KWAAN is part RPG, part online ecosystem and part pixel editor ! The prophecies were right : the end is near ! KWAAN has come and ask for sacrifices ! Create rituals, craft trees and flowers, fight pollution and organize with your friends to save the world from impending...
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Release Date: Jan 21, 2016

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May 17

UPDATE #8 THE ADDONS

Hi guys,

This update add some new stuffs, you now have personal constructs in your bedroom that will follow you from server to server. This will allow you to store more items in your bedroom as you upgrade your storage for exemple!

We also did a lot of balancing such as object to buy from Oscaar or sell to Indy. The Chalice should also be much simpler to get now as there are new place to get it and an increased spawn rate at its original spot.

Lastly, along other bug fixes, we fixed the Unable To Connect bug that we've been experiencing lately. You might still see it from time to time as it comes from various situation but it should resolve itself if you try to connect again.

See you in game!

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April 18

Bug Fixes

Hello,

Just a little message to say that there is a new patch live on the servers. We fixed many bugs like the return to lobby that didn't work.

Next update will bring some really cool new stuff, can't wait to show it to you guys.

Play on!

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Reviews

“It's a game to be enjoyed without pressure, without focusing on its possibilities but on its evolution, on being part of it and, somehow, being happier.”
Vandal Online

“Within the world of Kwaan are a handful of impeccable qualities, including the charming and lighthearted atmosphere it presents to its players.”
Indiegamereviewer

“Fans of indie titles, MMOs, and RPGs will enjoy barking up this life giving tree and it’s wonderful world of colorful pixels.”
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About This Game


--- END TIMES ARE COMING ! YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ! ---

Become a Dwaal, a tiny agent of nature, and with the help of your community, care for the god tree known as the Kwaan : collect resources, sustain an entire ECOSYSTEM of flora and fauna, COLLABORATE and make friends with other members of the tribe... it's up to you to establish a NATURAL EQUILIBRIUM and SAVE THE WORLD !

--- EXPLORE A VIRTUAL WORLD THAT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE PIXELS CAN LIVE! ---

A UNIQUE CONCEPT
KWAAN is a hybrid of RPG, online ecosystem management and pixel-art creativity, where helping others and respecting nature are essential to survival ! At the heart of the game is an organic, evolving ecosystem, players must help each other to prevent the end of the world and uncover the many secrets of the god tree mysterious origin !

AN DAILY BATTLE
Each day, the game checks the state of the god tree's mood. If Kwaan cries, the server will drown in tears and crash. The players must restart - keeping their experience ! If Kwaan is happy, the tribe will progress through events and will hopefully unlock all the secrets of the game. If not...

CONSTRUCT, ORGANIZE, DISCOVER
To make Kwaan happy, develop its branches, summon animals, create flowers, fight the pollution, use your grappling hook explore and unearth the secrets... Each action has an influence on the world! Each day, a new narrative mystery will appear, revealing more information about the Kwaan and the origin of the tribe.

STUNNING PIXEL ART...
Created in collaboration with Gary Lucken (AKA Army of Trolls), our Art Director, and music from David Kanaga.

--- More info ----
http://www.kwaan.org/
http://www.twitter.com/Kwaan_Official
https://www.facebook.com/KwaanOfficial

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphic card with shader model 2.0 capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphic card with shader model 2.0 capabilities
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (124 reviews)
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nickyellow0313
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
i dont recomend this game because it took me about 30 min. just to spawn, and even then i dont know where to go. so dont get this game. but dont take my word, you might like this game
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LordOfKitsunes
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
This game relies almost entirely on the community. I am not one for multiplayer games where i can't have a seperate world should I choose.
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AmyAce
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Hey guys, Csgoallan here.

Today I'm going to be reviewing Kwaan. Kwaan is an amazing game but it's not your average game!

You can't kill anything in Kwaan. Instead, you progress through the game by helping others. You also can't really achieve anything alone, and so you must want to work together with other people.

That being said, if you're a community driven type of person, this game is definitely for you. Because everyone here is so nice. The game just gives such positive vibes with it's cute art style and relaxing music. The positivity is contagious. The developers are also very active and whenever you need help with something, they'll get back to you within a heartbeat.

