• Publisher: ustwo
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2014
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    100
    Monument Valley is not only an exquisite piece of craftsmanship, but a genuinely delightful adventure with more 'wow' moments than most million-dollar blockbusters.
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    100
    Monument Valley is bright and colorful, with a beautiful soundtrack and intuitive touch controls. They all work together to keep you immersed in the experience.
  3. Apr 5, 2014
    100
    Monument Valley delivers the total package that is an experience not to be missed on iOS making it an absolute must buy.
  4. Apr 3, 2014
    100
    To fans of experience-focused games, and you know who you are, you should assuredly pick up Monument Valley right this minute. It's a feast for your senses, is mysterious and vague enough to keep you thinking, and has a great, snappy pace to it without ever feeling rushed.
  5. Apr 15, 2014
    95
    This is one of those milestones in mobile entertainment, unique and beautifully crafted. It feels quite short, but it still is worth experiencing.
  6. Apr 7, 2014
    92
    Amazing, fascinating, brilliant and never frustrating despite its conceptual design, Monument Valley is a brief puzzle game that will be long-remembered thanks to its art direction and its unforgettable levels.
  7. Jun 7, 2014
    91
    This is a shining example of what the amazing new technology that so many of us have tucked away in our pockets is truly capable of. [July 2014, p.78]
  8. Monument Valley is a strong contender for my mobile game of the year.
  9. May 4, 2014
    90
    A neat little piece of artistic expressionism to warm your heart and push your mind with. [June 2014, p.78]
  10. Apr 15, 2014
    90
    A gorgeous-looking, wonderful-sounding puzzle game that provides an all-too-brief, but utterly memorable gaming experience. Brilliant.
  11. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is simply one of the best iOS games available on the App Store. Buy it, play it and then thank the developers from Ustwo. A must have.
  12. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    A truly beautiful gaming experience perfectly suited to touchscreens. I love how its level design constantly rewards you, letting you in on illusion’s secrets. I just wish it didn’t have to end so soon – a criticism one only cares acknowledge on a quality game. [Episode 3, April 2014]
  13. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    Similar to Fez, Monument Valley really turns your brain inside out. Figure out the clever puzzles is easier said than done and you'll end up wanting more when this short adventure is over.
  14. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    From its calming audio, uplifting imagery, clever conundrums and everything in between, Monument Valley feels like the realisation of a holistic vision; each aspect working together and complementing the whole.
  15. Apr 13, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is so beautiful that it will take your breath away. But it doesn't quit there. The levels, that are designed as optical illusions, is highly enjoyable and the mechanic is really impressive. Ustwo have most certainly made a bright future for themselves.
  16. Apr 11, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is a remarkable achievement in both artistic and game design. The only downside is that it's really too short.
  17. Apr 9, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley’s dazzling aesthetics and deceptive terrain combine wonderfully to form a rich, memorable experience.
  18. Apr 8, 2014
    90
    This is an absolutely gorgeous game that must be experienced by anyone with an iOS device.
  19. Apr 8, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is a captivating and intelligent puzzle game that offers a short but amazing trip.
  20. 90
    Combining Fez, The Room and Journey into a piece of art is no small feat, but Monument Valley succeeds. Here is something that can be played and enjoyed by almost all ages. A tiny masterpiece bordering on genius. And there is a great puzzle game beneath the gorgeous paintings, it is not all about looks. Get this for a great one to two hour journey.
  21. Apr 7, 2014
    90
    One of those unique and instant classic gems that infrequently shines over the rest of the videogames. Top notch in almost every sense.
  22. Apr 7, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is a technical and aesthetic accomplishment that rewards players with beauty, originality, and grace at every turn of its ten stages.
  23. Apr 4, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley is the kind of game that reminds us why diversity is so important: colourful and magical in its presentation, and just exactly as long as it needs to be without outstaying its welcome.
  24. Apr 3, 2014
    90
    Monument Valley features brilliant design, with puzzles that somehow always made perfect sense, even though I was playing as a wall-walking princess in a pastel-hued world. The experience was short and sweet, but it stayed with me like a dream I didn't want to forget.
  25. Apr 3, 2014
    90
    A brilliant, breathtaking, and brief adventure, Monument Valley is every bit as good as it looks.
  26. Apr 18, 2014
    85
    Monument Valley is a beautiful digital work of art that’s a joy to play with its fascinating puzzles and amazing looking levels. Every level plays with perspective, the laws of nature and a simply unique experience with its great use of color, sounds and music. Too bad it’s really short though.
  27. Apr 3, 2014
    85
    Monument Valley lures in all kinds of players with beautiful, artsy levels with a great game world. In that world M.C. Escher's laws of nature reign: floors are ceilings and walls are doors. Monument' Valley is a fairytale with perspective.
  28. 80
    Fantastic, original platformer that offers a reasonable challenge, although given its high price, it could be a little longer. [Issue#242]
  29. Apr 30, 2014
    80
    This is one of those curious cases in which the game becomes an object of appreciation rather than a form of entertainment, originating a state of contemplation.
  30. Apr 16, 2014
    80
    Monument Valley's absolutely stunning visual style and clever level manipulation make it a fantastic mobile experience. The only shortcoming is that you will wish there was more of it.
  31. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    Monument Valley is beautiful game. Stylistically, it might not be all that unique, it's inspirations not all that fresh – Escher's been dead for over 40 years. But that doesn't change the fact that this little gem is a relaxing stimulation of the senses.
  32. Apr 7, 2014
    80
    On my short list for mobile game of the year.
  33. Apr 3, 2014
    80
    As an enigmatic whisper of a narrative concludes in delightful, uplifting fashion, you’ll likely be left wanting more.
  34. Apr 3, 2014
    80
    Monument Valley is beautiful, that is unquestionable. But how it holds up as a game is debatable.
  35. Apr 29, 2014
    75
    Overall my Monument Valley experience was full of charm, perfect for a single marathon playthrough, or short stabs.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    10
    The puzzle genre has been has been nice to mobile users for years and monument valley is no exeption it looks like a generic move the block toThe puzzle genre has been has been nice to mobile users for years and monument valley is no exeption it looks like a generic move the block to get to the goal but it it has a twist a twist in reality it some times looks like you can't do anything but your probably being tricked by its masterpiece of puzzles and the story is poetic puzzle as well it has a very good price and it literally looks like art Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    9
    This game was absolutely surprising. I bought it (I think) around an hour after it was released. The game is beautiful, the soundtrack isThis game was absolutely surprising. I bought it (I think) around an hour after it was released. The game is beautiful, the soundtrack is pretty good, and the level design is incredibly clever. If you're looking for a good puzzle game on your favored iOS device, I wholeheartedly recommend Monument Valley. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    9
    Astounded by the inspired visuals and the use of depth perception. Awesome time waster and really well-made game. Would recommend to anyoneAstounded by the inspired visuals and the use of depth perception. Awesome time waster and really well-made game. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fresh puzzle-based game. Full Review »