Every now and then an aberration occurs in the world. And instead of getting one thing, we get something very different, unexpected and also very original. This happened when the gaming design team at "Ustwo" released on the Apple iPad (soon to be followed with a release on Android) the game "Monument Valley".
It's a game where a Princess named Ida has to navigate her way through a series of incredible and fantastic MC Escher like puzzles which are geometric and stunning to see.
While a lot of games love us to blow stuff up and kill maim and destroy whatever, this game does something different - it allows us to marvel at the clever artistic creations at work in this game, where every level could - if it was possible - be printed out and hung on a wall like in an art gallery.
Everything from the character of Ida, her design, the simple yet iconic design approach to visuals and music (best enjoyed on the iPad or iPhone with earphones) lend a new definition to the concept of gameplay. The added crows are a nice touch. The visual elements are made to work in a perfect graphical visual harmony. Instantly loved by the art, design and architecture world, it has been hailed as new and very innovative. I agree. The game cost $3.99 to buy on the Apple App store, which - given the degree of satisfaction given back - for the effort that has gone into its wonderful art and graphic design, it is easily worth it.
If you are an animation or design fan or a lover of the Pixar approach to everything, then check out this promising game. It is where art meets game design and something new and visually wonderful happens. MC Escher would have been proud.
Alan Mc Keogh
I am an artist, web and blog designer, and I enjoy creating art, whether people, still life, or landscapes. I blog and write to grow the masses. Logos are a growing passion here. Come to me, brethren! New projects coming soon.