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A cute graphic adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles!
A cute graphic adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles!
A cute graphic adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles!
278 backers pledged €8,253 to help bring this project to life.

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Anyone backing NAIRI for a digital copy will get a DRM-Free copy AND a Steam Key!
Anyone backing NAIRI for a digital copy will get a DRM-Free copy AND a Steam Key!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Backing us is not the only way to help make NAIRI a reality!
Even without donating, you can be a huge help by spreading the word!

Just use the buttons at the top! Thanks a bunch!
Just use the buttons at the top! Thanks a bunch!

  

 

Website: http://homebearstudio.com/
Contact: info@homebearstudio.com 
Social: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube

 

 

The player follows Nairi, an abandoned upper-class girl, and Rex, a criminal-turned-scholar, as they uncover a dark mystery within the exotic oasis city of Shirin.

  • Appropriate for both casual and hardcore gamers!
  • Meet charming characters; make choices that affect the story!
  • Collect, buy and creatively combine items to progress!
  • Explore dungeons and solve puzzles!
  • Experience an engaging story!
  • Listen to a beautiful soundtrack!

Minimizing risks for both ourselves and our backers is important to us.
In short: NAIRI is a low risk project by passionate, hardworking people.

  • We have years of experience as graduates from an award winning university and our project is properly scoped - not delivering a quality product is a low risk.

  • We use 'agile development' practices related to planning and test automation that keeps us and NAIRI organized and adaptable. Significant delay is a low risk.

  • We're active and passionate about our community.
    From social media to blogs and videos, we'll keep you updated on Nairi. A lack of communication is a non risk.   

Still have questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to us!

 

We are trying to make everyone's world a little happier by developing NAIRI, a cute graphic adventure with adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles. 

NAIRI is appropriate for any age, sex and skill level, and is sure to delight anyone looking for a strong narrative and puzzle experience. We promise you'll love NAIRI if:

  • You love playing visual (point&click) adventures!
  • You love exploring a fleshed out world full of fun characters!
  • You love exploring dungeons and solving devilish puzzles!
  • You love compelling stories with strong character development!
  • You love charming, unique visuals and an awesome soundtrack!

NAIRI is a child-friendly story with subtly mature themes, inspired by works such as The Last Airbender, Toy Story and Spirited Away
The light tone of NAIRI's story is juxtaposed with a strong focus on character development and a darker overarching theme.

NAIRI tells the story of an abandoned upper-class girl who meets Rex, a criminal-turned-scholar. Together, they adventure through the animal-inhabited oasis city of Shirin. Become familiar with Nairi and Rex while uncovering the dark history and mysteries of Shirin!

NAIRI takes place in the fictional oasis city of Shirin.


We put a lot of effort to breathe a sense of history into this world!
We have considered Shirin's infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, social class differences - but without taking away from the quirky fantasy setting. Silly? Maybe, but don't forget: the City of Shirin is arguably the most important character in the game!

There's even a 3D-model of Shirin to keep art/level design consistent!
There's even a 3D-model of Shirin to keep art/level design consistent!

When exploring the different districts of Shirin, you may notice it is curiously laid out to facilitate the construction of a mysterious tower.

Or, you may notice how the rich district has been build around a source of water - a suspiciously rich aquifer that forms the oasis. Water flows down district-to-district, for both symbolic and practical reasons.

You'll see religious scribes, which concern themselves with spiritual matters while also struggling with rich merchants for political power.

There's a middle district - home to bazaars, public baths and universities. Then there's the poor district, which breeds thugs and revolutionists yet also holds the mysterious Tower, which is older than the city itself!

An overview of Shirin, the Oasis City.
An overview of Shirin, the Oasis City.

 

 

Nairi, Rex and the construction of the Tower.
Nairi, Rex and the construction of the Tower.

 

The rich district. The Royal Palace and entertainment await!
The rich district. The Royal Palace and entertainment await!

 

Expensive entertainment... only affordable by the rich and powerful.
Expensive entertainment... only affordable by the rich and powerful.

