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Aki - A Māori language vocabulary and phrase learning App. Paddle your waka and escape the taniwha by learning and identifying words and phrases. Finish one level with six dots, then start the next level with a whole new set of words. Once you’ve completed all four levels, play them again and challenge yourself to complete the levels in the quickest time possible with the fewest mistakes. Challenge your friends and family to play and compare their progress and achievements through Game Center.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings

Fantastic start. Needs tweaking. Waka rowing too long

This is a great start.

Some feedback.
The waka rowing is too long. After the word is selected there is a long pause (>3seconds) for every word. This breaks the flow and momentum of the game. To progress a level the user needs to respond in about 1 second. Which means 3/4s of the time in game is spent waiting for the waka rowers! It’s too long. This must be changed! And must be easy to change.

The graphics in general are great. Especially the Taniwha With the notable exception of the waka rowers. What is with the black arms and white bodies. And weird body shape. Should be easy to tweak.

There are too few words so that the user quickly becomes bored with the same words. More words and fewer transliteration words. Agree with what others have said - Cinnamon really?? is cinnamon in the first ten words a new learner needs to know?!

Tapping the clouds rather than dragging them would speed up the game. And make it more intuitive and easier to play. Testing word recognition not dexterity


Absolutely Fantastic

This is one of those apps that you really don't come across often. Combines both visual and audio simulation in learning. I really could not believe how fast I learn these vocabulary via trial and error. Fantastic graphics, Easy to use. Have to come back to give a review when I am done with a level. :-)


Great app, poor application

While I agree the app is extremely well put together and easy to use, I am bemused at the choice of vocab words, and how limited the selection ultimately is.
I can't imagine a situation where the Maori word for cinnamon or salt shaker would be useful to know.
And it can't possibly be that difficult to add further vocab sets to play through.


University of Otago
86 MB
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 University of Otago


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