Monument Valley

Synopsis:
Monument Valley is full of breathtakingly beautiful puzzles that have the player navigate through Escher-esque castles and landscapes. Looking at the structures and spaces differently yields answers, making it a game that helps us remember to keep perspective. It is a game that is full of both fun puzzles to solve and provides a relaxing visual atmosphere to gaze at while solving them.

Who Should Play:
Monument Valley is a great beginner game for individuals and groups who like good puzzles. It is a game where if you look for long enough at a landscape, you see it differently. The puzzle solving is very satisfying.

Made by: Developer: ustwo studio, ltd.

Available on: Android, iOS

Price: $3.99

Play time: 2-4 hours

Questions for Monument Valley:

  1. The game had heavy puzzle elements with a light narrative backdrop. How did you respond to the story portions of the game, and did they encourage your play?
  2. How did the artwork and visual style effect your desire to play?
  3. We never see Ida’s face nor get any dialogue from her. In what way(s) do we still relate to her as a protagonist?
  4. Early in the game, an elder says to Ida, “This was the valley of men. Now all that remains are our monuments, stripped of their glories. Thieving princess, why have you returned?”
  5. Reigns was also a game about female royalty. In what ways did the two narratives feel different (or similar)?
  6. In what ways did the aesthetic style complement the narrative and mechanics?
  7. In what ways might this game feel more like a poem than a short story, if we were going to compare it to more traditional narratives?
  8. Talk about the frustrations or pleasures you had from unlocking puzzles. How did the puzzles make you feel, and did you ever get stuck?
  9. What do you make of the other non-player characters in the game (the crows, the totem, the elders). How did each effect how you played and how you thought about the protagonist?
  10. Recently, the film rights were sold on this game. Do you think the game would make a good movie? Why or why not?

General Gaming Circle Questions:

  1. What did and didn’t you like about the game?
  2. How much time did you spend playing? Did you play all at once or break up your time?
  3. Did you play during other activities, or dedicate time solely to playing?
  4. Did the game feel like a waste of time? A good use of time? Explain.

Links & Walkthroughs:

Official Site
App Unwrapper (Walkthrough)

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