When words become power and penguins rise up in arms, it's up to you to lead them to victory and declare global dominance. PC/Linux/iOS Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 29, 2013.
About this project
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And there's more. Look at all this fabulous card art! We're so excited about completing the pack for the game and then.. collectibles! Merch all the things!
Card captions below will tell you the word and region they'll be appearing in.
Seems to me the penguins are sick and tired of being the laughingstock of the animal kingdom and have decided to take charge. It’s a massive offensive of global proportions – which is why they need your help, rook! We need you to defend our bases and defeat our enemies – you’ll have to learn quick and succeed quicker.
So buck up you nancy, cause we’re hitting 10 different locations scattered across the major continents. In each location we will be contending with a powerful indigenous species that wants nothing more than to shame you in front of your family and turn you into a penguin-flavored lunchable.
Whoa, get a hold of yourself son! You got so pale just now you look like a big tic-tac. The penguin army ain’t entering hostile territory without backup.
Now here’s how it works:
The indigenous creatures attack us with a variety of superpowers, each representative of a specific word frequently appearing on the SAT*/GRE**/GMAT*** exams:
All we need to counter them are reflexes, quick thinking, and a little good old-fashioned penguin know-how.
At the beginning of the battle you will be outfitted with one of two cards representing available allied units. You will also receive two additional cards randomly selected from a pair of offensive sorceries and defensive enchantments. All represent vocabulary words that act as potential counters to your enemies.
As our enemies storm the battlefield, you will send you allied unit to face them. Be careful though – if your unit is the incorrect counter to the enemy you’ll have to aid it with spells and enchantments to combat its damage or risk losing the ally.
Our success hinges on your ability to recognize the words represented and successfully assess which of your words will form the appropriate response.
The penguin army leaves no man behind!! Cards all have an activated cool-down so if you pick things randomly, YOU WILL FAIL. DO YOU WANT TO FAIL ME? NO, I DIDN’T THINK SO.
Should your ally fall, your enemy will advance. Let them cross and reach your encampment and they will tear our army apart. It’s up to you to manage your cooldowns carefully and manage your abilities to make sure that NEVER HAPPENS.
Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be.
For some weird reason, I feel compelled to believe in your abilities as a commander rookie. Once you defeat an indigenous species in a certain region, you will have them to utilize as allies in the following mission. It’s up to you to master the abilities of your new allies and the unique spells you receive in each episode to ensure our magnificent rise to power goes unchecked.
So git that dopey look off your face – the pathway to victory is wrought with terrors. Our enemies will get stronger, faster, and deadlier.
Fight effectively, and the globe will be ours. Fight carelessly, and we’ll be in bigger trouble than a baby at a dingo convention.
Onwards fearless comrade – your legend is waiting to be written!
Help us reach goals so we can develop more cool stuff!
- $60,000- Android version available
- $65,000 - Voice acting in game
- $70,000 - ESL version
- $85,000 - Spanish version
- $100,000 - 2 additional languages!!
We're actually pretty scrappy and have succeeded in keeping overhead very low. Most of the Kickstarter funds will go into covering production costs for the next few months as we finish and polish the game. This includes stuff like music/audio, artwork, programming and animation for all 10 episodes.
Project and Timeline
We are about 50% along in completing Penguemic. The final product will include 10 episodes, and the full game is due for delivery late October this year. We have a solid pipeline and have contracted a small team of illustrators and animators to help deliver a polished product by the deadline.
LearnDistrict is an indie gaming studio focused on making educational games, based out of sunny San Diego.
We're a core team of 5 - Laila Shabir, Ishtiaq Syed, Yue Li, Andrew Dang and Elijah Hudley.
We're past graduates of MIT, RISD, and USC. Some of us spent several years slaving away in the corporate world, and have given up steady paychecks to work on what we truly love - making video games.
We're very excited to launch Penguemic, and have many more games we'd like to share with the world.
Learning and gaining knowledge are very close to our hearts and we hope to inspire more indie developers to create meaningful and educational experience through games. There's much work to be done!
We wouldn't be able to accomplish our goals without the help of amazing collaborators: Greg McKenna, for creating imaginative character concepts and copy writing, Orissa Jenkins, Melissa Chen and Cheryl Kook for beautiful artwork that bring the penguins to life, Joseph Carrillo for really awesome music, Renzo for help with audio/sound, and Sehrish Saddozai for filling in the gaps wherever the team needs it most!
Audio Tracks by Joseph Carrillo
Connect with Us!
If you're still reading, you're clearly awesome. THANK YOU for supporting the project! To keep up with LearnDistrict's future releases and general ongoings, like our page on Facebook, and join the company mailing list. Additionally, if you have any feedback on our work, or have something to share, please don't hesitate to drop a line!
SAT* is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.
GRE®** is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This product is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
GMAT®*** is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission CouncilTM. The Graduate Management Admission CouncilTM does not endorse, and is not affiliated with the owner or content of LearnDistrict Inc.
Risks and challenges
As with every Kickstarter project, there's a timeline risk associated. We've tested our prototype enough to know that it works, and are making progress to the finish line.
