Alto’s Adventure

I bought Alto’s Adventure a few years ago, played it a few times, and uninstalled it. I didn’t get it at the time, but I always had a feeling I’d missed something there. Recently, I listened to a podcast where Jason Kottke talked at length about the game, and it made me reinstall it. After listening to this interview, something clicked in me and I got the flow much better. It’s a game about timing, but it’s mostly a game about flow. Kottke has more to say about it on his blog as well. I’ve played it a ton this week, and I uninstalled it today, a day after getting my high score.

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I uninstalled it because I found myself playing it a little too much. It’s a very addictive game, and it’s easy to play for just a minute here or there, until it becomes twenty, and you haven’t looked up from your phone, and it’s dark out now. I like video games a lot, but when it comes to games on my phone, I prefer the brief ones that end (Monument Valley, Florence are two excellent phone games).

Maybe it’s self control. Maybe it’s that I just watched that episode of Newsradio where Dave blows his SAT test (again) after spending all night playing Stargate Defender.

I’m impressed with that high score, though.



Date
June 20, 2018