Alto Review, Requirements and Gameplay - Snowboarding Was Never This Much Fun

Sometimes we all need a little something to cool down. Whether it is listening to Sunday Morning music or a relaxing video game. Okay so I went straight to the point, there are other ways to enjoy the weekend but we'll be discussing the main one here.

Alto intends to help you calm that smothers the fidgets. It intends to drive away the uneasiness of your entire day with a simple snowboarding game mixed with warm instrumentals. It's simple, not complicated and doesn't even require the effort or brainpower which you need with fast-paced or Physics games respectively.

Alto is a young boy who has to chase after the escaped Llamas. What follows is an exciting odyssey, as you chase them through the mountainside. The environment of Alto is cartoony and the world is procedurally generated, at one end you may end up in a forest and at another, you'll be passing through a small group of tents where the elder will start chasing you.

It has a soothing effect because of its warm comforting background music and incredibly simple gameplay. It can help dissolve your worries and help your brain relax a bit.

The game, however, can get repetitive. The procedurally generated world has to work on same selections placed in the algorithm, there isn't a lot to choose but they can put your mind to it.

The first few levels are relatively easy and it gets tough along the way. The ability to continue on even when you have completed the objectives is an interesting aspect of the game and particularly fun for those who just want to have a bit of fun and explore the difficulty further.

The part where it actually gets a little difficult is when you are being chased by the elder. It forces you to go faster and it is a satisfaction to get as much distance between you and him Get too much near and well you better prepare yourself then.

The game is relatively short consisting of a tab more than 10 levels but you can, of course, keep on going on the level you are playing until you trip over a rock or fall into a ditch vice versa. You can challenge yourself to beat your last distance as many times as you want.

The art style and the overall graphics are neat and well crafted. The game feels nice and the environment shifts from joyous mornings to serene night times with the snow falling in between. Making me almost want to go to the Northern areas to try out snowboarding.

So overall, Alto is a good game but it lacks the depth of levels and it can get repetitive. But to be frankly honest it is not much of a big deal. It excels in the work in intends to do, which is to have a short span of fun and relaxation.

Rating: 3.5/5


  • Relaxing
  • Neat Artwork
  • Background Music


  • Short
  • Easy peasy



CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 420 1.2 GHz or equivalent
GPU: Adreno 403 or equivalent
Storage: 150 MB
OS: iOS 7.0/Android 4.2 or above
Phone: iPhone 5/Samsung Galaxy S2  or equivalent


  • This is a non-demanding app.
  • Your phone should have these or equivalent specs to run the apps smoothly.
  • Generally, requirements are not provided for most so Generic requirements are used after serious consideration and research of the game's engine used and graphical detail etc.
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