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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (338 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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Notice: If you are purchasing Influent for the first time, choose the language you would like to learn. If you've already purchased one language, you can buy additional languages as DLC.
The game's User Interface is currently available in English, Japanese, Russian, German, Swedish, and French.

Buy Influent - 한국어 [Learn Korean]

Buy Influent - Deutsch [Learn German]

Buy Influent - Latina [Learn Latin]

Buy Influent - Русский [Learn Russian]

Buy Influent - Italiano [Learn Italian]

Buy Influent - Español [Learn Spanish]

Buy Influent - Français [Learn French]

Buy Influent - Svenska [Learn Swedish]

Buy Influent - български [Learn Bulgarian]

Buy Influent - 普通话 [Learn Mandarin Chinese]

Buy Influent - English [Learn English]

Buy Influent - 日本語 [Learn Japanese]

 

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"It is not meant to teach you a whole new language but help you expand on your vocabulary. This game makes the learning process fun and simple."
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September 30

Italian Stallion



SEE THE OFFICIAL BLOG POST HERE

Good news everyone!

The long-awaited Italian Language Pack is now available! This completes the standard EFIGS collection of the most commonly spoken first-world languages, which has been a big milestone for Influent for quite some time now!

Furthermore, a handful of previously bothersome issues have been addressed, most importantly:

  • Translation text bleed issue fixed
  • Save Data corruption after slot deletion issue fixed (thanks gwebb!)

You can pick up a copy of the Italian DLC for $4.99 USD or if you don't already own Influent, grab the full game packaged with either Italian or any of the other 11 Language Packs for $9.99 USD.

Ciao!

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July 24

Russian Roulette



SEE THE OFFICIAL BLOG POST HERE

What's New?

This just in:

The highly anticipated Russian Language Pack has been released and is now available for purchase as either DLC (for existing players) or as a standalone product.

Influent has also received an update that addresses a number of issues reported on the community forums. A big "Thank You!" to everyone who helped by taking the time to upload screenshots and provide us with detailed bug reports. We really do appreciate it!

Update 1.5
  • Fixed the infamous Sneeze bug (vocab list entries disappearing)
  • Fixed text resizing bug when using R/F hotkeys
  • Resized and moved GUI elements to accommodate for future GUI updates

What's Next?

Things that are happening:
  • Processing audio for Italian Language Pack
  • Trying to get the Swedish, Spanish, and Italian articles added
  • Editing UI translations for MANY new GUI Packs (soon to come)
  • Preparing for Gamescom 2014

Gamescom 2014!

Get excited! Influent and Three Flip Studios is coming to Gamescom 2014!!!

Rob and Anthony will be in Cologne next month showing off Influent to the European demographic of language learners! Additionally, Three Flip has been quietly working on a new project that will debut on the GamesPark floor! Come by the booth and check it out! :D

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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

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
  • 10 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 Patirica'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 Monbukagaksho 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Made with Unity
Helpful customer reviews
94 of 98 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Everyday I wake up in this apartment trying to think of a way to escapse, but my hands never grab anything. They feel cold and lifeless. the only other thing living here in this eternal hell is the cat, but I think it's dead. Every time I try to talk it feels like my mouth can't open. Some days I spend just by looking at the door thinking someone will save me, but no one comes to my rescue. In the time that I don't try to escape I learn Korean, cause it's the only interaction I can get in this hell. 내 발은 아픈, 그리고 먹을 수 없습니다. 누군가가 저를 저장합니다. 8/10
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
You are locked in your apartment until you can recite every object in another language.

What's the [insert language] word for HELP!

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Essentially you walk around an apartment suite adding common household objects to your vocabulary inventory which serves as a sort of self-pacing mechanism. Find them all and you will learn how to say 420 words in another language, (284 nouns, 68 adjectives and 68 verbs,) all you have to do is retain them all.

If anthing this will most certainly serve to give you a basic understanding of pronounciation in a more interactive and engaging way than listening to someone repeating the same words on an audio cassette.

Do audio cassettes give you achievements for learning words in another language? No.
Does this game teach you necessary fundamentals in another language? Not really.
Will you learn how to say words like "lotion," "nuts" and "ceiling fan"? Absolutely!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
It's a excellent game for those looking to brush-up on their vocabulary. It is not, I repeat not for those looking to start learning a language. I am currently taking a course in french, and this has been helpful for working on my vocabulary.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Very easy to use and intuitive. The customer support is also amazing and I will be supporting the developers in the future.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Influent is quite basic in nature with the simple objective of walking around a small 4 room apartment clicking on objects to learn their pronounciation in any given target language. Although it hosts this extremely simplistic goal it really does a sucessful job at drawing the players attention in and making them want to learn. It is notable that Influent isn't going to form you into some language speaking master capable of conversing in any language but it does provide a solid baseline in which you can form your grammatical understanding on top of. If anything, just for the purpose of learning 400+ words this game is a invaluable source for language learners in a somewhat beggining state.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I walk around and learn some words here, then I go to duolingo and learn some stuff there. Makes a great pair with duolingo.