The community's a bit small at the moment but it's slowly growing. So we'd love to have you!
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andrewwmays
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
The game itself is super cute, but I bought it four days ago and could only play the first day. When I try to connect it says "unable to connec". I enjoyed the game, but..I only got to play once. Please fix this..
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pistolete
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
lovely <3
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zachattack
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I absolutely LOVE this game. There's never one specific goal. Rather, there's several generic goals; Things like keep the Kwaan happy, Complete quest objectives, and other things like that. The community's always nice and friendly and the game is very forgiving when you die. I recommend this game to people who'd like a new experience. A peaceful, beautiful new experience.
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Flotts
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
It's really annoying that there's no decent controller support (or rebindable keys...) and there are no single player worlds.

I honestly think this game would go much farther if it had just a little bit more effort put into it. I mean, I like to play it, but can I honestly say that this game is even finished, let alone worth your money in its current state? I'm afraid not.
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caro
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
this game is so wonderful! you can play so often and never get bored!
however, a suggestion id have is a single player world, where you cant rely on other people to do some work! other than that, this game is 10/10
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floof
( 208.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
here's the thing: I love this game. It's very casual and calming not to mention so so cute, others before me have definitely covered the basics of gameplay and the concept driving the world of kwaan so I don't want to delve too deep into that, but I do want to say that I love love love the idea of sustaining a little world by working together. That's what melts my heart: being able to take a little part of your day to care for a small (digital) corner of the world through teamwork. Even if everything else goes wrong that day it's a little thing that can go right.

There are more 'how to play' basics available than when I first got the game which makes it a bit less confusing when you first get started, but even that you have to work to figure out how the world works and discover the uses of items (all with the help of your dwaal friends) strengthens the inner logic of the game and really makes it your world to discover.

The graphics are unbelievably adorable, the music changes as you go through the cycles of kwaan's day and I personally find it so soothing and uplifting, and the community is so kind and supportive. The one thing that's been troubling me is that the structure of this game depends on there being players in the game and lately people have been going on less and less; it can be disheartening to go in and find that you're playing all by yourself! The community is pretty small as it is so it's really noticable when dwaals go MIA. Sooooooo! the best solution is for all you kind folks to get the game and join in in our quest to please Kwaan, our tree god :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
247.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I don't recommend the game for everyone. Not every game is for everyone.
That being said, if you are here and are looking for a special and unique game, something different, you are in the right place. And I do recommend you this game.

So first I'll tell you why you might not like Kwaan :
It's a very different game, not bad, just different.
And this can be very disturbing for some.
Goals are explained but not really entirely. There is no end game, competition, combat.

The game is all about how to play together to achieve a bigger goal than you could alone.
It's about how to take care of a world with the help of everyone, every day.

Now, why will you love this game ?
- Because it's a very different game.
You won't have to fight, or kill or get killed (you can die, but no ennemie here to kill you).

- There is a big learning curve but the other players will be pleased to help you learn.

- The game is beautiful for anyone who loves pixel art. It's cute, and the music is soothing.

- The gameplay is relaxing : you'll have to draw (really) to achieve things or just for the sake of drawing (there is spaces for free drawing, that's a very nice touch). You'll have to explore, and to explore more you'll have to uncover mysteries of the world. Most of things to unlock can't be done alone, and everyone will participate to unlock new regions to explore or new mysteries to uncover.

- You will find some RPG mecanics. You'll gain XP by doing quests. You'll have skill points to spend. You can even customise your dwall (your character) with a cute haat (a leaf or a flower as a hat :p). And you have skill to use but in KWAAN your skills are dancing, eating, meditating, singing !

- KWAAN is a living world that needs to be taken care of ! Create bunnies so you can have flowers ! Those flowers will create butterflies ! (it's just an example of the ecosystem, but there is a LOT to learn on how life is working on KWAAN).
There is a story to discover and I won't say much more, to not spoil but also because I haven't uncover all the story myself.

