Hey there! I’m back with yet another fun mobile phone game review! This week, I have a special sequel game that has most mobile phone gamers raving. It’s called Monument Valley 2. Now, I have yet to play the first Monument Valley, but after playing the sequel, it looks like I’m going to have to. But this time, let’s stick with MV2 and maybe we’ll cover MV1 in another post, depending on how well we do with this one. We’ll see...
I don’t want to spoil too much right off the bat, so what do you say we just dive right in and start with what Monument Valley 2 is all about? We’ll begin with a little background and go from there, per our usual format.
Monument Valley 2
What is it?
Monument Valley 2 is a mobile adventure/puzzle game from Ustwo Games that challenges players to guide a mother (Ro) and her daughter as they travel through the so-called ‘valley’ that’s filled with all kinds of mind-bending/shifting architecture, secret pathways and complex puzzles. The further you advance, the closer you get revealing the true nature of the 3-D world around you, which is known as the Sacred Geometry. Do you have the skills needed to complete the journey for Ro and her daughter and uncover the mystery of the Monument Valley?
What did you think?
Let me begin by saying that this game is visually stunning. Between the vibrant colors and soothing soundtrack, this game is more relaxing than challenging. I think the proper words to use to sum it up would be...hypnotic. At least, that’s how it made me feel. I also loved the optical illusion aspect. It kind of reminds me of a 3-D rubik’s cube that’s constantly shifting and re-shaping. Thankfully, it’s not as difficult to solve, because if it was, I probably wouldn’t even give it the time of day. I’ll even go as far as to say that the game reminds me of Inception as well, when it comes to the constantly changing architecture and puzzle-like setting. Again, that’s the feeling I got while playing through the levels.
Additionally, I thought the gameplay itself felt smooth and although I wasn’t sold on the click and place control at first, I finally warmed up to it after the first few levels. In fact, after solving a few puzzles, I couldn’t imagine the control system being any different, because it made moving the characters so easy, smooth and precise. The puzzles can be a bit tricky, but if you’re known for your puzzle-solving ability, you shouldn’t have a problem. In fact, I’ve read several reviews that say the puzzles were too easy and others say it was a little too hard, but the level of difficulty was intended to fit all levels of experience in my opinion.
As far as the story, I thought it could have been just a little longer, but I’m assuming/hoping that the developer is just saving material for more sequels to come in the future. One other key point that’s worth pointing out is the fact that this game allows you to play at your pace. By that, I mean that there is no time limit, loss of life/lives or points to worry about. Just take your time and solve the puzzles as best as you know how.
Would you recommend this game?
I think out of all the mobile games that I’ve reviewed thus far ever since taking over the series, this is a game that I would recommend the most. Again, any game that makes me lose track of time gets an A rating in my book. And that’s the kind of rating that makes me want to tell everyone else about, and get them to download it as well.
Have you played Monument Valley, Monument Valley 2 or both? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below and if you think I should do another review of the first Monument Valley game. Also, tell me which game you enjoyed more, if you’ve played both.
As always, I want to thank you for taking the time to read through this fun review and hope that you will continue to join me in this series. I have some other great games coming up in the next few weeks and I don’t want you to miss out. Remember to keep an eye on our blog page as well.