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Monument Valley Review

By , on April 22, 2014


Monument Valley
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Visually and conceptually tunning
  • Each puzzle is beautifully handcrafted
  • The world intuitively communicates all of its interactions

CONS

  • Only ten levels

VERDICT

Monument Valley is not only an exquisite piece of craftsmanship, but a genuinely delightful adventure with more 'wow' moments than most million-dollar blockbusters.


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It would be easy to describe Monument Valley as an interactive M.C, Escher lithograph. But, while the game's topsy turvy environments certainly owe much to the Dutch artist’s work, giving you the ability to interact with a world of perspective-bending vistas, it is more than just a clever picture come to life.

The aim of the game is to guide Princess Ida to the top of a series of towers. There are ten stages to complete, each containing a unique piece of architecture to navigate. Though you direct the Princess by tapping the screen, it is the buildings themselves which you will spend most of your time manipulating.

Each tower has can be twisted, extended, remoulded, or rotated around designated hotspots. To clear a path to the exit, you have to raise and lower platforms, move staircases, and spin the tower on its foundations to align disconnected walkways.

In essence, it's a game about the joy of discovery. There is no tutorial, and no explicit commands or mission objectives. You play with the world, watching carefully to see what paths can be created from the jumble of angles, and marvelling as disparate sections of archtecture join in paradoxical fashion.

The experimental nature of the puzzles does mean that much of the game can be completed through trial and error. Though it isn't a challenging game, the unexpectedly beautiful forms that emerge as you swipe the screen grab you by throat, with all of the games ten stages meticulously crafted to be both functional and visually stunning.

For some, Monument Valley’s brevity might be a point of contention. But, while we would certainly love more content, its ingenuity and imagination more than compensate for its relatively short running time. Rather than forcing you to repeat the same tired tasks until you are exhausted, it gleefully presents a new trick, and then conjures another, more enchanting feat without ever looking back.

Monument Valley is not only an exquisite piece of craftsmanship, but a genuinely delightful adventure with more 'wow' moments than most million-dollar blockbusters.

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Comments

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Chesco 4 months, 1 week ago

impressive & beautiful! Bookmarked for a $.99 sale.

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hellowyeeah 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice game! I like it! Hey, try this out ( http://bit.ly/1hvmTom and http://bit.ly/1ivWRSq ) Those apps is really fun to play!!!!!