 

The middle district is full of bazaars and cute performers!
The middle district is full of bazaars and cute performers!

 

Rex and Nairi having a discussion in the middle district.
Rex and Nairi having a discussion in the middle district.

 

The poor district of Shirin, with the Tower looming in the background.
The poor district of Shirin, with the Tower looming in the background.

 

Shirin is full of dark crypts, dungeons and other secrets.
Shirin is full of dark crypts, dungeons and other secrets.

 

Conflicting ideals are a cause of tension in Shirin.
Conflicting ideals are a cause of tension in Shirin.

 

From the cynical but charming Nairi to the comically naive King of Shirin, NAIRI presents a varied cast of characters to bring humor, drama and even light philosophy into the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As in many adventure games, you click on people and objects
Doing this will result in a conversation and other things depending on the context. Often, you'll be presented with a conflict or problem to solve!

You clicked on Cooper at the market. Seems we've got a problem!
You clicked on Cooper at the market. Seems we've got a problem!

Usually, problems are solved by using certain items.
It is up to you to decide what item will do the trick!

Fix Cooper's depression with a musically talented bird!
Fix Cooper's depression with a musically talented bird!

Finding these items is simply a matter of clicking and collecting them.
Sometimes items have to be traded, or you'll have to find coins and buy them in all all kinds of stores!

Buy items in the many cute little shops of Shirin!
Buy items in the many cute little shops of Shirin!

Sometimes, simply finding or buying items won't do the trick.
Take Puffles the Bunny, for instance...

A special recipe, not found on the street or in any shops!
A special recipe, not found on the street or in any shops!

In cases like these, it's up to you to try and combine items to create a new one. Pay close attention to your items and your environment!

At other times, choices are presented in the main narrative.
Although the main characters are written to develop in a certain way, there are different gameplay branches in the plot for you to enjoy!

 

Nairi makes a criminally difficult decision.
Nairi makes a criminally difficult decision.

Aside from exploring the several districts of Shirin, you'll stumble on more mysterious and sometimes grim locales, such as ruins and crypts.
These dungeons are more puzzle-oriented than the overworld.
Dungeons are darker in tone, and more challenging gameplay-wise!
Often, they hold a special item or a certain narrative climax.

Carefully investigate your environment!
Carefully investigate your environment!

 

Solve elaborate puzzles!
Solve elaborate puzzles!

 

Find keys and use them to progress!
Find keys and use them to progress!

 

Nairi's partner, Rex, holds a journal which serves as a hint-system!
Nairi's partner, Rex, holds a journal which serves as a hint-system!

 

There's a map-system to help you keep your bearings!
There's a map-system to help you keep your bearings!

Puzzle complexity will ramp up significantly.
Puzzle-savvy players will find enough clues around the environment; for the less puzzle-oriented, we are working on dynamic difficulty. By means of a completely optional hint system that uses hand-written text and images based on what the player has or hasn’t interacted with, we can gently push players in the right direction.

Players get bored with convoluted exposition, pixel-hunting, backtracking and obtuse puzzles. Don't worry: we are aware!
With NAIRI, we aim to avoid the pitfalls of the genre.

  • We focus on fun, intriguing characters, not convoluted plots. 
  • Puzzles are clear and logical while remaining creative and unique. 
  • No "doesn’t work here" messages, but witty and helpful feedback.

Nothing creates atmosphere quite like a great soundtrack!
NAIRI's music reflects the whim, melancholy and dark ambiance that we aim for in the story and art-style. Listen to a couple of previews below!

 

 

We want to release NAIRI as soon and as awesome as possible!
Thing is, working our butts off full-time on this project requires money.
Think stuff like licenses, food, rent and so on!

This didn't work, so we're trying Kickstarter!
This didn't work, so we're trying Kickstarter!

We invest what we can ourselves, but additional funding is necessary.
Aside from financial help, gathering an engaged audience is very important to us. We want to get in touch with people interested in what we do, because we'd love to hear what you have to say. Kickstarter is fantastic way to kick off a community!

