You’ve played Monument Valley, right? No? Then grab it quick, because it’s on sale for half off right now. And also because it’s awesome.
In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.
Let’s say that you bought the Monument Valley expansion Ida’s (RED) Dream back when it was available. What if you want to play the blue version now that it’s available to everyone? From Pocket Gamer:
If you were feeling charitable when Monument Valley‘s expansion Ida’s Dream was released as an IAP during the RED promotion and you’re concerned you can’t play the blue version now – fear not! You can play the blue version by following this simple workaround.
Switch your iOS device to flight mode then open up the game and hit ‘reset game progress’ in the main menu.
Via Pocket Gamer
Ida’s Dream, a chapter previously constructed for a charity promotion, is now free for all Monument Valley players. Enjoy!
What’s New in Version 2.3.0
Ida’s Dream now available for all!
A chapter previously created as part of an exclusive charity promotion, Ida’s Dream is now free and available for all players.
Owners of Monument Valley will get the Ida’s Dream expansion for free come Thursday. From Pocket Gamer:
Last year, Monument Valley was expanded with a special red-themed level pack, made to support the Project (RED) charity. This week, that chapter will be made available for free across all platforms.
Not only will everyone be able to experience this content now, the levels have also received a visual update.
Via Pocket Gamer
Starbucks stores have cards with promo codes for free apps. This week’s free in-store app, according to Touch Arcade, is Monument Valley, one of the best iOS games around. If you happen to be near a Starbucks, pop on in, buy a latte, and pick up a card to download the game.
Via Touch Arcade
Remember the news last week that the vast majority of Monument Valley players hadn’t paid for the game? Developer Ustwo came upon that juicy nugget of information as it was preparing a giant infographic about the game’s sales and numerous other statistics.
That infographic is now ready and has been posted right here. It’s pretty large, though, so I’ll cut to the good stuff. First off, the game has had nearly 2.5 million official sales. I say “official” because it’s had boatloads of unauthorized downloads. To wit, it’s been installed on over 10 million devices. That number includes “unauthorized downloads” as well people who bought the game and installed it on multiple devices. Of those totals, it’s over half a million people “upgraded” to the Forgotten Shores DLC.
The game cost $1.4 million to make, and has raked in $5.9 million in revenue — which, even with the amount of piracy, is a killer return on investment. The vast majority of that is from iOS, with less than 20% coming in from Google Play and Amazon combined.
One other point of interest is that 50% of the people who began the game completed it. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s actually pretty good compared to a lot of games.
So good job, Ustwo. We loved the game, and if you haven’t played it you should probably correct that. If you find this kind of behind-the-scenes stuff interesting, take a look at the full infographic for more information.
Did you pay for Monument Valley? If so, you’re in the minority. Developer Ustwo has released some figures that will make anyone hoping to get into mobile game development think twice.
The developer took to Twitter to say that it’s currently working on an infographic for the game that includes sales data, and went on to provide a sneak preview. To wit, on Android, only 5% of the copies in use were paid. The rest got the game for free somehow (presumably most of them through piracy). On iOS things are a little better — but just a little — with a paid rate of 40%.
The company went on to say that the 95% figure on Android doesn’t account for the Amazon App Store, where the game was free for a day.
“We’re not complaining at all by the way, it’s to be expected,” they say. “It’s just interesting data.”
It certainly is interesting data, but I wouldn’t fault them for complaining. It’ll be interesting to see what other information the infographic offers.