Monument Valley

Monument Valley by Ustwo, a surreal physics-based platformer and Winner of Apple Design Award 2014, is set to receive its first content expansion next week.

Titled “Forgotten Shores” and provided as a $1.99 In-App Purchase, it’s going to add eight brand new levels to gameplay on top of the original ten levels. The update is scheduled to drop in the App Store next Thursday, November 13.

It will be “coming soon” to Google Play and Amazon Appstore. Monument Valley has seen 1.4 million downloads to date in the nearly seven months since its release. According to Wired, the new levels are inserted between the penultimate and final levels of the original in order to provide “a deeper dive into the emotional story of Ida and her amiable friend, the totem”.

Monument Valley is $3.99 in the App Store.

Developers say the game’s storyline prevented them from just tacking the new levels onto the end of the game because the original ten levels of Monument Valley were conceived as “a self contained experience.”

“It’s kind of like a directors cut,” says Dan Gray, the executive producer on the game. “Like watching the bonus features on a DVD.”

The new levels promise richly-hued monuments with more detail and emphasis on the landscapes containing the monuments, like waterfalls and lava pits. Expect complex environments, more ambitious architecture and a twist to game mechanics requiring players to control both Ida and the totem.

“The basics of interaction are the same, but there are more steps you have to perform,” says Monument Valley’s Technology Director Peter Pashley.

Monument Valley for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

“In several places you have to make Ida step on a switch to activate that handle before you can move it,” explains David Fernández Huerta, a designer on the game. “We’re asking the player to think ahead a bit more.”

Released in April 2014, Monument Valley challenges you to manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess named Ida through a stunningly beautiful world packed to the gills with mysterious monuments, hidden paths and optical illusions.

Here’s the original trailer.

The surreal platformer is based on fantastical architecture and impossible geometry inspired by palaces and temples from around the world.

Download Monument Valley for $3.99 in the App Store.

The 152-megabyte game an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 6.0 or later and has native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

[Wired via MacStories]

  • Kristen

    YESSSSS

  • Dudu

    Reminded me FEZ… *-*

    • I can see why but FEZ is 2D and plays with the idea of the third dimension. This game is 3D and uses illusions to make the levels awesome!

  • Me

    Beautiful game. No complaints there. but 3.99$ for 10 levels and another 1.99$ for 8? Absurd.

    • eizel_rivera

      yup, another troll right here people.

      don’t say “no complaints” if you have one. why don’t you make coffee at you own place and use it for a quality app? that’ll compensate for you trying to buy coffee at starbucks every morning.

      • Wamid

        I think they meant “no complaint” about how beautiful the game is.. Price however…

  • AJM

    What an infamy.
    I was waiting for an “FREE” expansion since the start, so that the app would at least try to justify it’s price tag.
    1 hour of game play for 4$ just wasn’t right.

    But I certainly won’t pay anymore for a few levels.
    As beautiful as it is, the app gets deleted now. They’re just too greedy.

    • archer14

      Yep, $4 for your coffee wasn’t right. And gulping that down took all of 5, agonizing minutes.

      • zeekfizz

        But the effects of that coffee last for hours.

      • Sean Clark

        Maybe he doesn’t buy $4 coffees either.

    • eizel_rivera

      yeah, because they just do everything in one day, yes?

      no. As a fellow developer, you have no idea and appreciation for the work that is being done within an app. you just spent $199 (assuming your on contract) for a phone, but you can’t spare a few bucks for a quality app? you can spend $10 for a meal but not spare for an expansion pack? and you say it’s Infamy. Choose your words carefully bro.

  • nfinite

    cool, been waiting for the updates..

  • ElfInBklyn

    this is, in effect, paying for an update. bullshit. which is not to say i won’t do it anyway, it is such an awesome game.

  • Blip dude

    Didn’t pay for the same so I wouldn’t mind essentially paying for 1 or 2 updates since the game is actually pretty good.