Its rare that I review games. This, actually, is my first real game review… And it has been possible only because of this game I’ve been playing since a few days. Yes, its Monument Valley.
Monument Valley is a simple puzzle game - take princess Ida through a beautiful, lost world of odd geometry. The game has a story line... discovering strange possiblities in the abandoned world, including walking sideways, making a friend and walking against annoying crows.
So what makes this game better than any other puzzle? Its outstanding illusions. They are pretty amusing; and a lot of them come unexpectedly, helping you complete the chapters.
Coming to the graphics. The world looks beautiful in the multicoloured structures, and the mechanics of the game, though very simple, are really precise and well made.
The story consists of 10 chapters. Each chapter is a unique adventure, and one can learn to progress through the story. The story isn’t long though. The game doesn’t last too long: each chapter can be complete in 10 minutes average. So the game is simply for an hour or two. I wouldn’t regard this to be a disadvantage, considering the amount of work and design that has gone behind each chapter. Commendable work done by the developers (Ustwo)!
The only way you can enjoy this game to the fullest is by playing this game with headphones on, in a quiet room. The story envelopes the player and you don’t feel like leaving it once its in its way.
The (RED) label is because its collaboration with Apple and (RED) to help create a AIDS free generation by donating all the money earned by selling this game this week to (RED). Offer only on App Store. A special chapter included for the same. Learn more: http://www.red.org/en/
Monument Valley is a paid game. Yes, it is, and costs Rs. 250. Is it worth it for a paid game? I say, totally! This is the amount of money you would spend in watching a movie in a theatre, and the game is an interactive story by itself. Its worth every penny. And considering that the game is significantly difficult to make by a small group of developers, and that the idea behind the game is extremely unique, Rs. 250 is a small amount.
The game has won several awards, including Apple’s Design Award. Though the game is available on both the app stores, the iOS version is much more popular. The developer says the iOS version has sold more copies than the Android one by the ratio 9:1. So a lot of updates first enter iOS, then Android.
The reviews have been outstanding, and the game has sold over a million copies. Its a must buy and try game for the simply outstanding work of art the developers have created.
Visit their website and support the game: http://www.monumentvalleygame.com