Monument Valley has been available for iOS for little over a month, but it has already amassed around half a million downloads. What makes that figure even more impressive? This isn't a freemium game. No, people are buying and playing it at $3.99 a pop. Something about this strikingly beautiful puzzle adventure is attracting gamers in spades.

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Monument Valley's premise centers around guiding princess Ida through a world of impossible architecture by manipulating the camera angle to manage optical illusions and create paths. The idea shouldn't look all that unfamiliar to anyone who has played Fez, but this is not just a simple clone. The imagery, the music, the puzzles, and the entire experience reveal a labor of love.

The game doesn't contain any in-app purchases, so four bucks will grant you access to the complete package. There's no demo either, but a link is available below for anyone who's already raring to give this silent princess a hand.

Update: You can also buy Monument Valley from the Amazon Appstore. The game goes for the same price there, but you may be able to get it for less if you happen to have some spare Amazon Coins lying around.

Monument Valley

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Bluewall

    The graphics are daaaaaamn good. Instabuy for me.

  • Mario E Hdez

    Music sounded like Tycho. Good stuff, might pick this up.

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    Echochrome much? :P Love this kind of game :D


    • Dave Sleep

      Just reading the description and this is exactly what I thought of.

    • Björn Lundén

      A lot of games reuse existing game mechanics. In this case, a lot of the draw for this game is the polish and presentation. I don't see anything wrong with that.

      • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

        Yep, it's the same with a lot of good art - it might build on stuff that already exists, but the execution is so important.

        • Björn Lundén


  • atlouiedog

    It's also in the Amazon Appstore if anyone has credit or coins to use.


    • Roman

      Thanks! I had forgotten that I had some Amazon coins.

    • Spasillium

      I forgot I had some and I don't even know where they came from. Sold.

    • sequeezer

      thanks, it's actually cheaper to buy from there if you live in europe because of the ridiculous exchange rate of the play store, it is 3.59€ (in Germany) which is nearly exactly 5$ so 25% more expensive...

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Been beta testing this game for awhile now. I gotta say, this is by far the greatest game that I have ever played on a mobile device! The words "gorgeous" and "beautiful" are underestimated words to describe this game. - Pretty much comes close to 'Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' for the N64. If you enjoyed the Zelda series, you'll definitely enjoy this. 10/5 stars!

    • alacrify

      Really? Every G+ post, every forum post? Are you paid by the post? Enthusiasm is good, but this looks really shady.

      • atlouiedog

        It's also telling that he compares it to a game that is absolutely nothing like it. Nothing about either game makes me think fans of one would necessarily like the way the other one plays. It is, however, a very popular game that many would call one of their favorites of all time so he probably feels it's a good way to get people interested. Super weird considering the game doesn't need a hard sell.

  • Cheeseball

    Finally on Android. Just dropped $3.99.

  • Badouken

    The game is only 1.5 hours on average I read... So $4 seems a little steep... But i do have $4 google play credit and I know I'll probably love this kind of game... Hmmm what to do... What to do...

    • Himmat Singh

      Yeah it's 90 mins tops. It's an experiential game really, so if you're into those it'd be four bucks well spent.

      • Badouken

        I bought it! Totally worth it! Also read the developer might be adding more levels as well in updates!

    • Marc Edwards

      4 bucs on this or a free game stuffed full of ads and IAP's?

      • Badouken

        Exactly! Bought it! Don't regret it! It's a great game and the developer deserves the $$$ he makes

  • mark

    Sobits basically echochrome rip off then...

  • miri

    Immersive mode?

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      • miri

        And suddenly $4 have disappeared from my wallet...

        • Bluewall


          Oh wait.

  • SuperMario7

    Definitely buying this, it's not supposed to be that long but it looks like a really good game, it's nice to see games like this appearing on Android as there does seem to be a lack of premium indies appearing on Android recently, when I had an iphone I was a huge fan of Simogo's games they've released one of their games, Year Walk for PC but still nothing for us Android users, I've seen another really cool indie title on iOS called Kiwanuka which looks really good, I still can't believe Republique hasn't been ported to Android, same with Leo's Fortune which looks brilliant too.

  • meh

    that's right, Echochrome with colors

  • alexcue

    Had to buy it. Gorgeous, no IAPs, solid gameplay, and sounds great too. Very smooth and sexy on my Note 3.

  • Chris

    Very nice and fun, but a super short game for four bucks. Took me ~30-40 minutes total playing time, tops.

  • Blue Sun

    I'll insta-buy the minute this the moment ART is supported.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I like this game on my friend’s iphone 5S. That’s good that I can now play it on my Nexus 5 too. Well, once I fully charged my mobile on qi wireless charger , I will definitely install it on my Nexus 5 and explore its all levels.