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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 only available in English and Japanese, but more User Interface languages will be coming soon.

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 - 官话 [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 in order to address a number of issues that had been reported numerous times on the community forums. A big Thank You to everyone who helped either by reporting any issues, taking the time to upload screenshots, and providing us with detailed bug information.

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
416 of 466 people (89%) found this review helpful
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1 review
1.9 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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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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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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132 of 158 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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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Helluva lot cheaper than Rosetta stone =)
More fun too.
It definitely works, I learned my first 10 words pretty quickly and had fun while doing it.

I do wish the area to explore was bigger - I was feeling pretty claustrophobic and I don't even have that fear.
the rooms are small and packed with stuff so it's easy to pick what to learn quickly. Great for learning but after 10 minutes or so I wanted to break down the door and scream "I'm free!!!!!"

The only thing they really should add is the ability to remove words from your vocab or to at least pick and choose which words from your vocab to focus on. From what I can tell if you add a word by hitting space or double clicking the item there doesn't seem to be a way to remove it.
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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