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Hiragana Pixel Party

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A game that also teaches you something!

Learn to read Japanese Hiragana and Katakana characters in a fun chip-tune adventure! Not just for people who want to learn Japanese, this is a game anyone can enjoy.

Progress through six different worlds remembering patterns and tapping in time to an all original catchy soundtrack. Learn how to recognize the shapes and sounds of each character in the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets. Learn them all and be able to easily read and pronounce Japanese words!

* Six different worlds and themes
* 208 Characters
* Nearly 200 missions for each alphabet
* 5 gameplay types that challenge you in different ways
* No ads
* All-original score

Note: This is not an app for teaching words or phrases, but instead teaches how to recognize characters, and read them out as words.
In the next update we plan to include reading and spelling challenges on words to push the fun even further.

What's New in Version 1.4

2 extra songs from our new free game, Space Lift Danger Panic! and an option to randomize the music


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Customer Reviews

Game design

The person/people who wrote this understand game design. This is not some ordinary flash card app. It is a peppy little game that requires some reflexes, so bring your "gaming fingers".

Because of this, I saw a few reviews saying the skill/reflexes part of the game is getting in the way of learning. In other words: They were missing points a lot because of the underlying gamer's difficulty (which increases as you go), but not because of their lack of learning the Hiragana.

I disagree. I think the fact that this game is challenging will make me want to play it more and more. It is a basic "jumper" game (roughly an old-school Donkey Kong variant), and I'd probably play it for hours even if it wasn't a Hiragana learning tool.

The length of the levels, the scoring and blocking system - they all appeal to the retro-gamer in me.

With all this talk about game play, you may wonder if there is really a language lesson to be had here. In other words - is it all fun with no learning? The way the Hiragana is incorporated, you simply must learn Hiragana to advance! But they make it easy to learn, so no worries. It is so cute and the graphics are chunky and interesting. This thing is a home run!

Best kana app out there

I think this is the best kana-learning app out there right now, and I've tried a lot. It's a nice game rendered in an 16-bit style with appropriately beepy-early-nintendo-ey music. Note that you do need do have headphones or be in an area where you can hear the speakers. Its unique in that it's an audio-visual memorization technique. Instead of simply relating the kana to roman alphabet characters, you're actually learning to instantly associate it with a sound. It might seem a little slow moving (there are like, a jillion levels) so it's not for those hoping to learn all the kana in a day, but will really help the player develop a thorough memorization of the characters. Sone have expressed frustration that the gameplay can be challenging; I think most players will get used to it and adapt if they persevere for a bit. You only have to get around 60%ish of the available points to move on to the next level; I certainly wouldn't (and don't) bother striving for a perfect score on every game. Note that you do have to pay a bit for full access to all levels, I personally find it worthwhile.

Great Concept, But Hard to Use

Fun game. Easy to use. Effective in purpose~ 4 stars because, even when I know the Hiragana, the game won't give me enough time to respond, so I end up missing a few letters and get a lower score~ Depending on which mode you're on, this can cost the player many points from their final score. Also, when the game flashes the letters, sometimes too quick.. So don't have adequate knowledge to respond effectively. Rhythm is decent, but the characters response is not as you would expect in a game requires precision. Best results responding too early, vs being on time or late. The game could use a stronger baseline to allow players to follow the rhythm more effectively~ Fun game, but I probably won't make a purchase because gaming will become even more difficult as I advance for reasons outside of actually coming to know and master the Hiragana~ However~, all in all,
I do not regret trying and playing the sample game and recommend the game for others to try! It makes a great educational pass time experience! Hope it improves! :)

Hiragana Pixel Party
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2012
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 45.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: JE Barnard
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Mega Pack$1.99
  2. Hiragana Mission Pack$0.99
  3. Katakana Mission Pack$0.99
  4. Song Pack$0.99

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