Birthplace - Game

2020

Now live in the Netherlands & the Philippines

Global launch October 2020

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An exciting mobile game in which you'll restore the rainforest and bring back the animals.

Meanwhile, the game gives back by supporting real world reforesting projects!

Mobile Game | Reforestation Campaign | Original Story | Produced: Jan 20, 2020 - Present | Platforms: IOS, Android | Colour | Surround Sound | Premiere: August 11, 2020, Netherlands, Philippines IOS & Android App Stores | Global Premiere: Expected October 2020

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Written & Directed by: Sil van der Woerd | Produced by: Birthplace B.V.: Sil van der Woerd, Eduard Zanen, Little Chicken Game Company, Lonneke Gordijn, Ralph Nauta | Developed by: Studio Birthplace, Little Chicken Game Company

Product Owner: Bas Roding | Developers: Bas Roding, Joris van Leeuwen, Erik Kors, Michiel Frankfort, Ruben Hooijer | Art Director: Rutger Stegenga | 2D Artists: Isabella Koelman, Brenda van Vugt, Yannis Bolman | 3D Artist: Rutger Stegenga, Tobias van der Meer, Mia Boas, Seif Toktogoelov, Douwe Heijmerink | Animation: Joris van Laar, Tim Smit | Playtest & QA: Rick Heeren | Sound Design: Nick van Kleef, Ruben Bergshoef | Researchers: Bayu Topan, Ferry Hawari

Trailer Storyboard & Animatic: Aimée de Jongh | Trailer VFX Sup: Tim Smit | Trailer VFX Artists: Tim smit, Sohaib Bouaiss | Character Model: Metin Seven | Trailer Colorist: Keidrych Wasley

 

Thanks To: Jorik Dozy, Sean Lin, Ernest Zacharevic, Charlotte Pyatt, Family & Friends

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About The Project

The jungle is under attack! Replant the rainforest, bring back the animals and chase away intruders in this fun strategy game.

In this game the player learns of real world issues like deforestation and loss of wildlife, through fun and exciting gameplay. Meanwhile the game gives back by supporting real world projects with revenue that is made in the game.

The game opens with a sequence of a Orangutang and a Rhinoceros Hornbill that are brutally removed from their jungle homes. The characters find themselves on a commercial palm oil plantation;  a dire ecosystem void of life.

The characters meet a child and together they decide to remove the palm oil trees and plant rainforest trees to bring back the jungle.

As the rainforest expands, more and more animals return to the forest. Some with a unique power. Such as Stripes, a tiger who can chase away illegal loggers. Or Splash, an elephant who can soak up water and kill wildfires.

Around the planted trees, an ecosystem of wildlife and vegetation comes to life that produces beautiful visuals and relaxing jungle sounds.

Gameplay Trailer

Real World Link

Birthplace supports real world reforestation projects with a portion of the revenue that is made in the game.

Images provided by Orangutan Information Center, Eden Projects & Tree-Nation

Teaser Trailer

Production

I developed the game together with Litlle Chicken Game Company in the Netherlands. I had been working on the concept for about a year, and in January 2020, we started up production.

Little Chicken is an amazing team of talented young artists and developers. We had been on a roll since January, and then, two months into production, Covid-19 hit the Europe and the Netherlands.

 

Luckily, at that time, the team was well-oiled and the digital nature of the project allowed us to continue the work, albeit from home.