What is this project?
Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War is an educational game that is the ideal introductory course to the Japanese language! It's the sequel to the smash-hit Hiragana Battle – but you don't need to have played that!
This new game teaches you a separate part of Japanese: the Katakana writing system.
Compatible with PC & Mac, Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War launches you into a journey full of learning, action, adventure and intrigue. All you need to start learning Japanese is contained within the game!
STRETCH GOAL UPDATE:
$7,500: Partial voice acting! [UNLOCKED!]
$10,000: Two new playable characters! [UNLOCKED!]
$15,000: Illustrated manga chapter + art book combo! [UNLOCKED!]
$20,000: Katakana & Hiragana flash cards! [UNLOCKED!]
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!
Japanese is an exciting and interesting language. It looks a bit complicated to learn, right? After all, there's all those weird and wonderful written characters to memorize. Where do you even start to learn them? How do you remember which is which? If you're asking yourself those 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! Katakana War is your ticket to easy Japanese learning!
What is Katakana?
The Japanese language combines 3 different sets of characters to form written works: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
This game focuses solely on Katakana, which is frequently used to write words with a foreign origin, as well as names of people, places and things. That makes it incredibly useful!
With this game, you'll learn to read and write every single Katakana character! You'll master pronunciation and be able to write words in no time at all.
How does the game work?
At the start of each of the game's chapters, you'll learn a new set of Katakana characters. Following that, you're free to go on adventures and explore.
You'll encounter dangerous enemies that have taken the shape of Katakana. To defeat them, you'll need to correctly translate them! If you give the wrong answer, you won't deal any damage. It's a learn & live situation!
On your adventures, you'll also learn Japanese vocabulary! You'll see how Japanese words are constructed with Katakana, and the translations of useful words and phrases.
Luckily, you're not alone on your adventure. You'll make friends who will study with you and join you in battle. If you bring them along on lots of adventures, your friendship will strengthen and they'll unlock powerful abilities.
An exciting story based around the concept of learning Japanese. Save Japan from an invasion of shape-shifting monsters!
- Learn every single Katakana character, with detailed instructions on how to read and write each character.
- Visual animations display how to write each character.
- Audio speech examples demonstrate how to pronounce each character.
- Exciting gameplay with familiar RPG elements – collect items, complete quests, engage in battles!
- Form new friendships and get to know each character with unlockable story sequences.
- Earn experience points and level up your characters.
- Review completed lessons to brush up on your knowledge.
- In-game quizzes to test what you're learning.
In addition to the rewards listed below, our stretch goals have also unlocked extra rewards!
Stretch Goal Summary:
$12AUD and above: Hiragana Battle Study Guide (Digital PDF), Manga/Art Book (Digital PDF), Hiragana & Katakana Flash Cards (Digital - for self printing)
$45AUD and above: Physical paperback Manga/Art Book, in addition to all the above
$70AUD: A second copy of the paperback Manga/Art Book, in addition to all the above
Ready to learn Japanese? You bet you are!
Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War is on track for release on PC & Mac in February, 2017. Back this project to receive updates and some sweet rewards!
While you wait for the release date, why not check out the first game in the series, Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle? It's available now on Steam – click here to check it out! It's a solid introduction to the language, and will make you even more prepared to play Katakana War.
$7,500: Partial voice acting! Each major character in the game will have approx. 100 lines of situational dialogue recorded. In addition, key story scenes will be fully voiced!
$10,000: Two new playable characters! Selected by a vote from all backers. These characters will fit into the story and will also include voice acting as per the above stretch goal.
$15,000: Illustrated manga chapter + art book combo! See this project update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/136646366/learn-japanese-to-survive-katakana-war/posts/1644008
$20,000: Katakana & Hiragana flash cards! See this project update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/136646366/learn-japanese-to-survive-katakana-war/posts/1649756
Trailer's music courtesy of Maou Damashii, Japan.
Risks and challenges
We've learned a lot from our last successful Kickstarter project!
Hiragana Battle was praised by the gaming community, but there was definitely room for improvement. We're throwing a lot more effort into Katakana War to please newcomers and hardcore gamers alike.
Our last game managed to meet the promised release date and rollout on Steam. We shipped some physical rewards too, which proved very popular.
So, even though we've done this before, there will always be challenges. We're going to run a larger beta program this time around to catch errors early on, instead of patching the game after release.
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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