Today’s Killer Startup: Monument Valley
Journey through fantastical, impossible worlds with Princess Ida as she searches for forgiveness the 2014 best game for Mac.
Why It’s A Killer Startup
Let me start by saying that I’m not a gamer. In fact, the only games I have downloaded on my phone are Monument Valley and that one where you connect the dots and try to make squares. My free time is usually spent reading, so I was skeptical when my boyfriend suggested that I check out this new game he’d downloaded.
Flash forward two hours later and I’m exclaiming over the latest surprise as the landscape shifts and changes in Monument Valley. I don’t understand the narrative but even though I’m someone who cares a lot about stories, it doesn’t even matter. My boyfriend is getting annoyed (he’s already finished the game) because I won’t stop showing him new discoveries and asking for help when Ida gets stuck.
The images themselves are gorgeous – pale shades of pinks, blues, and sandstone reds create landscapes that somehow combine architecture that recalls India with the impossibility of M.C. Escher’s creations. Princess Ida herself is adorable in her all white outfit and the sounds she makes as she scampers around only make her more endearing.
I don’t want to give much more than that away, so I won’t talk about what happens when you move the landscape or how the Crow People might not be all bad. While the cost of Monument Valley may be a little higher than the average iPhone game, the incredible about of work that must have gone into creating such a beautiful experience is worth the $4 (and the extra if you want more levels) – and, honestly, probably worth more.
Monument Valley is a beautiful, fantastical journey that even people who don’t play games will want to take.