For as long as I can remember, Filipino kids have been playing sipa (which literally means “kick” in Tagalog) on the streets. Having a lot of boy playmates when I was much (much?!) younger, I also learned how to play the sport. Not well, but not dreadfully either. It brings back a rush of sweet nostalgia from those innocent days, when all I care about is the time that I can finally go out to play. If you’re thinking of asking for a live demonstration, well, don’t even go there. I’ve lost my full-body agility superpowers a long time ago, replaced by fast fingers I mainly use as weapons of mass destruction. Which brings me to this post’s review topic:
SIPA: Street Hack Sack, an Android/iOS application which brings to life one of the oldest and most-loved street games in the Philippines. SIPA is the first-ever Pinoy-themed game available on the Android Market and the iTunes App Store (links below), made by a group of highly talented Filipinos, a couple of whom I’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with several years ago. From the game description:
The object of the Sipa game is to hit a shuttlecock with your feet and elbows for as long as you can. In the Philippines, players use washer with ribbons or scrap cloth.
The game puts you in control of Butchukoy, a little boy out to play Sipa throughout the streets of Manila. Earn points every time Butchukoy successfully hits the shuttlecock. Look out for litter on the streets because you’ll get extra points for picking them up. You’ll be able to use these points to unlock other places in the Philippines so keep them coming!
Furthermore, what makes Sipa different from other games available today is the fact that there is more to it than just excitement and thrill. Sipa spells nationalism, culture, heritage, life lessons, and adrenalin-pumping gaming acts all rolled into one.
Here’s the in-game trailer from SIPA:
Here are some of the screenshots from the game:
An app that promotes our rich Filipino culture and heritage, teaches the player to become environmentally-aware, is exciting and wholesome and fun and has some really cutesy graphics to boot? What more can any Filipino ask for from a mobile game made by fellow Pinoys? And it’s not even expensive like other apps in the market. Can you tell I’m a SIPA believer?
Buy Pinoy! The SIPA app is available for only $0.99 on Android and iTunes! What’s better is that part of the proceeds from this SIPA game will be given to Mighty Minds and Filipino Matters, two non-profit organizations aimed at promoting Pinoy pride and uplifting the Filipino youth through education. It’s for a really good cause, so this is one of those purchases where I can safely say that every cent I paid for is worth it!
This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the app on both the Android Market and the iTunes App Store to facilitate this review.