Influent is a Language Learning Game focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation while giving players the freedom to learn what they want without pencils or books!
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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The game's User Interface is currently available in English, Japanese, Russian, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, European Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese

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May 8

Hindi Indie



SEE THE OFFICIAL BLOG POST HERE

Taj Mahold on a second!

I thought the release of Influent's 18th Language Pack was going to be Dutch! Hindi is totally cool and all but what gives?? And while we're at it, what's the deal with all these language pack updates!? When are we actually gonna see some real content with more words and places to explore??

-said everyone together in unison

Content Conundrum

We hear you! And when I say we, I mean me and spooky. We feel the same way about Influent in regard to more content and we'll be making a forum post to address the unique challenges facing Influent. Understand that we are self-published and our core team consists of one programmer (me) and one web designer (spooky). This project is absolutely massive in scale and big environments require big resources. But more on that in the forums. Back to Hindi!

Hindi Breakdown

Hindi is now available on both Steam and the Humble Store for existing players as DLC for $4.99 USD. New players can pick up a copy of the base game packaged together with Hindi or any of the other currently available Language Packs for $9.99 USD.

Dutch Crunch

Dutch has been delayed due to a recording malfunction in which over a hundred audio pronunciation files were mysteriously lost at the recording studio. Therefore, the release of the Dutch language pack is on hold until we can arrange for another recording session to take place. More updates to follow and thanks to everyone for your patience.

We look forward to discussing the future of Influent with those within our community who have taken an interest in our game and its further development. Until then!

अलविदा!

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Reviews

“Influent is a great way to learn new vocabulary. I love the idea and I love the execution. Influent gets a 9 out of 10.”
9/10 – http://www.gameskinny.com/cv8lb/influent-a-fun-supplement-to-language-learning

“It’s that gaminess that makes Influent stand out; it’s where it separates itself from the pack, chiseling a place in any respectable study round.”
4/5 – http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/05/28/review-influent/86161/

About This Game

Andrew Cross is infuriated!


For three long years, he sat confined to his work, developing a device that he firmly believed to be a technological breakthrough in the way people would interact with the world around them. A device that could scan any object in the real world and then provide its name in any language! Duly dubbing his fancy new invention the "SanjigenJiten," Andrew arranged an appointment to demonstrate the device's amazing capabilities at the world's largest technology corporation, Technoglobe International.


But while on his visit, he fell for a girl he met in the lab, and while she stole his heart, someone else silently stepped in and stole his device! Now, Technoglobe has gone and swiftly marketed the SanjigenJiten as their own, even laying claim to the very name he had so cleverly concocted!


But Andrew Cross has a plan. He's made an even better version of his SanjigenJiten and launched an online campaign, swearing to learn 300 words in a foreign language to raise awareness of Technoglobe's blatant theft and prove his device really works! But does the SanjigenJiten really work? Can Andrew actually pull it off?! Play Influent and find out!!!



“By immersing the player in the target language, Influent closely models the way we naturally learn our native language. I suggest giving Influent a try.”
-Steve Hammond, Somnambulant-Gamer

Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single click! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-click! Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a right-click here and a right-click there, revealing more and more things to be learned! Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.

With 10 languages currently available for download, Influent combines the joys of playing a video game with the language learning process, resulting in real-life rewards and achievements that will remain with players for the rest of their lives.

Influent: Language Learning Redefined.

  • Audio from native speakers
  • Synonym swap functionality
  • Learn at your own pace!
  • Fully interactive modern apartment
  • Over 420 words to collect and master
  • Includes Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs
  • 15+ Languages to choose from (more coming soon!)


  • How exactly should I purchase the game?
If you're confused about how to purchase the game, please read the following example about Mark and Patricia.

If Mark wants to learn Latin, he should purchase the "Influent - Latina [Learn Latin]" store item. If his wife Patricia then wants to learn Swedish, Mark should then purchase the DLC store item entitled "Influent DLC - Svenska [Learn Swedish]." This can also be done from Patricia's perspective and will have the exact same result with Patricia purchasing the Swedish base game and then also buying the Latin DLC for Mark, herself, or even anyone else, to use on the same computer.

  • Do you have plans to release more languages? When???
New Language Packs will be released as they are completed. A full list of languages that are coming soon can be found on the Official Website.


