Kami: Small Things That Matter

You can claim and think whatever you want but people do like simple things. Those simple things do not have to be easy, but they have to be simple to understand. I do hope you get what I mean. For instance, Angry Birds are very easy to understand but it is not that simple to collect all stars in just one playthrough. Moreover, it might take a couple of hours or, if you are not that lucky, even a few days to hit a perfect score. But how about the natural simplicity and a colorful game mixed together? Well, if you keep the proportions – you will get a game called Kami.

If you know what people stand behind the State of Play, then you know that they are responsible for whatever comes from their developers’ studio and that it definitely can’t be bad. Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell, people who brought you Lume and Headspin: Storybook, made a small pause and instead of going on vacation, created Kami. At a certain moment you do get a feeling that Kami was made over a month or even less but that does not influence the quality of the game in any possible way.

Kami is More Than Just a Puzzle

I’m not even sure if it’s possible to use the word “Kami” and the word “instruction” in one sentence. The very same moment you launch the game, you already know what to do. The main principle of the game is rather simple: you have a big rectangle that is made out of small colorful squares. All you have to do is to color the squares so they all turn blue, red, black or whatever color you choose. I do know that it sounds simple but trust me – it is not simple at all. Frankly speaking, I was challenged already on the 5th level of Kami. The other condition here is to make as less moves as possible to color the squares. And this is when the logic and the magic come into play. First of all, colorful squares will be scatters all over the place and it won’t be possible to turn all red in all blue ones with a single touch. Only strategy and tactics will allow you to continue moving in the right direction.

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Kami Has Amazing Graphics and Game Style

Sure, painting colorful squares is not the most challenging thing to create. It is very easy to do something simple but it’s not easy to make it look great. I can tell for sure that Kami creators, Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell, were inspired by the Japanese art of origami and did their best to make their game look a lot like the unique technique of paper folding. No, don’t you worry – you won’t be offered to fold paper and make elephants, cats and other animals out of it. For that matter there has to be an app on the Google Play or iTunes. But Kami’s animation kind of looks like hundreds of small paper squares folding simultaneously. It’s especially beautiful when you have only two colors left and tap the screen to see how the second part turns into red or green. I never thought that simple things like that would have been this cool.

The Touch of Paper

The sense of paper in Kami is very realistic. By the way, from Japanese “Kami” is translated as “Paper”, so it would be strange to expect flying dragons running all over the city and shooting fireballs as the main gameplay. But who knows – this also happens occasionally.

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Those people, who are familiar with the Japanese culture, will tell you that the main idea of being a good master or a decent warrior is reaching the balance inside of you. When you know how to control your emotions, then you know the meaning of life. Kami is that lesson you need to learn in order to find balance. In Kami every move matters and before making it, you will have to spend some time thinking about the consequences. It also does feel like chess where you have to think a few moves ahead. I would even dare to call Kami a meditation game, where your calmness means more than everything because only when calm you can find answers for your questions.

Paper Conclusions on Kami

If I was asked to name at least one reason why you should not buy Kami for your smartphone or tablet, I won’t be able to do that. The game is perfect in everything. And yes, I’m not kidding. It has perfect graphics, it is very easy to understand and very interesting to play, Kami makes you think and allows you to make this world a better place. But what is really important – Kami is available for everyone. As it appears, Luke Whittaker and Katherine Bidwell did their best and for $2 only you can download this game from Google Play, iTunes and Windows App Store. Yes, finally we have something worth one’s attention for Windows Phone fans. So, if you do not know where to invest 2 spare dollars, you can invest them into Kami. You won’t regret it no matter what happens.

P.S. If you interested in the upcoming projects of the State of Play duet, you can check their website.

Author: Oleg Repetskiy

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