Florence is an emotional game about relationships by Monument Valley’s lead designer, and now it’s out for Android

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When it landed on iOS last month, Annapurna Interactive’s Florence was a hit, almost immediately making the App Store’s Editors’ Choice list. The game is simple, a so-called “interactive storyboard” that follows our protagonist Florence as her first relationship breaks up the mundane tedium of her life. Now those of us on greener (#A4C639) pastures can enjoy the game as well, and it’s just been released for Android on the Play Store

Aesthetically, the game’s art style resembles a comic or graphic novel, accompanied by an orchestrated soundtrack.

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[Freebie Alert] Monument Valley is free in many countries around the world

The sequel to the beautiful isometric puzzler Monument Valley was released in November, but if you still haven’t played the original and you’re wondering what all the fuss is about with this gorgeous perspective-bending game, then you might be in for a new year treat: Monument Valley is free now in several countries around the world.

Since we can’t possibly check every country there is, I’ll say that your best bet is to go to the Play Store listing wherever you live and see if it’s free for you.

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‘Monument Valley 2’ Android Pre-Registration Is Live

Monument Valley 2 [$ 3.99], the sequel to the gorgeous Monument Valley (which also happened to be one of Frank Underwood’s favorite games in House of Cards), is getting closer to releasing on the Android side of the mobile world, and now you can pre-register for the game on Google Play. By heading over here, you can pre-register, which means you’ll get a notification on your device once the game is actually released. Why would you want to be notified when Monument Valley 2 comes out? As we talked about in our review, the sequel to the landmark that was Monument Valley brings the same kind of visual magic as the original, even though it won’t give you the challenge you might be seeking from a puzzle game. The game’s focus is more on creating a certain feel through the sound and the art, so don’t expect to have your brains tested; instead, go in expecting a serene experience.

What I liked about Monument Valley 2 is how to explored the relationship between a mother and a daughter, which isn’t a theme often explored in video games. I’ve heard from a few female players who really appreciated the game’s thematic choices, and I was glad to see a game exploring something different than the usual themes. So, Android players, get ready to experience one of the prettiest games of this year, coming soon to your device.


Monument Valley 2 is up for pre-registration in the Play Store

The original Monument Valley launched in 2014 and immediately captured everyone’s attention with its impossible Escher-esque world of forced perspective and intuitive touch controls. There have been a few add-ons to the game since then, but now a true sequel is about to launch on Android—Monument Valley 2 is live for pre-registration on the Play Store.

Like the original, Monument Valley 2 is a puzzler with numerous imaginative landscapes and structures that are themselves the puzzles.

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‘Monument Valley 2’ Review – Mother and Child Reunited

The first Monument Valley [$ 3.99] was a landmark game on the App Store, a title that brought a fascinatingly gorgeous experience to mobile gaming. Yet, I thought there was something lacking from it: it wasn’t a particularly difficult game as far as challenge goes, and while the story had some poignant moments, its abstraction perhaps was too disaffecting from the story the game wanted to tell. But certainly, critics of the game are in a notable minority, as the game has become one of the top-selling mobile games of all-time, spawned many imitators, appeared on House of Cards, and caused many people to fall in love with the characters from the game. So the sequel Monument Valley 2 [$ 4.99] is in an unenviable position where it has to try and recapture that magic of the original. And to a certain extent, it does: it’s still a gorgeous game, and Ustwo are the masters of their craft at putting Escherian impossible geometry into a game experience. As a delivery vehicle for some gorgeous colors and landscapes, Monument Valley 2 is once again a success. As a game, and even at times as a story, Monument Valley 2 falls a bit short.

