Coronavirus prompts Alto’s Adventure’s offer of free gaming for a week


“Alto's Adventure” and “Alto's Odyssey“ are here to help while you’re self isolating.
Alto's Odyssey imagines snowboarding in the desert. And it’s currently free.
Photo: Snowman

Both Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey are free for a week to benefit anyone quarantined by the COVID-19 epidemic. The developer, Snowman, made the move to “bring a little calm into your homes during these difficult times.”

These endless runner snowboarding games are beautifully designed. Alto’s Odyssey even won an Apple Design Award.

Snowman announced today via Twitter that both titles would be free for the next week “to help anyone who may be practicing social distancing or self isolation.“

Minimizing social interactions — or cutting them off completely — is recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The result is schools around the world closed for weeks, and adults working from home. This isolation can be stressful, and many turn to playing games.

Snowboard through exotics locations in Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey

Alto’s Adventure gives players the opportunity to join Alto as he goes on an endless snowboarding run through hills, villages, woodlands and even abandoned ruins. You’ll rescue runaway llamas, leap over chasms and outwit the mountain elders.

It isn’t new, but Apple put it on its “Best of 2015” list, and Wired described it as “a piece of interactive art.”

The follow up, Alto’s Odyssey adds dunes, canyons and temples to the mix. And players must bounce across hot air balloons and escape mischievous lemurs.

As mentioned, this game won an Apple Design Award in 2018.

Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey are currently both free on the App Store. There are versions for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Anyone with time heavy on their hands as they self isolate to reduce the spread of COVID-19 might also consider Apple Arcade. This subscription service costs $4.99 a month but includes over 100 games.