BEWARE: there seems to be no way to change the controls so if you're not a WASD user, you'll have to use the arrow keys.

Still, great way to learn basic everyday words and impress your grandma.

EDIT: Fromt he developer: how to change keybinds

>We have posted this information on our help page[playinfluent.com]
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>"Controls can be customized by holding down the ‘SHIFT’ key on PC or the ‘OPTION’ key on Mac when the game is launched."
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>This means hold down the button when you hit "PLAY" on steam it self. A config window will pop up, Input is the 2nd tab.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
You never know when naming household objects in Latin will come in handy.

Its limitations aside (you are stuck inside a small apartment), it's a very effective tool for vocabulary drills. Though I do wish they'll eventually release expansion packs that introduce you to other locations (stores, resturants, parks etc.)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
A fun little way to learn a language. You play as an inventor trying to prove his language-learning device, and you spend your time wandering about his apartment, finding out the words for different objects and testing yourself on your retention. I could go in-depth about this, but this is basically an inexpensive learning aid, and it does its job very well. I'm currently using this to refresh and bolster my Chinese language skills, but I'll certainly be purchasing other languages as time goes on!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great for learning common vocab.

Main annoyance with the game is the controlls, both first and third person views are clunky and I often misclick due to the poor highlighting and size of objects (for example - pens and pencils).

Still, totally worth the cash - I wouldn't use this as the only learning tool, this works well as a daily vocab trainer but doesn't replace a teacher or text book.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great game! I've been looking for something like this for a LONG time, and I'm happy to say that this title did not disappoint. For backstory: I've been learning German for a little over two months, and though my best friend/mentor/fellow steam user who is a native German has been able to help, I was really just missing the entertainment factor of learning the language. I stumbled upon this title and decided to give it a shot, and after just a quick session I can already tell that it will be a BIG help. On it's own this game will not teach you a language, but using it as a tool alongside your language learning method could prove invaluable in helping with word retention and recognition. I figured out very quickly that it is best to add words you are familiar with to the database first, then add the words in the level of difficulty they present. The time test goes based on order of entry, so if you randomly add words it will be almost impossible to complete. Once I realized how the game worked I began to set up list in varying difficulties based on my own ability and knowledge, and now when I do time trials they are organized based on words I know by heart, words I have trouble recognizing, and words I barely know/don't know. It really is a great help to have this kind of practical exercise in language recognition and I would certainly recommend this game to anyone else that is already learning a new language and needs some extra practice.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I am currently taking classes to learn Russian (in my second semester), and this game is VERY helpful with vocabulary. What people need to understand is that there is no magic, effortless, lazy-oriented utility to help you learn all of a language. Language is very complicated and if you want to thoroughly learn one you need to put in a lot of effort to memorize and pound grammar (that is sometimes completely illogical at that) into your head. I really don't understand the notion from people that this game isn't worth it just because it only teaches vocabulary. Do they know that is the hardest part of a language? Vocabulary is endless hours of memorization and usage.
With that being said, I will say that if you are actually trying to learn the language and not just doing this for fun or because you like memorization games (kinda like me, mainly why I'm learning a new language) this game is best used in conjunction with some self study of the grammar or a class to learn the grammar and boulster your confidence in the language. This game will SIGNIFICANTLY improve your usage of the language because vocabulary is key to being able to express yourself. Grammar is important, but if you use the wrong conjugation or maybe even tense because you are not quite fine tuned with the grammar most native speakers will still be able to understand you.

All in all, I think this game is one of my favorite. There is so many languages you can learn. If you like memorization as much as I do (ALOT), like learning languages, and enjoy simple games, this is the game for you. I think this game is one of the best I have ever played. I just bought it last night and already finished Russian, gonna practice some more and then move to German or Chinese.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
The game overall is great if you're willing to sit down for a few hours and learn things. If you are actually interested in learning the actual language and speak it fluently I recommend you attend a class because all Influent does is teach you words which leads me to one of my great criticism of this game. You have words - now what? Exactly, the second step in learning languages is sentence formation and the proper pronunciation of the sentence that you created.

I believe the way to improve this is to include a simple sentence structure in which users can drag/click words to input in the basic structure of a sentence going on to improve it as they go on in learning the language advancing to more complex sentence structures. A great platform is already provided in game for us to use(press e/use the computer in order to enable this mini-game)

A secondary/optional addition to the sentence structure program is the speech program in which the user talks through a microphone testing their pronunciation versus the correct pronunciation of the sentence at hand.

