Monument Valley, a game for Android and some other irrelevant mobile OS, is the most beautifully captivating perspective based meditative puzzle game I have played since the beach ball based PSX classic Kula World (njust found out this game is on Android too!)
This game presents a wonderfully realised art style, ambient, airy sound design and a main character that manages to be both cute and oddly mysterious despite basically being a white triangle.
You must help the Silent Princess navigate an ever more complicated series of Escher-like castles, twisting, raising, lowering and tapping your way to victory.
The whole thing is held together with a sparse, poetic series of encounters with a green spirit type creature who presents riddleish dialogue that really adds to the pseudo-philosophical atmosphere of the whole thing. You know, like, are we exploring this bizarre virtual world or perhaps really, deep down inside, we are like, exploring ourselves?
I realise this game is standing on the shoulders of giants when it comes to perspective puzzlers such as Echochrome for the PSP / PS3 or the aforementioned personal favourite of mine Kula World for PSX but it really stands out as a shining example of modern mobile gaming done right. It doesn't, for example, just rip off an existing game add candy, micro transactions and, infuriatingly, become a really successful product in the process... because most of you iShit toting mobile "gamers" are utter morons with a whole lot more money than sense... *deep breath*
Fortunately for us "proper" mobile gamers the deconstructed mechanics and contemplative pacing of Monument Valley has since inspired a new wave of interesting mobile puzzlers such as Hitman Go, another game I have had a lot of fun with.
There is nothing not to love about this game. Even if I do feel a little sorry for the pesky crow people whenever I have to trap one! The game is so beautiful, relaxing and fun the play. Not only that but the puzzles never become insanely difficult to the point of giving up in frustration, which is a rare thing to find for someone as stupid as me when it comes to puzzle games.
I highly recommend picking up this title, especially if you have a long journey coming up, the time will fly by.