Alto’s Adventure (from Snowman) is an endless runner side scroller in which you are snowboarding down a mountain to catch your escaped llamas.
I’ve played a lot of endless runners, and I have to say this is my favorite, by far. It has beautiful graphics, and the setting changes as the sun rises and sets. You can see sunsets and sunrises, as well as stormy skies and lighting flashing down against the mountains in the distance. You’ll travel through abandoned villages, ice flows, spooky forests, and occasionally find villages with elders that chase after you.
The variety, and beauty of this game make it an amazing find. Even the music and sound effects are quite fitting.
Alto is free, however for $3.99 you can purchase an upgrade that permanently doubles the value of all coins in the game, allowing you to purchase upgrades in the shop. There are no microtransactions. Just a free version, and a paid version that is simple and easy. You can, however, watch a video in order to continue on a failed run, or spend some of your hard earned coins. I appreciated the fact that the videos they advertised were for games they thought I might like, and not a loud insurance commercial.
There are also several characters you can unlock with different abilities that might help you get farther, and Alto (the main character) as a wingsuit you can eventually purchase with coins to help you get across the wider chasms.
I honestly can’t tell you how much I love this game. It’s challenging, but so beautifully done that I couldn’t stop playing it. Since each level is randomly generated, and the weather and time of day are constantly changing, it has an incredible amount of variety. Even the warrior that chase you are well done, and it’s so much fun jumping and dodging them as they swing at you.
Alto has earned itself a permanent place in my collection. I hope you’ll try it as well.