My last minor criticism is the Alphabet of the language isn't shown anywhere. A fix for this could be an interactive poster where we could browse the alphabet and try to make words by connecting alphabet letters. Of course in order to learn the alphabet effectively we would also have to learn to write these characters, so maybe a notebook on the study desk could help us by first showing us how to write the alphabet one stroke at a time then moving on to sentence creation after they unlock it from the computer.

Example progression:
Interactive Poster Alphabet> connect words> find the item they connect to>learn to write alphabet> learn basic sentence structures> learn how to write basic sentence structures> learn complex sentence structing> learn how to write complex sentence strucres

*sidenote* I have the Japanese dlc for Influent and I do enjoy it having 2 years of High-school Japanese(3 years out of practice) learned it was a great refresher course.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Influent is a great idea. It's nice to be able to point at anything and find out the word.
As others have mentioned, this game is not going to teach you to speak a foreign language, it's just a way to learn some vocabulary. It's unlikely in my opinion that anyone would be content with learning a few nouns and have no understanding of how the language works so you definitely won't learn to speak a new language from scratch with this software.

I had this in mind when I chose the language to install. Since I speak Spanish pretty fluently I knew there wouldn't be much point there. Instead I chose to install the French version as I have a basic understanding of French. Now, I loved the point at anything and learn how to say it concept, the problem for me is that the things you can point at are household objects that, if you are learning a language, you are likely to have learnt elsewhere.

I found the environment to be really claustrophobic, it's a small flat with only a lounge, a kitchen, a bathroom (which I initially missed as the door's shut) and a bedroom.
I was disappointed that you can't go outside. You can't even see out of the windows. There could have been all kinds of interesting vocabulary to learn if you could. Different environments would really help here. The key would be to expose the player to environments with vocabulary unlikely to be covered in textbooks or other forms of study. It would also make it more exciting. What if the game took place on an aircraft, or in a castle? That may sound strange but how many people learn to say lifejacket or moat when studying a language? I'm not saying it isn't practical to start in a house as that is more useful, I'm just saying if someone is really trying, chances are they will have learnt those words elsewhere. This could be a great way to learn less familiar vocab with new environments as DLC. They wouldn't even need to be big, think of the possibilities involved in naming all of the parts of a car, for example.
There also need to be more minigames to memorize new words, in my opinion. The my Spanish coach DS game had good ideas here that the developer could ape perhaps.
Bottom line, great idea with good potential but not quite there yet.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Not enough content. Disappointing
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A very useful learning aid. If you've tried to learn a new language before and felt constricted by a small vocabulary this is a good solution. It only teaches vocabulary, so make sure to have anouther resource for grammar.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Fun find and click game with the plus of learning a basic amount of Italian (in my case).
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Having lived in China for 8 years, as of writing this, and having never actually formally studied Chinese, this "game" helps in two ways.

First, it helps fill in some really rudimentary gaps in my vocabulary.

Second, it helps to reinforce some of the vocabulary I've heard but not cemented in my mind.

When it comes to learning a language, however, it is the person's attitude that makes the real difference. This means any tool is only as effective as the driver behind it.

All the same, I'd recommend this application to anyone who would like to fill their head with some words in another language.

As a game, it's not altogether fun, but it's certainly better than the alternative of trying to learn from a dictionary of random words.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I definitely recommend this for beginners. It's not full of grammar lessons or anything, but vocab. It's cool because you can discover words and memorize them by having to find them instead of typing everything out, filling in blanks, clicking a mouse. It's still clicking a mouse, but it tests your memory skill. I usually use the random vocab list option so I really have to run around. I don't really get the controls for the toy jet, but besides that, it's a cool concept. You can challenge yourself by changing the lesson settings (voice, vocab words, hints). Before this program, I used (and still use) Memrise, Duolingo, and Livemocha, but this is pretty cool compared to those less-interactive sources.

One thing though. I practiced kana way before I even knew this game existed, so it'd be a little challenging for complete beginners. I suggest using Kana Invaders (a web app similar to Galaga, but with spelling kana). Also, if you want to practice typing kana, add hiragana and katakana to your platform/device's keyboard. It sounds like a roundabout way, but I'd be lying if I encouraged others to play the Japanese version and say it's pretty easy. It wouldn't be so easy for me if I didn't know how to read it before buying it. I don't know kanji that well, which is okay because you can switch the way you can read the vocab.

The controls are a little complicated with navigation and clicking on stuff in FP, but it's fine as long as you take your time. I always play in third person to avoid giving myself a seizure from the camera sensitivity in FP. That's pretty much it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Really cool, never played a game like this b4 that is actually good and helps learn new languages.
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