Monumental Creativity

Today I’m giving a shout-out to a game app.

Yup. Not a great work of theater, or an art installation. Just a game.

I don’t usually even have games on my phone. I get little enough accomplished without them. But what sets this game apart, I think—what makes it an extraordinary experience—is its remarkable artistic vision.

It’s called Monument Valley, and it was created by digital studio UsTwo. You can check out the game trailer here.

Imagine, if you will, a platform game where you don’t have to kill anything. Instead, you just make your way through a world of dream like beauty, trying to find your way through shifting paths that follow the logic of an M.C. Escher drawing.

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Image from MonumentValleyGame.com

Why would I include a video game on this blog?

First of all, a video game could be considered an art, just like a novel or a play. Low quality shoot-‘em-up games no more define the form any more than summer blockbusters define film making.

But secondly, this is a game with an artistic vision. It’s not a long game, but I cannot remember the last time a piece of entertainment surprised and delighted me so often.

  • What is a work of art that you discovered in an unexpected place?

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Images from MonumentValleyGame.com

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