Our funding goal may seem rather low for a video game project.
Don't be worried about this! There are multiple reasons.  

  • We live a modest lifestyle, work hard and invest what we can. 
  • We have lovely families that support us. 
  • We are in no need to hire anyone.

Naturally, all your money directly contributes to NAIRI's development. 
You're allowing us to work full-time while keeping us alive! 

We want your donation to satisfy you as much as it satisfies us.
Aside from rewards listed further on, we promise to every backer:

  • HomeBearStudio owes you a high quality product!
  • HomeBearStudio owes you regular progress updates! 
  • HomeBearStudio owes you transparent communication!

 

 

Questions? Contact us!
Questions? Contact us!

 

HomeBearStudio is a small, cozy indie video game studio! 
The undeniably cutest game company in the Netherlands was established with three core principles in mind:

  • We value endearing, unique and compelling gameplay experiences.
  • We value hard work and clear, transparent communication.
  • We value engagement and interaction within our community.

HomeBearStudio was founded in July 2016 by two Game Architecture & Design graduates: Joshua van Kuilenburg and You Miichi.

  • Education: Bachelor of Engineering in Game Architecture and Design, NHTV University of Applied Sciences
    Personality: Pragmatic, direct, and into learning stuff!
  • Games He Loves: Dark Souls, Super Metroid, The Talos Principle
  • Hobbies: Video games, programming, game design, music, guitar 
  • Education: Bachelor of Engineering in Game Architecture and Design, NHTV University of Applied Sciences
  • Personality: Creative and easy-going! LOVES animals!
  • Games She Loves: Animal Crossing, Ni no Kuni, Picross3D
  • Hobbies: Video games, drawing, reading

Come and get to know us! Join the HomeBearFamily!

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HomeBearStudio
Contact: info@homebearstudio.com
4816JK, Breda, The Netherlands
KVK/VAT number: 66860156
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When we realized NAIRI needed some extra help we got in touch with the indie and Kickstarter experts at PR Hound! They've worked on several projects such as InSomia, Planets³, Umbra, Woven, Buck and many more. It was thanks to their hard work that we managed to see this campaign to the end, getting NAIRI a lot of media coverage and a big social media presence. Thanks, guys!

Backing us is not the only way to help make NAIRI a reality!
Even without donating, you can be a huge help by spreading the word!

Just use buttons at the top of the page! Thanks a bunch!
Just use buttons at the top of the page! Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Thanks for your time!
Thanks for your time!

 

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Risks and challenges

Everyone knows game development is pretty tough!
So let's talk about how we minimize the risks!

RISK: QUALITY
We have years of experience as graduates from an award winning university on all topics relevant to creating games.
Even so, we managed the scope of our project to ensure we are able to create a quality product. Not receiving a quality product is a LOW RISK.

RISK: DELAY
We are an efficient team that has known each other for almost a decade, and experience with agile project management helps us to stay organized and on-track. Usually, delay is caused by technical complications such as bugs. Our experience with test automation helps to keep our code simple, isolated, flexible and testable. This is a huge benefit - automated integration testing significantly reduces regression bugs while new bugs can be traced and fixed easily. Still, we do want to account for out-of-our-hands circumstances. Delay is a LOW RISK.

RISK: LACK OF COMMUNICATION
Naturally, frequent and honest communication is the least we owe the backers that made NAIRI possible! One hour a day will be planned to communicate our progress through social media, blogs, videos/streams and so on. When things go well, you'll know. When things go bad, you'll know. Miscommunication, misrepresentation or any other anti-consumer behavior from our part is a NON RISK.

Are you still worried about something?
Don't hesitate - reach out to us!
We'll answer your questions as honestly and as fast as we can!

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    Ask questions, give feedback and watch dev-videos!

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    GAMER BEAR!

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    COLLECTOR BEAR - OPTION A!

    Aside from playing NAIRI, you'd love to see how the game was developed artistically!

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    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
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    COLLECTOR BEAR - OPTION B!

    You'd love to listen to NAIRI's soundtrack while reading through game's entire script, including cut-content!

