Jun 24th, 2015

There is literally a simulator for everything these days. Goat Simulator. Farming Simulator. Forklift Simulator. Street Cleaning Simulator. The list goes on and on. If you had a Windows PC in the 90’s you may remember a game called SkiFree, which could be considered one of the original simulators. Powder -Alpine Simulator brings back some of that classic SkiFree charm for Android.

In Powder your goal is to simply ski down a mountain as long as possible. There are tree and rocks that will get in your way, but no abominable snow monsters (as far as I know). To control the skier you tap or hold on the whichever direction you’d like to go. Your speed will build up and it will get more difficult to avoid the obstacles.

Powder screens

The other aspect of this game is its soothing nature. Instead of a rocking soundtrack there is only soothing white noise. Combine that with the rhythmic swooping back and forth down the hill and you’ll fall into a trance, that is until you run into a tree. At first it may seem a little boring, but after a while you’ll be hooked in.

For $1.99 you can unlock a bear skier to replace the default Pixel skier. Playing the game is great, but once you venture outside of the gameplay it gets a little messy. On my LG G4 the menu is very hard to read and the buttons are difficult to press. The game doesn’t seem to be optimized for 2K displays. Other than that this is a soothing and fun game. Download it for free from the Play Store here.