Incredibly beautiful Monument Valley is now free on iOS, still $3.99 on Android

One of last year's more emblematic and intriguing mobile games, Monument Valley, is certainly a title that is hard to be summarized with a word or two. Rather, one needs to experience it themselves. Believe us, there is a reason why Monument Valley was chosen by Apple as its Game of the Year for 2014 and also received an Apple Design Award - it is a perfect blend between innovative gameplay and captivating graphics.

Well, in case you've missed the surreal puzzle game, you can now download the game along with its expansion, "Forgotten Shores", for free on your iOS device. We are not exactly sure if this is a limited-time deal or a permanent one. Previously, the game flaunted a 3.99-dollar price tag. In the meantime, Android users still have to shell out $3.99 in order to snatch the title from Google Play, or get it for free from Amazon's Underground app store. 

Earlier this year it was revealed that Monument Valley had earned its developer, Ustwo, roughly $5.8 million. More than 80% of these earnings had come straight from iOS users, while Android was far behind with less than 14%. The rest are courtesy of Amazon's app repository for Android.

But let's get In Monument Valley, you play as Ida, a mute princess that embarks on a "quest for forgiveness" and needs your help in getting around the twisted and intricate world, which is full of various geometric puzzles that require you to think in three dimensions. It won't be far-fetched to say that each of the few levels looks like a picture drawn by M. C. Escher, an artist with a distinct modernistic style. 

You can check out our full review of Monument Valley to get a little more info about the noteworthy puzzle title.

Download: Monument Valley (iOS | Android)

source: @Wario64 via Engadget



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm trying this out tonight

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn! Based off the numbers in the article, the Android platform is responsible for over $22,000,000 USD in lost revenue. Taking that into account, it's no wonder why people focus on iOS releases before Android... Stupid pirates. It's a great game, don't wait to get it if you're on an iDevice!

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I just picked up a iPhone 6s Plus and will be trying it since it's free.

7. shinywindow unregistered

They fugged you on your phones price, so sleep well with your "free game"" lol.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, I agree that it's over priced, but if it's the phone they want then who cares if they have to spend extra to get it.

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Hey I try them all.. No discrimination from me sir.. I have always been on android so I have my s6 edge plus and tried the Lumia 950 and now I am on the the 6s plus.. I try them all but my daily driver is the s6 edge plus

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Seems like you like products that are not all they claim to be....

4. akaliel

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

As a dev, I can attest to this. I stopped releasing pay versions of my games on Android, almost everyone pirates it. However, oddly enough the platform with the greatest revenue for my last game wasn't iOS. It was Amazon. Maybe because it was a word game, so the kindle audience was a good fit. I dunno. But the Apple and Google stores are so saturated now, getting any kind of visibility is almost impossible.

5. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Can we make a movement that says "Android Phones Matter?" Because seriously, it's unjust that we're being treated as second rate citizens, that we're receiving scraps of support and care from developers big and small. And Google is not doing jacks---!

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Says every windows phone fanboy

6. shinywindow unregistered


11. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You can always install it for free on android, I did end up purchasing this game while ago and there another extension/version. Great game!

12. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

WHAT?! I paid the 4 bucks for the game on Windows Phone and 4 more for forgotten shores >:(

14. Illuminati007

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Happens to me every time :D The feeling of being robbed!!

13. Illuminati007

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

It's no surprise to see majority of the game developers switching from the paid model to the freemium model. I personally hate it but I understand the reasons for the transition.

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yeah for some reason, I'm one as well, people do NOT want to part with a couple of dollars for apps. I'm getting better at it and letting lose on themes and stuff, but I do not like paying of apps. It's weird b/c I'd blow $2-4 on anything else w/o thinking twice, but you show me an app everyone says is awesome and it's .99 I'm like fuk that noise. lol

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