SHI-RO is a mobile game that brings the art of Japanese lacquerware to life in a player’s hand. Gold and silver shimmer when they tilt their iPhone or iPad. Based on a real ancient story, the game tells the tale of a curious empress, a lost love and a blossoming friendship.

In over 60 handmade puzzles, players connect golden moons to separate the sea from the sky. Each level transforms their device into a beautiful Japanese lacquer box, which players need to think outside of! Taiko drums lead their way from one star constellation to the next, puzzle by puzzle, word by word, further in time.

By connecting golden moons, players separate sea from sky and help empress Gemmei to create the first Japanese islands. To engage with SHI-RO’s story, players have to find the golden elements in the game’s handdrawn illustrations. They encounter and interconnect an emerging world in a tale that is based on the first Japanese writing, the Kojiki.

SHI-RO will be released as a premium ad-free game on the 9th of September on iTunes here