The first expansion to the multi-award winning Monument Valley adds 8 new levels to the inital 10 that were released last year.
There was a bit of public outcry for the £1.49 that ustwo are charging for the additional content. A company makes a successfull game and then due to demand they decide to make additional content for entertainment & business purposes. Their own blog calls it a storm in a tea cup, but I just wanted to make a point of saying that I support their decision to charge for it.
I was very confused by the Monument Valley when it first came out and I was very late to actually download it. I always had a bit of an issue with it because although it is work of art, there is very little "gaming" actually going on. It's very linear and plays more like a making a Lego set. You enjoy the journey, the creation and the interaction but there is only one way to do things and if you follow the instructions everyone's playtime will be the same.
Forgotten Shores is similar to the main game but I am pleased to announce that you can get it wrong and you can do things in the wrong order. The expansion introduces new mechanics beyond just beauty including water, pulleys, twisting paths and continues to include our good friend, The Totem!
I had a much better time with the expansion as I felt it required a decision to be made. Also the penultimate level with rotations in different dimensions was so gorgeous I spent a few minutes just looking at it, even just showing people purely on how it looked. I still think the best level was the chest from the first game but I'd be surprised if that could ever be topped.
I had the same feeling of slight disappointment when I completed the levels. The game is very short and it's still not hard. For me it doesn't really have replay value and I'm almost angry for the game giving me such satisfaction and then just ending. You know that feeling you get when a TV series is over and you wonder what the hell you're meant to watch now? Monument Valley gives you that feeling after an hour.
Only in hindsight do I really appreciate how much I enjoyed this game. Good work guys.