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Ida walks through the valley of monuments

Technology, Design & ArchitectureJesse Walker1 Comment

Stumbled upon this game called Monument Valley in the iTunes store yesterday and was instantly hooked. So beautifully rendered, puzzling and relaxing (especially on an iPad) that it's hard to put down. There are 10 levels and more rumored to be in development. Visit www.ustwo.com

Wikipedia – In Monument Valley, the player leads the player-character princess Ida through mazes of impossible objects as she journeys to be forgiven for something. The game is presented in isometric view and features puzzles based on optical illusion  resulting from the game's isometric perspective. The player interacts with the environment to find hidden passages as Ida progresses to the map's exit. Each  level has a different central mechanic. Interactions include moving platforms and pillar animals, and creating bridges. Crows, stationary or wandering on the paths, can block Ida's path, requiring the player to find a means to detour around them. The player is indirectly cued through the game by design elements like color. Critics compared the game's visual style to a vibrant M. C. Escher drawing and Echochrome.