We’re behind the curve on this, but in case you are too, if there’s one thing you do check out Monument Valley, a truly beautiful mobile game app from the emerging ‘indie’ genre. But it’s more than a game – it’s an adventure into architecture, geometry and perspective through a strange but entirely captivating story of the silent princess Ida as she traverses a landscape of shifting monuments and structures in search for something (it’s not clear what, and it doesn’t seem to matter).
The game is a set of stages – each featuring a seemingly impossible puzzle within a self-contained mini-world. The worlds are based on the optical illusions of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, as well as a huge range of other influences. The ones you will immediately be struck by is South Asian and Middle Eastern architecture. The makers Ustwo have said that they looked at temples palaces and mosques from South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Certainly some of the levels were strongly reminiscent of the Chand Baori step well in Rajasthan.
There are references to sacred geometry – a concept particularly important to Islamic art – and the whole story of Monument Valley reflects a fascination with its inner and outer meanings, and the extent to which geometry underlies the natural and spiritual order of things.
Released in April last year, the game has been both critically acclaimed and commercially successfully, the latter mostly since it was integrated into the storyline of the US series House of Cards – another thing you should get on to if you haven’t yet.
Find out more about Monument Valley here.
Posted: 11 November 2015