One of the small yet notable announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote at San Jose, was the sequel to the Apple iPad's 2014 game of the year, Monument Valley.
The game which was downloaded over 30 million times since its release by makers Ustwo Studios in 2014, was initially an iOS only release and made its way to the Google Play store soon after. The lead character of 'Princess Ida' and her journey through the 'sacred geometry' was an instant hit across both platforms but developers Ustwo Studios made the only addition to the storyline with its pack of level named 'forgotten shores'.
The initial team of eight developers did not initially have the idea of a sequence on the cards, but breaking away from its parent company, lead designer Ken Wong increased his team to 20. Speaking to The Verge, Studio head, Dan Gray said, “These were all people who joined the team because they loved Monument Valley, so what we found was, they brought a whole bunch of new ideas that we had never even thought of.”
Having started on Monument Valley 2 in February 2016, the team got working on a completely new yet unique storyline of a mother and daughter. The sequel also has more levels, which was one of the minor complaints with the earlier version. It also comprises of lesser cut-away narrations and use of text to narrate the story. Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher inspired design comprised of a minimalistic approach continues to stun visually throughout.
Monument Valley 2 is an iOS exclusive for the time being and is priced on the App Store at Rs. 400. Ustwo has however confirmed an Android release "soon".