Looking to learn German but find yourself discouraged with the current apps and tools to do it at home? Berlin game designer Tristan Dahl understands the frustration and has come up with an innovative new way to hopefully bring you one step closer to fluency with the language learning game Lingotopia.
Instead of being confronted with a stack of words, Lingotopia lets you play as a girl shipwrecked on a strange island where no one speaks your language. To find your way back home, you must explore this new land and communicate with its inhabitants, learning new words on the way.
“I often feel bad for playing video games. They can take dozens of hours to complete and that’s time I could’ve spent learning a valuable skill,” Dahl says on the inspiration behind creating Lingotopia. “I began searching for a game that allows me to learn a language while playing, thereby absolving my guilty conscience. To my surprise there were no games out there like Lingotopia. So I set out to create my own language learning game. A game set in a beautiful city, with an uplifting story, many unique characters to meet and hundreds of words to learn.”
The game is still a work in progress at this point, and in order to make the full game a reality with a release in the second half of 2018, Dahl is hoping to get the funding he needs through Kickstarter. At the time of this articles publication, he has reached 80% of his €10,000 goal with 22 days to go, giving the game a good chance of funding success.
If you are interested in backing the project but are not quite ready to go all in, there is a working demo of Lingotopia available for Windows, Mac and Linux, so you can test drive the game before handing over your funding.
Aside from learning German, Lingotopia will launch with full support for learning Spanish, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.