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: Currently, this is not an app for teaching words or phrases, but instead teaches how to recognize characters, and read them out as words.

Help us to add more features and modes through the in-game link.

What’s New

Version 1.58

Now runs on iOS 9.
Added new piece of music to celebrate the launch of our latest game, "The Last Vikings"!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

SWillowood ,

Great supplement for study

I have been studying Japanese for a little over a month now - this is my third attempt to learn the language and I am determined to succeed this time; therefore, I have started looking for better means of supplementing my book and instructor study time with games and other fun ways to engage with the language outside of study time proper. Hiragana Pixel Party has been a wonderful supplement to my study regiment.

Alone, this will not teach you the letters; however, it will most certainly embed the characters into your brain so that you don’t even have to think about them when reading Japanese. When I read English I don’t think about the characters that make up words, I merely pass over them and collectively understand the word they form. I was not able to do that previously with Japanese; however, after many hours of playing this on my Switch, I now have a similar fluency with Hiragana and almost with Katakana. It’s incredibly motivating.

Don’t rely on this to teach you, but you can rely on this to drill you. Putting it on my iPhone for when I can’t have my Switch near by ;)

wiltedrosesbloom ,

Hiragana/Katakana review

I only started playing this game recently and the cute little tunes and memorization strategies used to help implement these Japanese characters to your mind are extremely helpful! I hope when i complete my hiragana lesson I will be able to depict a majority of the characters without fail. I would absolutely recommend this to people out there just starting out to learn the basics of Japanese writing systems. Ganbatte! (good luck)
Edit: I realized after passing certain levels there is a quick unexpected tempo increase and more characters thrown out to memorize. This app alone will not help with memorization with hiragana and katakana characters. Although, i do commend the game developers for issuing something free and usable to all, brush strokes and consistently should be added in this development for the benefit of mnemonics and other resources to help non-native speakers adjust to the differences of a foreign language. Thank you and so sorry for those relying on 100% good feedback. Talk soon.

SheogorathTESV ,

One of the better “learn hiragana” games I’ve seen

I have only started learning Japanese at my college, and I have been using duo lingo and other apps to learn Japanese, but this app in particular has really helped me because it forces you to learn to recognize hiragana characters and sounds quickly, while being entertaining and rewarding. Not having to struggle to remember how to read hiragana in class has been a huge help. My only complaint is that sometimes (not very often) the beats of the music and the timing of the character sounds seem a little off from each other, which can be kind of distracting and make it hard to hit them at the right time, especially on levels where the boxes you have to jump over blend in with the dark background. (Admittedly though, I am not very good at music and timing so maybe they are meant to sound like that and it’s just a rhythm thing that I am just not picking up on)


Springloaded Pte. Ltd.
94.8 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2012 Springloaded
In-App Purchases
  1. Mega Pack $1.99
  2. Hiragana Mission Pack $0.99
  3. Katakana Mission Pack $0.99


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