ALTO’S ADVENTURE Pull snowboard stunts as you round up your runaway llamas in a surprisingly addictive game
App of the month
The App Store is a haven for arthouse games and Alto’s Adventure is the latest of those to wow us. This endless snowboarding odyssey is as addictive as crack-dusted chocolate, and beautiful on the eyes too.
The game is very simple. You are Alto, a llama herder whose llamas have escaped and are busy skiing down the mountain. The goal initially is to round them up by snowboarding past them, but as you progress through the game it’ll mix things up and challenge you to travel a certain distance, or collect a certain number of coins. Alto is an accomplished snowboarder, and you can pick up speed by pulling off tricks. Tap the screen to jump, and hold to start tumbling mid-air, whilst making sure to land parallel to the ground.
Background visuals are spectacular. Terrain is procedurally generated, so you never see the same landscape once. As well as classic open-air alpine slopes, there’s a variety of chasms to jump over and beautiful forests, accompanied by dynamic lighting and weather effects. Next thing you know, you’re half an hour past your bus stop... $3.79, ALTOSADVENTURE.COM, IOS 7.0+