budget, and the massive pool of talent Ubisoft has access to. Its very difficult for a small indie developer to compete and produce games of that scale / quality without that kind of financial backing. But if anyone does have a million quid burning a hole on their pocket I'll make it!!
  • 1 0
 @erniesbot: I'm sure there was a rumour of a steep 2 that was going to include MTB. But yeah know what you mean by many pennies needed.
  • 1 0
 This can also be fun for a long time, provided you have a lot of patience Wink

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  • 1 0
 Elasto-mania. (you can pretend it is MTB since there are two wheels and the game is great fun)
  • 1 0
 Is Touchgrind BMX still available? If yes, give it a go guys
  • 1 0
 Descenders is amazing and has great graphics.
  • 1 0
 I really wish someone would make a VR mtb game.
  • 1 0
 Mad skills motocross is great
  • 1 0
 Yes, good for snowy winters. Hard to master though.
  • 1 0
 Dhdomination.....I sucked at that video game!
  • 1 0
 Descenders is pretty awesome
  • 1 0
 Stickman Downhill is surprisingly good
  • 2 0
 Pipe BMX is good too
  • 1 0
 I'm on that digging one! got a building bug I need to satisfy!
  • 1 0
 The only game i kept from PS2 days DownHill DOMINATION THE BEaST
  • 1 1
 All of these games suck if no one has tried them before
  • 1 3
 Have 2 new real trails to test today, a bit windy but will hopefully add 30 second and connect about 5 trails with options.

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