Games that calm you down: Monument Valley

If you are stressed out and/or you like strange games that really put a twist on perspective, how you see things, and can make you really think about how things work, then this game just might be made for you.

The stress busting game that I will be talking about in this post is a mobile game called Monument Valley. Fun fact, for those of you who like me, aren’t very good at geography, Monument Valley is a also the name of a place that actually exists in America. It is a red-sand desert region situated on the Arizona – Utah Border.

But we won’t be talking about that, we’ll be talking about the game. Monument Valley the game was developed and published by an indie studio called Ustwo. It is a puzzle game where you have to lead your character Princess Ida through the levels by going through mazes filled with/made up of optical illusions, and by manipulating various objects in each level which are called “sacred geometry” in the game. The story in the game is never fully explained but the basic premise is that the princess is on a journey to be forgiven for something. I think the developers made the story vague on purpose so that players could interpret the game any way they wanted to. Here’s some footage of the gameplay so you know what it’s like to play. The following video was not done by me but by youtuber iHasCupquake I take no credit for the video what so ever.

At the time when the video was first released the game was only playable on iOS devices like iPad and iPhone but now they are available for android devices as well. It is a paid game but it is cheap and I recommend you getting it just for fun if you can spare the money. You can get the game on the App store or the Google Play Store.

Monument Valley was made using Unity. Ustwo started work on this back in early 2013 and it took over 10 months to develop. They made it based on concept drawings by the company artist Ken Wong. For the visual style of the game the developers took inspiration from various sources; Japanese prints, minimalist sculpture, and indie games Windosill, Fez, and Sword & Sworcery. The visual style has been compared by critics to the drawings of M. C. Escher and the game Echochrome.

I really like this , it’s a lot of fun, the art style is very visually pleasing, it plays with your mind, and even if you think you’re stuck, if you keep at it and explore the possibilities you can always solve the puzzles by yourself (Hey if a guy like me can solve it then anyone can!).The game itself only has 10 levels but the studio made a DLC (Downloadable content) called Monument valley: Forgotten Shores and Ida’s Dream (Red version and Blue version)S, adding in more levels, which means more mind bending illusions and puzzles. This game is a great stress buster and a good way to waste time when you are bored and have nothing else to do. Try out Monument Valley and help Princess Ida in her quest.

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