Ustwo Games infographic showcases success, and cost, of beautiful Monument Valley game

Ustwo Games infographic showcases success, and cost, of beautiful Monument Valley game
There is little arguing that Monument Valley is one of the more enchanting games to hit the mobile space in some time. The puzzles, as visually engaging as some are difficult, are a tribute to the surrealistic works of Dutch artist M.C. Escher.

Monument Valley is a game, it is a puzzle, and it is a work of art. Still, many people groaned at the price of admission for what was initially only 10 levels of game-play. The expansion of Forgotten Shores was available late last year as an in-app purchase.

Such is the life of small development teams though, ad-supported games can usually stem the costs, but for games of this quality, the ad model was not a desirable option. Who wants a banner splashed across such a pretty landscape?

The gang at Ustwo Games put together an infographic showcasing the success of the game as well as what it cost to create in the first place, and some of the numbers are quite surprising. The first iteration of Monument Valley took over a year to build, and cost over $850,000. The Forgotten Shores expansion took a little over half a year, and was over half-a-million-dollars in the making.

Good thing the game has proven to be such a success. Installed on over 10 million unique devices, Monument Valley has brought Ustwo Games revenues of a bit over $5.8 million, 81% of which has come from iOS users (Google Play and Amazon pick up the rest).

The US, China, UK, and Germany are the biggest markets where Monument Valley has taken off. About half of all players that start it, finish it. Perhaps the most stunning statistic, more than 2 million totems have been drowned, have you no heart?

If you are not familiar with the game, check out our review of Monument Valley.

source: Ustwo Games



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

hmmm...very interesting...

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its also one of the most pirated game on Android.

3. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

The game is quite beautiful looking, however it is ridiculously easy. I dont mind paying for good games, however when they are that easy, they shouldn't be that expensive

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Agree. I bought it and got a refund. Did not live up to the hype.

4. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

How transparent from them. Very interesting informations. At the end of the day, the game made close to 10x return of investment, so we can expect some more great stuff from the developer

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They should port this game to console/PC. This game doesn't belong on mobile devices

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"This game doesn't belong on mobile devices" .. Wow what a mindless comment. Whats wrong with you??

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