Tengami takes a Western perspective on Japanese folklore.
Whatever else may be said about Tengami, one thing is clear: its trailer is eye-catching. From the distinctive environments to the interesting game mechanics, the whole experience looks gorgeous. This mysterious little puzzler from a UK-based developer has managed to capture the feel of a fairy tale.
"Tengami is an adventure game," according to its website, "full of wonder and mystery, set in Japan of ancient dark fairy tales. The world is at your fingertips as you manipulate it to solve puzzles and discover secrets." Though Japanese action origami can involve movement and moving parts, the kind of pop-up display seen in the trailer is more commonly associated with movable books, a Western art form with twelfth-century roots. The protagonist is unnamed, and exactly why this wanderer should want to travel at night through a wolf-infested (okuri-inu?) landscape remains unknown, for the moment at least.
Tengami is due in 2013, and will initially be an iPad release. A PC and Mac edition is also planned.