This is Ruby the Geek's review of the game Alto's Adventure. Alto's Adventure is available in Apple's App Store for $2, or it can be downloaded via Google Play Store for free. In this review we will cover general gameplay and graphics.
Noodlecake Studios Inc.
Ruby’s Age Ranking:
Yes, but no real money is required to purchase in-app upgrades.
For the past week and a half I’ve been playing a game titled Alto’s Adventure. Like a lot of other games featured in the Google Play Store, Alto’s Adventure was released as in Apple’s App Store before coming to Android, and is also available in the Amazon App Store.
Welcome to my review.
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.
Upon installation you discover that this game does ask for various permissions in order to operate on your device. The permissions requested are nothing alarming. They are standard for a game being installed on an Android device. As the game loads you are introduced to the game logo which features a llama and the snowy background for the game. This is actually one of my favorite game logos. It is beautifully crafted and gives the player a nice preview of the game aesthetics.
Once you’re on the start screen you see the game background and a tap to start message. The background looks like Google’s Material Design for Android incorporated into a game and creates an excellent flow for any Android device using a theme based on the newer user interface.
After I tapped the screen and began the tutorial, our snowboarder, Alto flew right past the llamas he as supposed to be rescuing. Needless to say a restart was needed. As soon as you tap the start screen Alto takes off downhill speeding after his llamas. Along the way he encounter several obstacles that could cause him to have an accident. Fortunately if Alto does happen to splat you have the option to watch a video that will revive him. You only get this option once per run so choose wisely. The videos are actually just game trailers for other games that can be downloaded from the Play Store.
During your gameplay you may want to take advantage of upgrades to make the game easier as difficulty is increases. As you can see in the above picture, Alto’s Revenge has a number of upgrades to make a happier gamer. To gain upgrades all you need is coins collected from points. Ok, so how do you get points? Easy. By collecting llamas, performing tricks, reaching mission goals, etc.
The tricks in Alto’s Adventure will make you scream, but don’t let them affect you too much because you just might have a rock pop up soon after you land that death defying trick that made you feel like Shaun White. Of course, the longer Alto stays up the more points you get.
Overall I think Alto’s Revenge is an excellent alternative to running games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run. The missions are easily achievable and increase in difficulty as you continue through the game. The day/night and weather cycles add great environmental challenges and pleasing background aesthetics. Another, game element the developers got right comes in the form of the music and sound effects. I’m the kind of gamer that always wears headphones while gaming and I found the music to be relaxing with just enough sound effects to immerse you in the game.
So far I’m loving this game and extremely pleased that it is available for Android users. Finally, a running game that doesn’t have the flashiness of Sonic, and more calming and relaxing than other runners. Alto’s Revenge is a great game for passing time, or something to play while you listen to an audiobook.
Take a look at these beautiful screenshots.