I was searching the Amazon Underground store when I found this little game called Monument Valley. I had seen it mentioned on the internet before, but never looked into it. I figured this would be my chance to try it.
I was very pleasantly surprised.
Monument Valley is a puzzle game that involves manipulating objects in each level (and rotating the level itself) to get your character, Ida, to the end. The fun part about that, though, is all of the weird perspective tricks it plays on you in order to get to the solution.
The game is clever, and it made me feel clever as I progressed through its levels. The puzzles were challenging, but they never felt overwhelmingly challenging. The graphics are beautiful; each set piece was a treat to explore, my curiosity guiding me to each area’s end goal. The sound design was also brilliant; each sound effect felt like it belonged in this world.
The soundtrack is also enjoyable. It’s mellow and relaxing, much like the game itself. I recommend making sure that the music is turned on when you play the game. In addition, I suggest listening to the soundtrack by itself; you can listen to it at work, during a nap, or in the car. You can find it on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.
All good things aside, I have one complaint: it was too short. The game includes ten levels, each getting progressively longer and more difficult. While they do take a bit of time to complete, you could easily have the game done within a couple of hours if you binge it. Or, you can spread it out over a few days and savor the experience.
I left this game both satisfied and craving for more. The developers did a great job with it, and I hope to see more of their work in the future.
Price: $4 (+ $2 for a nice DLC, which I’ll cover later); $0 on Amazon Underground
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone