Play Monument Valley for free and be treated to arguably one of the best mobile gaming experiences out there.
Guide a silent princess through a world filled with fantastical architecture.
Find and traverse through hidden paths and optical illusions.
Grabbing Monument Valley while it is available for free on GooglePlay is a no-brainer. This buy-to-play game is after all, one of the best mobile puzzle games ever made. It even earned a bit of a spotlight on a popular TV show, House of Cards. With that said, the game is free for a limited period, so be sure to download it today or you will regret not saving yourself $3. No, we’re not saying it isn’t worth the price tag. Even if you priced it at $10, it’s still worth a buy because hey, Monument Valley is a monument to mobile gaming excellence. Why? Well, let’s find out!
In this game, you play as a silent princess and your goal is to traverse through 10 levels. A puzzle game at its core, the only things you’re required to do is to change the way you view the stage and move the touchable parts of the levels. However, things aren’t as simple as they seem: the levels are intricately designed, and the movable parts mostly illusions. It’s like the journey itself is a figment of Ida’s imagination, deceiving us as we help her move around the illusory labyrinths.
Monument Valley’s levels are fairly unique, each presenting different obstacles and movable parts. If you turn around a wheel once, it will turn a platform which will connect two parallel spaces. There are also blocks wherein you only have to swipe up, down, left, and right in order to move them, with Ida in tow. There are also ladders for Ida to climb. The stages have end points each, and once the path is clear, all you have to do is tap on the goal to go to the next. If you are looking to squeeze your brain juices however, Monument Valley is on the easy part. You won’t need a guide or cheat your way by using a walkthrough. Although there are some areas wherein you may need to think intensively and look closely, the way forward is clear and straightforward.
The main appeal of Monument Valley is its presentation aspects.The gameplay elements are straightforward and more on the casual side, sure, but the atmosphere and vibe the environments dish out are nothing less than breathtaking. Every part of each level feels like a painted canvas, drawn by hand by an acclaimed artist. The subtle sound and music cues whenever you move each block hand a satisfying and relaxing tones. The audio elements are divinely relaxing, and if you’re looking for a game to chill out, this is your best bet.
You would think that Monument Valley’s would have a strong story, thanks to its premise. Unfortunately, the plot isn’t as intricate as one would expect. Without diving deep into spoiler territory, let’s just say that it’s brief and you’d want more. The second game is up, but you would want to check it out (you’d have to pay $5 to have it installed.
Overall, Monument Valley doesn’t focus on its plot nor the rather simple gameplay. Instead, the developers went all in on the experience you have while guiding Ida, and they have totally succeeded in delivering an outstanding one. Every level is a joy to go through, every beat of its soft sound effects and music is a welcome to any eardrum, and the visuals are a sight for sore eyes.