Meet the Parents of Monument Valley 2
Monument Valley 2
A story of beauty and illusion
With the release of Monument Valley 2, Ustwo Games cemented its status as one of the most admired game creators on the App Store. In addition to beautifully angular visuals and satisfying puzzles, there’s real heart here. The tale of Ro, her child, and their separation, reunification, and growth adds an emotional layer to an already stellar journey.
Family is so important to the culture at Ustwo that the company flew the parents of the game’s entire development team to London for the launch party. Here’s what the real-life mothers and fathers of Monument Valley 2’s creators think of their children’s work.
Maria del Carmen Iglesias Piriz, mother of senior programmer Alejandro Cámara
“I enjoyed finding myself reflected as a mother in the game, especially the parts in which she transmits the beliefs and skills of her ancestors to her child. As a mother I had to do that, adapting my kids to the present reality. And then I had to let them live by themselves, just like Ro does in the game.”
Denise Beardshaw, mother of senior game designer Joel 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, to ultimately both learning to let go.”
Georg Prüfer-Schönfelder, father of senior game designer Lea Schönfelder
“The mother-child story resonated very well with both of us [Prüfer-Schönfelder and his wife]. It touched us emotionally and was the motivator that made us play the game. We have not played any other games on our phones since Monument Valley 2. We would like to, if there was something just as lovely.”
Nalini Mistry, mother of lead programmer Manesh Mistry
“I really enjoyed playing Monument Valley 2, not just because my son is involved but because the game is visually beautiful and working out the puzzles is very interesting. The parent-and-child story took me back to my early parenting days.”