Influent 4+

Language Learning Game

Robert Howland

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 35 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



20 Additional Languages via In-App Purchase

Influent is a Language Learning Game focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and pronunciation. It was initially developed in Japan at the University of Tsukuba's Entertainment Computing Laboratory under the Monbukagakusho Government Research Scholarship.

Inspired by Dreamcast titles of old (namely Shenmue and Toy Commander) Influent immerses players in a fully interactive 3D environment where the names for absolutely every object in the game can be gleaned with a single tap! In fact, even more information can be learned with a double-tap! Every door, drawer, and cabinet can be opened with a tap-and-hold, revealing more things to be learned! Packed to the brim with hundreds of native audio pronunciations (painstakingly recorded specifically for this game), Influent offers players of all ages a unique opportunity to enjoy learning both vocabulary and pronunciation in the language of their choice.

What’s New

Version 2.5

Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

1004689 ,


I love this app. A great app that has so many useful vocab words. I didn’t know any French before getting it and now I’ve mastered 59 words in 4 days. (It would be 60, but see issue below). It’s so easy to play and very rewarding. 10/10 thanks for a great game!

I’m having a little tiny issue where I can’t get one of the words right even though I’m clicking on the correct object. It’s the French word “lourd” for heavy and it’s the dresser. I’ve tried clicking several places on the dresser and it’s wrong every time 😩😩 any suggestions?

キャシーFHS2013 ,

Even non-beginners can benefit

I’m playing the Japanese version. I’m an advanced beginner, so a lot of the vocab is review for me. But there have still been words I didn’t know, or even vocab I knew the word for but not the kanji. So, even as someone with some experience in Japanese I’m still finding the early stage of the game valuable. I really like the 5 different ways of identifying words.

I haven’t gotten too far plot-wise; I’m still inside the character’s house, but there was one big thing that bugged me.

I really wish that I could tell the game which words I know already, so I don’t have to keep repeating them. One of the reasons I was interested in Influent is because SRS and flashcard apps are so tedious to me due to all the repetition. I get bored with it because I’m not advancing.

I’ve also found navigating and selecting objects to be cumbersome on mobile. Sometimes the objects are close together and I accidentally click the wrong one. I’d like to get the PC version for this reason, but I also want to be able to take the game with me, so I’ll stick with mobile for now.

I’m still keen to keep playing, but just wanted to leave this feedback so that maybe some upgrades could be done that would make the game more appealing to people with some existing skills in their target language.

Nobdy21 ,

Unskippable Tutorial

I like the idea of practicing vocabulary in a 3D environment and the touch controls are fine. My main problem with this game is that you can’t skip the tutorial. I believe it would help if I had not played other 3D games for the iPad and the steam version of this game. But since I had, I find the tutorial annoying. It gets worst if you want to try practicing other languages, since you have to play the tutorial every time you start a new save and you can’t save until you complete it. Outside of that, the only other complaint I have is the lack of controller support.

Developer Response ,

Fair point. Including skip feature in the next update. My bad! 😅

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