Monument Valley

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful, brain-twisting puzzle game.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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. 

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What 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. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZipperella October 7, 2018

Magnificent think outside the square puzzle

I love this game! The images are amazing, a true joy to watch unfold with an Escheresque style that totally captured me. It's a wonderful break from realit... Continue reading
Parent Written byDrewsio February 15, 2018

The right kind of challenge and mystery

The visuals and sounds of this game alone are intriguing. The challenges are hard enough to keep an adult engaged and also simple enough for a four year-old to... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2019

Great!

An amazing puzzle game! The only reason I don’t recommend for young kids is because they may not understand it, and some of the puzzles can get pretty challengi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySalsander January 17, 2015

A great puzzler with no innapropriate content

In Monument Valley, you must create paths in order to guide a girl to the next level. Because there is no mature content, the game is ok for all ages. However,... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with most puzzle games, players try to get from Point A to Point B by tapping the screen. What makes this unique, though, is the game's landscapes. Players can drag and turn parts of certain buildings to create a path from one area to the next. And, in others, stepping on trigger squares will change gravity and have you walking along the side of a wall. The game's physics is based on perception, so if you're able to position elements so there appears to be a path, you can use it, even if that path wouldn't exist in the real world.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the art styles of Escher and how they blend into this game. 

  • Families also can talk about how thinking outside the box can help you solve problems. 

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