Kana Quest Makes Friends With Japanese Alphabet On Steam March 12
Melbourne, Australia — Kana Quest, the cross between dominoes and a match three game which also teaches you about the Japanese alphabet, slides onto Steam for PC on March 12. Make friends with Kana anywhere in the mobile release for iOS and Android coming later in 2020.
Match adorable Kana tiles by creating bonds based on their individual sounds. Use wits to solve increasingly complex puzzles across more than 300 hand-crafted levels over 13 colourful worlds. Lining up Kana to solve each puzzle is simple enough for players of all ages, but using the fewest number of moves will result in a high score proving ultimate Kana mastery.
Based on Japanese language, Kana Quest uses characters from two core alphabets – Katakana and Hiragana. As the game introduces new mechanics it teaches the player the symbol and sound for each character, Kana, meaning their familiarity with the alphabet grows as they play the game. There are more than 30 characters to meet and get to know, alongside special Kana that mix up puzzles in new ways.
Each world introduces a new mechanic from sound-changing Slime Kana, lonely Ghost Kana, or slippery Ice Kana. Discover what lies behind a Mystery Kana by what other Kana will match with it or carefully move Paralysis Kana before they turn into immovable Stone Kana. Mechanics combo in higher levels so Kana-veyorbelts can provide some extra maneuverability, or difficulty, to get around stalwart Stone Kana and make sure all Kana end up with a friend.
The soundtrack, from Zorsy (The Consouls, Steven Universe, Vitamin Connection) and Reinbel, is composed of lo-fi beats inspired by a combination of Japanese Pop music and chiptunes. The songs bring to life the intricate pixel art that surrounds the levels of each world including a giant kaiju battle, cherry blossom festival and a colourful vaporwave future.
“Educational games are something I’m passionate about but are so hard to get right. I’ve combined all the things about those games that I love to make something you would play just because it’s a fun game… and it also teaches you an incredible new skill,” said Theodor Kippen, solo developer at Not Dead Design. “I hope that everyone is ready to begin their quest to learn the Kana as my quest to make this game comes to a close.”
Kana Quest will be available on Steam for $20 USD / €18 EUR / $25 AUD. Launch languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. For more information visit the official website or follow Kana Quest on Twitter and Facebook.
About Not Dead Design
Not Dead Design is a Melbourne-based solo developer dedicated to making games that are as effective as games as they are educational tools. Their first game, Kana Quest, combines their love of games with their experience teaching in Japan (in fact the first people to ever play the game were some of their students).
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