I may be the last person to discover Alto’s Adventure¬†which blew away the gaming world when it launched a few months back. Even my eight-year-old is like, Mom! You finally got it?¬†But I admit¬†that¬†when I hear “snowboarding app,” I don’t feel the need to race to the app store to download it. But after looking at the beautiful, almost zen-like graphics and the remarkably fluid movements and responsive gameplay, I downloaded it.¬†¬†Now I see that¬†it’s a perfect option¬†should you need to freshen up your weary iPhone game collection or take a break from Words with Friends.

Plus, it’s on sale right now as part of the¬†App Store’s Happy Canada Day Promotion.¬†Perfect!

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Alto’s Adventures¬†reminds me of Tiny Wings in that you careen the main character up and down slopes that evolve from day to night, while advancing through levels as you knock off¬†increasingly difficult challenges. But it’s far less cartoony in feel and more like an artful, elegant graphic novel.

Despite it being a game which, like any good game, can be frustrating when you’re stuck on a level, I find the¬†whole experience to be really calming¬†to look at and hear¬†(if you choose to keep the sounds on, which I tend not to). I also appreciate that it’s not the same board with the same challenges in the same order every single run; the course is randomly generated which keeps it fun.

Alto's Adventures: A stunning snowboard app that is as lovely to look at as  it's fun to play

180 challenges¬†range from simpler tasks like herding llamas or making it through a rainstorm, to¬†mastering tricks like¬†flips over a chasm, grinding across strings of banners, or outrunning the village elders who don’t like you tearing up their villages. (Ooh, I’ve come to hate those guys.)

To keep things interesting, you¬†can also trade in points for additional skills¬†or a coveted Wingsuit, or to unlock players like Maya, who kicks some butt, by the way. But no in-app purchases, yay! Which means it’s great for kids too. I’d say kids about 6+ can do it,¬†though by about 8 they can master it a little easier.

Plus the friendly notes of encouragement make me happy. More like better luck next time!¬†or almost made it!¬†as opposed to simply PLAY AGAIN.¬†Frankly, they don’t need to tell me to PLAY AGAIN. After¬†finally figuring out how to land a backflip, I’m hooked.

Download Alto’s Adventure¬†on iTunes, now just $.99 (normally $1.99 but still worth it) for a limited time as part of the App Store’s Happy Canada Day promotion. Thanks, Canada!

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