Sheng Tian (升天) - Episode 1 is a 3D sci-fi game for learning Taiwanese Mandarin. Characters are also used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, China, and Japan. Pronunciation is common to Taiwan and China. Puzzle your way through 7 environments and acquire 50 terms.
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Oct 1, 2020

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Why Early Access?

“Sheng Tian - Episode 1 is a very experimental, risky educational game. Your support and feedback will impact the future of Sheng Tian -- both Episode 1 and subsequent episodes, as separate releases.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the Early Access to last about 4-6 months.”

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

“Polish the levels, fix bugs, and ensure good performance on older hardware. Add some non-essential story elements and additional language settings such as (1) fuzzing-out characters and playing with sound-only for 100% listening practice and (2) a way to quiz yourself at the end, and (3) support for non-English languages in menus and the dictionary. (Note: This game will only ever teach players Taiwanese Mandarin. We want to make episodes for other languages, but those will be separate titles with different puzzles and stories with different themes). We welcome your feature suggestions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is playable from start-to-finish to learn all 50 language terms. Please refer to "Game Features" for a list of all currently-implemented features.”

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

“We would like to gradually raise the price as we finish polishing levels and adding features.”

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

“You can provide direct feedback to us here on Steam, via email, or submit a survey (https://sprw.io/stt-09def3). We're been using testers for feedback from our very first prototype and quite a few features (e.g., the dictionary) came from feedback. Player feedback is priceless.”
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Reviews

“I've never seen a language app made quite like it.”
Playtester

“It's always a joy to see proper edutainment games that aren't just rote repetition dressed up in fancy UI.”
Game Designer in Singapore

“Perfect for appealing to a gamer aesthetic ... A very interactive and addicting way to learn.”
Playtester

About This Game

An Ancient Language
A Future World
A Vital Mission


Sheng Tian (升天) - Episode 1 is an innovative 3D game for learning Taiwanese Mandarin. Characters are also used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, China, and Japan. Pronunciation is common to Taiwan and China. No prior language experience is assumed or required.

Game Features

  • Puzzle your way through 7 intriguing 3D environments.
  • Learn your first 50 terms directly in context, free of translation.
  • About 2 hours of gameplay including an overarching storyline.
  • Toggle between traditional or simplified characters.
  • Change to an audio-only mode to practice listening.
  • Browse the included dictionary after each section to validate your understanding.

The Philosophy of Language Learning in Sheng Tian (升天)

Sheng Tian (升天) was designed by language and learning experts to simulate the experience of being immersed in another culture. Rather than memorizing flashcards or answering forced-choice questions, in Sheng Tian, players intuitively learn words while using them to complete tasks and solve puzzles. As you play, Sheng Tian builds your explicit knowledge, but also unconscious, procedural fluency.

Help Us Build The Future of Language Learning

If you like this episode, support us! We’d like to continue the story with more Mandarin terms and branch out to other languages with their own unique stories and settings.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1+ (32 bit)
    • Processor: 3.2 Ghz Dual Core Processor (or better).
    • Graphics: 2 GB Dedicated Video Card (or better).
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
    • Processor: 3.2 Ghz Dual Core Processor (or better).
    • Graphics: 4 GB Dedicated Video Card (or better).
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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