Monument Valley

Monument Valley

First Impressions: This is a mobile game that I would put in the puzzle/platformer genre. It cleverly uses perspective to create the puzzles. You only need to tap the screen where you want to move, and tap and drag to manipulate the world. Think of a more aesthetically pleasing Fez combined with a Penrose stairs Escher painting. The combination of interactive sound fx and peaceful ambiance is very soothing. For backstory, all that you know in the beginning is that you are some kind of princess. Every beginning level does a great job of introducing mechanics.

Monument Valley

First Impressions: This indie game can best be described as a physics-based puzzle solving game with incredibly visually pleasing art. You are tasked with moving Princess Ida along three-dimensional platforms to reach the end of each level. In order to make it through most of the scenes, you rotate, pan, and slide the platforms and various other structures so that the princess can travel across seemingly impassable obstacles. The backstory is slowly introduced as Ida finishes a series of levels and communicates with a ghost.

Monument Valley

First Impressions: Monument Valley is about a princess Ida who is on a mission exploring various monuments. Each monument is a puzzle maze where you as the player must move pieces to get Ida through each level. The game mechanics are very simple -- rotating, sliding, clicking -- and done very well, while the puzzles are still challenging and thought-provoking. Similarly, the artwork is also simple but captivating. The colors are bright, the monuments are all geometric and 3D-like, but the animations give life and movement to the geometry.

Monument Valley

First Impressions

Monument Valley

First Impressions

Monument Valley is an interactive puzzle game where the player controls a click and move princess through various monumental puzzles.  The player is given very little backstory and no instruction and is just expected to interact with the environment to see what the various puzzle pieces do.

Monument Valley

My first impression of Monument Valley was that of awe. The game itself is very well made, and the animation and map implementation is amazing; those aspects mixed with the music got me hooked. I am a huge fan of puzzle games, so this caught my eye instantly. I remember first being introduced to this game from the Netflix show House of Cards. The product placement in the show made me want to dish out the money to play this game. To traverse through the map, you click on the screen to move to the intended location.

Monument Valley

First Impressions

Monument Valley

First Impressions

Monument Valley

First Impressions