Tengami is a mobile game that released back in November for the iPhone/iPad, and recently released for the Wii U, Mac and PC. It’s a serene and picturesque story-telling game with some mild puzzle elements mixed in. You control a nameless Japanese “hero” on a journey through a pop-up book inspired realm. It’s a relaxing visual narrative that’s both beautiful to look at and wonderful to listen to. Overall, it’ll take you about two hours to play through the game, maybe more if you remember to keep the hint system off. There’s no combat or enemies to fight, but the puzzles can be slightly cryptic if you don’t pay attention to minute details of the environment. The story isn’t so detail-oriented, focusing on visual cues and hopes that you know Japanese folklore… and it’s pretty open to interpretation, but I’ll leave that for you guys to check out.
It does have its downsides though. The asking price, at least on the Wii U, is $10. This would be alright if the game wasn’t so short/light on content. It’s half off currently, so I paid $5. It is worth at least that much. While it’s visually stunning to look at… you’ll never actually look at your TV while playing. The entire game is controlled through tapping on the screen, which means you’ll spend the majority of the time staring at the gamepad. That’s totally fine, but this really belongs on your iPad or your 1080p computer screen.
I enjoyed it, but I wish I could have actually looked at my TV while playing. If you catch the title on sale, and on another format, definitely grab it. You’ve likely spent more money is worse ways.