Currently Playing: Monument Valley

Oh cram this game is amazing. With a wonderfully stylistic visual feel that cleverly incorporates optical illusions along with the sort of problem solving that reminds me of Quell, Edge and Fez, Monument Valley is delightfully engrossing. And the soundtrack is atmospheric, immersive and calming.

Appealing to my predilection for cute, geometric, colorful, quirky, mind-bending minimalism, this is one of the most enthralling, gorgeous games I’ve played in a while.

Diabolically Simple, Fiendishly Unforgiving: Super Hexagon

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I’ve spent a sizable chunk of time over the past few days fatiguing my neurons with the iPad/iPhone game Super Hexagon. After finding it in the Impossible Games section of the iTunes Store with a high rating, I decided to spend the $2.99 and go go for it. Impossible indeed. For the first several attempts, I didn’t last more than 3 seconds; the little triangle I was trying struggling to keep from colliding into the lines closing in, that small shape near the center of the screen quickly crashed into the converging stripes as I dizzily fumbled with the controls. Since then, I’ve managed to make it through about 30 seconds of the game.

I love how the game’s concept is so simple, yet the gameplay is unrelentingly challenging. That along with the high-energy, retro-video-game soundtrack keep me coming back for more—and pleasantly getting a little more each time. I didn’t think I’d be able to make it to 30 seconds so soon. Just hope that progress keeps up.

The video below shows what successful gameplay looks like. I can’t believe someone can do that. Then again, it’s pretty amazing what we can train our brains to do.