Travel back in time to help defend Hua Mulan against evil time bandits all while learning Chinese in this story-driven, role-playing, open 3D world episodic adventure.
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Why Early Access?

“We have built the core mechanics that make the game fun to play and allow you to learn. Now, we need your help in the final stages as we add in content to ensure we maintain this balance of being engaging and learning Chinese.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is divided into 4 episodes, each with 4 chapters and coverers roughly the first year of learning Chinese - you should be able to take and complete the HSK 1 Chinese exam at the end of episode 4. We plan to release each episode as it completes and have all 4 episodes completed this summer 2022.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version will begin with episode I (chapters 1-3). Beyond the addition of new content (episodes II-IV) , we are also planning new features such as:

  • Additional Avatars
  • Achievements system
  • Improved Learning Feedback
  • Additional game mechanics that are engaging and help with learning
  • Feedback from the Community

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The first episode (chapters 1-3) is currently available. Each chapter in our game is similar to the chapters in a language textbook. Each chapter contains around 10 vocabulary words and a few sentence patterns. By the end of chapter 3 you'll be able to greet someone in Chinese, find out their name, where they're from, and what they do for a living.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to raise the price as we ship new episodes. Buying now gets you the greatest value for a first year course in learning Chinese in an immersive and engaging way.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are thrilled to get your feedback and hope you will participate in the Steam community forums. It is a challenge to walk the line between fun/engaging and meeting learning objectives. We won't be able to do it without your help.”
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About This Game

Help protect Hua Mulan from the evil plot of the time traveling Shadows of the Past, in this story-driven episodic Chinese learning adventure. You’ll read, write pinyin, and speak Chinese all while hunting down time bandits before the time deviations become permanent.

Episode I begins with the detection of a time bubble originating in ancient China. You must travel back to find its origins. You’ll practice Chinese greetings by interacting with villagers and completing quests as you race to find Hua Mulan and uncover the mystery surrounding the Shadows of the Past.

The story will continue in episodes II-IV as you help Hua Mulan infiltrate the Snow Leopards, gain an ally, and come to realize the emperor is not the beloved ruler portrayed in modern stories. Episodes I-IV follow the curriculum for the HSK 1 exam.


  • Immersive open world 3D environments allow you to explore and interact with characters in Chinese.
  • A tachyonic radio provides translation help giving you just enough help to master the vocabulary and sentence patterns.
  • Quest driven AI adjusts the content as you play to ensure you're getting the help you need to be successful in the game and in learning Chinese.
  • Voice recognition allows you to speak your responses in Chinese.


Experts agree that immersion and engagement are key for language learning. Practicing sentence patterns – which is key to learning a language – can be dry and boring. With a role-playing game that provides the needed scaffolding for language learning, you are given the motivation for practicing sentence patterns. You are immersed into a role-playing story where you must use and practice language naturally to be successful.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual-core CPU @ 2GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX10-capable GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
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