Isla and Don Hit the Stream is a series of fortnightly streams hosted by Isla Hinck & Don Casanova. As part of the Easy Allies Phase 4 initiative to stream together more often in a group, Isla and Don officially began streaming every other Wednesday night when Stream Team isn't scheduled. In October 2020, they shifted to streaming every other Monday night to better accommodate their schedules.
These streams in the studio are known for their avant-garde intros and outros that typically begin with a close-up shot of Isla and Don on the window screens wearing serious expressions on their faces while sometimes overlapping music and visual effects play out. The streams have produced memes such as Zach and PB Pace while playing titles like Deadly Premonition and Super Mario Maker 2.
The first informal Isla and Don Hit the Stream occurred for the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch on June 27, 2019. They officially launched the stream on August 21, 2019 with Jurassic World Evolution.
Due to the global pandemic, Isla and Don began streaming from home starting on April 1, 2020 and temporarily paused their full playthrough of Deadly Premonition. They resumed their playthrough a few weeks later in preparation for the release of the sequel.
Prior to the Parkasaurus stream on August 5, 2020, Don went on paternity leave for the birth of his child. Daniel Bloodworth took his place for the subsequent streams, which included several follow-up streams of Grounded after they played the game during Group Stream Night. Don returned to the stream on September 16, 2020 with Planet Zoo and Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise.
During EZX Digital '21, a fundraiser was held across Patreon, Twitch, and PayPal donations to help with ongoing expenses, improve the studio, updating equipment, and plan future events. The $8,000 goal was reached, awarding a bonus Isla and Don EZX Mario Maker 2 Race stream on March 25, 2021.
Easy Allies officially returned to The Studio as a group on June 10, 2021. The date coincided with all of the Allies being fully vaccinated and COVID-cleared as well as the first day of E3. Isla and Don played a variety of games in their first stream back in The Studio, which also saw the return of the magic window portraits and traditional Studio outro.
A variety of games have been featured on Isla and Don Hit the Stream to date, many of which have been simulation games. The first full playthrough of the stream was Deadly Premonition on Nintendo Switch. Following the launch of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, a full playthrough of the game was started featuring reviewer Ben Moore.
Below is the list of games and services featured to date:
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Jurassic World Evolution
- Deadly Premonition – Full Playthrough
- SNES on Nintendo Switch Online
- Planet Zoo
- Two Point Hospital
- Nicky - The Home Alone Golf Ball
- NES on Nintendo Switch Online
- Dinosaur Fossil Hunter – Demo
- Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
- Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise – Full Playthrough featuring Ben Moore
- Parkasaurus – Isla and Bloodworth
- Grounded – Isla and Bloodworth
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 – Isla
- Signal Simulator
- Family Feud
- Arcade Tycoon
- Airborne Kingdom
- Tropico 6 – Featuring Michael Huber
- Valheim – Featuring Michael Huber, Sofia Hariz, and Jack Covell
- At Dead Of Night – Featuring Sofia Hariz
- Loop Hero – Isla
- Ultimate Ski Jumping 2020
- Sea of Thieves – Featuring Sofia Hariz, Omar de Armas, Brandon Jones, and Jack Covell
- PAC-MAN 99
- Game Builder Garage
- Wilmot's Warehouse
- ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
- Sable – Demo
- Hidden in Plain Sight