Monument Valley 2

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Monument Valley 2
Monument valley 2 icon.jpg
Developer(s) Ustwo Games
Publisher(s) Ustwo Games
Engine Unity
Platform(s) iOS, Android
Release iOS
  • WW: June 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)
Android
  • WW: November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Monument Valley 2 (stylized Monument Valley II) is an indie puzzle game developed and published by Ustwo Games. It is the sequel to the 2014 game Monument Valley. It was released for iOS in June 2017, and released for Android in November 2017.

Gameplay[edit]

Monument Valley 2 is presented in an isometric view. The goal is to guide Ro and her child through mazes that include elements of optical illusions and impossible objects. The player can tap on the screen to move Ro and her child, or to trigger changes in the architecture of the level to allow the puzzle to be completed.[1]

Development[edit]

Monument Valley was a critically successful game, achieving more than 30 million downloads by June 2017, which led to growth within Ustwo Games. While their next title, Land's End switched to virtual reality, and the lead developer of Monument Valley, Ken Wong, had left to form his own studio, many of the new talent hired into Ustwo were eager to work on a new Monument Valley title, leading to the studio to start on Monument Valley 2's development.[2]

The sequel became more story-driven than the first, featuring a mother and her daughter. This partially was in response to player feedback from the first game. Ustwo studio head Dan Gray said that they found people found affinity for story elements that they hadn't purposely placed at the forefront, leading them to shift direction in the sequel.[2] The change was also inspired by the fact many of the developers from the first game had become parents in the intervening years, and the characters resonated with them more. This subsequently inspired some of the art-shifts in the game away from the M.C. Escher-styled roots as to reflect moods associated with the puzzles, such as one stage where the mother and daughter are separated, presented in a grey, Brutalist structure to reflect the emotional toil of the separation.[2] Further, the development team recognized that playable mother-and-daughter characters are not a frequent aspect of video games; Gray said that most games introduce the mother character to simply provide knowledge, whereas they wanted the mother to be "very influential and powerful" within the sequel.[2]

Monument Valley 2 for iOS was first revealed at the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017, and was made available that same day.[3][4]

A version for Android was released on November 6, 2017.[5] In addition, Ustwo worked with Tencent to prepare special version of Monument Valley 2 with optional localization and social features.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic85/100 (12 reviews)[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8/10[8]
Polygon8/10[9]

Monument Valley 2 received mostly positive reviews. On Metacritic, which assigns a score based on the average scores of other critics, Monument Valley 2 received a score of 85 out of 100 (generally favorable reviews).[7] Polygon gave the game a score of 8 out of 10, calling it an "accomplished, charming game, though it stops just short of greatness" and saying it "successfully replicates the original's charm and vibrancy".[9] Destructoid gave the game a score of 8 out of 10, praising the game for its improvements from its predecessor, noting "the puzzle design is two-steps above from the previous title."[8] Gamezebo gave the game a score of 4.5 stars out of 5 praising the game's "phenomenally expressive storytelling with visuals and audio meshing seamlessly", the game's "new mechanics and old ones freshened up with dual protagonists" and that the game invites the player to explore and pays it off".[10] However, like the game's predecessor, the main criticism Monument Valley 2 faced was the game's short length.[9][8][10]

Within a year, the game sold nearly 3.5 million copies, with total revenues over US$10.4 million. Due primarily to its "free to start" release in China, the game had been downloaded more than 30 million times.[11]

The game was nominated for "Best Mobile Game" in Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards 2017.[12] It won the award for the same category in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards,[13] whereas its other nominations were for "Best Puzzle Game" and "Best Art Direction".[14][15] The game came in second place for "Best Puzzle Game" in Game Informer's Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards.[16] The Verge named it as one of their 15 Best Games of 2017.[17]

Accolades[edit]

Year Awards Category Result Ref
2017 Golden Joystick Awards Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year Nominated [18]
Ultimate Game of the Year Nominated
The Game Awards 2017 Best Mobile Game Won [19]
2018 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Mobile Game of the Year Nominated [20]
National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Art Direction, Contemporary Nominated [21][22]
Game, Puzzle Nominated
SXSW Gaming Awards Mobile Game of the Year Nominated [23][24]
Game Developers Choice Awards Best Mobile Game Nominated [25][26]
16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards Best Game Audio Article, Publication or Broadcast Nominated [27]
Best Sound Design for an Indie Game Nominated
14th British Academy Games Awards British Game Nominated [28][29]
Family Nominated
Mobile Game Nominated
2018 Webby Awards Best Art Direction Nominated [30]
Best Game Design Nominated
Best User Experience Nominated
Best Visual Design Nominated
Puzzle Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (June 6, 2017). "Surprise! Monument Valley 2 is out now". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Webster, Andrew (June 5, 2017). "MONUMENT VALLEY JUST GOT A SURPRISE SEQUEL". The Verge. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Sulleyman, Aatif (June 5, 2017). "Monument Valley 2 has just been revealed". The Independent. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Kim, Matt (June 5, 2017). "Surprise! Monument Valley 2 is Available on iOS Devices Right Now". USGamer. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Webster, Andrew (October 18, 2017). "Monument Valley 2 is coming to Android in November". The Verge. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ Webster, Andrew (November 6, 2017). "Monument Valley 2's surprise launch was a big success". The Verge. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Monument Valley 2 for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Andriessen, CJ (June 10, 2017). "Review: Monument Valley 2". Destructoid. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c Campbell, Colin (June 8, 2017). "Monument Valley 2 review". Polygon. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Tylwalk, Nick (June 6, 2017). "Monument Valley 2 Review: So Great, So Short". Gamezebo. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (June 26, 2018). "Monument Valley 2 sold almost 3.5 million copies in its first year". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  12. ^ Andriessen, CJ (December 12, 2017). "Nominees for Destructoid's Best Mobile Game of 2017". Destructoid. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Mobile Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Puzzle Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Art Direction". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  16. ^ Cork, Jeff (January 4, 2018). "Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards (Page 3)". Game Informer. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  17. ^ Verge staff (December 15, 2017). "The 15 best games of 2017". The Verge. Retrieved June 30, 2018. 
  18. ^ Gaito, Eri (November 13, 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best In Slot. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  19. ^ Makuch, Eddie (December 8, 2017). "The Game Awards 2017 Winners Headlined By Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Game Of The Year". GameSpot. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ Makuch, Eddie (January 14, 2018). "Game Of The Year Nominees Announced For DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018. 
  23. ^ McNeill, Andrew (January 31, 2018). "Here Are Your 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!". SXSW. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  24. ^ IGN Studios (March 17, 2018). "2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners Revealed". IGN. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  25. ^ Gamasutra staff (January 5, 2018). "Breath of the Wild & Horizon Zero Dawn lead GDC 2018 Choice Awards nominees!". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  26. ^ Makuch, Eddie (March 22, 2018). "Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wins Another Game Of The Year Award". GameSpot. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  27. ^ "2018 Awards". Game Audio Network Guild. Retrieved April 14, 2018. 
  28. ^ deAlessandri, Marie (March 15, 2018). "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at forefront of BAFTA Games Awards nominations". The Market for Computer & Video Games. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  29. ^ Makedonski, Brett (April 12, 2018). "BAFTA names What Remains of Edith Finch its best game of 2017". Destructoid. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  30. ^ "2018 Winners". The Webby Awards. April 24, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 

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