An app that teaches evolution using polar bears. Simulations, arcade games, and heaps of science inside. Ages 8 and up. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 18, 2014.
About this project
From Marta Ruliffson, science whiz and art director for Highlights. And from Chuck Carter, artist for National Geographic, Scientific American, and Myst.
Polar bears have bigger butts than black or grizzly bears, and their strange weight distribution is an ingenious adaptation to help them maintain balance when seal hunting.
But polar bears are in trouble. As polar ice melts sooner and freezes later many polar bear populations are being seriously stressed as their home is changing. We want to not only deliver a revolutionary eBook on the lives of polar bears and their world, but also make people aware of their predicament in an evolving environment. A percentage of our project sales will be donated to various polar bear advocacy groups as we strive to raise awareness of their plight.
Our interactive ebook will shine new light on an animal you thought you knew. Experience their secret lives through in-book arcade games and simulations. Eagre Interactive is taking eBooks in a brave new direction with a deep feature set and all kinds of surprises.
We’ll make this Polar-Bear-o-Pedia run on all platforms if we’re financially able to do so. Our first stretch goal reflects that priority.
Support for all platforms at $30,000.
If you're not on Mac or iPad, we’ll collect your email to contact you IF AND ONLY IF we’re close to making our product run on your device.
Get happily entangled in minigames like Polar Bear Pinball and Snowy Sumo Wrestling. This is a fully interactive experience. It's a marathon for the mind, with concepts from big thinkers like Pascal, Bergman, Bernoulli, Tyson and Ian Sterling.
Wander the arctic landscape or help a polar bear cross the shifting ice floes to find dinner.
Just as March of the Penguins shed new light on a well-known waddler, our interactive ebook gives you a slew of secret insights into an animal you thought you knew. We’re ambitious, and we can deliver.
We’re experienced game designers and we know how to bring faraway worlds to life. We also know how to build fun products with replay value.
Marta Ruliffson, writer and creator, brings the polar bear expertise. She’s an art director and content consultant for Highlights, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton-Mifflin; she's an award-winning designer of other kids’ science products. But she’s also an arctic adventurer, and her discoveries roused our imaginations. Who wouldn’t want to explore Polar Bear Country? It was Marta who moved us to take audiences there for our first collaborative project.
Chuck Carter is a long-time veteran in the video game industry. You’ve seen his art and animation in the classic video game MYST, in National Geographic, Scientific American, NASA, and Hollywood. He’s co-authored a celebrated geology textbook for McGraw-Hill.
Mike Hughes has made and directed video game art for decades. He co-founded the critically acclaimed mobile game studio Venan Entertainment. Combined, he has over twenty years of experience in the publishing, educational and game industries.
Doug Koellmer has superpowers in programming and gameplay design. He's led several development teams to create learning games and Virtual Reality training simulations, including multi-million-dollar projects for the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation.
Joshua Eckert writes copy and develops brand positioning strategies. He's worked in the education and fashion sectors, designing experiences for students and customers, respectively. Formerly, he was an art curriculum development specialist for Singapore's Ministry of Education.
Gary Freeman carries with him decades of experience as a innovative concept artist for the video game industries including Westwood Studios, Electronic Arts and Smart Bomb Interactive. His work is regularly featured in print and digital advertising as well as in the children's book publishing industries.
We’ve worked hard to make our content attractive to all ages. You’ll have fun with Why Do Polar Bears Have Such Big Butts? if you want to discover exotic landscapes and get up close with polar bears, arctic foxes, and bearded seals. You’ll enjoy it if Planet Earth blows your hair back or if you have a soft spot for 90s-era Nicktoons. And maybe you know a friend who would love our project too, whether they be a birdwatcher, a bear-advocate, a teacher, a student, or an insatiably curious adventurer like Marta.
Our adventure-seeking backers get the following rewards:
Kickstarter lets us bring Why Do Polar Bears Have Such Big Butts? to you quickly and directly. It lets us connect with pioneer types---those who want to tour the digital frontier where new publication formats live. Like you, we’re real people who hope to connect with you. You’ll see that we favored rewards that help build that bridge between us. We appreciate your interest in our ambitious project.
All money raised will be spent on this world-in-a-book. More backers means more simulations, more minigames, and more artists working on the project. Marta, our in-house expert, has a bottomless pitcher of ideas, and we’ll expand this game indefinitely to match demand.
This is the first of several interactive explorations of the natural world that our team plans to release, and we're hoping to make these releases available to everyone on all platforms. We thank you for helping us do this!
We’ll make multi-platform support a priority if we’re financially able to do so. Our first stretch goal reflects that priority.
Support for all platforms at $30,000.
To accommodate would-be backers who don’t own Macs or iPads, we’ll collect your email to contact you ONLY when we’re near the multiple-platform-support threshold. (PC and Android users click here)
On Pinterest, see the photographers and art that inspire this arctic adventure. On Tumblr and Twitter, follow our progress as we bring this product to life.
Risks and challenges
We've embarked on a complex project. Our voice actors, illustrators, photographers, and content experts join us from around the world, and coordinating everyone on this project is a challenge. The folks managing this project have been leaders in the industry for decades, so we're well equipped to acheive our goals, but the final product may have some surprises. We expect they'll be good surprises, and we're committed to bringing you, our generous backers, an experience that you'll find inspiring and entertaining. Thank you again for your kind support!
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We appreciate your help getting the word out on this project. We couldn't do it without you. Ralliers receive digital updates and a stream of sweet concept art to share on Facebook or Twitter.Estimated delivery:
One copy of WHY DO POLAR BEARS HAVE SUCH BIG BUTTS? for iBooks [direct download? for iPad and OS X Mavericks]. See your name listed in the credits.Estimated delivery:
Ahead of the Curve
You get early (beta) access to our World-in-a-Book. See your name listed in the credits.Estimated delivery:
Gift Basket 1
You get a tangible gift card for our world-in-a-book---a present for friend or family! Also get two 5x7 prints signed by the artists and a PDF filled with our high-res art of polar bears, arctic wildlife and exotic landscapes. See your name listed in the credits.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Gift Basket 2
You get a tangible gift card for our world-in-a-book; Also get three 8x10 prints signed by the artists and a PDF filled with our high-res art of polar bears, arctic wildlife and exotic landscapes. See your name listed in the credits.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
Polar Bear Art Collector 1
Original hand-drawn and framed polar bear pencil
sketch by Marta, from her travels to the Arctic. Includes Gift Basket 2.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
Gift Basket 2, Hand Delivered
(Greater NYC Only) Marta will hand-deliver a tangible gift card for our world-in-a-book; Also get three 8x10 prints signed by the artists and a PDF filled with our high-res art of polar bears, arctic wildlife and exotic landscapes. See a photo of you and Marta next to your name in the credits.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)
You choose one of our three veteran art directors, who, via Skype, will coach you for 90 minutes on how to make it in the VG industry (Chuck or Mike) or the children's publishing industry (Marta). Includes portfolio review and Gift Basket 2.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)
Polar Bear Advocate
Caricature of you as a recurring character in the book. Includes Gift Basket 2.Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
Digital Publishing Thought Leader
We'll invite you to be a design consultant for our next-gen ebook, via Skype. Includes Gift Basket 2.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
Polar Bear Power Advocate
Dinner with creators in NYC. Creators will snap a picture with you to put beside your name as a sponsor. Includes Gift Basket 2.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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