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What's it about?
A sequel to Alto's Quest, ALTO'S ODYSSEY is also a side-scrolling jumping game that doesn't really have a story. Instead, you simply tap the screen when you want your little guy to jump, or hold it when you want to do a backflip. Except that while Alto's Quest was a snowboarding game set on snowy mountains, Alto's Odyssey has you riding the slopes of a desert, where you still have to jump over chasms, but now also have to avoid rocks and fire pits. You can now hop onto hot air balloons, and can grind on the ropes in between said balloons to keep your ride going.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about snowboarding safety. Snowboarding can be dangerous, as you see in Alto's Odyssey, so why is it important to wear a helmet and some pads? What do the crashes in this game make you think will happen if you don't?
Talk about money. Instead of being a free game with lots of things you can buy, this one is a couple bucks but everything is included, so does this seem like a better value to you? Do you think people might spend more than a couple bucks on this game if everything they bought only cost a couple cents each?
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