a lacquer box full of stories for iOS


SHI•RO is a game for iPhone and iPad that uses gyroscope technology to bring art to life in a player’s hand. Gold and silver on coated darkness shimmer in the hands of players while they move their iPad or iPhone. 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! To engage with SHI•RO’s story, players have to find the golden elements in the game’s handdrawn illustrations. Taiko drums lead their way from one star constellation to the next, puzzle by puzzle, word by word, further in time.

SHI•RO has a dedicated website and is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It came out on the 9th of September and has been featured by Apple. SHI•RO was developed by studio Topicbird and published by the brothers grimm.


Selected media responses

  • “SHIRO’s puzzles are beautiful enough to display in an art gallery.” – Apple US

  • “It’s as though the levels were designed to be spent time with, admired as though each was hanging on its own in a museum.” – TouchArcade

  • “There are over 60 handmade challenges which feature a stunning, minimal design.” – PocketGamer

A handdrawn illustration in SHI•RO shows the goddess Izanami in the underworld Postcards showing a scene from the game on a golden background