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You Should Play: Alto's Adventure finds serenity in side-scrolling snow shredding

Andrew Hayward | March 2, 2015
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

There's (a little) more to it: I grew up on those comparatively complex console games, so it was initially difficult to resist the urge to want more in Alto's Adventure. And if I had my way, admittedly I'd want just a little more variation in tricks. Heck, just adding a front flip would make a big difference. But while Alto's simplicity could rub some the wrong way, it's worth sticking around and digging deeper.

You'll always have up to three objectives to complete, and while the early ones are easy, the later tasks — a triple backflip, really? — require risking your run on a single move, which means really waiting for the perfect opportunity to pull it off. And if you save enough coins, you can unlock a wingsuit, which changes up the gameplay a bit. Without in-app purchases, you'll have to earn that one with consistent play. Luckily, the course is always changing thanks to randomized terrain.

Alto's Adventure might not have the gameplay depth of your average snowboarding game, but spend a few minutes soaking in these slopes and I think you'll appreciate its low-key approach to a typically "extreme" sport.

iOS (Universal)
Price: $2


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