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Explore Eight New Mind-Bending Worlds in Monument Valley’s ‘Forgotten Shores’

November 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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It’s rare that we stop to consider apps and video games on Colossal, but when we do, it’s with good reason. Monument Valley (previously), a gorgeously designed Escheresque puzzle game for iOS, just released eight new levels, collectively titled Forgotten Shores. Over the last few months Monument Valley has proven so popular and ground-breaking that it picked up an Apple Design Award, released a soundtrack, and turned 10 of its levels into an open edition of giclée prints. I spent some time with my six-year-old son working through Forgotten Shores last night, and it’s every bit as fun and innovative as the first release. Get it here.

 

 



Design

Step Inside an Interactive M.C. Escher Drawing with Monument Valley

April 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days, and after downloading the puzzle game last night I was able to see why after about 30 seconds of playing. This is simply unlike any game that has come before it. Heavily influenced by the drawings of M.C. Escher the game is so aesthetically beautiful the developers include an in-game camera that lets you take pictures you can share as you play. But this game isn’t just about pretty architectural landscapes, the gameplay is as entertaining as it is brilliant—instantaneous changes of perspective and gravity propel the game forward in unexpected ways. You can download it here. If you enjoyed this also check out other minimalist games like Rymdkapsel or LIMBO.

 

 



Design Photography

The iSaucer

December 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A clever capture by photographer Norah Abdulaziz. I guess if you decide you hate your iPad, you’ve still got this to try.

 

 



Art Design

Poly: A Geometric Drawing App for the iPad

November 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Poly is a new geometric drawing app for the iPad by Seoul-based interaction designer Jean-Christophe Naour of Innoiz. The program lets you import imagery and trace it geometrically while it averages color based on data within each triangular field. Can’t wait to try it out, it looks gorgeous.

 

 



Design

iPad Joystick Roundup

January 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Lots of neat stuff floating around about iPads and video game controls this week so here’s a quick recap of what I’ve seen.

1. Fling


Fling is a tactile pad that suctions onto your iPad for precision gaming for use with any app utilizing a virtual joystick.

2. JOYSTICK-IT


The JOYSTICK-IT is a real virtual joystick that adheres to your iPad and requires no batteries or wires. Supposedly it may work with iPhone as well but success may vary.

3. iCADE

Last year Think Geek announced the iCADE concept as one of their annual April Fool’s pranks. However the response was so astounding (and I imagine such a colossal letdown that it didn’t actually exist) that Ion Audio, Think Geek, and Atari have teamed up to officially make this portable arcade cabinet a reality.

 

 



Design

Byrd & Belle modern felt sleeves for iPhones and iPads

December 10, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Dead sexy product design by Byrd & Belle. These guys must be making an absolute killing this holiday season. (via graphic exchange)