This sequel doesn’t feature any kind of narrative connection to the original game beyond thematic elements. There is one moment where the game tries to rekindle fond memories of the original while still being new, and it works quite well. I’m being vague so as to not spoil it. This game tells the story of Ro, and her unnamed daughter. The daughter not having a name seems like an odd choice, and one that seems obfuscating more than the benefit of making her a nameless symbol accomplishes. This isn’t just a story of a child growing up, it’s also one of motherhood, and watching your child grow, becoming their own person, and learning to let them go. Yet, it still sees the mother as their own person, and someone with their own experiences – their life isn’t over just because they’ve finished raising their child to adulthood. The application still seems very hands-off, and good luck trying to figure out the connection of the story of Ro and daughter to the magical acts they’re undertaking along the way. Which, themselves have an interesting customization aspect, as you create magical sigils at the end of each level, and can create unique patterns for each one to include with your screenshots that you take of the game.

The puzzles lack things like the crows from the original game, so it’s just you solving the environments through rotating and manipulating certain objects. Ro and her daughter – who has the cutest bounce in her step – play roles, in that you often have to account for each character depending on the puzzle you’re solving. Again, being vague so as to not ruin the experience for those who haven’t played, the role that Ro and her daughter each play in the game changes over time, and your relationship to control of the characters changes, too. As far as challenge goes, it’s not very difficult. It’s still a rather compelling game, and if you like your puzzles to throw just mild resistance at you so you can feel like you’re progressing without putting in too much in the way of blood, sweat, and tears, well, this is the game for you. It’s definitely a game friendly enough for casual players.

Once again, Monument Valley 2 is an absolutely gorgeous stunner of a game. Ustwo utilizes a similar M.C. Escher influence, and a similar set of pastel colors as the base of the world. But they are willing to take some risks with the coloration and artistic approach. Some of the coloration starts to take on new hues that you might not have seen before, that still feel like they fit, but definitely expand on what the game is known for. A particularly cool sequence deliberately plays with making the world look two-dimensional, and utilizing a style that references some of Piet Mondrian’s most famous works.

The thing is that we’ve seen this genre evolve. There’s obvious inspirations like Euclidean Lands [$ 3.99], which serves as a perfect counterbalance to the lack of difficulty of Monument Valley by having some truly, truly devious puzzles. But we even see games like Old Man’s Journey [$ 4.99] which go light on the puzzles, but feel like they still require some thought, and aren’t afraid to go light on dialogue while going deep on emotional connection to the player. Your mileage will vary depending on your emotional connection to the story, but in my personal opinion? I think that since Monument Valley released, other games have stepped it up in the genre. This isn’t a slight against Monument Valley 2, as it reaches new heights in terms of artistic effects for everyone else to compete against. It’s just as a cohesive game, there’s other titles that provide gorgeous experiences with more satisfying puzzle challenges and storylines that are abstract yet meaningful.

The way that you have to look at Monument Valley 2 is the same way that I look at Monument Valley. That, as a delivery vehicle for the gorgeous art, it’s top-notch. But as an actual game, and even as a storytelling experience, it’s not quite on par with some of the fine experiences that have hit mobile since Monument Valley burst onto the scene. It’s tough to criticize the game too much since I’m pretty sure that the purpose of Monument Valley games is to be a delivery vehicle for some gorgeous art. And the mother/daughter themes of Monument Valley 2 are something I’d love to see other games explore. Father/son relationships have played a role in media over the years, and we’re seeing some games in the AAA space that are exploring that dynamic. And even for men, the mother/daughter themes of Monument Valley 2 are absolutely relatable. But there are aspects to the gender dynamic of mothers and daughters that I’d love to see more games explore.

So as a game, I have my criticisms of Monument Valley 2, and it’s kind of why while I understand why review scores are such a useful shorthand, they are imperfect for something like the Monument Valley games. If you want a puzzle game that will test you, this isn’t for you. If you just want something that you can interact with in order to get rewarded with interesting themes and gorgeous artwork, Monument Valley 2 succeeds at that. But if Ustwo ever explores this world again, I think there’s a gap between the gameplay and the art that could be crossed to make this the masterful experience these games have just barely fallen short of being in my eyes.


