Next iPhone game for a Monument Valley lover
March 30, 2015 12:31 PM   Subscribe

I just got an iPhone 6, and I am obsessed with Monument Valley. What else should I be playing?

Key criteria:
- beautiful, elegant graphics
- not stressful - there was no "dying" or time-sensitive elements; if i screw something up, i can keep working and figure it out, and i don't have to do something in a specific amount of time
- natural stopping points (can put it down between levels, not stuck in )
- loved the physical elements - the physics and the visual play
- no in-app purchase stuff (adding additional levels is fine, but i should have everything i need to play the game in the game)

Optional but nice:
-female protagonist
-nice music!

I am about to finish the extended levels of Monument Valley, so hurry!
posted by quadrilaterals to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 69 users marked this as a favorite
 
Zen Bound 2
posted by raisindebt at 12:34 PM on March 30, 2015


A very different aesthetic, but give The Room and its sequel a shot. (There's a demo version available, just in case.)
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine at 12:40 PM on March 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Waking Mars is my all time favorite, which hits most of your criteria.
posted by kimdog at 12:43 PM on March 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Kairo is like that, although in the first person, and I don't know if the graphics would count as "elegant".
posted by zabuni at 2:31 PM on March 30, 2015


Alto's Adventure isn't as mentally challenging, but it is lovely and meets most of your other criteria
posted by Mchelly at 2:32 PM on March 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Breath of Light
posted by atlantica at 2:35 PM on March 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Was going to suggest The Room and The Room 2, as well. Really well-done, engaging puzzlers.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:12 PM on March 30, 2015


Not on the iphone but the standout game that i've been bringing up whenever monument valley comes up elsewhere, that checks every box except female protagonist, is fez.

ugh it's SO good.
posted by emptythought at 2:55 AM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe try Tengami, Waking Mars, and for something a little weirder, MTN.
posted by oulipian at 8:44 AM on March 31, 2015


I loved Monument Valley for exactly the same reasons.

The only other game I've really enjoyed is Two Dots. It's not exactly the same:
- you do "die" if you don't complete the level properly
- you get 5 lives to start, and lives regenerate at the speed of 1 every hour. This means it's easy to play for a while, lose all of your lives, then wait for another hour or two and have new lives again. It's not ideal in terms of 'no death' but it's not horrible.
- it's not time sensitive - you don't have to hurry up to get through levels or to make a move. You can take your time to consider, or put it down and pick it up again without a problem.
- you can buy extra lives but if you play very casually they're not really needed
- each level builds on something you learned ahead of time -- I loved how gracefully it scaled up!
- it's pretty addictive!

I just picked up Blockwick 2 which has some of the qualities you like, but it's not as mesmerizing or amazing. It's fun, you don't die, it's easy to play for a bit and put down.
posted by barnone at 12:58 PM on March 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Sorry - typo above. Lives are regenerated at the speed of 1 every 20 minutes!
posted by barnone at 1:05 PM on March 31, 2015


I'm going to take a left turn and suggest Desert Golfing.

Let's see..

- beautiful, elegant graphics okay let's keep going here
- not stressful - there was no "dying" or time-sensitive elements; if i screw something up, i can keep working and figure it out, and i don't have to do something in a specific amount of time -- definitely
- natural stopping points (can put it down between levels, not stuck in ) -- or during levels
- loved the physical elements - the physics and the visual play -- it's golfing on sand, and sometimes there's a cactus
- no in-app purchase stuff (adding additional levels is fine, but i should have everything i need to play the game in the game) -- all levels are included! all. alllllll

It should be terrible, but I keep going back.

Also I loved Monument Valley (and just replayed it the other night on iPad.)
posted by mendel at 8:46 PM on April 6, 2015


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