GAMING LIFE

Meet the parents of Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2

A story of beauty and illusion

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Ustwo Games cemented its status as one of the most admired game creators on the App Store with the arrival of Monument Valley 2 earlier this year. The London studio’s mastery of angular aesthetics and satisfying puzzles was evident in the 2014 original, of course – but there’s an added dimension to the sequel.

There’s real heart in Monument Valley 2, on top of the signature style. The tale of the mother Ro and her child, their separation, reunification and growth adds extra emotional weight to an already stellar game.

Creator Ustwo Games considers family so important, in fact, that it flew the parents of the entire development team into London for the game’s launch party. So, we thought we’d check for real what the Monument Valley 2 team’s parents thought of the game. Get ready for all the feels.

Senior programmer Alejandro's mum, Maria del Carmen Iglesias Piriz:
“I really enjoyed finding myself reflected as a mother in the game. Especially the parts in which the mother transmits the beliefs and skills of her ancestors to her child. As a mother I had to do that, adapting them to the present reality in a coherent way. And then I had to let my children live by themselves, just like Ro does in the game.”

Senior game designer Joel's mum, Denise Beardshaw:
“The mother and child relationship touched upon my own experiences of raising children. From protecting and guiding them, then giving them the confidence and resilience to gain greater independence as they grow, whilst still keeping a watching eye from afar – then ultimately both learning to let go.”

    Monument Valley 2

    A story of beauty and illusion

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