Alto's Odyssey is a really, really good game. If you don't believe me, you should definitely check out our review by clicking this link right here. It takes the ideas from the original Alto's Adventure, then subtly builds on them, creating something pretty damn special.
With that in mind, I thought it'd be a good idea to round up everything you need to know about this superb sequel in one handy post. In fact, in this handy post. So here's everything you need to know about Alto's Odyssey. Got your own questions? Chuck them in the comments below then. Word.
What is it?
The game sees you sliding down a never-ending desert hill on a snowboard. So I guess that makes it more of a sandboard. You're controlling Alto, the titular hero of the piece, and your aim is to get as far as possible.
To do that you need to pull off tricks. Tap the screen and you'll jump. Hold your finger down and you'll perform a backflip. Landing backflips, and other tricks like chasm jumps, balloon bounces, and grinds, will speed you up.
There are challenges to complete here as well. You're given three at a time. Polish them off and you'll get another three to sink your teeth into. The coins you collect can be spent on upgrades and new boosts that you can pick up on your run.
Do I need to have played the original?
Nope, not at all. Although you probably should have done, because it's also ruddy brilliant. There's no story continuation here, and while this sequel does offer more of the same, there's no difficult combos or moves to try and remember. You're just tapping the screen.
What can I play it on?
If you want to play the game you'll need to have a device updated to iOS 10.0 or later. It'll run on the iPhone 5S and up, the iPad Air and up, and the iPad Mini 2 and up. You're not going to have to have the most up to date iOS device to play it in other words.
However, there's bad news for any Android players. There's no word yet on if or when the game is going to land on the Google Play Store. However, the original game did eventually make it onto Android devices, so don't give up hope just yet.
How much does it cost?
The game will set you back $4.99. Now, that might sound like a lot, but there's an awful lot going on in the game. Yeah, you can pick it up for a few minutes every now and then, but there's always something new to do.
What modes are there?
You get two modes for your purchase. There's a normal mode that gives you the challenges, and if you take a hit your run comes to an end. Then there's Zen mode, which just sees you sliding down the mountain without a care in the world. Fall over, and a tap on the screen will get you right back up again.
Anything else I should know?
There are no IAPs here, which is nice. And while you might feel like you're playing a mightily similar game to the original, it's definitely worth sticking with it. New mechanics change things up the further you get into the experience, and trust me, they're worth the admission price alone.