Tengami

System: Wii U Release date: 13/11/2014

Tread a paper path along the folds of a pop-up book and become wrapped up in a captivating world of secrets in Tengami, a unique point-and-click adventure for Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Tengami inks its way through a mysterious story, set in a world of Japanese fairy tales. Filled with texture and colour, there are shrines, forests and mountains to explore, each an intricate construction in its own right, and a digital reflection of the real-world origami technique it’s created with.

Opening under the boughs of a once-mighty cherry tree, you must seek an answer to the lone tree’s blight. Collect cherry blossoms as you go, and traverse environments, as puzzles unfurl and obstacles reveal themselves. Each can be solved or surmounted by using the Wii U GamePad and stylus to flip, fold, slide and pull parts of the world – tap to move to a spot, and watch for glowing areas to indicate the way forward. To start, it could be something as simple as pulling down folds to create a path. But later on, you’ll have to look deeper and uncover clues buried within the layers, cuts and creases of the book – within the very folds of the world – as the puzzles become more lateral. The picture is completed by a soothing soundtrack from composer David Wise, enhancing the experience with a deft touch.

The antithesis of all-out action, Tengami weaves a serene thread of relaxation and harmony. It’s a perfect partner for night-time puzzle-solving, as relaxing as green tea. You won’t need any other reason to lose yourself in an atmosphere of tranquil mystery and such striking visual style – and thanks to a familiar world of pop-up books, you’ve known how to play it since your childhood.

  • Explore a beautiful, hand-crafted pop-up book that tells a Japanese fairy tale
  • Use the GamePad to point-and-click through puzzles and unravel the mystery of a dying tree
  • A haunting, orchestral score from composer David Wise
  • Off-TV play lets you relax in a quiet space to enjoy the game in peace

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Nyamyam talks about Tengami

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Explore a whimsical papercraft world filled with secrets, and solve puzzles by flipping, folding, sliding and pulling parts of the world in a serene point-and-click adventure. When a once-mighty cherry tree begins to deteriorate, it’s up to you to seek an answer to the lone tree’s blight in Tengami, coming soon to Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

We spoke to Jennifer Schneidereit from developer Nyamyam to learn more about the development process and how Tengami came about.

Nintendo of Europe: First of all, thanks for taking the time to speak to us today. How many people are on the team over at Nyamyam working on Tengami?

Jennifer Schneidereit: There are three of us working full-time on Tengami: Phil Tossell, Ryo Agarie, and me.

NoE: Could you give us a short introduction to Tengami for those who are coming to the game completely fresh?

JS: Tengami’s an atmospheric adventure game that takes place inside of a Japanese pop-up book. You play very much at your own pace, gently exploring some really gorgeous-looking paper worlds, and you come across puzzles and obstacles that you solve by flipping, folding, sliding and pulling parts of the world. Essentially, you play Tengami in the same way that you would read a pop-up book – it’s very quiet, a calm and relaxing sort of game that you play on your sofa, or in your bed with the headphones on and a cup of tea!

NoE: You mention that you interact with the backgrounds and the paper world. How did you go about creating the game engine?

JS: Yes, that was really the most difficult part of making Tengami – coming up with the technology. In the beginning, we studied how to make physical pop-ups, and through understanding that process, we figured out the mathematics behind the folding, and then we were able to create an editor that allowed us to make authentic digital pop-ups.

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NoE: Did the team learn origami in order to create the game’s assets by hand beforehand?

JS: No and yes. In the beginning we obviously liked to draw on paper and work it out sometimes. How do you actually make a folding house? How do you make a folding tree? How do you make a folding Japanese temple? Things like that. But the hand-crafting process is very slow for pop-ups, because if you make a tiny mistake, you need to start again from scratch. As our technology gradually got better and better, we switched over to doing everything in our 3D editor. But it’s true that everything that you see in the game is constructed like an authentic pop-up book, and you can replicate everything that you see in the game with paper, scissors and glue – if you know how to make pop-ups!

Actually, at a show we did, I met a lady called Rebecca Sawyer, who’s a professional pop-up artist. She really loved the game and she came to talk to me after she played it and said, "How can I be involved with the game?" So we commissioned her to replicate some of the most iconic scenes in the game as physical pop-ups. I unfortunately don’t have them with me today but we have shown them at shows before, and it really blows people’s minds when they see the physical scene, and then see exactly the same scene in the game.

NoE: What inspired you to put so much effort into this origami art style?

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NoE: Have you found that people who play the game quickly understand how it works and like the idea?

JS: Yes, absolutely. It’s a very accessible game; the controls are very easy to pick up, and I think because so many people know pop-up books from childhood, it very quickly becomes second nature.


NoE: Please could you give us a brief introduction to Tengami’s story?

JS: We have a very non-traditional approach to the story, and there’s almost no text in the game. It’s very much up to the player to infer what the story or the ultimate meaning of Tengami is, through the things that they do, see and feel as they progress. At the beginning of the game, your character is under a cherry tree, and the cherry tree is slowly withering away. And at the end, there’s only one cherry blossom left, and you can drop the cherry blossom onto the character and he comes to life – and you can start going on your journey. And in each level, you basically try to find more cherry blossoms. And whenever you find another cherry blossom, then you get a little bit of a peek at what the meaning is.

NoE: It’s something that develops slowly as you go through then, and it’s ultimately up to the player to decide what that meaning is.

JS: Right. But the player needs to infer what the cherry blossom and the tree means to them. It can be unique to each player. I mean, I definitely know what it means to me, and the team knows what it means to us. But if people have a different interpretation to us, then we’re totally fine with that.

NoE: What will keep players coming back to Tengami?

JS: It’s a game that really draws you into the atmosphere, and if you play with headphones on, you feel like you don’t want to put it down.

NoE: You mentioned playing while wearing headphones – can you tell us more about the soundtrack and audio?

JS: Our composer – I think Nintendo fans will know him – is called David Wise, and he’s recorded famous soundtracks for games like Donkey Kong Country. He’s composing all of our music. The soundtrack is just fantastic; I absolutely love it. It’s like traditional Japanese music but with a western twist on it. So it’s very orchestral, and it’s just beautiful.

NoE: What excited you most about working on Wii U?

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JS: We were really excited about the Wii U GamePad, because in our game you use a stylus or a finger – you don’t use any buttons at all. And it just works really great with the stylus. It’s purely based on touch. You tap to navigate the character and he will just go wherever you tap. There are various kinds of glows that show you interactive areas, and then you can manipulate areas with your stylus – a lot of it is sliding and pulling.

NoE: It’s very tactile, then. Do you need both screens, or can you play on the Wii U GamePad without using the television?

JS: You can play off-TV on the GamePad. That’s one of the best things about the GamePad: you can play it with headphones on and it’s almost like a bedtime game. But you can also play it with other people – I actually see a lot of couples play it together. They are just sitting together, talking about it, like, “Okay, yeah, let’s just – let’s try that!”, and trying to solve the puzzles together.

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NoE: What do you think is the most important thing that players need to know about Tengami?

JS: I think that Tengami is definitely a game that instils a sense of wonder. Everything is very magical when you play with the pop-up, and when you open your first pop-up, it feels like a real discovery.


NoE: Thanks very much for your time!

Categories

Adventure, Puzzle

Players

1

Publisher

Nyamyam

Features

Off-TV Play

Age rating

TBD

Wii U download software

System

Wii U (European version)

Release date

13/11/2014

Age rating

TBD

Controllers

  • Wii U GamePad

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian

Download size

383.94 MB