Published on January 21st, 2015 | by octaneblue0
Review: Tengami – Wii U eShop
Summary: Developer(s): Nyamyam
Platforms(s): iOS, Wii U eShop, Steam
Release Date(s): February 20, 2014 (iOS), November 13, 2014 (Wii U eShop), January 15, 2015 (Steam)
The debut title from developer Nyamyam, Tengami is an adventure/puzzle game that launched for iOS devices earlier in 2014. The game eventually made its way over to the Wii U eShop in late 2014. This beautiful, relaxing game is one that everyone can pick up and play, but it may not necessarily be for everyone. Read on for the full review of Tengami on the Wii U eShop!
Tengami is described as an “atmospheric point & click adventure game inside a Japanese pop-up book.” And that’s literally what the game is; nothing more, nothing less. Using the Wii U GamePad, players will guide the game’s nameless protagonist through the game by pointing at the spots you would like him to move. He has no help and very little interaction throughout his adventure.
Throughout the game, you’ll see several glowing spots that indicate that the environment can be folded like a pop-up book, creating structures like bridges to cross, opening new areas, or changing the environment completely. The game’s pulling mechanic is also used to solve several puzzles, which generally yield an item that needs to be taken to a specific spot. The game’s puzzles start out easy, but gradually require more thought to get through. None of the game’s puzzles are particularly difficult; however, some of them are rather time-consuming, requiring some backtracking or exploring to complete. A hint system is available for all of the puzzles. The hints don’t outright tell players how to solve the puzzles, but instead give a one-sentence clue that players can use.
The game is completely controlled on the GamePad’s touch screen, using none of the buttons whatsoever. This is an instance where using the GamePad is actually preferred to using the TV, as it’s much easier to just glance down at the GamePad and move around that way than maybe having to switch your views between your TV and GamePad over and over again.
Tengami has a nice style to it; as previously stated, the graphics of the game resemble a Japanese pop-up book. The game has a watercolor-like color palette. The graphics aren’t mind blowing, but they do look nice at the very least. The soundtrack for the game is absolutely incredible. Composed by the legendary David Wise, the soundtrack is ambient with a Eastern tinge. The music really draws you into the gameplay and the environments, and it’s certainly one of the game’s highlights overall. Those familiar with Mr. Wise’s work in the past will definitely love the music of Tengami. For those interested, the Tengami Original Soundtrack is available to purchase on its own from David Wise’s Bandcamp page for the game here. Check out this official soundtrack sample medley below from YouTube:
As intriguing and intuitive as Tengami was for me, I can’t recommend it to everyone. For those that enjoy atmospheric, relaxing games that you can just sit down and play, you should definitely check this game out. But that’s the only crowd that I probably would recommend this game to. Priced at $9.99 on the Wii U eShop as well as Steam, the overall game length clocks in a little under 2 hours. That’s a comparable price for a movie ticket for a film that lasts just as long. However, it is worth noting that the iOS version is half the price and is largely identical. So if you want to check the game out on your mobile device, that option may be more appealing.
The Wii U version of the game supports Off-TV Play and Miiverse. Throughout the game are ten Miiverse Stamps that, upon collecting, gives the option to post your find to Miiverse. Certain points in the game also allow players to post a pre-written haiku to Miiverse. After looking through the game’s Miiverse community, it seems like plenty of the game’s owners are utilizing the Miiverse features. While minor, they are nice to have for any Wii U title.
Tengami is a unique adventure title that’s rather short and a bit pricey for its length, but has very simple, easy-to-learn gameplay and an outright amazing soundtrack. It’s worth checking out for any Wii U owners looking for a relaxing experience. Just keep in mind that there’s a cheaper alternative in the form of the game’s iOS release.
+ Gameplay is very easy to get into
+ Nice environments and presentation
+ Gorgeous soundtrack
– Short length
– A bit pricey on the Wii U