Parents' Guide to

Alto's Odyssey

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Simple but clever, addictive, relaxing sports game.

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As simple as this arcade game may be, it actually ends up being rather deep, addictive, and engaging. Like its spiritual predecessor, Alto's Quest, Alto's Odyssey is a side-scrolling snowboarding game that has you tapping the screen to jump over large chasms, or holding your finger down to do backflips. Except instead of snowy mountains, you're riding down the steep sides of a sandy dune in the desert. You also have new hazards to avoid (including rocks and fire pits) as well as new things you can bounce off of or grind on (including hot air balloons and the ropes tied between them). The objective of all of this is to ride as long as you can, while also completing objectives like "jump over 3 rocks" or "collect 50 coins" so that you can move onto the next area. But while this gets increasingly more and more challenging, its simplicity, coupled with its mellow and spacey music, actually makes this rather zen and even relaxing. All of which ultimately makes Alto's Odyssey a rather fun downhill ride.

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