Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Knuckles in China Land is the coolest language learning tool that I have ever seen. This is a full, free downloadable RPG games starring Knuckles (borrowed from Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise). The "battle" sequences consist of flashcard memorization tests.
KiCL is set-up with Japanese, Indonesian, and German language packs. However, you can create flashcards for any language using the vocabulary editor. When starting a new game, choose the island picture in the bottom-left (pictured) to load a custom-made vocabulary set. You can also edit the vocabulary lists using a text-editting program like Notepad.
This is a perfect example of how gaming can turn something as banal as flashcard memorization into a fun and addictive learning experience. Here are some more screenshots.