Review on an iPhone 5S running iOS 8.1.3.
Alto's Adventure was an impulse purchase. I don't tend to buy games without some level of research but the screenshots featured in the App Store were just to beautiful to ignore. I was downloading before my rational brain could wake up.
You play a snowboarder, Alto, who is rescuing Llamas that have escaped while racing into infinity (I assume that somewhere in the world that this makes sense?) It's a classic endless sidescroller which gets harder to longer you can stay alive - it's also unforgiving.
From a gameplay point of view, there is nothing new here. This game is almost identical to Ski Safari and yet the two could not further apart.
Alto's Adventure is a treat for all of your sense. Visually, you have a semi-dynamic weather system that constantly revolves from day to night and everything in between. The lighting changes the game and becomes harder when your snowboarding the the dark (there's a lesson there somewhere). This game looks like Limbo, Monument Valley and even feels a little like Journey (just me?) all of which work on that high quality experience - not just the completion.
The sound is perfect. As some of you know, I game a lot while travelling and this game lets you feel like you can escape the madness of city commuting. There is a faint piano track which is only supported by subtle sound effects of the snow kicking up from the board and the confirmation you've picked something up. I can even forgive the nighttime scenes for their difficulty because the sounds of thunder are just relaxing.
Controls are predictable. Tap to jump, hold to flip. That's it, just what you need from a tiny screen!
It's easy to get lost in reviews like this and heap praise on something that you're really into. I don't think it's unfair or even over the top to say that this is one the best mobile games I have ever played. Give it your focus and make sure you use headphones. I played this without them once and it becomes a far less satisfying experience.
Simple, addictive & beautiful. I'm thankful I can keep coming back to it.