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A game raising awareness of Kiribati, one of the poorest countries in the world that no one really knows about.
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Kiribati (kee-ree-bess) is an island nation located right in the middle of the Pacific, about halfway between Australia and Hawai'i. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with problems like malnutrition and limited access to proper medical care. It also suffers from overpopulation, with the town of Betio (bay-so) being almost twice as densely populated as Tokyo–without any multi-story homes.

As I'm guessing you've never heard of Kiribati before, you're not alone. And if you actually have been there and have ever tried explaining it, then you know the struggle. Because so few people know about Kiribati, it doesn't get a lot of community-based humanitarian aid from around the world. Once while I was in Kiribati, a team of heart surgeons came, and everyone was talking about it. Kiribati doesn't get the attention it needs. My goal is to change that.

 About the Game

  • Casual mobile RPG 
  • Explore the island of Butaritari with 12 villages, forests, and more! 
  • Take care of your own piece of land 
  •  5+ mini games
  •  Decorate your house
  • Over 100 different collectible items to fight with 
  • Befriend other villagers
  •  Multiplayer tournament mode
  •  Trade with and visit your friends

Kan Rebe! is a mobile role-playing game that takes place on one of the islands of Kiribati and helps the player learn their culture, language, mythology, and lifestyle. Players can choose to explore the island through a story mode, or manage their own piece of land through several mini games based on real life work and activities that people from Kiribati perform every day.

Players also have the ability to customize their own avatar. You can even decorate your house to make it more inviting for any visitors that might want to stop by.

Story

Weird things have been happening on the island of Butaritari, and some think the spirits may be upset. It's up to you to figure out what's got these ghosts all riled up and put a stop to it.

The story is based on real Kiribati mythology and legends. Kan Rebe! also revolves around a 'battle game' based on a Polynesian hand fighting game. Though battling does no real harm to other islanders, it has an interesting effect on ghosts you may encounter.


As you progress in the game and learn the culture, individual islanders will start rewarding you based on your respect towards them. They may give you some delicious food or an item to help you fight enemies. And if you don't yet know the culture, don't worry, they'll help you understand along the way.

Bubuti

Kiribati also has something in their culture called a "bubuti" (boo-boo-see), basically meaning to ask for something under the idea that "what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine". As the islanders get to know you, they may come to your house and bubuti you for one of your items temporarily. Upon returning the item, they'll give you a thank you gift.

Who am I? I'm Jared Schoeny, a game developer from the Washington DC area. I started making video games in 2nd grade and taught myself to code over time. I recently returned from Kiribati, serving the people there for almost two years. While there, I gained a love for the people of Kiribati and their culture and wanted to do something more to help them.

It's been a challenge coming home and telling people where I was, only to have them respond, "What? Where's that?" Pretty much no one knows that Kiribati exists, and so I thought the best way I could personally fix that was to make a game in honor of them.

I've been working on the game for a few months now, so I've still got a lot to finish (building the rest of the map, story, some RPG elements, and polishing), but this is something I'm fully committed to. Kiribati is a place that I truly love and I want the rest of the world to know what they're missing out on. From this Kickstarter, I hope to receive the funds necessary for game engine, music, and artwork costs, as well as adding multiplayer capabilities. I want this game to be the best that it can be.

Thank you so much and I hope you considering supporting my game as well as the people of Kiribati!

Jared

Risks and challenges

As many of us know, life can take unexpected turns, and so I will be 100% transparent with anything that comes up, whether it be a big feature change or a delayed launch. However, because Kiribati is something I'm so passionate about, this is a project that I will make sure is finished, no matter how long it takes. I will also do my best to keep you updated regularly on my progress.

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    • 2 Digital Kan Rebe! wallpapers
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    E kangkang!

    (Delicious!)
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    E buti te kaa e bwaka te ben

    (The car drives, the coconut falls)

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    • 3 Kiribati food recipes
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    **Merch Special - Mug**

    Get the Kiribati mug for a cheaper price!

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    Get the trucker hat for a cheaper price!

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    Ko nang style ma am mwangko anne

    (You're very stylish with that mug of yours)

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    **Merch Special PLUS**

    Get the Kiribati mug, hat, and a custom t-shirt for a limited time cheaper price!

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    Kainaa te aba

    (Become part of the land)

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    E kan rebe am karinano

    (Your shirt wants to fight)

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    Te I-Kiribati raoi ngkoe!

    (You are a true I-Kiribati!)

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    **Limited Time Digital Goods**

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    **Limited Time Digital Goods PLUS**

    (Tawita's Ie unlocks a BONUS quest!)

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    • 3 Kiribati food recipes
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