Monument Valley 2 was released as a sequel to the successful 2014 game Monument Valley. It was critically successful and achieved more than 30 million downloads. The sequel is more story-driven than the first and has intense focus on the dynamic between a mother and a daughter. The developers were inspired to make this change as many of them had become parents between the release of the two games. The game is an artistic novelty and employs intricately designed architecture combined with a touching theme.
Story: The game hones in on the concept of motherhood. It focuses on the emotions of raising a daughter up step by step. By involving narrative through touching philosophical sayings, looming suspense, and intense focus on the mother-daughter relationship, Monument Valley 2 rightfully presents the simple yet compelling story in an anxious, appealing, and sentimental way.
Play Style: The game is presented in an isometric view. The goal throughout the game is to guide Ro, the mother, and her child through mazes that consist of impossible objects and optical illusions. The player taps on the screen to move Ro or her child, or to cause a change in the architecture that will allow the level to be completed. The game involves extremely creative level and architecture design, and the player has to really think in some levels to get through.
Audience: If you are a fan of mobile games that are brain-teasers, Monument Valley 2 is for you. The game is a good way to kill time on the bus, loo, or as you wait for someone. However, be warned as the story is compelling enough to ask you of your time to finally complete it.
Platforms: Monument Valley 2 is available on iOS and Android.
Verdict: Monument Valley 2 is not only a game that makes you feel really smart as you play it, but is also so intricately designed that one cannot resist taking a look at all the art that goes into it. The graphics are soothing to look at, and the concept of manipulating architecture on tap is an idea you will seldom find elsewhere. We give Monument Valley 2 a whole-heart thumbs up and recommend you to give it a try!