Publisher and Developer, Sleepy Duck, has just offered a sequel to their successful hit Hiragana Battle on Kickstarter and reached the funding goal in just 2 days.
Learn Japanese to Survive! series introduces players to the Japanese language through a smartly designed educational platform under the guise of a JRPG. Termed an ‘Educational RPG’, LJS attempts to teach the player the three groups of characters in the Japanese language: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.
The first game of the series, Hiragana Battle teaches the player about the characters in Japanese that represent native words; Hiragana. It goes about teaching by having the enemies in-game as the actual symbols and the only way to slay them is to correctly identify them. Outside of battles, the player will learn more about the Hiragana characters through various missions. The game functions as an introductory course into a challenging language that pulls off what your textbooks can’t; enthusiasm.
This new game in the series, Katakana War, explores the next set of Japanese characters: Katakana. The Katakana group of characters is used for words of foreign origin including people, place, and things. Similar to Hiragana Battle, enemies will appear as Japanese characters but with the emphasis on Katakana this time around. Players will also start to build their Japanese vocabulary, as each of the game’s chapters will introduce more sets of the Katakana characters.
The developers are touting more JRPG elements than the first installment with new item collecting, new friendships, and experience level progression. Other additions include animations on how to correctly write each character, along with audio pronunciation clips to further teach the would-be pupil. The Developers have also stated that you don’t need to have played or own the first game to enjoy this chapter.
The developers have informed me that they are expecting to release Katakana War to Steam tentative to February of 2017.
Sleepy Duck’s Kickstarter may have reached its goal well before its deadline, but you can still contribute by going here, campaign officially ends Aug. 15, 2016.