Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle
The ideal introductory course to the Japanese language! Learn how to read and write Japanese characters (Hiragana) at a steady pace. A full-blown RPG specifically designed to keep you engaged. By playing along, you’re going to be introduced to the Japanese language like never before!
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Overwhelmingly Positive (249 reviews) - 96% of the 249 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Feb 16, 2016

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July 16

Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War now on Kickstarter!

We are very pleased to announce today that Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War has just launched on Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/136646366/learn-japanese-to-survive-katakana-war

Like the first game, Hiragana Battle, we're using Kickstarter to boost the game's budget and increase its quality. By backing the game through Kickstarter, you can take advantage of some sweet rewards!

Learn Japanese To Survive! Katakana War is scheduled for release in February, 2017 for both PC & Mac.

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March 20

Official Facebook Page Now Open!

Hi all!

Since the community for this game has grown quite large, we have opened an official Facebook page. Like us here:

https://www.facebook.com/learnjapanesetosurvive

From Facebook, we'll post news, updates & information on upcoming releases... especially the much-requested sequel, Katakana War!

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About This Game

Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle is an educational game that is the ideal introductory course to the Japanese language!

You’re reading this page now because you have more than a passing interest in learning Japanese. Maybe you’ve tried learning it before, but never had any luck? That’s completely normal, so don’t worry! Learning a language can be daunting. And with a language like Japanese, full of strange and wonderful written characters, you might not even know where to start.

You need a learning tool that’s going to keep you interested, challenge you at the right pace, and most importantly, keep you coming back for more.

That’s why Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle was made! This isn’t just educational software – this is a full-blown RPG specifically designed to keep you engaged. By playing along, you’re going to be introduced to the Japanese language like never before.

Learn how to read and write Japanese characters (Hiragana) at a steady pace. There’s a new set of characters to learn each chapter, and your revision takes place on the battlefield! If your knowledge is up to scratch, you’ll claim victory in exciting strategic battles. If you’re falling behind, you have the opportunity to revisit specific chapters and brush up on your knowledge.

As a bonus, you’ll also learn common Japanese words and phrases and important grammar points!

What is Hiragana?

Hiragana is the basic writing system used in Japanese. Japanese actually combines 3 different sets of characters to form written works – Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. This game focuses solely on Hiragana, the foundation. By learning Hiragana, you can write and pronounce nearly any Japanese word.

Features:

  • An exciting story based on the concept of learning Japanese. As the characters in the story learn Hiragana, you learn along with them!
  • Learn every single Hiragana character, with detailed instructions on how to read and write each character.
  • Visual animations displaying how to write each character.
  • Audio speech examples demonstrate how to pronounce each character.
  • Exciting gameplay with familiar RPG elements – collect items, complete quests, engage in battles!
  • Earn experience points and level up your characters.
  • Revise completed lessons to brush up on your knowledge.
  • In-game quizzes to test what you’re learning.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit/64bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9/OpenGL 4.1 capable GPU
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280 x 720 or higher display
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10 or better
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Compatible OpenGLR
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1280 x 720 or higher display
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chef_boyardee
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
its cool how they use a jrpg ike game platform to teach you the game itself is acually pretty good 10/10 IGN would play again
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Sparky
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
If you're interested in learning Japanese, but are scared of the monumental task ahead of you, this game is an excellent place to start. It's not just a gimmick, or bad JRPG with a language-teaching theme. It is a true educational tool that masterfully scales the learning from easiest to harder. You begin the game entirely in English, and the cute little story gives you enough to learn Japanese gradually to survive. Slowly you'll have gorgeous little hiragana and vocab lessons, and side quests will open that give you more Japanese teaching as a reward. Certain VERY clever events happen that require you to take little leaps with your new Japanese knowledge, but I won't spoil those for you :)

The only downside is that the game itself is possibly a tad too hard. I would rather smash my Hiragana enemies (kindof like a battle quiz) rather than have them do ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t attacks that damage my whole party and force me to reload areas. But just save scum often and it shouldn't be a problem!

Ganbatte!
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Seu Chiko
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
A very interesting way to learn, innovative.
I recommend both for the experience o playing this kind of game and for the knowledge.

10/10.
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codyr29
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
This game was perfect! It's been something like 10 years since i last touched up on japanese and this was a very refreshing reminder of hiragana. Because this game has many similar aspects to pokemon, I didn't have much difficulty trying to become interested in the game. I found myself trying to level up my characters for hours so I could crush the hiragana warriors. As was the case in pokemon, this process was very repetitive and annoying to do at times but it's perfect for this game. This is because while you are trying to level up, you start to recognize the characters more and more to where it almost feels like a fun version of flash cards. Of course there is still a lot to learn but this game definitely gives you a good start.
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Silkan
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
personally i learnt spanish the 5 years in school and cant remember a single thing because it was simple repetition with nothing able to grab my attention and keep me interested or entertained adding to that the fact i have a poor memory i thought i would never even begin to learn japanese so when i bought this game it was out of more curiosity. now having played it for two weeks i know and can remember everything that i have learnt on my journey through the game even though it can be abit repetetive the fact that i want to know the end and my competetive nature helps me pay more attention then i ever did in school so if your like me and have a poor memory or a shot attention span but enjoy playing games i recommend buying this game for somewhere to start when learning japanese.
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Reza_gamer
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
It's great.
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James Kay
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Amazing anti-cheating job.
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MikeKHM
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
A fun and effective way to learn hiragana via RPG elements, learn it within a few hours! (It keeps you engaged, much more so than if you learn from textbooks)
Now waiting for katakana and possibly kanji.
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yo its that wee tree kid
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Makes the Japanese language a lot less intimating and presents each new hiragana character with ease. The whole format is friendly and encorporates learning a new language in a game - which that itself makes learning and revising seem like less of a chore.

