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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alto's Adventure is an endless runner featuring a snowboarder on runs through towns and countryside, completing tricks and gathering coins and llamas. Each round gives players a few challenges to complete before moving to the next, more challenging round. As they earn coins, players can shop for enhanced abilities and suits in the workshop. Players can connect via GameCenter optionally and can choose from 11 language options.
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What's it about?
At the beginning of ALTO'S ADVENTURE, Alto's llamas are escaping down the mountain, so he sets off on his snowboard to catch them. The tutorial continues by walking players through collecting points, tapping to jump rocks, collecting coins to spend in the workshop, doing flips, and leaping chasms. From there, players continue on their own to complete the objectives of each level, collecting coins and earning points. When they crash or miss a jump, players have to start back at the beginning of the round, but their distance accrues as they play and any objectives they meet carry over. Players can upgrade abilities, change characters, and buy special suits in the workshop.
Is it any good?
Alto's Adventure is an absolutely stunning endless runner. The snow-capped mountains are beautiful, and the sun sets and rises while Alto or the chosen character rides. Even the weather changes, with gorgeous lightning strikes lighting the night sky or a gentle rain falling on the mountain. The game itself presents new challenges to keep players engaged. The more tricks they complete, the more points they'll earn; the more levels they conquer, the more cool stuff they can do, including unlocking characters with new abilities and linking tricks together. With 180 objectives, it invites extended play. For the most part, the controls are accurate, but every once in a while a tap won't register, resulting in a crash. Also, sometimes tricks are completed in previous levels before they count toward an actual objective: For example, you might do a double backflip on level three, but it's not an official goal until level four. Overall, Alto's Adventure is a transporting adventure that will keep players engrossed for days.
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Families can talk about their snowboarding experiences or other sports they've tried that are similar, such as skateboarding or skiing or bike riding. How are they alike and how are they different?
Alto sees mountains and encounters llamas as he snowboards. Ask kids what kind of scenery they'd see on an adventure near their home. Which animals might they encounter? What scenery would they see?
Ask kids why this type of game is fun: Do they feel inspired to try real snowboarding, or is it more fun to perform virtual tricks?
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