Check out the Community Hub for Frequently Asked Questions and other cool stuff!

A BRIEF BACKGROUND


Influent is a Language Learning Game focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation. It was initially developed in Japan at the University of Tsukuba's Entertainment Computing Laboratory under the Monbukagakusho Government Research Scholarship.

After research funding ran out, further funding from a wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign allowed for the completion of the game. A research paper on the ideas surrounding the game and its applications was published by the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), which can be viewed in its entirety here.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any (tested on Ubuntu)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pretty much any 3D graphics card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (750 reviews)
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sysedit
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Small indie game. If it had more levels/vocabulary and if the story would actually matter then this would be like an AAA title. Sadly there are no updates and dlcs that add levels.

This still gets a thumbs up because I think every game should be educational like this.
Steam has this great function where you can change the language of games. I use that for language training, too.
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Stelis
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Its worthless. Only learns you words.
Not sentences or how to build sentences or anything.
You won't be able to speak another language with the help of this "game" or whatever it is.
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Cyrax | 4k mmr Shitstain
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
This game is only helpful if you want to go to an Ikea in a foreign country... But I don't think this privilege is worth 10 bucks to be honest.
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Xander77
1.5 hrs
Posted: July 31
Influent is an educational game meant to help memorize a basic vocabulary in an entertaining fashion. You go through 3 rooms in a hip modern apartment, click on objects to learn their names (with a vocalization / spelling / a synonym or two and a translation to your language of choice. For some reason the translation is actually turned off by default) and pass short semi-optional "locate this object" tests for every 10 words you memorize (memorization is not automatic). You get to learn slightly over 400 words, and that's the first issue - that's not nearly enough for the most basic vocabulary (and the words included in the game aren't necessarily sorted by "most useful / common", either). You basic phrasebook will contain thousands of words, as that's the bare necessity to start communicating in an effective manner.

Furthermore; the lexicon itself is highly suspect. As my mother is a Russian speaker (trying to expand her English vocabulary), I'm using the Russian UI. Of course the game resets to English every time it restarts, and not only are the instructions full of literal and cumbersome translations from English (as well as quite a few technical terms that actually have Russian equivalents but are merely transliterated instead of being translated) - but the quality of translation is quite shoddy. For instance, the "pot" part of a "potted plant" is translated as a "cooking pot". That sort of carelessness is presumably just as present when the game teaches you actual words in languages other than English.

The controls are immensely frustrating. My mom, not used to WASD, basically gave up on the game due to being unable to navigate effectively. Then, I, experienced gamer that I am, found myself baffled as well. You have to hold the left or right mouse key to rotate the camera view, then navigate with WASD to move your character around, and once you've stopped, your view is basically fixed and you have to click on objects in order to name / memorize them. It's really frustratingly sluggish and unresponsive. Trying to click on items that are on shelves / next to another item is just a huge chore.

So far, so budget constraints. This last part however, is an intentional design features I genuinely would not believe if I hadn't experienced it for myself: you have to grind. You have to grind words in this educational game in order to unlock all the available words. You see, as the game starts, you can only memorize proper nouns - adverbs and adjectives are "locked away" until you progress further. So... do you have to memorize a certain number of words to unlock them? Do you have to pass a certain number of item locating tests? No and not quite. You have to "perfectly memorize" a word by locating it several times during several tests. Once you do so, you get a star or two, which you can use to unlock adverbs and adjectives. There are hundreds of them, so if you want to get the full (pitiful) 450 word vocabulary, you're going to be grinding out item locations in the same little virtual corner for quite a while. Possibly the most daft implementation of an idea that was unnecessary to begin with I've ever encountered.
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sherpunjabi
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 30
while not the best method for learning a language, since its just a short list of nouns but it is very useful however for learning a writing system like Russian and devanagari (indian/nepalese).
the best method for me is muting the voice during time trial and reading instead.
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Cylencer
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 27
If you think this game will teach you a language from scratch, do not buy this game. Only consider this if you're supplementing it with other resources.

This game is basically an interactive vocabulary list. Click on an object and it will display the translation in your target language. It doesn't teach you grammar AT ALL. So what if you know 420 words (yes, it's that little) when you can't even form a single sentence? Example sentences should at least be added for each word so that we can have some basic understanding about the grammar.

