Video games get more and more artistic every year. As more and more artists choose to dedicate their incredible storytelling capabilities to gaming, more of us to get enjoy the benefits. This year, especially, there has been a real renaissance of mind-blowingly beautiful mobile games.
Here are five that absolutely strike a perfect balance between gaming and artistry:
Monument Valley by Us Two Games ($1.99)
The simplicity of the hero in this game, a Little Princess who is lost, is quite stunning. Especially when you realize that her little enemies, the crows, are just inverted versions of her. And yet she's beautiful and lovable. The fantastic landscapes are surprising and evolving, so even on your second play through, you find something new to love about it.
I will be the first to tell you that Mountain is weird. But it's a delightful sort of weird. It takes the concept of game and sort of inverts it. The entire time I wandered the mountain, I found myself saying: am I playing? Or am I exploring? Or am I just experiencing? The questions are just as important as the answers.
This game was originally released for all the traditional gaming platforms, but after receiving intensely positive praise from basically every gaming media and well, gamer, it has now found a place on mobile in 2014. To say I love this game would be a ridiculously modest explanation of my feelings. This game is so simple and yet deep and emotional. It's just the definition of great.
This is yet another game that has made the jump from Playstation to mobile. Now available for iOS and Android, this game is not only beautiful aesthetically, it's also lovely for its musicality. The way music interacts with game play can easily result in hours of hours of entwining these beautiful creatures.
Two Dots by Dots (Free with in-app purchases)
I always liked the original Dots, but to me, it got to a point where it was just to simple. Thank goodness for Two Dots. The game design is similarly modern and simple, but actual characters and features have been added to the game to create a more distinct sense of story and progression.
What are your favorite beautiful mobile games?