I don’t game as much as I used to. I own a PS4 essentially to play NHL with my friends, though I do have the GTA pre-ordered. And when it comes to iOS gaming, I typically only latch on to certain trends and binge play when I happen to be traveling.
I’ve tried to change that recently, however, especially with the quality of games that have been created. Most notably are two very awesome iOS games — Monument Valley and Space Age.
From Monument Valley:
Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent Princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, taking advantage of optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People. Inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, Japanese prints and minimalist 3D design, each level is a unique, hand-crafted combination of puzzle, graphic design and architecture. Like listening to an album or walking through a museum for the first time, Monument Valley is about discovery, perception and meaningful beauty.
From Space Age:
Space Age is a game of cosmic adventure. Set in the retro-futuristic sci-fi world of 1976, it follows a small but determined band of intergalactic explorers who land on a seemingly uninhabited planet, Kepler-16. They soon discover there’s something both strange and familiar about this alien place…
Space Age is a graphic adventure in the vein of 1990s classics, reimagined for the new millennium and its amazing mobile devices. Told in grand cinematic style, orchestrally scored, and filled with drama, humor, and nostalgia, it’s a golden-age science-fiction story come to immersive life.
These are great games that are beautifully designed. Growing up, I would have paid around $40 for games like this. Nowadays, I’m paying $60 for PS4 titles and more on top of that for the privilege to play online. It baffles me that I can get quality games like this now for less than a cup of coffee.
It baffles me even more people complain about paying that small amount and leave one-star ratings in the App Store. Please, go buy these games. Add the extra levels in Monument Valley for a couple more bucks. Then do the developers a favor by giving the games an honest review.