Monument Valley 2, the sequel to 2014’s highly acclaimed Monument Valley, came out on Android a few days ago (though it was out for iPhone months ago—even when I’m early, I’m late!), and I immediately picked it up since I had loved the original so much. Plus, it was only $5, and I’m much happier paying a few bucks for a phone game than getting one for free and having to deal with ads and microtransactions.
I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best games that I’ve ever played on a phone. It manages to reach (though not quite exceed) the heights attained by its predecessor, not simply by adding more levels, but also by layering on more meaning and depth. Instead of a lone character, you now control two, a mother and daughter. Sometimes the mother will get separated from her daughter, and you’ll have to find a way to get them back together. Other times, the two will intentionally separate, and you’ll explore what you can do on your own.