- The developpers are very active and you will find them online a lot.
Sometimes you will be able to tell them about a bug and they will just work on it right away.
As it's an online game only, the devs will continue to work on KWAAN for some time to keep the world and the stories alive.

But for that to happen we need players...
So come ! Don't be shy ! You might not know it but this game is perfect for you ;)
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
81.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22, 2015
Kwaan is probably the cutest and most peaceful multiplayer game I've ever played, and this is good. I've bumped into this little gem by chance while I was browsing through the steam store in search of some good summer deals. I'm truly glad I found it despite its low visibility.

You play as a Dwaal, a cute sapling; you can't jump, but you can use a rope to swing around the world (or a sheep as a trampoline!). This platform element is actually pretty challenging, especially at the very beginning of your experience. The more you play, the more you actually become good with your rope and you'll be able to reach tricky places.
You can collect maana gems and use them to buy items in the shop or as a energy coin to summon critters and bloom flowers.
There are colorful pixels scattered all around the world, and you can use them to draw, to create new branches on the Kwaal tree, to bloom flowers and to grow fruits.
Funny fact: maana crystals are shared among all players!
Every day you unlock new quests to complete in order to gain levels and unlock new summoning abilities.

The main goal of the game is to please the big tree Kwaal and make him fell happy with everyday rituals, in order to keep the world alive. Rituals may consist in summoning new creatures, crafting items and dancing all together for Kwaal.

The music is very charming and catchy, and the world is so bright and cheerful.
What I like the most about this game is actually the community: I met very kind people who teached me what to do and how to. Kwaal is in fact a very cooperative game, in order to complete the daily ritual you need the help of other players (and you really have more fun dancing with other people rather than alone!).

There are currently two servers: a FR one and a US East one. You can play on both since you won't lose your progress after switching from a server to another. On the FR server people speak English as well, so I got no communication issues. The community is still pretty small yet very active; everytime I log in, there are progressions on the daily ritual.

Despite being still an early access, the game is really polished and I didn't notice any game-breaking bug yet.
All in all, I definitely recommend Kwaan and I truly hope the community will grow bigger, this game really deserves it.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
112.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
I have had this game for a couple of weeks and it's fascinating. It evolves around the idea of the playerbase (the dwaals) gathering offerings for KWAAN's (the tree) three-step ritual, so that it maintains its happiness and keeps on surviving for another day. Every few succeeded rituals, KWAAN becomes taller and allows for more room for climbing, drawing, putting up fruit, and most importantly, more Taazes (quest lines). If the playerbase neglects KWAAN's need of rituals, it becomes progressively unhappier to the point where the server dies and everything is reset.

The ritual consists of a set number of dwaals dancing (a number that increases with every step, from 4 to 6 to 8) in front of the altar after gathering the previously mentioned offerings (which may be animals such as beavers, sheep, butterflies, koalas). The act of completing a ritual's third step, and thus finishing all requirements for KWAAN to survive, is known as "Kwaanza", a holiday that dwaals celebrate as a collective result of teamwork and cordiality.

Some have reviewed that the server keeps dying because nobody ever comes online to help, and truthfully, that is a terrifying thought to whoever wants to buy the game, only to be met by a world whose death seems imminent. Thankfully that is not a problem since the number of dancers (players online) can be minimalized by purchasing NPCs at the cost of time took to collect enough resources, this way removing the requirement of needing a set number of people online. But again, we make sure to complete most rituals during the peak hours so that nobody has to worry about them later. We seldom need dancers for it.

Others have reviewed that they have no idea what to do in this game. I thought I'd write a little bit about everything KWAAN has to offer gameplay-wise, in hope that no one who buys the game can say it's void of content or ambiguous.

As KWAAN grows, more and more Taazes are unlocked. Taazes are day-specific questlines that require teamwork to complete and encourage discovery. They can only be completed once by every dwaal, but you can always go back to specific teamwork related areas in order to help others out if they're in need.

If the ritual has been done and you have completed the Taaz, you've still got plenty of other things to worry about.

