The concept of using this tile puzzler as an opportunity for people to learn Japanese characters is an interesting one, play is still quite plain
This is one of those games where you’ll either be intrigued by its unique qualities, pulling in your interest, or you’ll just keep moving on to something else. While at its core this is a tile-moving puzzler, where you’re able to switch 2 adjacent tiles with each other and try to get all of the pieces into the proper position, there’s an extra hook to make things more interesting. Each of the tiles has a character from the Japanese language, and a big part of the goal for the game is to use the puzzles as a motivation to slowly but surely recognize and understand them. In order to get your chained matches going with the puzzle, you’ll need to have matching starting or ending sounds for each tile next to each other. The idea is that this will help you more quickly build a recognition and association between the character and the way it is said, working to help you memorize things more quickly. Now, whether this is something you’re looking for will probably be the main element to either drive or detract from your interest, but I’ll give the developers credit for trying to find a new way to help gamify language acquisition that’s creative.
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