Part Escher, Part Fez, Monument Valley Aims To Amaze With New Trailer

Monument Valley Splash

Whale Trail and Blip Blup developer Ustwo released a new trailer for its upcoming game Monument Valley, a stunningly beautiful game that looks to be influenced by the art of MC Escher, with gameplay that seems similar to hit indie game, Fez.

Aside from those obvious comparisons, what the trailer and accompanying screenshots show is a mind- and perspective-bending gameplay trip through various and brightly-colored worlds, guiding the silent princess protagonist through crazy architectural geometries.

Designer Ken Wong calls it “a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toy shop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Your goal is to unfold all the optical illusions, find hidden paths and explore the mysteries of Monument Valley, all the while avoiding and outsmarting the mysterious Crow people.

The trailer shows Princess Ida raising walkways, rotating structures to impossibly match distant building sections, and making her way to the end of each level, staying away from the Crow folk that litter the landscape. The soundtrack is calming, new age flowing, and I sincerely hope it’s int he final game. Here’s a look (and a listen):

Part Escher, Part Fez, Monument Valley Aims To Amaze With New Trailer

This looks like a fantastic game, iPad-only at launch, and should show up sometime in the first few months of next year, according to TechCrunch. No word on a specific date or price point, as yet.

We’ll keep our eye open in the meantime, though, and bring you any new details as they surface.

  • lowtolerance

    Wow, looks gorgeous.

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