Also, this game is still incomplete. There is no plot progression and you're just stuck inside your own house.

Honestly, until there are more updates, I find it hard to recommend this game. You're better off with Duolingo.
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瓦莱
27.9 hrs
Posted: July 27
I just "finished" this game and by that I mean I have mastered all 420 words. Played this game for almost 30 hours and I will keep playing it, as time passes we are bound to forget some words. In a sense you never really finish a game like this. There are two questions you need to ask yourself upon purchasing this game.

1- Do you want to just play a different game and have some fun?

Answer: Skip this game if you're looking for something different expecting to have fun, this game is not for you unless you are capable to endure the lack(zero) of story,gameplay and graphics. Trust me you wont have any fun, even I, bought it just to help improve my Mandarin because I though " Nice, a game and I can learn Mandarin? Must buy it!" I hoped I would have some fun while studying, inevitably I would still get bored sometimes.

2- Are studying a language, in college,school or just by yourself, and you plan to use this as an auxiliary device to help you learn faster?

Answer: Then this is the perfect game for you.This is my case, I bought it solely to improve my vocabulary and this game is good at doing that, it is a good change from just writing words in a notebook to walk in a room and click on things, see the animations, discover new words then do the time attack.

Final thoughts:

I recommend this to anyone( I even recommended this to my girlfriend because she wants to learn Portuguese) that is learning a language or wants to get familiar with one, its a "fun" way to do it. Keep this in mind before pressing the purchase button.
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DodgeeD
1.9 hrs
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
I am a language teacher and was given a free copy by the developers to review.

It is great as a platform for vocabulary acquisition but you are not going to learn a new language just by exploring somebody's apartment! I would prefer it if the developers focused on expanding the game world rather than adding more and more languages...

I will give this a thumbs up as it helped me learn quite a few French words in a short space of time. I learnt no grammar and very little I could use when speaking to people. As I said great as a 'vocabulary learning game' but not really the 'language learning game' the developers promote it as.
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Grim Gravy
1.4 hrs
Posted: July 7
The motion sickness is horrible in this game.
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Butterfly Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
22.2 hrs
Posted: July 3
Good game, please add more languages, maybe greek, hebrew, ya know the older ones :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Influent is an educational game meant to help memorize a basic vocabulary in an entertaining fashion. You go through 3 rooms in a hip modern apartment, click on objects to learn their names (with a vocalization / spelling / a synonym or two and a translation to your language of choice. For some reason the translation is actually turned off by default) and pass short semi-optional "locate this object" tests for every 10 words you memorize (memorization is not automatic). You get to learn slightly over 400 words, and that's the first issue - that's not nearly enough for the most basic vocabulary (and the words included in the game aren't necessarily sorted by "most useful / common", either). You basic phrasebook will contain thousands of words, as that's the bare necessity to start communicating in an effective manner.

Furthermore; the lexicon itself is highly suspect. As my mother is a Russian speaker (trying to expand her English vocabulary), I'm using the Russian UI. Of course the game resets to English every time it restarts, and not only are the instructions full of literal and cumbersome translations from English (as well as quite a few technical terms that actually have Russian equivalents but are merely transliterated instead of being translated) - but the quality of translation is quite shoddy. For instance, the "pot" part of a "potted plant" is translated as a "cooking pot". That sort of carelessness is presumably just as present when the game teaches you actual words in languages other than English.

The controls are immensely frustrating. My mom, not used to WASD, basically gave up on the game due to being unable to navigate effectively. Then, I, experienced gamer that I am, found myself baffled as well. You have to hold the left or right mouse key to rotate the camera view, then navigate with WASD to move your character around, and once you've stopped, your view is basically fixed and you have to click on objects in order to name / memorize them. It's really frustratingly sluggish and unresponsive. Trying to click on items that are on shelves / next to another item is just a huge chore.

