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Alto's Adventure for iOS

By Snowman $4.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Feb 8, 2018

In the charming Alto's Adventure platformer game for iPhone, you're a snowboarding herder, gathering llamas, collecting coins, and avoiding disapproving elders as you perform tricks boarding down the mountainside.

Pros

Easy to get going: The gameplay basics are easy to learn -- tap to jump and hold to perform snowboarding aerials or maneuvers -- but the challenge is timing your jumps to grind and flip as you ski down the slopes to earn coins, collect your llamas, and complete tasks to level up. As you gain levels, you unlock new snowboarders, each with various snowboarding strengths and weaknesses. One of them even runs the workshop you can visit to buy and upgrade items with coins you collect in the game.

Play for free with ads: For free, you have access to all the levels in the game. When you crash, however, the game periodically displays an ad to revive your character.

Or pay up: For $4.99, you can unlock the game and revive your character after a spill, with just a click. You can also buy a coin doubler -- a magnetic scarf that doubles every coin you collect -- but otherwise, everything you can acquire in the game -- through the Workshop -- you buy with coins you gather in game. Among the items you can buy are a helmet that protects you from a crash and items that can help you fly and hover and call llamas to you.

Zen-like: From the home screen, swipe left to get to Zen Mode, where you can play without distractions -- no scoring, no game over -- just you and the slopes. Zen Mode comes with an orchestral soundtrack. When you crash, tap the screen to get back to boarding where you fell.

Strangely enchanting: As you play, days and nights pass by and the weather changes. Combining the compelling visuals with the soothing soundtrack and ambient sounds of birds, bells, and even llamas (although they sound like sheep to us), the game creates a nice tension between the serene environment and the excitement of completing snowboarding aerials and maneuvers while avoiding rocks, chasms, campfires, and elders.

Cons

Nighttime activities can be challenging: Seeing obstacles ahead during a night run can be tricky. Adjusting the brightness on your phone can help.

Bottom Line

Alto's Adventure is a captivating side-scroller for iPhone that offers surprisingly rich and rewarding levels of gameplay. The pace of the game is exciting without becoming frenzied, and a Zen Mode lets you snowboard in peace without having to worry about any achievements.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.1

Introducing The Gift Shop. Located right next to the workshop, this screen allows you to order a selection of fine, handcrafted goods, delivered right to your home! Remember your visit to Alto's village with a comfy shirt, lovely socks, a stuffed llama, or even a limited edition toque just like Alto wears. Powered by trusted & secure ecommerce platform Shopify. Payments can be made using Apple Pay!

What's that, cresting over the familiar mountain scenerykwscnmrk A hot air balloonkwscnmrk Swipe left from the main screen for a sneak peek at a brand new journey that awaits Alto and his friends just beyond the horizon.

Fixes in 1.5.1

Corrected a small bug affecting the colour of certain powerups.

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 1.5.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,458
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure. "A piece of interactive art". WIRED. "Best of 2015" and "15 Most Beautiful Games". Apple. "Favorite Apps of 2015". the New York Times. "One of the best mobile games". the Verge. "Alto's Adventure demands your attention". IGN. "2015 Game of the Year". Product Hunt. "Best 2D Visual Experience". 2015 Unity Awards Finalist. "One of the best-looking games on the App Store". VICE. "The visuals really are incredible". TouchArcade. "Simply stunning". Red Bull. "Best Looking Video Games of 2015". TIME. "Wonderfully tranquil and beautiful". Engadget. "Best iPhone apps of 2015". Mashable. "I couldn't let Alto's Adventure slide by me". Destructoid. "Alto's Adventure for iOS may be the most beautiful endless runner you've ever played". the Next Web. "Pristine and refined". LA Times. "An engaging, relaxing, and beautiful experience." - MacStories. "Satisfies the soul". TechCrunch. "Alto's Adventure is the endless runner matured". Kotaku. "Alto's Adventure is remarkably soothing". the New York Observer. "Favorite game of the year". BuzzFeed. "A joyous experience". GameSpot. "One of my favorite games". AppAdvice. "Alto is lovely". Eurogamer. "It's seriously stunning". Macworld. "Alto's Adventure is a brilliant mobile game". PocketGamer. "A beautiful visual experience". CNET. "An elegant ride down nature's greatest landmarks". Kill Screen. "A compelling game to play". the Washington Post. "Every inch of this game is visually impressive and delightfully charming". Business Insider. Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders - all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain. Features: Fluid, graceful and exhilarating physics-based gameplay. Procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding. Fully dynamic lighting and weather effects, including thunderstorms, blizzards, fog, rainbows, shooting stars, and more. Easy to learn, difficult to master one button trick system. Chain together combos to maximize points and speed. Test your skills with 180 handcrafted goals. Discover six unique snowboarders, each with their own special attributes and abilities. Challenge your friends with Game Center. Compete for best high score, best distance, and best trick combo. Acquire the wingsuit from Izel's workshop for an entirely new gameplay dynamic. Beautifully minimalist and evocative visual design. Original music and handcrafted audio for an ambient and immersive experience (headphones recommended.). Universal app with iCloud support. Play on your iPhone and iPad and your progress will always be in sync. Alto's Adventure is a premium game with no ads or in-app purchases.