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Character Chowdown - Learn how to read Japanese

By NIS America

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Character Chowdown is an educational puzzle game designed to teach players how to read Japanese characters. Troublemaking Nommons will challenge players by making characters players have a difficult time recalling appear more often to reinforce what they are practicing. Designed to be played on the go, Character Chowdown is ready to satiate anyone eager to learn a new language.

Key Features

Deliciously easy - Players can learn hiragana, katakana, and hundreds of kanji characters in a fun, quick, casual way.

Progressive performance - A sophisticated system recognizes which characters players mastered and which ones they need to work on.

Additional heroes - Heroes and villains from the Disgaea series will make guest appearances in future downloadable content.

Fill up on achievements - Game Center achievements will be awarded for events such as learning all of the characters in a language pack and flicking monsters off the screen.

Say “Hi!” with postcards - Players can create and send digital postcards by decorating Nommons with accessories unlocked by completing language packs. Custom postcards can be shared through a user’s Facebook profile.

Play while playing your favorite songs - We know you have awesome music on your iPod, iPad or iPhone and you can stream music right into Character Chowdown. Start a song using the Music app and switch to Character Chowdown to hear your tunes while playing!

Start learning for free - Katakana, a Japanese language set commonly used for foreign words, will be released for free.

What's New in Version 2.1

- Disgaea characters are now playable in Character Chowdown! Upgrade and you unlock Raspberyl for free. Disgaea mode also introduces Catsaber and Eryngi as enemies plus adds in Disgaea backgrounds.

- Prinny, Laharl, Flonne, and Mao are also available as in app purchases.

- Players can also learn more kanji with three new kanji packs.

- The controls have been updated so you can tap on the player to eat a character.

- A scoring system has been added to the game.

- New space backgrounds have been added

- New widescreen support for iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPods


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Customer Reviews

A train to nowhere

Update fixed all the size issues, so now the game is solid. However, there isn't really any goal or progression. You basically just rack up a score till you get bored. A leveling system for each character would be a neat way of feeling some sort of accomplishment, or maybe some sort of shop that has pictures or weapons for the Disgaea characters to unlock (with in-game currency). Without something to work for I feel like I am just digging a big hole in the ground, then filling it back up whenever I exit the game

Also, why is Wi and We in the Katakana level???? They're just about as useful as Roman Numerals.

One thing to add!

This game is helping me but I would like some sound effects or music in the game.

I like it kinda strange but Its working

I will buy anything NIS. If any NIS games came to IOS I will buy regardless of cost. This game teaches you Japanese while getting score points.

Character Chowdown - Learn how to read Japanese
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 92.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Hiragana Pack$0.99
  2. Kanji Pack 1$0.99
  3. Kanji Pack 2$0.99
  4. Kanji Pack 3$0.99
  5. Kanji Pack 4$0.99
  6. Laharl$0.99
  7. Flonne$0.99
  8. Prinny$0.99
  9. Kanji Pack 7$0.99
  10. Mao$0.99