2009 Best Serious Game Student Category
Skills and Ideas Taught: NihongoUp allows players to improve their Japanese reading speed and review writing system, vocabulary and grammar in context.
Goal or Challenge: Players must remember how to write, read and use both Japanese syllabaries (hiragana and katakana) and the basic 2000 Chinese characters (kanji).
Primary Audience: Foreign learners of Japanese language as well as native speakers willing to improve their knowledge of kanji.
Assessment Approach: The player is presented with a detailed score after each game. The score is based on the number of correct answers as well as the longest streak of correct answers.
Description: NihongoUp is a Japanese educational game and reviewing tool focused on improving your kana typing speed, reviewing Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) kanji and vocabulary, and learning Japanese particles in context. Players “shoot down” balloons flying across the screen by typing the correct letter or number combinations on the keyboard while improving Katakana and Hiragana typing/recognition speed and reviewing JLPT kanji, vocabulary and particles.
Game Engine: custom engine
Operating System: Windows
Platform: Personal computer
Special Hardware: None