To Walk Among the Monuments

by Brooks Weaver. 0 Comments

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The new Apple App Store’s Editor’s Pick for mobile games is entitled Monument Valley – not to be confused with the Navajo Travel Park in the Southwestern region of the United States.

To put what Monument Valley is in one sentence, it’s the complexity of an M.C. Escher drawing with the tranquility of Thatgamecompany’s Journey.

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But just in case that wasn’t enough for ya, here’s how the developer of game, UsTwo, defines the game:

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent Princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, taking advantage of optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

Inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, Japanese prints and minimalist 3D design, each level is a unique, hand-crafted combination of puzzle, graphic design and architecture. Like listening to an album or walking through a museum for the first time, Monument Valley is about discovery, perception and meaningful beauty.” –UsTwo Press Release

But the game is more than just a pretty picture and calm music.  It’s a game of perspective and feeling.  It’s filled with varying landscapes that take you from calm waterfalls to raging seas – towered over by architecture that puzzles the mind and delights the soul.

One thing that I truly enjoy about each level is that the designers of the game understand the appeal of the aesthetic of the game.  The art style is so beautiful, and minimalistic, that you are given the opportunity at the end of each level to save a picture of it to your Photo library.

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The silent Princess Ida walks among the towers of Monument Valley.

Monument Valley is a “universal App” meaning that when you purchase it on either your iPhone or iPad, you can download it again on any other iOS device for free!!

So…what are you waiting for??  It is waiting for you to download it today!

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