So far, so budget constraints. This last part however, is an intentional design features I genuinely would not believe if I hadn't experienced it for myself: you have to grind. You have to grind words in this educational game in order to unlock all the available words. You see, as the game starts, you can only memorize proper nouns - adverbs and adjectives are "locked away" until you progress further. So... do you have to memorize a certain number of words to unlock them? Do you have to pass a certain number of item locating tests? No and not quite. You have to "perfectly memorize" a word by locating it several times during several tests. Once you do so, you get a star or two, which you can use to unlock adverbs and adjectives. There are hundreds of them, so if you want to get the full (pitiful) 450 word vocabulary, you're going to be grinding out item locations in the same little virtual corner for quite a while. Possibly the most daft implementation of an idea that was unnecessary to begin with I've ever encountered.
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356 of 371 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Before you buy this game, make sure you are buying it for the RIGHT reasons. This game is amazing, exactly the kind of learning style I love and was looking for.

BUT

If you are buying this game to learn how to speak fluently (For me, fluent Japanese) by solely relying on this game and nothing else, you will be very disappointed.

If you are buying this game as just one of the many tools to help you learn a language, and you consider yourself a visual learner, then this is perfect in my opinion.

Being able to click any object in the house and instantly be told what it is called, is the next best thing to having a native speaker with you while you point at things asking what they are called. As a huge plus with using the game, you see how it is written; in Romaji, Hiragana, or Kanji depending on what you pick if learning Japanese, which helps a lot more for me personally than just hearing audio alone. Oh and I highly recommend only using Kana instead of Romaji, you will be glad you did in the long run.

The time challenge mode turns the game into a scavenger hunt, making your brain work to remember what each thing is called. I feel that having to recall something, especially with a clock counting down, helps you memorize the words.

Alongside basic nouns from clicking on things in the environment, you can also unlock adjectives and verbs associated with each noun. I really like that because it adds context in a way; like clicking on the word "bed" has the verb "to sleep" available to learn.

So in the end, please use this game as a wonderful tool to master your language alongside your many other tried-and-true methods. I am certainly enjoying it and I feel I am memorizing the words much quicker than looking at definitions in a book. The audio is also very clear and easy to understand.

As for any negatives, I just have a few suggestions rather than anything actually negative. It would be nice if you could do the time challenge mode where objects light up and you have to type in what the object is called, or maybe choose from a multiple choice list. Right now it is just one direction, you hear the word and click the right object, never the other way around. Also if there was an option to have the speaker say the word again but slowly, to catch those quick syllables.

Weather you decide this game is for you or not, please go out there and learn a new language! Trust me, it feels amazing! :)

ATTENTION, NEED TO KNOW TIPS: When doing the time challenge, you have to DOUBLE click an object to select it as your answer. I don't think it tells you that, or I didn't notice. :) Double clicking outside of the game mode, will bring up a window with more details on that object/word you are clicking. Also, when you click on your vocab list, click a word, and there is a little "eye" icon you can click to see what the word is in your native language. I also HIGHLY recommend reading all the hints at the top left of the screen to get the most out of this game, it doesn't take long to read them all. Have fun all!
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582 of 641 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
Ok, so this game seemed great at first glance. The whole concept of studying language while playing a videogame probably seems fantastic for every gamer like me, who also likes to broaden his knowledge everyday. However, Influent isn't what I expected it to be. I didn't do much research before buying, just a short review by someone who generally praised the game but mentioned lack of insight on japanese "kanji", which immediately put japanese pack off my to-buy list. Therefore for starters, I picked up french pack.

After a bit more than 1 hour of playtime, I can pretty much say that for me the game is a large disappointment. The whole game is situated in a small condo which contains about 400 different objects that you can interract with, and consequently learn more about them in order to improve your vocabulary. Those consist mostly out of basic household items.
In French, gender is of crucial importance, and although the game tells you which gender a certain object is, when you actually learn them, gender pronouns or indefinite articles are excluded from the actual word. For example instead of "une lampe" or "la lampe" you'll study "lampe", which means you'll still need to study gender separatly. Furthermore, the game doesn't cover one bit of grammar.

The game itself isn't particularly fun either, since one is as already mentioned, trapped inside a small condo. If the game would include also some other everyday areas like playground, trainstation, gym, school etc. it would vastly improve the vocabulary covered, but I'm afraid this will either never be available or will be purchasable as a "dlc", for which I honestly wouldn't waste a cent anymore since I don't consider the 400 foreign words to be worth of 10€, while you can learn them for free in (in a sense of content) much better covered "game" called Duolingo, or Anki.

