Interesting This light version/demo plays like an old school text based puzzle game centered around using hiragana and katakana properly with conversation and vocabulary too. It kept me interested so I think I'll try out the full version.
Odd, yet engaging It's an odd app. I downloaded it out of curiosity since i've been exploring japanese learning apps. Got me hooked. The UI is not great. It could certainly use improving. It's basically an interactive story game that teaches you hiragana, katakana and kanji. Concepts are introduced quickly, so it is more suited for users with some knowledge already. The lite version is a demo, so to unlock more content you'll need to pay.
Great for light practice I think this is a great games for beginners, like me, who've mastered the kana and are just dipping their toes into kanji and learning more phrases. There's a few bugs in the mini games that skew the scores at times, but other than that, I love it! The devs of this game definitely have a new paying customer with me!
Impressed I've been trying to learn Japanese for a couple weeks, and have tried a few apps. I've been looking for a gamified learning experience. Just found this app and it's awesome! I'm most impressed by the writing. It reads like a novel--and not just any novel, but a good one. Good voice and clear prose. Points for humor. Is the writer also a mystery or thriller author, by chance? Okay, so the reason this is four stars instead of five is: visuals. The user interface could be simpler. Some of the buttons feel small to press, even on my ~10 in. tablet. More than that, though, a map would help. I don't know if remembering what arrow keys to press to get where is supposed to be part of the challenge, but I would prefer to have a map to at least help me recall what is where. For potential future renditions of the game, I would look at modernizing the interface with more pictures. You might want to have a look at some of the popular otome games out there just to see how they do it, because they are primarily static images and text. So for this game, you could have an illustration of the characters you meet / the setting, with the text overlayed in the bottom front.
Great practice for experienced beginners I've gone through many different ways of learning Japanese, and I've learned, not mastered, Hiragana, as well as a few words and phrases. This game, though visually unimpressive, is a great way to practice what you think you know and learn more. It's never too easy for long because it adjusts based on how well or bad you're doing.
Keeps the player engaged I remember fallling in love with it a couple of years ago, and I couldn't help but come back to it once more to share it with my friends.
Integrated Kiip rewards into app.