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This Escher-inspired iPad Game is a 'Beautiful Impossibility'

Described as an interactive M.C. Escher artwork, Monument Valley may change the way you play puzzle games. It's currently being developed by London-based design studio ustwo, specifically for iPad.

The ustwo team established the game as a "surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry." Designer Ken Wong adds: "Monument Valley is a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toy shop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."

The developers decided to adopt the same irregular perspective Escher had used in many of his prints. And each level is a unique representation of his impossible constructions. Throughout the game, you'll find moving platforms, shifting stairs, missing walkways, along with various other optical illusions.

You play as Ida; a lone princess seeking forgiveness. As you guide Ida through mysterious monuments, you must uncover hidden routes, deflect waterfalls and make it past the Crow People that block your pathBy successfully adjusting the surroundings and solving puzzles, she will be able to move on to the next stage.

To see some of the mind-bending landscapes and colorful scenery Monument Valley has to offer, take a look at the recent teaser trailer. Beta testers can also sign up on the official website for a chance to play the game prior to its 2014 release.

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Jordan Joynt is a digital producer and freelance technology writer. He covers the latest apps, mobile games, and accessories for Apple’s mobile products. You can see some of his articles on www.jordanjoynt.com.