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Sep 21, 2007 | 9:06 AM EDT

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Hello Newgrounds, here's something a bit different for you. J-Type is a typing game, but in japanese. Its primarily intended for people learning japanese, but if you also don't have to know anything to play. Heres a brief rundown of the two gameplay modes

Shooting Mode - Characters appear in a constant stream, type the corresponding romaji to defeat them. If you don't know any japanese, this is the mode for you, just make sure to leave the romaji on

Flash Card Mode - Intended for learning and memorizing the different character sets. Characters appear one at a time, with no time limit. However, the romaji defaults to off so as not to give away the answer right away. If you get stuck though, you can always press space to show the answer

Enjoy, and If you happen to actually know anyone studying japanese, please show them this, they might get a kick out of it

Controls:
Spacebar - Toggle romaji on and off
Backspace - Toggle High/Low quality
Enter - Hide info like score and accuracy

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BowBowBowBow

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars September 21, 2007

What a great idea.

This is a really good thing for people who don't just want to learn Japanop[hile words.

=D

But not my cup of tea.



jammie1jammie1

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars May 31, 2008

good

did get a little boring so for next time try to make more levels or something... very well done though.... good job!

~jammie1


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MooseHoleMooseHole

Rated 4 / 5 stars September 21, 2007

Pretty cool

Certainly more interesting than trying to memorize stuff from a book or something. I don't have much interest in learning japanese but I beliee I understand how to pronounce some of the characters now at least.

As far as gameplay, you could make it a bit more interesting.


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BezmanBezman

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars September 21, 2007

Pleased to see others making kana-teaching games.

This is awesome!

I'm fairly good at the kana, having progressed to learning a couple of hundred kanji... but I'm out of practise.

This game made me realise that I'm no longer as fast as I used to be - takes me a while to distinguish shi/so/n/tsu in katakana and there were a few letters that I slowed down on.

The game is fun for a quick blast and the basic rules are solid.

However, it needs a few tweaks to be a great education tool.

Firstly, you need to tell us the kana we miss. When something is missed, flash up the kana and the romaji for us to remember it. Maybe clear the screen and delay newcomers so that for a couple of seconds we can focus on making a mental note of our mistake. Also, that would avoid vicious cycles of losing.

As it is, we don't really ever have a moment were we think, "Ah! That's what I missed! I'd better remember that for next time!" and the game suffers as a result imo.

Also, a few other tweaks like changing the music/environment as we go and having clearer indicators of how the score works and what we're aiming for.

It feels a little lacking in terms of goals.

I'd love to see this taken further though and am pleased to see someone else making a game of this ilk. Good stuff.



Dark-Volcano-SamDark-Volcano-Sam

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars September 21, 2007

Edutainment!

There is not enough games like that. Though I rather learn to speak Japanese, I guess learning to type is good. It's interesting to know how did the Japanese type considering the fact that there is tens of thousands of characters.