Monument Valley

John Hill, Jenny Keller
4. December 2014
The virtual world in "Monument Valley." Image: Screenshot

Granted, the computer game "Monument Valley" isn't new, but it's worth highlighting now since until 7 December 2014 all proceeds from the game's latest chapter, "Ida's (RED) Dream," benefit the (RED) charity and its fight against AIDS.

Since its April 2014 release, "Monument Valley" has won the Apple Design Award and is seen as one of the most beautiful games made for the iPad. It's not a stretch to imagine that M.C. Escher might have been inspired to play the graphically wonderful and spatially exciting game.

The game description from iTunes reads: "In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world. Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People."

Ida's (RED) World. Image: ustwo studio
Even computer games start with hand sketches. Image: ustwo studio
Game designers crafting Ida's world. Image: ustwo studio

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