Ida on her quest
Ida the princess is on a quest for forgiveness. Despite the fragmented ruins of Monument Valley blocking her way, paths can be made despite their impossible geometries.
A game for iOS and Android, Monument Valley
is a isometric puzzle game where perspective is everything.
Compare: Naya's Quest
, The Bridge
, and FEZ
Due to the short nature of the story, there may be spoilers below.
This game provides examples of:
- Alien Geometries: The often-mentioned "Sacred Geometry"
- Artifact of Doom: The glowing geometric shapes cursed the birds into becoming crows. Only by returning the sacred geometries to their rightful place are the birds restored.
- The Atoner: Ida was once the ruler of a tribe of birds, who stole the Sacred Geometry for herself. Not only did Ida doom an entire civilization, she also cursed her own people to wander through the aforementioned "Monument Valley" for eternity until she repented.
- Baleful Polymorph: The crows and Ida as a result of stealing the Sacred Geometry.
- Beautiful Void
- Bizarrchitecture: Need to go up? Go sideways.
- Determinator: Ida's friend, the Totem. Not even an ocean can deter it from aiding her on her quest.
- Due to the Dead: In level IX, Ida places a flower at the graves of the people she stole the Sacred Geometry from as a way to apologize for her actions.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- The Faceless: Ida, the spirits
- Foreshadowing: A spirit asks Ida if she is like the crows and has forgotten her true self as well.
- If you look at Ida from behind, she looks like a white version of the crows, giving an earlier hint of what her true form might be.
- Haunted House Historian: The spirits that Ida meets cryptically explain the nature of the valley.
- Identity Amnesia: Stealing the Sacred Geometry turns one into an entirely different person, causing them to forget who they originally were.
- In Which a Trope Is Described: Every chapter has a short description that provides some measure of exposition.
- Living Statue: The Totem. The only difference is that it's colored bright yellow and blue compared to the lifeless gray statues.
- Perspective Magic: Thanks to the isometric nature of the world, a path may appear if the perspective is right.
- Riding into the Sunset: At the end as the Crows are transformed into Birds
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The entire game can be seen as Ida returning the sacred geometry that she stole.
- Title Drop: Sacred Geometry was our pride. Our downfall. But forever will our monuments stand in this valley.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In the penultimate level, Ida passes by a mirror, and her reflection is a white bird with a crown.
- The Voiceless: Ida. She's even referred to as the "Silent Princess".
- Woman in White: Ida.
- X Meets Y: Journey meets M.C. Escher