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It's a game. It's a movement. It's Fooya. It's a revolution we're stirring up. Join us in an online 3D food fighting revolution.

Thanks for checking out Fooya! We are incredibly excited to deliver a new type of online game. We are an experienced team of serial entrepreneurs and developers, ready to make this happen. Our new game, Fooya with Friends, is designed to: 

  • Be incredibly fun to play (we know games).
  • Have a valuable, achievable social mission (reducing obesity in the world).
  • Disrupt the gaming industry (by integrating a social mission and public health education into a game).

Fooya is a 3D online food fight game (third-person shooter style). It is inspired by an innate childhood tendency: to throw food! We have already developed a single-player version of the game. We are asking for your support on Kickstarter to create Fooya with Friends, the multiplayer expansion of the existing single player game.

Fooya offers players food-derived weapons to combat evil forces in various scenarios. You win by dodging unhealthy food thrown at you by your enemies, while you run around to burn calories to improve your health and burst your enemies with the most greasy, sugary, salty foods you can find! Check out our single player alpha version of Fooya to get an idea. "Like" us on Facebook!

WHY CREATE FOOYA WITH FRIENDS?

Behind the game is a serious mission to educate people throughout the world about the relationship between food, health and wellness. Fooya with Friends intends to start a global food fight to combat humanity's health crisis caused by greedy junk food profiteers! But we need your help to make Fooya with Friends a reality. Will you be a global health hero and join us in this revolution?!

The story of Fooya takes place on the planet Nutrino, where Nutreans live in peace. One day, the evil forces of Dr. STW invade Nutrino in an attempt to destroy the enviable peace of the Nutreans. Dr. STW intends to exterminate the Nutreans with highly processed, salty, sugary, and fatty food -- and replicate his plan on Earth.

Important Nutreans!
Important Nutreans!
Planet Nutrino: Home of the Nutreans
Planet Nutrino: Home of the Nutreans

The only way to save Nutrino and the Nutreans, is to fight against Dr. STW by collecting all 7 Nutrients, which when combined, creates an immense amount of energy that defeats Dr. STW in one shot. Your mission is to gather forces to fight back and strive to restore peace on Nutrino.

Fooya with Friends will have 3 main pillars that provide the ultimate gaming experience: Multi-Feast (real-time multiplayer), Marketplace, and MyKitchen.

  • Multi-Feast: dominate your friends, form allies with them to annihilate other teams or even, destroy Dr. STW together.
  • Marketplace: purchase or win the "cubes" that you can trade in-game, for a wide variety of weapons to target your friends/enemies and personalize your character.
  • MyKitchen: experiment with different formulas and recipes, to perfect your deadliest weapons and ammunition. In other words, create your own food derived weapons that will make your opponents burst!

You may have heard of the term, "Gamification." Whereas “Gamification” transforms learning material into a gaming mechanic, “Learnification” deeply embeds learning into an existing gaming mechanic that is fun.

Learnification makes Fooya different from all other games in the industry today. We learnified the core game mechanics of Fooya, based on our own pioneering innovations and insights. Fooya with Friends presents the first opportunity for society to benefit on a large scale from our innovations in learnification.

WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION DOES

Creating a high performance real-time multiplayer backend takes a lot of time, skill and resources to produce. We need your support and contributions to expand the current single player Fooya game to deliver a new level of excitement via the multiplayer Fooya with Friends. Given our accomplishments, insights, know-how and our current state of development, we estimate that $50,000 is the minimum needed to create the game. Making games is expensive. With your help, we can crush our funding goal and be fueled by YOU to deliver a new standard for AAA gaming experiences!

OUR TEAM  

By contributing on Kickstarter, YOU become a vital part of the team that will successfully deliver Fooya with Friends to the world. On our end, we are a 13-person team of passionate visionaries at FriendsLearn. We innovate and we create successful games. For example, FriendsLearn was chosen to produce "Your Five Steps to U.S Study" (the official gamified Facebook app from the U.S Department of State, that is used to attract international students across the world to the United States. FriendsLearn also holds U.S Patents (U.S Patent Number 7,770,114) for innovations with "Vmerse" (a 3D multiplayer virtual campus exploration platform). Fooya with Friends builds perfectly on our deep game experience and previous success. With your support and contribution you are enabling us to deliver our most fun, impactful, and far-reaching game yet.

Our mission is to deliver a positive impact on the health of society.

Fooya with Friends fights against the global health epidemic of obesity and its nutrition-related diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer, musculo-skeletal problems, arthritis, and many psychological conditions, by producing a fast-paced environment that not only entertains but also subconsciously educates about the dangers of a bad diet. We exist to empower and bring to life the best nutrition-health science emerging from the world’s renowned academic-research institutions.

The obesity epidemic was spawned from both decreased physical activity and increased unhealthy food consumption across the globe. According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization, obese individuals are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. To put this into perspective, the WHO reported nearly 1.4 billion adults globally were overweight in 2008 and international obesity has doubled since 1980. A study reported in The Economist Magazine's article - The Big Picture - states that by 2030, if current trends continue, over HALF of all Americans will be obese and on track for a growing list of diseases, caused by a diet of highly processed, salty, sugary, and fatty foods, along with inadequate physical exercise. 

We invite you to consider the following studies reported by other globally renowned scientists, experts, and media, which propel us to imagine a large-scale educational movement and create world-wide awareness, to combat the junk food profiteers who are causing this global health-obesity epidemic!

The scale of the global obesity epidemic (Source: The Economist)
The scale of the global obesity epidemic (Source: The Economist)
Historical trends in some countries around the world (Source: The Economist)
Historical trends in some countries around the world (Source: The Economist)

You can also watch a TED talk on the latest science about the global obesity epidemic by University of California San Francisco Clinical Professor  Dr. Dean Ornish, MD.

Unfortunately, societies around the world are subject to the destruction of personal health by powerful greedy individuals and entities, like Dr. STW in Fooya, who use unhealthy food as "weapons" to gain ridiculous profit at the expense of most of us. Just as the real world is in a global health battle with obesity, Fooya showcases the battle with Dr. STW, who uses unhealthy food to gain profit at the expense of our decreased health and activity level.

If we meet our goal with your support, we will provide an epic, food fight experience at the intersection of gaming and education, that aims to be part of a solution to a global health epidemic. 

Join the revolution!
Join the revolution!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Even with our limited self-funding, we have been able to make a lot of progress on a prototype of Fooya with Friends. Our biggest risk right now is not being funded through Kickstarter! We therefore need your help to avoid this risk. Given the fact that obesity is a worldwide problem, we want to design Fooya with Friends for a global audience. Our biggest challenge (which we are prepared to overcome) is to create characters that have wide appeal for audiences around the world.

FAQ

  • No, Fooya with Friends is going to be a downloadable PC or Mac game. It will use facebook as the underlying social platform but it will be downloadable application. The alpha version of Fooya runs in a browser on Facebook because it allows us to stream updates each time a gamer logs in and the session begins.

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  • Fooya with Friends is going to be a downloadable PC or Mac game. We plan to make a mobile version in the future.

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  • There are 7 AI levels to beat in the game.

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  • Not at this time but possibly as part of future versions of the game.

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  • Gamers will enjoy a food fight and be entertained like never before. Learnification allows us to impart learning in pioneering ways without compromising entertainment value.

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