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Description

Solve challenging puzzles on a beautiful Japanese lacquer box and engage with stories based in early Japan: In the beginning, so the Kojiki tells, sea was sky and sky was sea.
Journey towards calmness while rotating a lacquer box, puzzle by puzzle, word by word, further in time.

In SHI•RO you reconcile past and present with empress Gemmei, travel through dark forests to invite spirits to the shrine of old Yoshida, and climb Mount Inari with a fox.

PLAY AN ENGAGING STORY
SHI•RO tells the story of an ancient empress, a lost love and a blossoming friendship. Based on the first Japanese writing, the Kojiki, you engage with an emerging world.

SOLVE CHALLENGING PUZZLES
Over 60 handmade puzzles challenge you along the journey of empress Gemmei. Think out of the box while playing on a lacquer box! Will you help the empress to separate the sea from the sky?

ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN
SHI•RO celebrates the beauty of Japanese lacquerware by transforming your device into a lacquer box. Gold and silver shimmer in your hands while you unriddle complex geometries and find stories of depth beyond the surface.

LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF JAPAN
By solving puzzles, you hear words of Japanese language, or as a native speaker of Japanese, learn words in English. Japanese Taiko drums will guide your way.

ENTER THE SHI•RO UNIVERSE
By purchasing SHI•RO, you get access to the complete first part, KURO. But more is in the making! Once we release the second part MIDORI and the third part AKA, you will be able to purchase them in-game and continue your journey.

What's New

Version 1.0.2

Added some sparkles and optimized the languages.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
166 Ratings
166 Ratings
SCofBB

A lot of artistic expression and attention to detail

This game really tries hard:

(1) beautiful graphics... serious art drawings with shimmering gold that responds to movement
(2) beautiful sounds... they sure sound like sampled percussion instruments
(3) back story... Japanese lore
(4) innovative play... puzzles are creative with accompanying sounds
(5) instructive... Japanese word spoken at each level

The user interface is very clever but confused me at first because I thought I had to navigate to a state each time I played but the game remembers where you are as you scroll down to the next constellation. What is a little confusing is that you can flip through the constellations to the middle of the game (I think):

(1) I’d suggest that it be clearer that you are continuing where you left off when you restart the game.

(2) You also should be able to go back one move and not have to start over.

(3) Lastly, how do you reset the game and start over?

Nice job.

Developer Response

Thanks for the thorough review, it's appreciated!

(1) We will try and make it clearer where you currently are puzzle and progress-wise. In general, the game will always try and put you exactly where you left off.

(2) Sometimes it helps to start fresh and try a completely different approach on the puzzle. The ability to go back a step could transform it into a trial and error experience.

(3) You can always revisit all story bits and puzzles at a later point by tapping on the stars in the constellations. At the moment the only way to reset the game is to delete it from your device and then download it again from the App Store. We will discuss putting in a feature to reset the save data.

Thanks for playing and have a nice day!

ConanTerminator

Beautiful and unique

Beautiful art, to say the least. I am always intrigued by Japanese-themed games and I think that this game surpasses anything that I’ve come across in the app store in that area. I barely started playing, but I look forward to delve deeper into the story. As far as gameplay, I would very much like to have a landscape-view option to play the game on an iPad. Otherwise, this looks like a gem of a game!

Jwglh

An boring and average puzzler with superior visuals and theme

The pros: beautiful graphics with delightful detail; fun to learn some Japanese vocabulary, music, and mythology; excellent production value. The cons: a (yawn) average puzzler that seems to exist independent of the story, a disappointing intrusion of Roman astronomy with Japanese theme (couldn’t use Japanese star maps?). I found myself just skipping through the puzzles with the nicely graded hint system just to see how the story ends and the game visually concludes. I did not enjoy it enough to motivate me to buy a sequel.

Information

Seller
the brothers grimm UG (haftungsbeschrankt)
Size
135.2 MB
Category
Games
Compatibility
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Copyright
© 2018 Topicbird, Jasper Meiners und Isabel Paehr
Price
$2.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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