Monument Valley 2

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Visually stunning sequel is another meditative puzzler.

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age 4+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can work on their spatial-reasoning skills, as well as their problem-solving skills, as they bend their environment to their will. 

Ease of Play

A tutorial gets you started with the basic mechanics. From there, you'll have to figure things out without hints, but if you keep exploring on any level, the mechanics eventually become clear. Kids will likely need occasional hints from an adult, especially as the difficulty level ramps up.

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There is a link to the publisher's website both at the end of the game and in the menu. It sells the original app as well as merchandise. There's no parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monument Valley 2 is the sequel to the stunning physics-bending puzzler Monument Valley. The puzzles are set in an M.C. Escher-like universe of twisting staircases and platforms, which curiously shift between geometric planes. The controls are simple enough even for young children, although the puzzles will likely be too challenging, especially once they're past the early stages. There are no time limits, dangers, or other stressors, however, so patient kids can simply take their time. Enough exploration on most of the levels inevitably leads to the solution, making this puzzle lower on the frustration meter than many others. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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Adult Written byZipperella October 7, 2018

Magnificent think outside the square puzzle, easier than its predecessor

Another amazing game with magnificent artistry which totally captures the player. I love it! My 4 year old son loves it to! This version is easier than the last... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Ro, the heroine from the first Monument Valley edition, returns with her daughter in MONUMENT VALLEY 2. At first, the young girl needs plenty of guidance, literally following and then mirroring her mother's steps. As the story progresses, she becomes more independent and eventually sets sail on a journey of her own. Ro must let her daughter go, knowing that she has done all she can to prepare her. Mother and daughter move on through the game on their separate paths before reuniting near the end. There, we witness a happy reunion but also a young girl who has found her way into womanhood. Players move Ro and her daughter by tapping where they want them to go. They must manipulate parts of the landscape by lifting, lowering, and turning them so the platforms and stairways align in just the right way. Playing straight through, users can complete it in only a few hours.

Is it any good?

For those who like problem-solving without pressure, this is a soothing sensory experience. Like the original, Monument Valley 2 has luscious, sherbet-colored landscapes and a meditative music score. The story is touching, especially for parents, but it's very much secondary to the gameplay. It's the perfect choice for quiet exploration with just enough challenge to get the brain working without making you want to toss your device out the window. Kids who are stressed by high-pressure, timed, and violent games will very much appreciate the calming environment in Monument Valley 2. And, since it's challenging without being impossible, this is perfect for those who have the patience to keep on working on solutions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving puzzles, such as the ones in Monument Valley 2. How does the app make you see things in a new way? How is it the same as and different from other types of puzzles?

  • How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you had or have limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

  • Talk about the relationship in the game. How do we help each other learn? What's the best way to guide someone without telling them exactly what to do?

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