It’s not every day you can spend as little as a dollar to start learning a new language but today (or any of the next seven) is that day. The latest Humble Weekly Bundle features a bunch of games that are “Made in Japan”. Naturally, that includes bullet hell shooters, visual novels and turn-based strategy but it also includes InFluent.
I first found InFluent among the IGF entries this year and it’s got an interesting hook. Rather than sitting you in front of still images and memorizing flash cards, InFluent lets you explore a colorful 3D environment and poke at hundreds of common objects to learn their spelling and pronunciation. It appeals to my illogical fascination with Walking Simulators and might actually make me a little smarter. Also, you eventually unlock a tiny spaceship and fly through the rooms blasting specified objects in a time attack mode. That’s my kind of learning!
Buying it through the Humble Bundle gets you the game and your choice of one language pack. I really appreciate that it isn’t just the typical German, French and Spanish like so many language apps. You can choose from: Japanese, French, English, Italian, German, Swedish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Latin, European Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese. You can buy any of these languages as DLC for $4.99 a piece once you’ve mastered your first pick.
I’ll let you know if I learn any Korean from my time with InFluent but I may easily get distracted by Fairy Bloom Freesia that’s also in the bundle. I got the Cherry Tree High Complete Pack as well but I’m never going to touch that so to you who read all the way through this post, I have a gift.