ALTO’S AD­VEN­TURE Pull snow­board stunts as you round up your run­away lla­mas in a sur­pris­ingly ad­dic­tive game

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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+

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