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Culina: Hands in the Kitchen - Visual Novel/ Restaurant Sim

A project in Evansville, IN by Christopher Doran

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Own your own restaurant in this visual novel/restaurant sim hybrid inspired by Persona 4 and Hot Dog Stand: The Works.
Backers: 435
Average Pledge Per Backer: $25

Funded: $11,090 of $10,000
Dates: Aug 10th -> Sep 14th (35 days)
Project By: Christopher Doran
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Latest News

Novelly Funded - Issue 7

January 4th - via:
Novelly Funded is our regular look at the world of visual novels that have been crowdfunded on Kickstarter or IndieGogo. (Read More)

24 Hours Left!

September 13th - via:
Hey backers, I'm so excited to announce that we've made the initial goal! We are now heading into the final hours of the campaign and it's through all of your help that we've made it this far. That being said, we still have time to reach our stretch... (Read More)

75% Funded! Stretch Goals, Rewards Chart, Add-ons, New Tier! Let's do this!

September 10th - via:
Hey backers, We’ve made it to 75%! Woo! We are so close! In light of this news, John and I have come up with a chart so that it is easier to see what tier has what rewards. This way it will be easier for you to know what you are getting. We are... (Read More)


September 7th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Meet our cast of characters- Paul!

September 3rd - via:
Hey Backers!  Ten days left! Right now we all need to get the word out about the project to be able to make it to our goal. It is definitely possible, but we can’t do it alone! Please, share us on Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail anyone who might be... (Read More)

Some new tiers- Ingredients and Languages

September 2nd - via:
Hey backers,   We have some new tiers that we are happy to announce for those who might be interested.  If you want to be sure that a certain ingredient is in the game, you can pick this tier and we will have our artist draw it and make it... (Read More)

Voice Acting and Other Extras

August 31st - via:
Hey guys, Thank you so much for all of your support so far. We have come a long way, but we still have a way to go funding-wise before we can give you the best version of Culina that we can offer.  In this post, I thought we’d go over some of the... (Read More)

Meet our cast of characters- Claire!

August 29th - via:
Howdy backers, Work is continuing on the game as we speak. We will have something exciting to share with you soon. However, right now we are going to introduce you to another member of our cast! Claire Campbell Blood Type: O Height: 160 cm Weight:... (Read More)

A look into the creation of CGs and an update on the port to Unity.

August 25th - via:
Greetings backers! We’re excited to share with you some of the content we have been working on in regards to the technical side of things.  Recently, We’ve gotten ahold of a wonderfully talented animator and we’re in the progress of doing some... (Read More)

Save Game Sunday Kickday - Culina: Hands in the Kitchen

August 25th - via:
Culina: Hands in the Kitchen is a unique blend of simulation and visual novel, diving into the world of restaurant ownership. (Read More)

Culina: Recipes from the Kitchen

August 23rd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

In the middle of the journey of life, I found myself within a dark woods where the straight path was lost.

August 20th - via:
Hello backers, Today, we are going to introduce another one of the people that will be helping you in starting your restaurant. Dante Moreni Blood Type: AB Height: 186 cm Weight: 70.3 kg Dante is a stern looking but rather shy Italian. He tends to... (Read More)

Woo! 100 Backers!

August 17th - via:
AWESOME NEWS EVERYBODY! WE NOW HAVE 100 BACKERS! Thanks for believing in us so far, and here’s to us reaching the $10k!  In other news, I just thought I’d write to you all to show what the press is saying about Culina. James at Indie-Love wrote... (Read More)

Weekly Launchpad. Aug 10 – 16 Kickstarters

August 17th - via:
Every week we take a brief look at all of the Kickstarter campaigns that launched in the previous week. This isn’t to say that all of these projects are worth your hard earned cash, but with any luck having all of them in one place will make it easier to educate yourself on the projects you’d like to back, and which ones to run from. You’ll find two types of campaigns listed, “featured” and “the rest“. (Read More)

For Your Eyes Only

August 15th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Let's meet Lisa!

August 14th - via:
Hello Backers,   Today's update tells you a little bit more about Lisa.   Lisa Harding   Blood Type: AB   Height: 174 cm   Weight: 61.2 kg   Lisa is a hopeless romantic. She has a lot of goals for her life and wants her dreams to come true... (Read More)

Build Your Dream Resto With Culina - Restaurant Simulator

August 14th - via:
Do you have a passion for cooking? Or maybe you want to manage your own restaurant? In any case, this restaurant simulator may be of interest to you. (Read More)

Cook and Enjoy the Story of Culina

August 14th - via:
Visual novels plague Kickstarter. Maybe plague is too harsh. Aggressively inhabit may be a little more accurate. They are absolutely everywhere, and whether or not you think that’s a good thing or not, it’s a fact that visual novels often fail to mix things up. (Read More)

"Stop the Presses!"

August 13th - via:
Hello again,  Today we have some press coverage for the game that you might be interested in seeing.  and ... (Read More)

Culina: Hands in the Kitchen on Kickstarter/Greenlight

August 13th - via:
Manage your own little slice of restaurant life in the visual novel-inspired Culina: Hands in the Kitchen, now seeking support on Kickstarter and Steam’s Greenlight. (Read More)

Getting The Ingredients Together To Brew Culina: Hands In The Kitchen

August 13th - via:
Weirdly enough, I’m a really big fan of cooking games. If you tell me to get together a recipe, set timers and watch something cook for ten minutes, all while panicking about the other ten dishes I have going at the same time, I’ll drop what I’m doing and play your game immediately. So when you mix that with the shop management from Recetear, add the story-telling features of a visual novel, and you’ve hooked me. (Read More)

Exciting News and Where is the Money Going?

August 12th - via:
Howdy Backers,   Today, we are excited to bring you the good news that we have been picked by Kickstarter as a "Staff Pick!"  We've also attached our tentative fund allocation chart that has been requested. Hope it gives you a bit of insight into... (Read More)

Culina serves up a tasty demo on Kickstarter and Greenlight

August 12th - via:
Ever imagine what would happen if Cooking Mama had a baby with Persona 4? Well, wonder no more, as Culina: Hands in the Kitchen has come to Kickstarter with a demo to show you how to step into the shoes of a budding chef. (Read More)

Meet our cast of characters- Katie!

August 11th - via:
Hey guys,   Just thought I'd update you all on what is going on with the campaign. Right now I am contacting news outlets and blogs to try and share the game. We're also in the middle of some negotiation with some companies for some exciting news... (Read More)

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