The year might only be three months old but there’s already a contender for ‘most visually striking iOS game of 2014.’
Launched today, Monument Valley looks to combine the gameplay of hit indie game Fez with the brain-twisting art of M.C. Escher.
As can be seen from the above trailer it looks stunningly beautiful, and with developers Ustwo (the team responsible for Whale Trail and Blip Blup) behind it, hopefully the gameplay will be every bit as great. The trailer depicts Princess Ida climbing through landscapes of shifting geometric shapes, optical illusions, and hidden paths — all the while avoiding and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.
Designer Ken Wong calls it “a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toy shop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.”
We’ll be back with a full review as soon as possible, but for now gamers can check out the trailer below, or follow the link at the bottom of the page to download the game to their iOS device.
Monument Valley is available for newer iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. It cost $3.99.