Monument Valley 2 Review

When the original Monument Valley was released back in 2014, it set a high watermark for mobile games. The gameplay, visual design and soundtrack were outstanding for the time and four years later they still hold up very well. While a sequel was inevitable, we were taken by surprise when Monument Valley 2 was suddenly revealed on stage during Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote. Fortunately, we will not have to wait for months to get the game (like everything else that was announced during that keynote) and the game was pretty much already on the store by the time it was shown on stage. Of course,…

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Monument Valley 2 – Follow-up Monument Valley 2 brings more to love and more to cry about

Monument Valley 2 has dropped this week. It’s an amazing follow-up to the original that moves the story along and includes familiar but very unique and original puzzles to the original. As the icon may indicate, this Monument Valley game is about generations and the passage of time. The story shows generations passing down knowledge from one to another and celebrated generations past. But if you just like 3D M.C. Escher type puzzles, you can skip the story. There’s nothing I can say about this game that emphasizes enough that every person that has access to it should dedicate time to play it. It’s beautiful, wonderful, heartfelt, and a cornerstone in mobile gaming.

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‘Monument Valley 2’ Topped the App Store Four Times Faster than the First One

Monument Valley 2‘s [$ 4.99] release timing was pretty impeccable, with the game popping on the App Store during Apple’s WWDC 17. And, of course, the game had the huge success of the original Monument Valley as a wind beneath its wings, so it shouldn’t be surprising that according to Sensor Tower’s numbers, Monument Valley 2 reached the top of the US App Store four times faster than the original game, which is pretty remarkable. It’s hard to know how well the game will do in the long-run, especially because the fortunes of paid games on the App Store change according to the times.

I’m glad, though, to see a game so well-made get the appreciation it deserves from paying players and that its price doesn’t seem to be an obstacle. Let’s not forget that many App Store players consider $ 1.99 apps “too expensive,” so it’s good to know that great paid apps can still find success.

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Out Now: ‘Monument Valley 2’, ‘Farming Simulator 18’, ‘Super Nano Jumpers’, ‘Astro Crash’, ‘The Quest – Thor’s Hammer’, ‘Pocket Claw’, ‘Art of Conquest’ and More

It’s once again time to round up all the big new releases of the week, and with the craziness that is WWDC going on and the surprise release of Monument Valley 2 pretty much clogging up all the featured spots (deservedly so, I should add) it’s actually a pretty light week compared to most. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a bunch of interesting things to play, so check out the full list of new releases below and let us know what you’ve got your eye on. And should anything else noteworthy slip out later than usual, you can bet we’ll let you know.


Armored Warriors – WWII RTS

iTunes Description

In commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, Triniti Interactive presents the most immersive real-time strategy game on mobile devices: Armored Warriors uses proper real-time strategy to take you through the classic campaigns of World War II. You take the role of a fictional commander of a volunteer army, joining in famous battles and aiding nations in their resistance to the Nazi invasions.

Given the special nature of the units, you have complete control over the production of troops and equipment research. As the battles unfold, you will unlock equipment unique to specific countries, including advanced German weaponry, a wide array of prototypes and test equipment. We look forward to meeting your most powerful armored corps!

Forum Thread: Armored Warriors – WWII RTS (by Triniti Interactive Limited)

Art of Conquest

iTunes Description

Explore a huge magical world!

Besiege enemy strongholds to expand your kingdom, slay nefarious dragons with a band of legendary heroes, and challenge players around the world to epic real-time battles!

Forum Thread: Art of Conquest (by Lilith Games)

Astro Crash

iTunes Description

It’s time to get really big and really silly.

Soar through a 60s retro galaxy. Create hilarious spaceships by crashing into smaller ships and fusing with their junk to grow in your own special way. Can you swallow the galaxy? Collect a bunch of cool spaceships like the Lightning Cat, Space Love, Super Charged Hot-Rod, and more! Win them all and fly in style.

