As I’ll say just about every time it comes up, my favorite recurring IGN video series is the one where the site wrangles up a bunch of a game’s developers to be flabbergasted by someone destroying their game in speedrun form. This time around, it’s a Lonely Mountains: Downhill speedrun from hhEnso.
The three developers weeping as they watch their game get destroyed are co-founders of Megagon Industries, Daniel Helbig and Jan Bubenik, and 2-D/3-D artist Noah Carev.
Part of the appeal of this speedrun is a couple of the developers involved in talking about it also placed most of the obstacles on the tracks, so they’re very aware of what’s possible — or what’s supposed to be possible. This means they’re also able to talk about why certain objects were placed where they were in the first place, and why it’s so hilarious to watch a speedrunner bypass all of them.
If you want a couple of the highlights, here are some timestamps:
- 4:18 – This is the first big jump, and it’s the first time the developers just sigh in disbelief.
- 8:29 – Here is one of many death skips where you get to the next checkpoint and crash at same time more or less. A great part of speedruns is watching runners figure out ways to use a game’s own mechanics against it to “cheat” out faster times.
- 13:11 – Sadness as the developers clearly have appreciation for all the work that went into this particular part of a track, and then hhEnso just skips all of it with a death skip.