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Influent is a Language Learning Game, focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation. It is truly awesome.
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 - Deutsch [Learn German]

$9.99

Buy Influent - 한국어 [Learn Korean]

$9.99

Buy Influent - Latina [Learn Latin]

$9.99

Buy Influent - Русский [Learn Russian]

$9.99

Buy Influent - Español [Learn Spanish]

$9.99

Buy Influent - Français [Learn French]

$9.99

Buy Influent - Svenska [Learn Swedish]

$9.99

Buy Influent - български [Learn Bulgarian]

$9.99

Buy Influent - 普通话 [Learn Mandarin Chinese]

$9.99

Buy Influent - English [Learn English]

$9.99

Buy Influent - 日本語 [Learn Japanese]

$9.99

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Russian Roulette

July 24th, 2014

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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Latest Updates

April 9th, 2014

What's New?

Two new updates have just been released, one right after the other. Below is a list that covers all the major changes/fixes so feel free to give them a look over if you're interested!

Update 1.3

  • Audio pronunciations now play on single click (revert in options menu)
  • Stingray IV's Barrel Roll has been disabled for further review/repair (?)
  • German and French articles have been added (revert with 'F' key)
  • Added dots to vocab list entries to denote words with uncollected adjs/verbs
  • Stars are now marked silver if forgotten or mistaken
  • Added customizable volume levels for Voice/Music/Sound
  • Added FOV Slider (vertigo fix)
  • Created separate Camera Inversion options for First/Third Person view mode
  • Pager arrows [<< | >>] now jump 5 pages left/right
  • Various Language Pack updates and fixes 「フライパン!」
  • Improved performance maybe kinda sorta hopefully yes?
  • Fixed Page 42 Time Attack issue!
  • Vocab List now auto-opens to newest page
  • Improved Texture Quality

Update 1.4

  • Fixed "Wrong" when it's clearly supposed to be "Correct" (very sorry)
  • Framerate/VSync Options are now saved and loaded
  • Silver Stars now appear everywhere and also persist through saves
  • Fixed Window being centered on dual monitor launch (windows only - no idea about mac/linux)
  • Updated German Language Pack (fixed all known mistakes)
  • Fixed Weird Lagginess! (bewm)

What's Next?

Here's a short list of what I'm working on at the moment (in order of what to expect first).

  • Swedish Articles
  • Russian Language Pack
  • Ukrainian Language Pack
  • Arabic Language Pack
  • BIG User Interface Release (many languages)
  • Spanish Articles

PAX East

I'll be crawling the floor at PAX East with my laptop, showing off Influent to anyone and everyone who'll care to listen! Maybe I'll see you there! :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 the 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.

  • What User Interface Languages are supported?
The game's User Interface is currently only available in English and Japanese but we will be releasing free User Interface Language Packs in many languages soon!

  • 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.

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
476 of 527 people (90%) found this review helpful
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1 review
2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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665 of 837 people (79%) found this review helpful
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1.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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178 of 220 people (81%) found this review helpful
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4.0 hrs on record
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).
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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135 of 168 people (80%) found this review helpful
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4.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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This is a 'made for kickstarter', junk game. The game raised enough money to be profitable before it was available, so it was released without content and doesn't do anything but look good on an advertisement. There is no talk about increasing the functionality or vocabulary of the game on the product website, and it's not even worth the small price on steam.

The entire game can be boiled down to this: Hear and/or read a word, and then click on the thing that the word is associated with.

I have nearly completed my first entire language pack in about two days (there's like 5 words I can't seem to locate). I don't feel like I've actually learned anything though. The 420 words available are not enough to order dinner, let alone take a vacation in a foreign land. This game does not teach a person how to begin to communicate in a new language, which is the only thing the game had to deliver after getting over twice the requested amount on kickstarter. They got their funding though, so the only news is that they intend to release more language packs.

Other problems:
-This game takes way too much video card effort for the type of game it is, and it will begin lagging to death after playing for an hour or so.
-Does not understand multiple monitors, so it tries to plaster the game centered on total composite screen (hit F11 to get windowed FS on main monitor)
-The spaceship mode is completely stupid, and is there simply for marketing purposes. It's the same as FPS mode, except you have to hold the mouse button for a while instead of doubleclicking, and you can't stop to aim (since you're flying). Some of the targets are tiny though.
-The game was designed so that new language packs could be made in a day, with fill-in-the-blanks labels and audio snippets, but little effort was made to do a good job. There is often two words for an item without an explanation for which word to use when. The spoken words are often poorly pronounced and with anomalous noise artifacts. I suspect they found their voice actors on craigslist.
-Sloppy positional audio often makes words hard to hear when it should really just be monaural (since you're effectively listening to a voice in your head).
-Stripped down settings and options. Doesn't even have volume control, and doesn't remember major settings (like window placement and windows audio mixer settings)
Posted: March 21st, 2014
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