Summary: I love the basic idea, but it lacks a lot of content. Although it is obviously considered as a supplement to your language studies, I still believe that it could've included a lot more than just bare 400 words.
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681 of 857 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
So far, 30% of the words have been loan-words (katakana). The rest are alternatives to the same word; verbs, which losely apply to the nouns they're tied to; and maybe 10% are adjectives which are the only thing I can imagine being useful in everyday speech.

You're confined to a tiny apartment and although you can open cupboards and drawers you find mostly duplicate items of what's laying around. There are no ways to look out into the world beyond the apartment and nothing to offer beyond basic vocabulary that you can get for free at a site like Memrise.com
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152 of 167 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
GREAT CONCEPT BUT LACKING CONTENT

First off you must understand this is a vocabulary learning game and nothing more. If you dont have another form of learning the language this game is pretty much useless. I got this to brush up on french I had learned in high school. I paid $5 for it on sale and even at that price felt slightly disappointed. I had no idea you would be restricted to a one bedroom apartment with access to only learning 400 mundane names of household items. If this game was expanded to a small town type environment where you could go to say the store, a trainstation, etc. This game would be 5 stars, If a DLC was released with at least an equal number of new words in a new environment i would consider paying another $5 for it.
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123 of 137 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
(This review is about the German version of the game)

Numerous items in this game can be highlighted separately despite not having own words associated to them (for example parts of a light switch), numerous words are pronounced weirdly, there are multiple speakers pronouncing them and at least one of them is really bad at the language, some German nouns chosen only fit poorly, and some are flat out wrong (flowers in their pots are surrounded by "garbage"...; "bottles" become "cans"), while the 'synonyms' listed leave much to be desired.
A good few of the objects in the game are also extremely American, like extensive baseball equipment, or skateboards, and won't be seen in many of the countries whose languages the different DLCs aim to help with.
Considering how long this has been on Steam without such things being rectified, I can't assume that any of the above will be fixed in further patches.

Before the "screen" becomes a "computer", I can't quite view this as jolly.

It gets downright infuriating in the time attack tests when it asks you for a "pen", and it actually wants the "pencil", while the "pen" is viewed as wrong (bonus: only the pencil can "write", the pen can't...), or when it wants a "lamp", and the "light" is seen as a fundamentally different creature.


Edit:
By now, I've found dozens of wrongly pronounced words, as well as a bunch with wrongly assigned genders.
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358 of 462 people (77%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Influent is not useful for learning a new language. Walk through a landscape and learn a smattering of nouns for household objects and nothing else. No grammer rules, no other words, no cultural context. Can you guys even understand how useless that is? Learning how to say random words for objects you will probably not need to talk about without ever communicating anything about them whatsoever?

Hell, you wll never need most of these nouns as a beginning student of a foreign language anyways. It would be far more useful to simply learn how to say "How do you say this?" in whatever language you are learning so you can learn words that are actually useful to you.

I learned way more useful information on youtube videos in an hour than I ever did with this.

The only good thing about this is the soundtrack by Lifeformed. It is the soundtrack from the game Dustforce and it is truly excellent. I have no idea why it is in this product.

You will not learn how to communicate a single complete thought or simple sentence with this software .
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180 of 226 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
Influent is a great idea. Though it does need some refining, it's a very helpful and affordable option for begginer to intermediate language learners.

If your only goal is to verbally pick up new key nouns and verbs for a trip abroad, Influent will suffice. However for more in-depth learners who wish to read it's best paired with good old fashioned studying. A primary example of this is that it won't help you understand how to actually read any languages that use non-roman-based characters (e.g. Russian, Chinese, Japanese). Note that you can enable english readings of any language if literacy isn't your primary goal.

I'm very excited to see a real game for language learning, instead of tedious and very over-priced software (Yeah, I'm looking at YOU, Rosetta Stone). I sincerely hope to eventually see DLCs or updates that will allow users to explore the world outside of the small apartment, add more unique yet commonplace items for each culture, or perhaps interact with NPCs to practice dialouge...crossing my fingers and keeping and eye on this game ;)

Pros: Playble area is filled to the brim with hundreds of everyday objects to study, DOES include verbs that will unlock as you learn nouns that they're relevant to, affordable, a highly customizeable and unique learning experience.

