August 23rd, 2012 | By Charles Ferrendelli
Many of the big name publishers and developers were at Gamescom this past week to show off their triple A titles expected to hit this year, but if you looked closely enough there was also a few hidden indie gems scattered throughout the show floor. One of these tucked away was a papercraft game, and no I’m not talking about Media Molecule’s Tearaway. I’m talking about Tengami, a gorgeous papercraft world inside a creative pop-up book from developer Nyamyam, a four-person team comprised of former Rare employees.
Tengami is an idea that came from the developers remembering back when they were children and how fun and exciting pop-up books were. Players will find themselves guiding an origami samurai though a traditional Japanese paper world solving puzzles that are presented through a pop-up book that puts all others to shame. It reminds me of Sword & Sworcery, except the theme isn’t limited to just the art direction. The player will interact with the world in ways such as pulling open bridges and building pathways by unfolding sheets using their fingers on an iPad device. While the iPad is currently the only device in development, there are plans for an iPhone, PC, and Mac release. I’ll personally be picking this one up on my iPad to get the whole pop-up book experience.
Be sure to keep up with Nyamyam and the future of Tengami by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. For further information on Tengami and details of the development visit their official website. Also, don’t forget to check out the gallery and trailer below where Nyamyam’s Jennifer Schneidereit discusses Tengami.