It is fantastic to see innovative apps coming onto the App markets, especially when they are relevant for education, and even more amazing when you find out that the innovation was developed in the UK. Tengami is a new app for iPad which allows you to go on a serene journey through Japan with ancient fairy tales brought to life through striking visuals, unique gameplay and haunting music. Experience dark forests, abandoned shrines and tranquil mountain waterfalls as you seek to uncover the secret behind the lone dying cherry tree.
Tengami is unique, in that it is designed as a pop-up book, playing like nothing else before it. Reach directly into the world to flip, fold and slide parts of the world to delve deeper into your mysterious journey.
A beautiful and original soundtrack by renowned composer David Wise accompanies your adventure. He is best known for his work on the Donkey Kong Country series.
Tengami’s world is built as an authentically folding three dimensional pop-up book with an all new technology created just for this game. Everything seen in the game could be recreated in real-life with just paper, scissors and glue, which makes it so interesting, especially in terms of the educational scope for apps with these features.
The art-work, soundtrack, and gameplay are truly stunning, and for those thinking how Tengami could be used in education, well, our thoughts went straight to use as a means of visual literacy, plus speaking and listening. Used as a whole class, small group, or paired work activity, there is plenty of scope to get pupils to re-tell the adventure of the main character, with plenty of opportunity for flipping and folding through the pages in a way which is engaging for all those involved.
The game is also due to be released this year for WiiU, Windows & OSX.
Take a look at the preview video of the app below: