Princess Ida needs to find herself, and she’s doing so with a quest across an unpredictable and shifting landscape that takes inspiration from perspective-bending Escher art and hit indie game Fez.
You’ll need to tap on the screen to get Ida moving to her end goal, swiping and rotating dozens of different mechanical gadgets to make sure she can continue on her way. The puzzles aren’t super difficult, but they do require a bit of thought, and plenty of them are downright ingenious. You’ll feel pretty darn intelligent when you finally get that “aha!” moment.
Check out our play-through video below to get a sense of how lush and calming Monument Valley really is.
The learning curve ramps up gently, which is a nice complement to the gentle, poignant soundtrack that is full of synth pads and melodic percussion.Each level starts with a cute little old-timey descriptor, like “In Which Princess Ida Learns To Walk In New Ways.”
Be sure to try this one out on your iPad, it’s simply that gorgeous. The pastels and fun perspective shifts remind me of another title we picked a while back: Tengami, so if you enjoyed that game, you’re going to love the heck out of this one.
Even if the puzzles aren’t too tough, the simple charm of Monument Valley will keep you engaged and playing all the way through. Pick up your copy today for an affordable $3.99, and read our review while you’re at it.