Now that it's been officially released for Android, Monument Valley 2 shot to the top of our best paid puzzle games list, and rightly so. This was no easy feat, as the games we covered ran the gamut of puzzles and all had stellar reviews. But there's just something about Monument Valley 2 that made it stand out from the rest.
Monument Valley 2 combines relaxing gameplay, a touching storyline, and intricately rendered visuals and audio to deliver an immersive, addicting game that has to be played to believe. To give you a better idea without giving too much away, here are some tidbits about this artfully crafted game.
Monument Valley 2 stays faithful to its predecessor in terms of visuals and overall gameplay, so anyone who's had the pleasure of playing the original will feel right at home. The game will have you guide its heroines through imaginatively rendered monuments that continually trick your eyes and brain as you form seemingly impossible pathways from blocks and causeways that shouldn't logically connect.
Like the original, Monument Valley 2 lets you figure out its M.C. Escher-style puzzles at your own leisure, encouraging you to cover all the bases through trial and error. There's no time limits to speak of, removing all the pressure for you to complete a level and truly sucking you into its fantastical world.
Another great aspect of Monument Valley 2 is a storyline that's completely independent from the 2014 iteration. If you're a purist who's new to Monument Valley, but you feel antsy about needing to complete the first game in order to comprehend the story as a whole, fret not — you can just purchase the sequel and hit the ground running.
That said, Monument Valley 2 centers around Ro and her growing daughter as they embark on a journey, learning lessons about love and letting go along the way. Other than that, there's not much to say about its straightforward storyline, aside from mentioning that its poignancy pulls at your heartstrings without overdoing it. Even still, we don't want to spoil anything for you by delving deeper into it, so we highly encourage you to experience this little gem yourself.
The game's graphics are top notch, featuring smooth animations that are complemented by crisp audio effects. The aural and visual experiences combine to lend a sense of concrete realism — from sliding heavy blocks into place to turning screws — and truly breathe life into the game.
The beautifully composed soundtrack is sure to sear itself into your brain while setting the tone for a truly immersive experience. And, unlike the original, the game has 14 levels for you to play through to give you more time to bond with its characters and provide much needed respite from your daily life.
It's rare to find a game that's been crafted with such love, care, and attention to detail. This release was around three years in the making, but the games developer is justified in the lapse in time after producing a gem that's definitely worth purchasing.
If you're ready to be impressed, grab Monument Valley 2 for $4.99 for iOS or Android. In the meantime, we'd love your feedback on Monument Valley 2, so post in the comment section below and share your thoughts.