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Monument Valley, a beautiful Escheresque puzzle, makes its way to Google Play

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It's pretty hard to describe Monument Valley, which just arrived on Android, with a single word or two. Yes, it's a puzzle game, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Monument Valley is one of those digital pieces of elegant art that come into being once in a blue moon. Combining impossible geometry, inspired by M. C. Escher's multi-dimensional artworks, with surreal and minimalistic graphics, Monument Valley is truly an addictive masterpiece.

You play as Ida, a silent princess that "embarks on a quest for forgiveness" and needs you to guide her through some rather intricate geometrical mazes. The goal is simple, yet hard to achieve – help Ida get to the end of each level. Although these obscure labyrinths seem impossible to get through at first, certain architectural elements can be altered and modified at your will. At first, the puzzles are relatively easy and intuitive, but later on you'd really have to think out of the box if you want to finish a given level.

Some of the most advanced mazes will literally require you to make some seemingly impossible alterations to the architecture in order to help Ida. Monument Valley delicately guides you through every puzzle, though, so it is pretty unlikely that you'd feel stuck or lost in a given level while playing the game. Sounds outright easy, right? Well, wait until you meet the enigmatic Crow People, Ida's archenemies – these guys significantly increase the difficulty of Monument Valley and really make you think through every move.

“We’ve focused our attention on the design of game alongside a lot of user testing, and we really hope Monument Valley is what people are looking for right now - a premium game of the highest artistic quality offering players a satisfying journey from start to end," says Neil McFarland, one of the developers behind the game.

Alas, one of the downsides of the beautiful and unorthodox game is its duration – Monument Valley only treats us to 10 levels. What a pity! Still, you should consider that most of them can't be completed in a jiffy, so if you decide to give it a try, be sure that Monument Valley will have your full attention for several hours at least. After all, as the saying goes, some things are more precious because they don't last long.

We strongly recommend that you go ahead and download Monument Valley – chances are that you'd get addicted to it pretty fast. It's priced at $3.99 on Google Play and the game is pretty good value for the money. Monument Valley has also been around on iOS since April 3, so if you are toting an iPhone, don't hesitate to spend $3.99 and try it out, too!

You can check out our full review of Monument Valley here!

Download: Monument Valley (Android | iOS)



source: Monument Valley via Pocket Gamer

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