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Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey by Snowman

With the news that Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey are heading to the PC (Epic Games Store), Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next Thursday in The Alto Collection, I thought I'd do a quick review of these two amazing games for anyone looking to pick them up. A Switch version of The Alto Collection is also in the works, too, but no release date has been announced.


Alto's Adventure




Alto's Adventure is a fun endless racer (the developer, Snowman, described it as an 'an endless snowboarding odyssey' according to The Telegraph). Set in a wintry mountainous landscape, you play a young boy called Alto and have to catch llamas, avoid waking up the elders and cross chasms among other things. 

The game is easy to control, too - use your finger to move Alto and tap to jump, holding it to do a backflip (or a triple flip for an even cooler effect)

There are a lot of goals to accomplish every level and you can upgrade and acquire items in the workshop using coins gathered along your journey. 

Despite being released in 2015 on iOS (Android players enjoyed it a year later in 2016), the graphics still look amazing today. Backgrounds are stunning with some lovely weather effects complementing the scenery. Sound in Alto's Adventure is good and works well. 

It runs well even on modest devices like an Amazon Fire 7, for example, and everyone should play it.

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/altos-adventure/id950812012

(Please note it is free on Android only, with optional IAPs. iOS users will have to pay $4.99 for the game)


Alto's Odyssey



The sequel to Alto's Adventure, Alto's Odyssey was released in 2018 for both iOS and Android platforms (a Mac port arrived in February this year). 

The game is set in a desert, with Alto and company exploring the mysteries beneath the sands. Like the first game, the graphics are stunning with beautiful shimmering colours and the silhouettes of hot air balloons and mountains in the background. There are more pronounced environments in the sequel, including streams, canyons and ruined temples (along with annoying lemurs to shake off). Everything looks gorgeous. 

Like the first game, there are lots of weather effects. Expect sandstorms and lightning, for example, along the way. 

Controls are the same in the sequel, with some new mechanics to mix things up - you can wall ride, grind along moving obstacles and even jump on hot air balloons should you so wish. There are different goals to meet on your journey, too, some of which should challenge even the most seasoned of players. 

If that sounds like there's a lot going on, you can chill out with a Zen mode and explore the desert at your own pace. 

You can unlock a range of different riders to tackle the sands, as well as some unique equipment, in the workshop. 

Sound and music have been improved a lot in Alto's Odyssey, with a stirring soundtrack accompanying you on your travels. 



(It costs $4.99 like the first game)

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