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Game Review: Monument Valley & Monument Valley 2 (Android)

I’ve written before, that I am not big on mobile games.  They are a good time waster, but I find myself more interested in reading the news when I have spare moments while I am with my cellphone.  Because of this fact, only when a truly special game comes along does it really interest me on mobile devices.  The latest one that has gotten me interested is the Monument Valley series of games.  Now I know that Monument Valley has been out for quite some time, and I am little late coming to the party, but as I mentioned above, I am usually leary about buying mobile games.  First off, I want to mention that I purchased both of these games with my own Google play credits.  Before I purchased Monument Valley, I had heard that it was very popular and very fun to play.  At the time I purchased it, Google had put the game on sale for $0.99 so it was a bargain to buy at that time.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is visual puzzle game.  The premise is simple, requiring you to navigate the character from point A to point B by clicking on different area’s of the current level.  Each level can consist of several stages, some of them can be quite challenging.  Most of the puzzles have some mind-bending twists to them, and you need to change your way of thinking in order to complete each stage and level.

Visually Monument Valley is a stunning game, even for a mobile game.  The game runs smoothly with no real lag, and the interface, being a single touch to control objects and the character, were very easy to grasp and control.  The whole game felt fun to play, even for short periods, and I often had no issue playing for an hour at a time.

Sound wise, I don’t usually keep the sound enabled, because I am out and about with my phone, I don’t want to annoy others with game sounds, so I didn’t get to experience it very much, but from what I did hear, I liked a lot, and the ambiance of the game is very well done.

Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2 is a continuation of Monument Valley.  I purchased it shortly after completing the first game, because I enjoyed it so much I felt compelled to continue the story.  In Monument Valley 2, you are teaching your daughter to solve the levels, and as such often have 2 characters to move around the levels.  Towards the later stages you have only 1, but there is a reason for that.  You get a whole “Coming of Age” feel to the story of Monument Valley 2, which is fine as it is very fitting.

The visuals of Monument Valley 2 are just as impressive as Monument Valley.  The puzzles are pretty much of the same design, with a few tweaks here and there to make things more challenging.  While the puzzles are kind of tricky, I didn’t find myself stuck on one for more than 5 minutes.

Both Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are great and will allow you to enjoy the challenge of each of the games and also enjoy the story behind each level.  I highly recommend both of these games (played in order of course) for everyone, as they are quite challenging, but not enough to be frustrating.  Check out the trailer and see for yourself.

  

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Game Review: Monument Valley & Monument Valley 2 (Android)

8.5
Gameplay:
9
Story:
9
Difficulty:
7
Graphics:
9

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