Monument Valley Review

Monument Valley Review

Monument Valley is gorgeous-looking new game for iPhone and iPad with puzzles fit for M.C. Escher

Monument Valley is hands-down one of the most well-designed games we’ve ever laid eyes on — from the isometric artwork to the fluid animation, it exudes class from the moment it pops up on screen. It’s fun to play too: your task is to guide a silent princess through a shifting set of puzzles towards the exit.

Each level looks like a modern-day M.C. Escher painting, with hidden staircases, crumbling columns and moving platforms the order of the day. As you reach the later levels you’ll need to deal with unpleasant rooks getting in your way, while the solutions become more and more difficult to figure out.

There’s nothing particularly new in Monument Valley — gamers have been standing on buttons, turning cogs and sneaking past adversaries since the dawn of the home computer — but it’s all packaged so well that you can’t fail to be impressed. From the soothing background music to the app menus, everything has been crafted so cleverly that Monument Valley is a genuine pleasure to play, and the simple story has some great moments too.

Perhaps the only downside is that it’s so short, with only ten levels to take on (a couple of hours’ gameplay in our experience). Hopefully developers UsTwo will be persuaded to release more levels further down the line.

Rated 5 out of 5

Lose yourself for a couple of hours in an engaging series of Escher-style puzzles.

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  • Camille Audsley

    I’d even consider buying an i-phone in order to have a go of this, it looks like the most beautiful fantasy world I’ve ever seen. Reckon I could easily get lost in this world for hours.