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    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
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    LIMITED: CLEVER BEAR!

    Can't choose?
    Grab this limited reward for less than the above two combined!

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    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
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    EARLY BEAR!

    You don't just want to play NAIRI - you want it early!
    We'll personally thank you for your excitement!

    Includes:
    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
    • Game Script! All lore, dialogue, and even cut content!
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    BIG-LEAGUE BEAR!

    You're not a normal bear. You're big-league!
    NAIRI shouldn't release without your face or art in it!
    We'll also video-answer three of your questions!

    Includes:
    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
    • Game Script! All lore, dialogue, and even cut content!
    • Early-Access! Be the first to play NAIRI!
    • Display Your Portrait/Artwork! Be immortalized in NAIRI!
    • A Voiced "Thank You"! Plus some text of your choosing!
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    VIP BEAR!

    Go VIP! You, and your (imaginary) pet!
    Enjoy VIP-access to our forum and a secret in-game area!
    While playing, keep an eye out for your hidden pet!

    Includes:
    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
    • Game Script! All lore, dialogue, and even cut content!
    • Early-Access! Be the first to play NAIRI!
    • Display Your Portrait/Artwork! Be immortalized in NAIRI!
    • A Voiced "Thank You"! Plus some text of your choosing!
    • VIP Pass! Access to VIP-Forum and in-game VIP-area!
    • Your Pet in the Game! Find your hidden pet in NAIRI!
    • Ask 3 Questions! We'll discuss them in a 10min. video!
    • Special Credits! You'll appear first, with your picture!
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    ESTEEMED BEAR!

    Are you an esteemed bear?!
    Become alive within the world of NAIRI as an optional character!
    Be one of the few with a digital guide with all the game's secrets!
    Enjoy a live one-on-one Skype interview or gamedev lesson from the devs!

    Includes:
    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
    • Game Script! All lore, dialogue, and even cut content!
    • Early-Access! Be the first to play NAIRI!
    • Display Your Portrait/Artwork! Be immortalized in NAIRI!
    • A Voiced "Thank You"! Plus some text of your choosing!
    • VIP Pass! Access to VIP-Forum and in-game VIP-area!
    • Your Pet in the Game! Find your hidden pet in NAIRI!
    • Ask 3 Questions! We'll discuss them in a 10min. video!
    • Special Credits! You'll appear first, with your picture!
    • Optional Character – You! Write your own dialogue!
    • Digital Guide! Walkthrough + all secrets in NAIRI!
    • Dev Session! A 30-60min. talk or gamedev tutorial!
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    PARAMOUNT BEAR!

    Become of paramount importance to NAIRI - a mandatory character!
    Participate in the art, game design, writing and audio process!

    Includes:
    • Website Credits! Appear in the credits on our website!
    • Game Credits! Appear in the credits of NAIRI!
    • Backer Forum Access! Daily developer interaction!
    • Dev-Video Access! Watch a weekly development video!
    • Copy of the Game! Get a digital copy of NAIRI!
    • Digital Artbook! NAIRI's artistic development in detail!
    • Bundle o' Fluff Wallpaper Pack! Signed digital wallpapers (3)!
    • Digital Soundtrack! All of NAIRI's music (wav/flac/mp3)!
    • Game Script! All lore, dialogue, and even cut content!
    • Early-Access! Be the first to play NAIRI!
    • Display Your Portrait/Artwork! Be immortalized in NAIRI!
    • A Voiced "Thank You"! Plus some text of your choosing!
    • VIP Pass! Access to VIP-Forum and in-game VIP-area!
    • Your Pet in the Game! Find your hidden pet in NAIRI!
    • Ask 3 Questions! We'll discuss them in a 10min. video!
    • Special Credits! You'll appear first, with your picture!
    • Optional Character – You! Write your own dialogue!
    • Digital Guide! Walkthrough + all secrets in NAIRI!
    • Dev Session! A 30-60min. talk or gamedev tutorial!
    • Mandatory Character! Dialogue PLUS music/puzzle!
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Funding period

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