However, we have additional collaborators (illustrators/animators) working on the project with us, and things do go wrong including game production delays, reward delivery delays and so forth. When they do, we will communicate issues very clearly with backers through project updates. We'll also be keeping you updated through the LearnDistrict website/blog.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We plan to release on the major desktops Windows, Mac, Linux and tablets/phones using iOS. With further support we will also release to other targets such as Android.
The SAT/GRE/GMAT game is intended for players aged 14+, though we will be developing a junior version in the near future.
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LITTLE PENGUIN – BACKER CREDIT + DIGITAL WALLPAPER + FULL-LENGTH ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK---
Small but spirited! For donating $5 and earning your status as one of these pint-sized powerhouses you get a free Penguemic digital wallpaper, the original soundtrack from the game and your name up on the website! Display your penguin pride for the world to see and blast these tunes to spice up your day!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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ROCKHOPPER PENGUIN – COPY OF THE GAME + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
The early bird gets the herring (and avoids the bear)! Secure yourself the Galapagos Penguin awards as well as a copy of the game itself! World domination waits for no bird, so why not make sure your path of destruction begins on release day? Onwards mighty Rockhoppers!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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FIORDLAND PENGUIN – 100 DIGITAL FLASHCARDS + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---Take your word domination into overtime. Fiordland Penguin donators get all the Rockhopper Penguin rewards and then take things a step further with 100 digital flashcards. Each flashcard contains words and their associated characters/spells from the game to allow you to study when you’re not laying waste to your enemies.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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MACARONI PENGUIN – T-SHIRT + POSTER + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Ah yes, the ever-stylish Macaroni penguin – truly you are as fly as a penguin gets my friend. For $35 you enjoy all the bounty from the Rockhopper Penguins and make it look just a little bit cooler with a sweet Penguemic t-shirt. Of course, there’s no reason why you should be the only cool cat on the iceberg – bling out your room with a colorful Penguemic poster so all who enter know where your allegiances lie.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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HUMBOLDT PENGUIN – 50 PENGUEMIC COLLECTIBLE CARDS + PREMIUM POSTER + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Think that poster the Macaroni’s got was cool? Well just leave it to the Humboldts to upstage it. Humboldts still rock that all that other sick loot, but get a flashy new Premium poster as well as 50 commemorative Penguemic collectible cards. A true penguin leader would want to commemorate his victories, and what better way than with these glossy, full-color cards depicting characters and scenes from the game?Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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CHINSTRAP PENGUIN – 100 PENGUEMIC COLLECTIBLE CARDS + SIGNED PREMIUM POSTER + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Tough, rugged, and hearty – with a name like “Chinstrap” you KNOW these penguins mean business. Chinstrap Penguins aren’t content with 50 collectible cards – they want 100. Sure that premium poster the Humboldt got is cool, but you know what’d make it cooler? Having the entire dev team sign it just for you so everyone knows that you know people. Chinstrap Penguins says: “Yeah, that sounds great, give me that and all that other stuff you’re handing out.” We know better than to say no.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)
GENTOO PENGUIN – PICK A WORD + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Love the game but can’t believe they left your favorite word out? Think there’s a word we forgot that would work perfectly? Well you must be a Gentoo Penguin, cause those guys are full of ideas and far be it from us to silence them. So sure, Mr/Ms. Gentoo, for a $250 donation you’re more than welcome to give us a word that will be represented in the final build of the game.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)
ROYAL PENGUIN – DESIGN A CHARACTER + ALL UNRESTRICTED ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
While all this loot and the ability to suggest a word for the game might seem awesome to an average penguin, you scoff at such rewards. “I could make this game a hundred times better than these filthy peasants” you think to yourself. You’re royalty, after all. Well fine then, clearly we cannot refuse. Work with our designers to help conceive of your own enemy/ally/spell to appear in the game.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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KING PENGUIN – SKYPE MEET (1 HOUR) + ALL UNRESTRICTED ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Now things are serious. You aren’t some blue-collar Chinstrap or lowly Macaroni – you’re the king baby. King Penguins deserve special treatment – like, say, a meeting with two team members of your choice to talk shop. Ask us anything you’d like – want to know where the concepts come from? Wonder how someone goes about coding this stuff? Anything you could possibly want to know about building a game is yours for the asking. Hail to the king baby.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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GALAPAGOS PENGUIN – BOOTCAMP (1 WEEK) + ALL UNRESTRICTED ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
The rarest of all penguin species, you stand out from the rest. Your donations to the project have earned you an equally rare opportunity – we fly you our to our gamer house in San Diego for an intensive week-long game design bootcamp. Get exposure to all aspects of game design – from concept development to illustration, coding, animating, and finalizing. By the end of the week you will have a working prototype of your very own game and unrivaled experience to take with you.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EMPEROR PENGUIN – PERSONALIZED GAME (1 WEEK DEV CYCLE) + ALL ITEMS FROM LOWER TIERS---
Ever had an awesome idea for a small-scale game but never had the skills or resources to make it a reality? What if you could just get a talented team together, say, ours for example, and have them do it for you? Well you’re the Emperor now and emperor’s get what they want. You supply the concept, we’ll supply the game. It’s that simple.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (30 days)