About The Game
Tread a paper path along the folds of a pop-up book and become wrapped up in a captivating world of secrets in Tengami, a unique point-and-click adventure for Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Tengami inks its way through a mysterious story, set in a world of Japanese fairy tales. Filled with texture and colour, there are shrines, forests and mountains to explore, each an intricate construction in its own right, and a digital reflection of the real-world origami technique it’s created with.
Opening under the boughs of a once-mighty cherry tree, you must seek an answer to the lone tree’s blight. Collect cherry blossoms as you go, and traverse environments, as puzzles unfurl and obstacles reveal themselves. Each can be solved or surmounted by using the Wii U GamePad and stylus to flip, fold, slide and pull parts of the world – tap to move to a spot, and watch for glowing areas to indicate the way forward. To start, it could be something as simple as pulling down folds to create a path. But later on, you’ll have to look deeper and uncover clues buried within the layers, cuts and creases of the book – within the very folds of the world – as the puzzles become more lateral. The picture is completed by a soothing soundtrack from composer David Wise, enhancing the experience with a deft touch.
The antithesis of all-out action, Tengami weaves a serene thread of relaxation and harmony. It’s a perfect partner for night-time puzzle-solving, as relaxing as green tea. You won’t need any other reason to lose yourself in an atmosphere of tranquil mystery and such striking visual style – and thanks to a familiar world of pop-up books, you’ve known how to play it since your childhood.
The following extract was emailed to me as part of the press kit that accompanied the review copy
When we created Tengami we envisioned the player to play Tengami in bed before going to sleep or in the afternoon on the sofa with a hot beverage. Take your GamePad to your favourite relax spot in the flat, put the headphones on and have some time to yourself.
Tengami is deliberately a short game, we want you to be able to play it in one or two sessions. So don’t stress or worry about review deadlines and if you get stuck there is always a Walkthrough to consult.
Just take your time and think of Tengami as a bedtime game to guide you into beautiful dreams.
There are 4 flowers on the tree but you'll only have 3 acts and 3 to retrieve during the game.
10 Miiverse stamps are to collect and use but you can only use them during certain points of the story not any time you want.
All 10 stamps are hidden throughout the levels some slightly obscured but none are deviously hidden,
The whole game will be beaten by most people in under an hour & half.
I can beat it in under 45 minutes now I roughly know all the puzzles through my playthroughs but I suspect it can be done in as little as half an hour if totally desired.
Once beaten and all 10 stamps are obtained there is no real gaming reason to return unless you enjoyed the experience so much you'd like to listen to the music and have an urge to stroll through the game again.
Puzzles are littered throughout the game here you'll have to hit the bells in the right order (I won't ruin it and tell you how)
Having played through the game multiple times I can appreciate and understand the sentiments of the words above.
How many readers will appreciate the shortness or style of the final game remains a decision for yourself.
The game features a total of 3 acts each has a pink flower to be retrieved to mark the ending of the act.
It's littered throughout with puzzles some simple, a few requiring a little more thought but none so taxing you'll be ripping your hair out! (The game is suppose to be relaxing remember)
The game has a deliberate pacing tapping the screen to where you wish to go will see your character walk there.
No amount of taping the screen or buttons will make this process any faster.
It's not super slow by any means but I suspect they'll be a few that wish they could some how speed things up a bit.
A soothing boat ride leads to more puzzles & maybe even a stamp if you keep your eyes open.
Excellent soothing music hits the mark just as it should.
Fairly unique graphical style suits the game very well.
10 miiverse stamps to find (as these are basically Nintendo’s achievement system surely more games should follow this example)
Puzzles may occasionally make you work it out a while but none are overly stressful.
The game is exactly like a pop up paper book and the page turning animation is very well done (& it's recommended you pay attention on each turn)
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The game is short (by design) but that won’t appeal to everyone (you have been fairly warned)
Given the content no matter how relaxing the game is over priced on Wii U.
The art style of the game won’t appeal to all either (does any game really please everyone?
I'm pretty sure it doesn't)
A wolf howls at the moon very early into your adventure (but you could also say it's not that far from the end of the game too given it's short length)
The first time I ever saw anything of Tengami my first impression was that’s a game I’ll never play (I always knew I’d buy it for collection reasons but I own many games I've never played)
Once I decided I was going to review every game I knew I'd have to play them all even the ones that held little or no interest for me.
I have no doubt that was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Now I get to play games that would otherwise never given a chance.
While I'll still hate some of those games and dislike a vast amount of them for whatever reason some will completely change my mind about it.
Tengami is one of those games the early stuff I saw had little affect on me and the game had no appeal.
But I tried it and within ten minutes I loved it.
I wish the game were at least one or two acts longer.
But at the same time often the mark of a good game can be one you wish went on just a little more once you'd finished.
It will always likely be too highly priced given the amount of play time that's a fair criticism, but those that enjoy the music and peaceful nature of the game will surely play through again.
A review copy of the game was provided by Nyamyam games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.