And so to Tengami, proud wearer of an Editors’ Choice badge over on the Apple App Store, where it sells for the entirely reasonable price of £2.99.
Sadly, Tengami doesn’t appear on Google Play, but feel free to read about what you Androidians are missing out on below. Seriously, you should probably pick up a cheap iPad for gaming.
Tengami is described on the App Store as “an atmospheric adventure game set inside a Japanese pop-up book”. I doubt I could put it better myself, so I won’t bother trying.
The first thing that will inevitably strike you about Tengami is the style. Pretty much every scene looks like the kind of thing you’d want to hang on your wall. Y’know, if you were all cool and arty and stuff.
As the name perhaps suggests, Tengami takes place in a world of folding paper (origami of course being the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures), and the transitions between scenes – as you’re invited to pull interactive elements – are seriously impressive.
The music is suitably atmospheric too, and for the first hour or so, I found myself thinking: ‘I have no idea what’s going on, but this is absolutely brilliant.’
Tengami begins with the message: “Dreams. Fading. Gone?” and the instructions don’t go far beyond “Double tap to walk”. I love being thrown in at the deep end.
However, I didn’t feel quite as euphoric by the time I finished Tengami. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great game, but a few things bothered me.
For starters, there’s a fair amount – not loads, but a fair amount – of backtracking, and you’ll occasionally find yourself willing the unnamed protagonist to move just that little bit faster.
The whole thing is arguably a tiny bit sterile, too, with no signs of life in Tengami beyond the aforementioned protagonist. Ah, wait! There are wolves at the beginning, but beyond that…
Finally, some of the puzzles are incredibly abstruse, and there are no hints. The last puzzle involves (slight spoiler) counting symbols, and even when I realised what I was supposed to be doing, I couldn’t for the life of me get the right answer.
I felt like Tengami had crossed the line from challenging to just plain tedious, and ultimately resorted to Google for only, like, the third or fourth time in my gaming career. That left a bad taste in my mouth, but maybe I’m just an idiot.
Anyway! I’m duty bound to relay the negatives, but Tengami is a seriously impressive game, and I suspect with the passing of time the thing that will stand out is the style. Tengami 2, if such a thing comes to pass, could very well be the Best Thing Ever.
- Looks great
- Sounds great
- The folding transitions
- Move a wee bit faster, Tengami man
- Where is everyone?
- Some of the puzzles are just… eugh
Summary: Tengami is an incredibly stylish adventure, with puzzles that might well have you pulling your hair out. A few tiny niggles prevent us from rolling out the 5/5 carpet, but it’s well worth checking out.
Price: £2.99 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.