Forum Thread: Astro Crash (by Affable Games)

B – The Game

iTunes Description

B is a game about a man on a bench with a bee on a string.

How to play:
Tap left and right to swing.

Forum Thread: B – The Game (by Deadly Serious Media)

Catch The Kitty – Story of Bella

iTunes Description

“Catch The Kitty – Story of Bella” is about choosing the right jump by swiping to the right direction of your next platform & taping on your screen to eliminate the monsters and booby traps on your way. Sounds easy? I guess not, when the speed increases on time to time.
So catch “Bella” on her journey to save the kitty cat from the alien monster around the world.

Forum Thread: Catch The Kitty – Story of Bella (by FAITH Studio)

Dead Plague: Zombie Outbreak

iTunes Description

A few months ago, the secret Research Center leaked a lethal virus “DEAD PLAGUE”. The warm tropical environment spread the virus rapidly, turning people into enraged zombie mutants.

An organization named “BIOCORP” stood out to prevent the virus from spreading. You have been assigned into their strike team to work in the dangerous infected areas to collect DNA samples and reveal the mystery behind the outbreak. There is hope that a cure can be made. Act quickly and decisively to defend mankind from a killer virus spreading across in this survival and action packed top down 3D shooter!

Forum Thread: DEAD PLAGUE: Zombie Outbreak (by GameSpire Ltd.)

Dr. Darkness

iTunes Description

The black magician hits the ashes and has whispered his magical words. With a frightening sound, the sun began to be covered with dust clouds. The darkness and shadow have begun to take over the whole world.

Dr Darkness a superhero.

The dark and shadow sorceress condemned the world to darkness and cursed the light. To protect the darkness, he began to produce creatures with special powers of his own and landed in the dark. The landlord’s soldiers had to be destroyed and the landlord to die so that the world could regain the light and see the sun.

Forum Thread: Dr. Darkness (By Babil Studios)

Fancy Cats Solitaire

iTunes Description

Train your brain with this challenging Fancy Cats Solitaire game. Solitaire is a top notch classical card game that uses a deck of 52 playing cards. You have to place the cards in the right order to complete each challenge. Never feel alone again as adorable cats join you in this single player game.

Forum Thread: Fancy Cats Solitaire (by Genix Lab)

Farming Simulator 18

iTunes Description

Become a modern farmer in Farming Simulator 18! Immerse yourself in a huge open world and harvest many types of crops, take care of your livestock – cows, sheep, and pigs – take part in forestry, and sell your products on a dynamic market to expand your farm!

You have access to a huge selection of over 50 farming vehicles and machines, faithfully recreated from over 30 of the biggest names in the industry, including AGCO™’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra. Drive and use brand new equipment and harvest sugar beet, potatoes, wheat, canola, corn, and for the first time sunflowers.

Forum Thread: Farming Simulator 18 (By GIANTS Software GmbH)

Flick Heroes

iTunes Description

Climb the tower and battle the hordes in this exciting new RPG. Flick Heroes features fun and fast combat. Simply flick and unleash mayhem!
Collect and level new characters.
Can you get them to the top?

Forum Thread: Flick Heroes (By Storm Giant Studios)

GX Monsters

iTunes Description

GX Monsters is a new and exciting racing game. It’s time for action!

Unlock cutting edge monster trucks and cars. Apply countless customization features! Defeat your opponents in various events and super fun tracks from New York City to Tokyo.

Become the greatest racer of all time!

Forum Thread: GX Monsters (by FunGenerationLab)

Kitty Match Two

iTunes Description

Play with this cute little kitties and match always two of the same kind and fill your personal kitty album! Collect 30 different cute little cats and kitties through your adventure across 30 levels of the best matching game on the App Store! Play matching puzzles and match always two identically cats to earn coins each level and spend them for your favorite little cats! 30 levels of the best matching experience awaits you in kitty match! Start with the easy two by two tile board and progress up to a 8 by 8 board! It its the best and cutest matching game on the App Store and its free to play! Totally awesome!

