SIPA - An All-Filipino iOS and Android App

I remember my childhood days where we play street games like patintero, taguan, tumbang preso and sipa. But kids nowadays play games via PSP, Xbox, and various tablets. Seems like the old times are slowly forgotten.. Worry no more -- a group of Pinoy developers came up with a genuine all-Filipino game application that will let kids of today remember yesterday.

This development comes at a time when smartphone and tablet users are growing. Although one will find apps that has a touch of Filipino, I have yet to discover a true-blue Filipino app game in the iOS and Android marketplace. Sipa is the country’s national game, also known as Sepak Takraw. But the more popular version that children play uses a metal washer to kick instead of a ball. The flat disc-shaped metal with a hole in the middle is decorated with straws. The goal is to kick it several times without touching the ground to get the highest score and win.

Unlock different Philippine landmarks..

Team Butchukoy, the group behind the digital version of Sipa are obviously sentimental but nationalistic at the same time. Aside from promoting the game and giving everyone a glimpse of how much fun their childhood was playing Sipa, they also wanted to promote the beauty of the Philippines. When playing the game, one will notice famous landmarks in the country as the background. It’s like the Philippines is the character’s playground. The Rizal Park can be seen on the first level. As the game progresses and the next level is unlocked, a new place is introduced. For now, Quiapo, Mt. Pulag and UP Diliman are also featured in the game. With the wordwide reach of iTunes and Android devices, the goal of promoting the Filipino culture and the Philippines is within reach.

SIPA is available for download on iTunes and Android for only $0.99.


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