Tengami‘s Beauty Will Make Your Eyes Pop Up Out Of Your Head [Review]

Tengami

Tengami has gathered a bit of a following during its development due to its beautiful, pop-up-book art style and zen-like demeanor. It has relaxing music, a dialogue-free narrative, and puzzles that are clever and occasionally very tricky.

Tengami by Nyamyam Games
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $4.99

The game is out now as a universal app for iOS devices, and it has a lot of expectations to live up to. Can it live up to the excitement?

It absolutely does, delivering an endlessly fascinating experience in one of the most beautiful packages you have ever seen.

You start Tengami with nothing but your character and a dead tree, and in the absence of any other options, you start walking right. And that’s how the game works: You enter an area, and it’s up to you to determine what your goal is and how to accomplish it. Your only controls are double-taps to tell your hero where to go and swipes to manipulate the various tabs and pages of the book.

That’s it.

I am a fan of how this game looks.

The puzzles are various, and include simple water-level manipulation, flipping through several different “tabs” to form a path, and one later on that uses the mechanics of pop-up books in such a clever way that I won’t describe it here. Besides, it tripped me up when I played it last fall, and nobody must know of my failures.

So if you own an iOS device and play games on it, Tengami is a must-buy. It sets for what a mobile and gestural gameplay experience can be, and it belongs in your brain. I would give it six stars if I could, but my editor says that that might break the Internet. And I’m enthusiastic, but I’m not willing to take that risk.

TengamiGame Name: : Tengami
The Good: Everything about this game is amazing.
The Bad: Everything about this game is amazing.
The Verdict: Yeah, it’s alright.
Buy from: App Store – Tengami | Nyamyam Games

Cult of Mac rating: 5/5

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Evan KillhamEvan Killham lives in Nebraska and isn't interested in football, so he has plenty of time to play and think about video games. He has written for Bitmob and GamesBeat and sometimes, he even goes outside. But not too often because he's heard there are bees out there.

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