Forum Thread: Kitty Match Two (By Benjamin Kistler)

Make It Less

iTunes Description

Tap on tiles to make it less: 16 -> 8 -> 4 -> 2. When four tiles have the same number they merge in one.
Don’t let tiles to split more than ⅛ of the set.
Be aware! Time is running out! Make wise and quick choices!

How long will You stay?

Forum Thread: Make It Less (by Empty Stage)

Monument Valley 2

iTunes Description

Guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry.

Sequel to the Apple Game of the Year 2014, Monument Valley 2 presents a brand new adventure set in a beautiful and impossible world.

Help Ro as she teaches her child about the mysteries of the valley, exploring stunning environments and manipulating architecture to guide them on their way.

Forum Thread: Monument Valley 2 (by ustwo Games Ltd)

Mushroom Heroes

iTunes Description

Mushroom Heroes is a puzzle-platform video game developed. Retro platformer where the player can switch between three different characters.
You have a 3 mushroom hero and each mushroom has special abilities, some of which the player needs in order to pass certain obstacles.

Forum Thread: Mushroom Heroes (by Serkan Bakar)

o7 Capsuleer!

iTunes Description

o7 Capsuleer!

This is a minimalistic pixel game of space, mining, scanning and researching.

Here you can click space sectors, scanning them. You should earn isks and skill points to buy ships and make your first fleet.

You can collect solar energy, find mineable asteroids or non-mineable asteroids, planets, ice fields, comets, nebulas, solar batteries, stations.

Forum Thread: o7 Capsuleer! (by Andrew Chuprina)

Platforms – Endless Arcade Hopper

iTunes Description

Hop on the moving platforms and reach as many towers as you can!

Just tap the screen to aim and swipe sideways to change direction of the hopper and try not to fall down!

What is your best score?

Forum Thread: PLATFORMS – Endless Arcade Hopper (by Shori Games)

Pocket Claw

iTunes Description

A cute claw machine in your pocket!

Introducing the free claw machine, Pocket Claw from Magic Cube!
The characters of the popular games of Magic Cube are appeared as a toy in the Claw Machines.
Meet and Collect them using various claws on various types of claw machines!

Forum Thread: Pocket Claw (By Magic Cube)

The Quest – Thor’s Hammer

iTunes Description

Through the winter, Thor’s Hammer reverberated in the heavens, bringing thunder, lightning, even dragons. Omens of evil were clear. By summer, fierce marauders from the North came in their longboats. Theft and destruction became the norm. They looted Holy Island’s abbey. No one has dared resist them. They and everyone seem under a curse.

Heroism is needed, so you were summoned. Is your sword arm still strong? You’ll face Viking steel, giants, trolls and new diseases. Grab your weapon. Are you ready to board ship for Hell?

Forum Thread: The Quest – Thor’s Hammer (by Redshift)

Simple Knights

iTunes Description

The warrior who is named ‘Nehmo’ gets a loan to make his mercenaries to earn much money in the war.
But, due to the invasion of Devil and his soldiers, all countries stop fighting and work together.
It gets harder to get a loan due to the lack of jobs to do.
However, it could be another chance.
Let’s head to the base of our enemies and take treasures!

Forum Thread: Simple Knights (By MadCatGames)

SkyWolf – Fully Armed Fighter

iTunes Description

2017 Best arcade shoot’em up “SkyWolf” is released !

150+ Mission

5+ Style Mission
(Origin, Cooperation, Deja Vu, Sudden Death, Fever, …)

Forum Thread: SkyWolf – Fully Armed Fighter (by Min Hyung Lee)


iTunes Description

Move your little ball through a minimalist and colored world. Do everything you can to avoid touching the black tiles or you will face an inevitable death…

Forum Thread: Snoot (by Stgm1)

Soul Warrior – Fight Adventure

iTunes Description

The Soul Warriors are on the quest to destroy the evil boss which conquered all 6 huge areas in their kingdom. In a platform, side-scrolling fight adventure, you need to show great fighting skills, use the right weapons and upgrade your warriors. The soul warriors need your strength and guidance to get back what’s theirs!