You can help by cleaning the area around. As an ecosystem, the world accumulates dirt over time and has to be taken care of. If the dirt level of a certain area is high enough, it starts to eat away dropped loot and thus causing drawbacks (for example, if you're looking to summon a grub, you'll need an apple and a leaf. You put up an apple in the tree and wait for it to drop, along with a leaf that drops naturally. As soon as the apple hits the ground, the garbage eats it and causes you to wait for another one).

There are three NPCs in the main town that you can receive quests from. They may include:
  • summoning animals (that have an individual use; the crabs dig up shells you can use in order to summon other creatures, penguins may dig up resources required for building certain devices/zones, moles may help you get through normally unaccesible paths),
  • finding critters (that may drop different things from the tree. KWAAN already drops leaves and all sorts of stuff in it's natural state, but there are many critters you can find in it that drop items required for Taazes, items that you can't summon certain animals without, etc),
  • opening up treasures (found in certain locations of the map and contain pixels),
  • using a certain amount of pixels to draw things in the world boards or on KWAAN (yup, you can draw on the big tree).
  • collecting Maana (the resource we use in order to buy things from shops, put up fruit in the tree, summon animals, hire dancers. It's scattered all over the world and can be collected by coming into contact with it. The resource is shared between all dwaals).

This means you can always have three diverse quests on you that reward pixels or experience. The more experience you gain, the more you level and the more cute hats you unlock (every 5 levels unlock a new hat) that you can use to idenfity yourself. At the same time, there is a level requirement on certain worlds that have grown too much to be as well understood by the new players, so leveling up allows you to join those worlds at some point.

The world is not big enough to require a map, but it's big enough to keep you interested in it and find different uses. You should always strive to explore areas that you're not necessarily told to. They're home to specific loot that may ease your work in the future. I'd give spoilers, but I'd take away from exciting discoveries.

If you finished reading this whole thing, then you've heard a big chunk of what KWAAN is about. I truly want the game to grow. There are so many wonderful and amazingly friendly people willing to help. The game has a continous cycle that does not allow you to be bored. There is always something to do, and if you ever feel like you've done it all, there is always someone else you can help out.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Playing this game for 15 minutes changed me from depressed to happy.


Edit*

Now that Ive played a bit more, i can get into the nitty gritties. like every other good review has said, Kwaan isn't for everyone. That being said, Kwaan has the friendliest community that ive ever met. EVERYONE is like the nicest ever when they play this game. the sprites are adorable and the music changes as the day goes on. I used this game as a background track while I played smite. however, i should probably talk about cons as well.

To be blunt, unless you are a certain kind of person, this game is boring at first glance. You think, "where is all the fighting? where is the story? what is with these horrible jittery mouse controls?(no longer mouse controls, now wasd) but I promise you, if you stick with Kwaan, you'll find an experience unlike any other.

This game, it's never been done before. you have to grow a tree by offering animals to rituals, and all dance around a diamond while the spirits of the animals you've sacrificed are imbued into the tree. to get the tree to grow, you have to work together, everyone has to work to get the ingredients right.

But the best thing about the game, hands down, is the drawing. I LOVE pixel art. and the aforementioned tree is a giant canvas. You can only use shades of brown on the tree, and at first, i thought "What? why did they give me all these colors so i could just use brown?" but soon i found out that the pixel art looks like its a part of the tree, or carved out of wood.

But the other colors are far from useless, in order to summon animals, you need to grow fruit, and to grow fruit, you need colored pixels. In addition, there are canvases spread out around the world for you to express your skill in drawing.

so all in all, Kwaan is a great game, but not for everyone. chances are, if you decided to scroll down into the reviews of a game that is advertised as a "living ecosystem" than you are probably the kind of person this game is for.