Cons: Small environment, UI is almost too minimalistic (can't cycle though word details; have to return to vocab list), and you can only learn commonplace North American items (useful but limited).
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85 of 96 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
This game offers a lot of opportunities to expand your vocabulary through fun challenges. If you purchased a few languages, you must select which one you want to start with first; I started with Korean and will later pick up more. Once you select the language (Korean) for example, you have the choice to also select Hangul. Once the game starts you are in an apartment, with lots of household items and the learning begins.

As you move around (Limited interaction with the items) you can select items and learn the name in the language you purchased. There you can see the English translation, pronunciation, image, spelling, noun and verb versions of the word. Once you have found a few words you are comfortable with you can start adding them to your list, you can then play these challenges like "time attack" which test you in your ability to locate the items; either they are said to you, you read them without assistance of pronunciation of the software meanwhile you are being "tested" in speed/accuracy.

There is a lot more this game has to offer through these challenges and I recommend getting comfortable with a few set of words before adding more to your list. There is no rush and after each challenge you get a percentage but no penalization for failing. There is also a "To do list" which makes it easier for you to know what challenges you need to complete and they are not meant to be done in any particular order.

Overall I have played this game for only a few hours and am enjoying it. It is a relaxed, straightforward, fun way to learn a set of words in a new language. The price is good and the only thing I would want added is the chance to explore more areas (more locations) this would allow me to expand on my vocabulary besides household items.

Next Phase of Influent?
An added software in conjunction with this one; Once we have the words learned take us to the next "Learning phase" Learning how to use them in a sentence, this would help us with the ability to actually use the words and have a conversation. The price is good for what this game offers. An added sweet bonus would be steam trading cards even though it is educational software.

Final thoughts
It is not meant to teach you a whole new language but help you expand on your vocabulary. It does make the learning process of learning new vocabulary fun and I would recommend this game. Will be adding screenshots soon!
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Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
Depending on the language you're learning, learning and retaining vocabulary may be the biggest part of learning a language. Especially if the language contains grammar you're already familiar with. This is essentially who Influent is for. Those wishing to learn vocabulary in a totally new and unique way. You play as just a teenager living in an apartment. You go through your apartment filled with HUNDREDS of items (seriously he may have a hoarding problem). You click on the object to view the word and you double click it to learn more about it (the pronunciation / noun / verb / gender of word, etc.). From a game standpoint, it's nothing special. The greatness of this game comes from the language learning aspect.

I chose Latin as I have been learning Latin for the past few years so I can't really comment on native pronunciation (as it is a dead language). However, the pronunciation for the Latin course is definitely on par with every other course I have been through and a lot of work has evidently been put into making pronunciation amazing.

You're paying $9.99 essentially for a virtual world that makes learning vocabularly in another language EASY and FUN. These two things are the most important factors that lead me to believe anyone who buys and plays this will come out that much more knowledgable in their target language.

I would recommend 'Influent' for mainly two types of people:
1. Those who have a good beginners / intermediate grasp in their target language and now wish to learn a lot more vocabulary
2. Those who just wish to dabble or have fun in a different language while still learning and retaining good information.

I would not recommend this game to people who:
1. Wish to achieve fluency from this
2. Want anything more than a giant virtual dictionary

I would also be wary buying this game if your target language uses a non-Latin alphabet and you have no knowledge in the language (Korean, Japanese, Mandarin). Reason being is that you are not taught how to read the alphabet of your chosen language. The first thing I would advise Japanese and Korean learners to do is to learn the alphabet first and it will be much easier later on. As for Chinese (Mandarin) learners, learn up on how Chinese characters are written (particularly radicals) before purchasing or delving in to this game.

From a gaming standpoint $9.99 is a ripoff for this game; however, it is intended as a LANGUAGE LEARNING program merely using a game as its platform. And $9.99 for this game from a language standpoint is a REMARKABLE price. This is essentially the same principal as Rosetta Stone (learning vocabulary / phrases with no grammar or alphabet learning). I HIGHLY recommend this game.
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