Some family and coworkers that I playfully tease as Luddites bemoan the advent of the post-PC world because so many have moved beyond traditional media in favor of devices like Apple’s all-in-one touchscreen devices. While not dying completely formats like print have suffered; newspapers have long been in a decline that was exponentially hastened by network-connected devices that can provide information faster, cheaper (usually free), and with more content (images, video, and interactivity). Even leisure formats aren’t what they used to be; how many children instinctively reach for a favorite book over a tablet if given the choice?
Thankfully, the clever can capture the essence of what made those formats special and refine them, providing something both nostalgic and new. Take for instance the old staple of young children’s books, the pop up. The mechanically enhanced three dimensional images help make reading more engaging and immersive for young readers, sparking the fascination of many a new bibliophile. This enticing technique would seem to be on the outside looking in on the technological revolution, but thanks to the folks at Nyamyam Games we get to enjoy it again. A report courtesy of Mashable brings news of Nyamyam Games’ new offering Tengami- a fantastic mix of old, new, and absolute beauty.
Tengami mixes traditional Japanese imagery with some innovative gameplay and clever use of pop up book technology to render a truly unique game experience. It will be released on iOS first, to be followed by versions for the Wii U, Windows, and OSX. I’m really looking forward to the release, the game looks incredible. To whet your interest, here’s some official gameplay video:
- Tengami delayed but still launching in 2013 (vg247.com)
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- When did the “Post PC Era” Begin? That’s a Clown Question Bro. (storagecraft.com)
- Here’s why PCs and post-PC devices are different things (and why they need to stay that way) (zdnet.com)