*Edit Edit

by the way, most of the games content hasnt been unlocked yet! you can still experience the magic and wonder of this game along with the rest of us. devs are on this game like garlic on bread, and are constantly patching the game
Sorry for all the errors in grammer and spelling. And punctuation. And sentence structure.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24, 2015
For once - a pacifistic multiplayer game.
You play a humanoid sapling whose main concern is to finish today's ritual, have some fun and please Kwaan.
Controls are very simple. You click with your mose and your character runs to that place. There is also some platforming involved and some of it is not very simple. For that you use a rope and it can be especially tricy when there are spikes around.
Activities consist of random summoning of criters depending on your needs. There is flower blooming (you draw flowers pixel by pixel) and also painting (there are pictures throughout the world that anyone can edit).
Main issue is there is not enough players sometimes and some rituals are imposible to do solo. Especially when you're a new player and can't get enough exp in one day (you get xp by completing daily quests).
I am excited to see how this game turns out but Ankama should try to attract more players since this game - if you want to really have fun with it needs larger community than it is now.
If you want to support sort of unique project buy this game but take note that this is still very early access.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Being a gamer for over 2 decades I've played thousands of games from various genres. Although one genre that never intrigued me to touch was MMOs. Maybe cause most of them were fantasy and had frustrating menus and thousand HUDs. So what happened here?
Well to tell you the truth, the artstyle of KWAAN played a major part to drag me in. Then I saw that your main goal is to keep alive a tree-server. Also there was a pixel editor kinda thing and I think that was the last piece that made me push the add to cart button.
As I'm in game for a few days now, I found that the game has a unique way to unravel it's gameplay and the community plays a major part on that too. There are some minor 'everyday' missions to do to get XP and some puzzle missions that you have to squish your brain to solve them (or just ask for tips from the lovely people in there).
Yes the game is weird. Maybe that's why I like it. Are you weird enough?
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 2, 2015
I DON'T USUALLY PLAY EARLY ACCESS GAMES, BUT...

... I EFFING LOVE THIS ONE! I've been playing for a while and I know Kwaan will give me hours of entertaining.

It's true: You don't have much information when you play the first time and you can feel a little lost, but explore the whole HUD, everything's in there. If you don't do it, you'll probably get bored soon and that's not fair.

Your "Dwaan" (your character, that little Deku kid) is a bit tricky to control the first minutes, but you'll handle it fast.
The pixel aesthetics fits perfect (you can paint in some especific parts of the map! how cool is that?) and the music is the perfect companion for your adventure.

· The worst thing I found in Kwaan is not really their fault in my opinion: There's only a few people playing it in EU servers, so in some moments you'll be so alone, but this depends on us. The more people plays Kwaan, the less alone we'll feel.

BUT don't forget that this is an EARLY ACCESS, so it has so much potential to grow as an incredible and entertaining game. I hardly and "heartly" recommend to rely on this guys.

Support them.

Buy and play Kwaan.

- James (sorry if I don't write properly some parts of my review, english isn't my mothertongue).
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,067.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 11, 2015
Actually a very charming game ! Play with your friends and unknown into this absolutely beautiful world. Very happy about the peacefull ambiance of the game (no fight, no enemies) . Just try to cooperate with the others to make the kwaan happy every day (like REAL DAY :D ), or explore the world by yourself with challenging platforming using your rope ! Or you can even spend some time to draw in the tree or finding some hideen and secret animals .. a lot to do :) and apparently there will be even more, can't wait for the rest of it !

That's an amazing game !!! :D

***** French ******
un jeu vraiment charmant! Joue avec tes amis ou de parfait inconnus dans ce tres joli monde! Je suis vraiment tres heureux de l'ambiance paisible du jeu (pas de combat, pas d'ennemis :3 ) ! Tu essayes juste de cooperer avec les autres pour rendre le kwaan heureux, et ca tout les jours (jours reel), ou bien tu peux explorer le monde en utilisant un systeme type platform qui utilise une sorte de liane. Et si tu veux juste te poser, tu peux aussi bien dessiner dans l'arbre ou t'amuser a trouver certains animal caches .. bref il y a beaucoup a faire deja, et apparemment il va y avoir encore plus de contenu au cours des semaines a venir ! Je suis impatient de voir le reste !

C'est vraiment un jeu cool !

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
A really cute game. Can take some getting used too in the start, but the community is great with lots of people willing to help. 100% would recommend. Well worth it, very calming and relaxing too.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 11, 2015
Cute and charming little game. Features cooperative effort to feed the Kwaan and exploration. Some challenging areas with frustrating rope swinging. Game is played exclusivley with the mouse. The music fits with the cute art style and nothing feels out of place.
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