Forum Thread: Soul Warrior – Fight Adventure (By Giang Tran)

Space Colonizers Idle Clicker

iTunes Description

With the rapid development of the earth’s civilization, the planet has become worse and worse.
We need another habitat, brave people, take risks for all mankind!

In the process of exploring the beautiful universe, you will go through a variety of strange planet,
You will encounter a variety of lovely aliens.

If you find a suitable planet to live, do not forget your great mission,
Remember to return to Earth, bring human hope, immigration of some human beings.

Forum Thread: Space Colonizers Idle Clicker (by CapPlay.com)

Super Nano Jumpers

iTunes Description

Super Nano Jumpers is a retro hard as nails platformer with tight control mechanics, This semi autorunner’s controls are simple enough – tap the left side of the screen to halt, tap the right side to jump. With over 75 levels to play across 4 different worlds and 2 different Game modes(Arcade & Time trial) you need to survive these dark dungeons,unlock new characters and make it to the end.

Forum Thread: Super Nano Jumpers (By Xigma Games)

Who Am I: The Tale of Dorothy

iTunes Description

How do you feel if there are other personalities in your head?
Dorothy Watson, the main character of this story is a 14 years old girl who just entered middle school. She looks common to others, but in fact Dorothy has a lot of pain and wounds that peers do not have. Various events that have taken place since childhood have left a terrible trauma to Dorothy. And as the wounds continued to accumulate in the mind, Dorothy’s personality was split into several.

Forum Thread: Who Am I: The Tale of Dorothy(by Onaemo Studio)

X-Tanks Battles- 3D Tank Shooter Game World War 3

iTunes Description

Are you ready for the War III ? Download now one of the best tank games, it’s totally FREE now!

Choose your best X-Tank with unique skills and take part in fast paced real-time combats.

Forum Thread: X-Tanks Battles- 3D Tank Shooter Game World War 3 by (G2 STUDIO COMPANY LIMITED)


iTunes Description

Zombat is an Arcade style score chaser with easy single-tap play. You are the unlucky janitor trapped in school during a zombie invasion. Armed only with yourself and your ingenuity, you have to protect the kids, so you construct “Beef” – the zombie slaying robot with bats as arms. Time “Beef’s” swings to bat items strategically to smash through the zombie horde. Together you will save the day!

Forum Thread: Zombat (by Brackish Games)

4 Fingers

iTunes Description

4 Fingers – the game requires a good reaction and nerves of steel. You have to beat the knife between his fingers, and the knife will gradually accelerate, which further complicates the problem.
Beware of the knife behaves unpredictably!

Under no circumstances should you attempt to repeat what he saw in real life!

Forum Thread: 4 Fingers (by 17Studio)


There’s a ‘Monument Valley 2’ Event at the Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco this Evening

One of the big surprises of yesterday’s keynote was the subtle announcement of Monument Valley 2 [$ 4.99] when Apple was showing off the design of the new App Store. Well, the game is now out (or, more accurately, was out moments after that), it’s fantastic, and to celebrate the launch ustwo is holding an event in downtown San Francisco. More information is available here, but the event is taking place at the Union Square Apple Store at 300 Post Street in San Francisco, CA. Studio head Dan Gray as well as art director David Fernandez Huerta will be presenting the art of Monument Valley 2, as well as doing some stuff with the new iPad and Apple Pencil:

Get an inside look at the inspiration behind Monument Valley 2. The award-winning developers of ustwo will share their craft and approach to art, sound design, storylines, and more. Then they’ll lead you through a lesson in creating your own Monument Valley world using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

If you’re in the area, and don’t have anything to do this evening, go sign up and check it out. Give us a shout of anyone ends up going, we’re curious to hear how it goes.