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Learn Japanese in this interactive role-playing game! No experience needed - start reading and writing in Japanese!
Learn Japanese in this interactive role-playing game! No experience needed - start reading and writing in Japanese!
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Learn Japanese To Survive! Kanji Combat

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Learn Japanese To Survive! Kanji Combat is an educational game, designed to be the ideal introductory course to the Japanese language! It's the third game in a smash-hit series, following Hiragana Battle and Katakana War - but you don't need to have played those!

This new game teaches you a separate part of Japanese: the Kanji writing system.

Compatible with PC & Mac, Learn Japanese To Survive! Kanji Combat is a spectacular mixture of learning, action, adventure and intrigue! Everything you need to start learning Japanese is contained within the game!

Japanese is a language that can be very daunting to begin learning. It contains a unique alphabet of intricate symbols that can be very confusing to newcomers. How do you write these symbols? How do you even pronounce them?! If you're asking yourself these questions, don't worry - that's completely normal!

The best way to learn a new language is with a learning tool that's going to keep you interested, challenge you at the right pace, and most importantly, keep you coming back for more. Learn Japanese To Survive! Kanji Combat is your ticket to easy Japanese learning! 

Battle fierce Kanji monsters!
Battle fierce Kanji monsters!

Want to grab some sweet rewards outside of your pledge level? Well, now you can! Add-ons are the ideal way to pick up specific rewards that you like, without having to pledge more than you want.

You can add an extra amount to your pledge to receive the following goodies. You can do this anytime after backing the project via the BackerKit survey we will send out when the campaign wraps up!

The Japanese language combines 3 different sets of characters to form written works: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

This game focuses solely on Kanji, the biggest set of characters. Kanji are unique pictorial symbols borrowed from the Chinese language. Because each Kanji is so intricately designed, many students find them hard to learn. This game will teach you the correct way to write and pronounce Kanji, and your memorisation exercises will take the form of exciting gameplay!

This game features over 200 Kanji characters to learn and master. With this knowledge under your belt, you can begin reading and writing Japanese!

Learn useful Kanji in every lesson!
Learn useful Kanji in every lesson!

 

At the start of each of the game's chapters, you'll learn a new set of Kanji characters. Following that, you're free to go on adventures and explore.  

You'll encounter dangerous enemies that have taken the shape of Kanji. To defeat them, you'll need to correctly translate them! If you give the wrong answer, your attack will be reflected and used against you. It's a learn & live situation!

Much like the other games in this series, you will also have the opportunity to learn some Japanese vocabulary! You'll see how words are constructed using Kanji, and learn the translations of useful words and phrases.

Put your knowledge to the test in battle!
Put your knowledge to the test in battle!

 

 

 

  • Learn over 200 Kanji characters, with detailed instructions on how to read and write each character.
  • Learn useful mnemonic techniques to recognise each Kanji.
  • Audio speech examples from native Japanese speakers demonstrate how to pronounce each Kanji character.
  • Follow along with the exciting story that will see you travel to Japan to defend the country from shape-shifting monsters!
  • Exciting gameplay with familiar RPG elements - collect items, complete quests, engage in batles!
  • Build a new town from the ground up. Customise your town with different features!
  • Form new friendships and get to know each of your companions with unlockable story sequences.
  • Earn experience points and level up your characters.
  • Review completed lessons to brush up on your knowledge.
  • In-game quizzes test what you're learning.

In addition to all of these features, the game will have an original soundtrack! We have partnered with some of the most talented composers on the planet to bring you a musical score worthy of praise. You can listen to some samples right here! 

[Courage In Your Heart] composed by Sam Luff. Performed by Sam Luff & Kelly Mahoney.

[The True Self Contains Unlimited Potential] and [Let Destiny Give Way To Your Ambitions] composed by Alec Shea. Performed by Alec Shea.

Upgrade your town and expand your learning opportunities!
Upgrade your town and expand your learning opportunities!

 

 

 

Ready to learn Japanese? You bet you are!

Learn Japanese To Survive! Kanji Combat is on track for release on PC and Mac in August, 2018. Back this project to receive updates and get some sweet rewards!

While you wait for the release date, why not check out the other games in this series? Available now on Steam, these games are solid introductions to the language and will make you even more prepared to play Kanji Combat.

Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle [on Steam]

Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War [on Steam]

 

For this game, we are including a lot of content that our previous games unlocked as stretch goals (such as voice acting, flash cards and more characters). Because of this, our initial Kickstarter goal is higher than previous projects. We want this game to be as complete as possible, without having to rely on hitting stretch goals.

As such, the stretch goals outlined here will not enhance the core game, but will help us improve the game's presentation and the overall experience.

$40,000: 「Audio drama!」

A collection of short stories featuring the characters and their endeavours to learn Japanese. Fully voice acted and provided in an audio file so you can listen on your computer, smart phone or music player! Audio dramas are popular accompaniments to manga and anime releases in Japan, so we'd love to produce one for this game!

$70,000: 「Fully animated sequence!」

A short anime-style sequence developed by a Japanese animation studio! This will feature the main characters in some new and exciting situations.

Risks and challenges

We've learned a lot from our last two successful Kickstarter projects!

Hiragana Battle was praised by the gaming community, but there was definitely room for improvement. So, we enhanced Katakana War to please newcomers and hardcore gamers alike.

Both of our previous games managed to meet the promised release dates and rollout on Steam successfully. We've shipped thousands of physical rewards too, which proved very popular.

So, even though we've done this twice before, there will always be challenges. Kanji Combat is a very large game, and we will be drawing upon all our previous experience to bring it to life. We'll be counting on dozens of beta testers to punish the game and highlight anything that needs improvement.

We are actively seeking feedback from backers and fans. Tell us what you want to see in the game, and most importantly, tell us what works for you and what doesn't.

With your help, we can create an educational game that is a joy to play and a pleasure to learn with!

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