Review Monument Valley
Recursion Inspired Art
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 21 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy S III (LTE)
Unusual game design, unusual plot, the game is addictive, one-finger controls
Inconvenient to play on a small screen
Monument Valley for Android is mind bending fun. This is one of those rare apps that's actually as cool the programmers think it is. The landscape has a fairy tale, other worldliness feel to it. And the soundscape creates the appropriate feel to math this game's mythic roots.
Clearly Monument Valley is inspired by M.C. Escher and his recursion art. Escher's muse was symmetry and infinity via geometric forms that create visual illusions that seem to pop right off the page. This app follows that similar vein, but takes it one step further by morphing that style of art into a playable game. Stairways and walkways seemingly have one perspective, only to change and go off in a completely different path as the maze progresses. The objective is the get the tiny little squire from the bottom of the maze, all the way to the top. There's stairways, secret moving platforms and interesting story that guides you through this mythic land. It's really a mind bender to figure out the best path through the maze and not all is as it appears to be.
Moving our little squire is simple, just touch the screen where you want him to go, and he happily heads off in that direction. But if there isn't a clear path to where you want him to go, it's on you to find a way. Move a secret platform, flip the 3D stairs, ponder the possibilities. This one is a thinker and the graphics are engaging and entertaining.
ResumeMonument Valley is a very well thought out game. There's a lot of polish and refinement here. And the presentation it top notch. This is a very intriguing puzzler and I almost expect there to be a companion children's storybook to go with it. Kids of all ages would love this one. Captivating and enchanting for sure.