This game is also good for finding motivation to learn a new language due to the pace in which you learn new characters and words in hiragana. Within 30 minutes I managed to learn the vowels to a point I felt comfortable.

Despite tutorials and learning sessions the game offers "Hiragana Battles" these battles pit you against some Hiragana Warriors (Which literally look like Hiragana characters) - in order to damage these warriors you must answer the correct translation. I am really fond of this idea because repetition is the ultimate form of revision; so just by fighting these battles you are revising!

This game is definately worth the asking price, pick it up when it is or isn't on sale regardless you will still feel like you have invested your money correctly. If you are a newbie like myself; or quite involved in the language - you will enjoy this game.

NOTE: It is best to have a pencil and paper/notebook close when playing this game and to write down the Hiragana characters as you learn - the game even shows you an animation on where to start the pen strokes, how to tackle the pen strokes and also provides any key information on how to execute the character properly so you dont create any bad habits that self-tought students usually make.
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HappyMorocho
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
You can probably learn Hiragana using flashcards, but the JRPG experience, which was my first, really added to it. For what I paid, I think it was a great purchase. Also learned words CX
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Needs DLC for other kanji and katakana. Sequel for words and such.
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Highly recommended to who wants to study Japanese as a beginner.
When Katakana and Kanji DLCs are released, I will probably buy them to study.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Very neat! I studied Japanese in college and the writing of the characters is very accurate! :) I hope that a katakana and kanji version of this game comes out! It is totally fun and educational. If you would like to learn the basics of hiragana, I recommend this game! ^.^

Edit: The only character that I have seen which is not accurate is "ri り". They use one stroke writting it in the game, but the written form isn't connected and is done in 2 strokes. The game does however show the correct form of "ri り" when battling the hiragana warriors. It is ok for it to be connected on a typed font, but not when hand writting it. Other than that, kudos for making a game that teaches writting Japanese! :D
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
First of all, i am already completed this game(torrent edition), and i really think i just should thank devs for the game. They created superb starting tool to learn Japanese for lazy asses like me, they have hidden good educational tool(which really teaches you something) in form of funny jrpg game. Masterpiece.

10\10 definitely would buy a "Katakana war" sequel
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game prepares you to dip your foot in the water of learning japanese. Most things can be spelled with Hiragana, however Katakana and Kanji are used in a lot of spellings. If you play this game it will help you with learning japanese because you know how to sound things out and write them in Hiragana. Most things are spelled by how they sound.
Side quests show you new words, and also teach you about japan.
Also the game is pretty fun without the learning aspect.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
A literal JRPG

I'm not far into the game so this is currently more a first impression than anything. I will update this when I am finished playing the game.

I've only played about 45 minutes of this but so far, it's great at teaching. It's best to have a notepad/paper and a pen handy to write things down, the game will actually tell you to go do that if you don't have one there already. The game takes things slow and encourages good ways of putthing things into memory. It starts off simple, teaching you the vowels with their pronounciation, equivalent characters in English and character in Hiragana for each one. It lets you learn things and provides options to repeat stuff so you don't have to worry about missing things and if you note things down as it tells you to, you'll start to pick them up fairly quick.

I like how it teaches you how to read, speak and write Hiragana instead of just focusing on just one of those as a lot of other things seem to try and do. It also helps that it acknowledges learning another language is daunting and difficult so I feel I can trust in it more. It defintely helps with holding my attention.

Another thing I'm loving so far is that it's doing all of this within a traditional turn based RPG. So far it's fairly simple stuff for those elements but where it really stands out is that the enemies are Hiragana characters (potentially words and other stuff later on, I'm not far in) so that in addition to attacking, defending, support and item use, you have to actually understand the enemy in a very literal sense to damage them.

That really helps with learning as it gives you just enough pressure to keep your brain working and the things you're learning will start to fit into place as a side effect of playing. Instead of learning a bunch of stats and different elements or whatever enemies are weaker too, it's another language. The game is also just fun so far and both the characters and the story are quite charming. This isn't a game that's concent with boring the player.

It's not perfect as the dialogue text characters, the on screen characters and the how to draw/write animations for characters are all a little different to each other so it can get a little confusing when learning the correct way to write stuff but I guess that gets you used to different writing styles and it didn't get in the way much, I just wanted to make sure I was writing things down perfectly. That aside, I'm pleased with it so far and I would recommend looking into this if you are interested in learning Japanese.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
lazy to recite the Hiragana from the book,play this game instead .100%help in beginer learning japanese .
10/10 will buy for Katakana verison (if they have)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A fun way to learn Hiragana. Definitely recommanded.
Less pain, more fun.
Plus its on sale now, grab it.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
21 of 38 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I am recomending this, but it's really not the best. At best, it's a much cheaper version of Roseta Stone, and the information in the program is helpful, you will learn Hiragana. The problem is, in between lessons, there is a terrible JRPG. Bad dialogue, anoying, shallow, clunky gameplay, and a rediculously slow pace all stand in the way of learning Japanese. Despite all of this, it is still the easiest way to learn Hiragana. I kind of wish they would add mod support so that people could abridge the gameplay, or just make it smoother. I look forward to any sequals that feature Katakana, Kanji, or better gameplay... or better yet, just no gameplay.
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