Tengami: A stunning Japanese style pop-up paper puzzle game



Tengami is one of the most stylish mobile games that I’ve seen in a long time. With a graphic aesthetic that mimics a Japanese pop-up book, it’s a puzzle game with wondrous sights and sounds.

It’s a little tricky to understand at first, but there are subtle glowing callout cues that tell you where you should trigger a paper fold. If you find the initial rounds difficult (I confess, I did!) there are some hints over on the official website that will get you through the first few stages.

Since the game’s initial release a couple of weeks back, Japanese fans have apparently taken a liking to the title, as the game briefly broke into the top ten overall apps late in February in the Japanese app store. And it was featured in Apple’s spotlighted games section today, which will surely give it some great exposure.

Interestingly, the game was developed by the UK-based team, Nyamyam, but they’ve apparently made the extra effort to appeal to Japanese users, and have been featured in various Japanese media like 4gamer and Famitsu.

For now Tengami is iOS only, and can be purchased for $4.99 (or 500 yen here in Japan). I’m enjoying the game so far, and if you have the patience for puzzle games and a preference for Japanese style art, you might want to check this one out.

The company is planning to release the game for Windows and OSX later on as well, so stay tuned for those. You can check out the trailer for the game, as well as screenshots below.