If you’ve ever played Alto’s Adventure you’ll know just how addictive a single button game can be. Once to jump and hold to backflip as you snowboard your way down scenic peaks. That may not sound like much but it’s the perfect recipe to make Alto’s Adventure the ideal on-the-go mobile game. Alto maker Noodlecake Studios is now placing bets on that recipe successfully transitioning to the big screen, having just announced a launch on Android TV and NVIDIA Shield. But will it pay off?
In one sense of the word, yes. Because Noodlecake also announced Alto’s Adventure for Shield TV and Android TV will see a return to the premium model the title first launched with on iOS. While mobile Android players fortunately got the game for free, if you want to enjoy it on larger screens you’ll have to fork over $2.99.
While there’s something inherently ‘acceptable’ about paying for a title you’ll be playing on a large screen, there’s also the possibility that adding a price tag will cause some fans to just stick with the mobile version. Or the existing Alto fanbase might jump at the chance to drop Noodlecake a few bucks for their efforts. I certainly wouldn’t mind paying for the endless fun I’ve had on Alto’s Adventure.
But I also suspect that Alto’s seemingly infinite replay value comes from its gameplay being perfect for short waits at the bus stop or in the back of a taxi. I don’t know if I’d want to play Alto for hours while sitting on my couch with a real game controller in my hand. Or if I could be bothered setting it up for a quick five minute session. The game will be available today in Google Play.