Game Review: Tengami

Tengami. I purchased this game on sale, but it’s regular price is $9.99 on Steam. It looks like it is also available on Wii U and iOS/Android.

Tengami is a point and click adventure done in a pop-up picture book style created by Nyamyam. There are hardly any words in this game other than a haiku after you finish each chapter.  The lack of words was a little annoying at first but then I got used to it and it really is very charming and helped to immerse me in the beautiful graphics.tengami-r471xTengami is a point and click puzzle game.  Honestly though, I have no idea what is going on or what the story is! …Maybe some words would have helped with that. Or maybe I’m just not artsy enough to follow! But the pop-up book style is unique and a really cool visual effect. If you’ve ever played Paper Mario it had that kind of graphical style of a 2-D platformer so when you turn your character is a little tiny line from the side, like he is made of paper. The pop-up book style is that when you click on something it will turn something over or have something pop up or lay down or turn the page, and it was absolutely perfect in its execution. 

The whole game is point and click and is a beautiful Japanese style of artwork. It really is beautiful and feels like you are walking through a painting in a museum. You can click on something and drag it to interact and you walk by clicking on the ground. There were glowing lines on the side of the page for you to click on to turn the page and that is how the game progresses. There is a hint system in the game with a little flower in the top left in case you need it, but I didn’t realize it was there until after I had beaten the game so I can’t tell you how it works. My husband pointed that out later. image16.jpgThe character that you play moves very slowly. Or maybe I’m just impatient! It bothered me at first but then I realized it does fit with this game and the artistic quality of it. Having him move slowly let me take the time to focus on the graphics and the music (which is very nice, definitely recommend listening to the soundtrack).

The game is very short, I completed it in an hour and a half, but I feel like I should go back and play through it again to see if I can catch more of the story this time around. For $9.99 I think it was a little too short, and the puzzles were relatively simple. But, again, it is gorgeous and very immersive.

As my hubby puts it:

“Like pithy haiku
It shows beauty and genius
with laconic grace”

I would recommend it but try to get it on sale and be aware of what you are getting into before you start it, it is definitely not a typical game… but is more like a beautiful work of art that you get to interact with.

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