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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to think outside of their normal parameters as they explore the twisting, turning world of Monument Valley. Very little is as it seems there -- and the game quickly pushes players out of their comfort zones. There's a lot of trial and error in Monument Valley, but eventually patterns start to emerge, letting kids strategize and start thinking ahead of the next move.
Ease of Play
The game is a definite brainteaser, using Escher-like puzzles that force players to think in ways they normally don't.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monument Valley is an MC Escher-inspired puzzle game that bends architecture and follows a silent princess through a captivating world. Although there are no in-app purchase opportunities, violence, or sexual situations, the game's difficulty might be a bit much for young players; older kids will enjoy the opportunity to break out of their day-to-day patterns of thinking.
Is It Any Good?
MONUMENT VALLEY is unlike any game you've played (until, of course, the inevitable clones hit the app store). It's a winding, brain-warping title that will occasionally frustrate you to no end, only to have you slapping yourself on the head when you figure out whatever puzzle you're stuck on. By routinely ignoring gravity and the laws of the physical world, it creates a dream world that is positively surreal. It's a very soothing title -- one that's best suited for players who need a slower pace.
The game doesn't offer much in the way of help, though, which could frustrate young players. Even basic actions are left up to the player to discover. Although it's nice to have a game not talk down to players, this is one that could have done with a little handholding in the early levels to ease people into the different style of play.
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