Alto's Odyssey ($4.99) by Group Alto is the extremely anticipated sequel to the 2015 hit, Alto's Journey. Should you beloved the primary recreation and may't get sufficient, then Alto's Odyssey is a should. It's additionally nice even when you by no means touched the primary one, because it's a standalone infinite runner expertise.

For the reason that App Retailer debuted again in 2008, I've grown a love-hate relationship with the countless working style. I had fallen in love with Canabalt when it first got here out, and it remained considered one of my go-to video games after I was bored. Then I noticed different runners come out through the years, like Temple Run, Robotic Unicorn Assault, and Ski Safari, in addition to clones of these as nicely. Sooner or later, it appeared like each developer was releasing an infinite runner of their very own, following tried-and-true formulation like Temple Run's over-the-shoulder or the basic aspect scrolling view. It began to really feel the identical to me, and it bought tiresome.

Then Alto's Journey got here alongside.

After I first noticed Alto's Journey, I used to be pulled in instantly by the minimalistic, but attractive aesthetic of the visuals, particularly the dynamic climate and lighting system. I used to be nonetheless a bit skeptical at first, however as soon as I attempted it out, I fell in love with it instantly. It was a sublime infinite runner, combining a trick system that you just'd often discover in snowboarding or skateboarding video games. It was totally different on the time.

Alto's Odyssey was first teased in December 2016, and was aiming for 2017 launch, but it surely was delayed. Now it's right here, and I have to say that it's been nicely well worth the wait.

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App Feels Like

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Visually, Alto's Odyssey retains the identical easy and clear look that the primary recreation has, besides it now takes place in a desert dune with numerous biomes and temple ruins relatively than a snowy mountainside. With this in thoughts, Odyssey options a way more lush and detailed world than its predecessor, and it introduces new obstacles that may both provide help to or hinder you, relying on the state of affairs. The dynamic climate and lighting cycles imply that the backdrop is continually altering and shifting, and it's nonetheless only a sight to behold. Animations are buttery easy and fluid, and I had no points with lag or uneven body charges on my iPhone 8 Plus.

The soundtrack is fairly marvelous as nicely. Whereas the primary recreation's soundtrack was a bit extra whimsical, Odyssey's music feels extra ambient, atmospheric, and serene. It displays the general tone of a desert oasis, and it's relatively immersive. The sound results are lifelike, and all of it provides one other layer of depth to the sport, particularly with the climate sounds. General, Group Alto has as soon as once more knocked it out of the park when it comes to visible and audio design.

Whereas the Alto video games have been by no means story pushed, there's lots of secrets and techniques to find in Odyssey. It's an infinite sandboarding journey, and this time, there's a wide range of biomes to find as you discover the countless desert oasis. The biomes vary from common previous dunes to canyons and temples. On high of that, gamers will discover sizzling air balloons that they’ll bounce off of, and even tornadoes that give them some hold time for extra tips.

The controls stay the identical as earlier than. Alto and his mates transfer ahead mechanically, however you faucet to leap and do an extended press whereas within the air for backflips. Doing backflips over chasms grants a slight increase in momentum, and that may provide help to get throughout the hole. You’ll be able to bounce into tornados to get lifted into the air, or bounce on high of the recent air balloons to bounce off.

A brand new mechanic is the wallriding. When you’ve got the Sandboard, you're in a position to journey alongside sure partitions. When these come up, simply tap-and-hold to journey the wall and go up increased. You need to use these to propel your self and bounce off to do tips. Some chasms additionally require wallriding to get throughout, however you may't wallride whereas flipping, so make certain to maintain that in thoughts.

There are cash to gather, which you’ll spend within the Workshop to get upgrades for power-up gadgets, just like the Coin Magnet and Lotus Flower (protects you from crashes). There are additionally one-time use gadgets which you can buy, such because the Helmet (saves you from one crash) and Chasm Rescue pickaxes. The Wingsuit makes a return, in fact, permitting you to fly as soon as it's charged up from doing tips. There are additionally some new gadgets: Mysterious Radio, as soon as purchased, will seem randomly and drop one thing helpful when there's somebody on the opposite finish. There's additionally the Sandboard and Compass, however you'll have to seek out these within the recreation first earlier than you should buy them.

The targets have made a comeback as nicely, with a complete of 180 to attempt for. They arrive in units of three, and also you'll have to finish all three earlier than you degree up and acquire entry to the following set of targets. When you've accomplished all three, you earn the celebrities and degree up. Once you degree up, you'll acquire entry to Alto's mates, who you may then play as. Every one has their very own set of strengths and weaknesses, which you'll have to find as you unlock them.

One character is best at backflips than others, whereas one other has longer invincibility frames, one other is quicker, and another person is best at leaping. Every character is sweet for reaching one thing that isn't potential with one other.

Should you don't really feel like stressing out over targets, then simply hop into the Zen Mode. Right here, you don't have targets, factors, cash, or power-ups to fret about. It's simply you and the desert, and when you crash, you simply choose your board up and preserve going. Alto's Odyssey additionally has the Photograph Mode, accessible from the Pause menu, the place you may seize gorgeous moments out of your desert journey to share with others.

Alto and his mates have moved from snowboarding mountains to sandboarding dunes.

The Good

The Good

Alto's Odyssey could have taken about three years to make, however actually, it's been nicely well worth the wait. The sport is totally attractive with the desert panorama and dynamic climate and lighting results. The brand new biomes give the sport much more selection so far as what you see, and so they're fairly gorgeous to have a look at. And the brand new mechanics, just like the tornados and sizzling air balloons, made an incredible recreation even higher, because it simply improved upon the unique template.

The targets system retains the sport attention-grabbing, and if the final one proved something, it's the truth that you'll all the time come again and attempt to full all of them for the opposite characters. The sport has excessive replay worth, and it's only a pleasure to play.

The Unhealthy

The Unhealthy

The one damaging is that among the targets are tremendous onerous to finish, and you might be caught at one degree for a very long time. However that simply signifies that the sport is difficult, and also you'll have a motive to maintain enjoying.

The decision

The decision

Alto's Odyssey is an enchancment on an already nice, basic iOS recreation. I by no means thought that you may enhance on perfection, however Group Alto has accomplished it. The graphics in Odyssey look even higher than the primary, and people have been already nice. The music is soothing and immersive, the brand new mechanics simply add one other layer of depth to every little thing, and there's excessive replay worth. I imply, actually, what extra would you like? Plus, it's a premium recreation with zero in-app purchases, which is a rarity nowadays.

This recreation took three years to land in our palms, however Group Alto proved it was well worth the wait. The desert has by no means seemed so good earlier than.

Alto's Odyssey is out there on the App Retailer as a common obtain in your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV for $4.99.