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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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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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 3, 2014
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 147.00 MB
- Publisher: ustwo
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up