Ustwo’s perception puzzle adventure Monument Valley is one of my favorite mobile games. The sequel popped up earlier this week as a surprise announcement during Apple’s WWDC keynote, and it’s every bit as beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable as the first.
Monument Valley is a pretty great iOS game. It’s so great, in fact, that it inspired a pretty great Minecraft map to go with it, and it does invoke the game’s visuals quite well (that is, until you go first-person, like you tend to do in Minecraft.)
The next game from the creators of Monument Valley is going to be a virtual reality experience. UsTwo’s Land’s End is due to hit the Samsung Gear VR headset next month.
Apple has released its annual "Best of" list, singling out the top selling, top downloaded, top grossing and all-round top apps of 2014. For "Game of the Year" they picked perspective puzzler Monument Valley and wildly-popular number cruncher Threes for iPad and iPhone respectively. Excellent.
The next best thing to a genuine new Monument Valley level—us2games accepted the ice bucket challenge:
There's now a full line of figures based on Monument Valley:
A Monument Valley level based on the world of Journey. See the entire image below, as well as Monument Valley plush characters.
Monument Valley programmer Manesh Mistry posted this footage of Monument Valley being played in first person.
In a mobile gamescape cluttered with free-to-play fluff meant to while away weeks, months and even years rises Monument Valley, a premium perceptual puzzle game that offers just an hour of content — the most sublime hour my iPad has ever given me.
Love the stylish look of iOS game Monument Valley? The artist and designer is Ken Wong, who previously worked on Alice: Madness Returns. Enjoy more video game art by him below, including posters you can buy now, and his takes on the Link and Morrigan: