A game that also teaches you something!

Learn to read Japanese Hiragana and Katakana characters in a fun chip-tune adventure! Not just for people who want to learn Japanese, this is a game anyone can enjoy.

Progress through six different worlds remembering patterns and tapping in time to an all original catchy soundtrack. Learn how to recognize the shapes and sounds of each character in the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets. Learn them all and be able to easily read and pronounce Japanese words!

* Six different worlds and themes
* 208 Characters
* Nearly 200 missions for each alphabet
* 5 gameplay types that challenge you in different ways
* No ads
* All-original score

Note: Currently, this is not an app for teaching words or phrases, but instead teaches how to recognize characters, and read them out as words.

Help us to add more features and modes through the in-game link.

What’s New

Version 1.58

Now runs on iOS 9.
Added new piece of music to celebrate the launch of our latest game, "The Last Vikings"!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Lingding77 ,

Fascinating educational experience

I find this game fascinating from a learning standpoint. It is fun to play (which makes me want to play more and beat more levels), the music is good (so I find myself tapping my foot to the beat), and unique in concept (which makes me want to tell people about it). But I think the coolest thing that makes this game stand out is the way that they switch up the skills being tested, so in one round you have to be able to recognize the sound and translate it to hiragana, in another round you have to recognize the hiragana and translate it to romaji, etc, and you can really pinpoint where your weaknesses are. Because it is set to music and you have to answer quickly, it really tests your instant recognition skills, helping you move from the mental process of "the 'a' looks like a cross with a sideways 9" to simple "that is an 'a'." My only complaint is that it may be difficult for someone rhythmically challenged (some of occasional syncopation I find difficult to juggle while remembering the characters).

SWillowood ,

Great supplement for study

I have been studying Japanese for a little over a month now - this is my third attempt to learn the language and I am determined to succeed this time; therefore, I have started looking for better means of supplementing my book and instructor study time with games and other fun ways to engage with the language outside of study time proper. Hiragana Pixel Party has been a wonderful supplement to my study regiment.

Alone, this will not teach you the letters; however, it will most certainly embed the characters into your brain so that you don’t even have to think about them when reading Japanese. When I read English I don’t think about the characters that make up words, I merely pass over them and collectively understand the word they form. I was not able to do that previously with Japanese; however, after many hours of playing this on my Switch, I now have a similar fluency with Hiragana and almost with Katakana. It’s incredibly motivating.

Don’t rely on this to teach you, but you can rely on this to drill you. Putting it on my iPhone for when I can’t have my Switch near by ;)

Tintinnabulaion ,

It’s a kana drill! It’s a rhythm game!

This game was, for me, the most effective way to learn to sightread hiragana and katakana. It drills a combination of kana, English text, and spoken audio across a gradually expanding library of characters... But you hardly notice, guiding the pixelated heroine across vibrant apocalyptic landscapes to a buzzy chiptune beat. It’s equal parts kana tutorial and genuinely challenging rhythm game, which means that some levels may require rhythm or memory skills that even a native speaker would find difficult. But the challenge keeps you working at the edge of recall, in a way that flashcards simply can’t match. Fortunately, you don’t need to complete all levels to advance — and if you are able to finish all levels, you will know hiragana and katakana cold.


Springloaded Pte. Ltd.
94.8 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2012 Springloaded
In-App Purchases
  1. Hiragana Mission Pack $0.99
  2. Katakana Mission Pack $0.99
  3. Song Pack $0.99


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