Noun Town: VR Language Learning

Noun Town: VR Language Learning
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15 December 2022
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88 (106 votes)

Supercharge your language learning in virtual reality with Noun Town, a mysterious island with quirky villagers, minigames, and more.

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Noun Town: VR Language Learning system requirements

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
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KnightlyGains
KnightlyGains

Speech recognition always times out. Headset mic is selected and working. I always have to skip and"auto pass" words. The game otherwise seems like it would be good but it seems to heavily rely on non-functional speech recognition servers.

Binotto The Brave
Binotto The Brave

I passed a HSK Level 1 Chinese exam in real life exclusively using this to study.

Noun Town gamifies learning a language and makes it fun. I like their location based learning approach and all of the mini games like learning rush. Throwing sandwiches at old ladies faces is a great way to reenforce word recognition. I don't think I'll ever forget Sānmíngzhì

I think the best way is to use it is supplementary to your existing learning strategy for 10-15 minutes each day and complete your daily tasks similar to how you would use duolingo or any other language learning app.

Full review and exam journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afUhpOSMUOk

Hentee
Hentee

I’ve started playing this as I wanted a way to keep seeing and speaking more Japanese outside of the lessons I already take.

It’s a very helpful recourse and also very fun! The art style is cute and other technical aspects such as recognising words and being able to see words written in Japanese, Romanji, and English translation all work very well.

My only nitpick is that none of the kanji seem to have furigana, which I would consider essential for those who are learning who to read in addition to speaking and understanding.

Overall, highly recommend!!

PolarBear
PolarBear

A great companion to Language Lab VR and very immersive, Likes that it prevents me partially from over learning too. Despite choosing a language I already knew as my 1st language, I am surprised by the amount of new vocabulary that I'm learning. As well as the spaced repetition.

I also like that if the software can't detect what you are saying, there is still a 2nd choice with multiple choice. This is great as some of the sentence or objects have more than 1 way to describe it. So I don't have to memorise a particular phrase to get a question passed.

Having paid for and abandoned Memrise years ago, I think I am ready to resume foreign languages learning again.

While it may be less immersive than Language Lab VR for language learning, if I had to choose only one, I would choose noun town for its spaced repetition

As for weaknesses, 1 gripe that I have is some of the objects does not look like what they say it is at all.

Lastly, it will be great if the desktop version can be given for free if you purchased the VR version. And the VR version be given for free if you purchased the desktop version

Newfy_Rocker
Newfy_Rocker

Loving this so far and i know the Dev team is going to keep pumping out great work. I would love to see more languages like Polish and Russian in the future. Its a great supplement to Other language platforms like Rosetta Stone or Babble.

WingedBird
WingedBird

NPC voices are recorded with native speakers instead of an AI. It gives me enough confidence that I'm hearing and learning the actual language. I'm not a language expert but I believe it's a great game to get started with learning a language.

Number1Spud
Number1Spud

I've played this for over 8 hours now and i have to say, this is by far one of the best language learning experiences I've ever had!

I love learning languages and I've done quite a few different things from paying for Duolingo every month to meeting people in real life that speak the native language i want to learn. But after sinking my teeth into Noun Town i can honestly say that this is 100% the future of language learning. The way Dev's have implemented the Study/Learning side is such a breath of fresh air.

When you're in Noun Town you go through individual items and need to identify them with the correct word of your target language. Things like Objects, Animals, Food etc, you also have the ability to do "lessons" that will run you through scenarios and help with your sentence structure.

One of the massive wins for me in Noun Town is the price.... Its a single purchase! I've tried using things like Duolingo but the $20 monthly fee feels a bit much. At least with this i know that once I've got it, i can always use it!

One thing that i would love to see implemented (i have no idea how hard this would be to do) is the ability to talk in an open conversation with the villagers. instead of selecting responses from a menu if you were able to say "hello" and have the AI respond, leading into a basic conversation from there! Like talking to your Google Home or Siri in your target language!

If you're looking to learn a language, i cannot recommend this enough!

I Genuinely cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Noun Town and I'm super excited to see what the Dev's can do with this!

10/10

Commander Fluffles
Commander Fluffles

I KNOW I'VE BARELY PLAYED THIS YET SHUT UP.

Okay, I love this game so far. It's such an enjoyable and creative way to learn a language.

I've been studying on Duolingo for months trying to learn German and it feels like it's barely sticking, but in Noun town everything makes sense to me.

Now the downside comes with it's main appeal which is VR.

This came would not be the same without VR, The fact it is in VR makes immersive and a great way to learn.

Which is also one of the main downsides of the game - I'm an index user and I don't always want to finish work and hten setup my headset, base stations etc to study a language.

Obviously this is both a pet peeve & a first world problem but I thought it was relevant to bring up.

That is all, if you want to learn a language get noun town.

Iggy_McYaldy
Iggy_McYaldy

Immersive and enjoyable language learning experience. The gamification of learning a new language is really helped me retain words and phrases that I'd normally struggle with.

I've tried picking up Spanish in the usual ways we all know, but this is the only one I can see myself coming back to.

Would recommend.

xPvtPancakes
xPvtPancakes

Language learning into a game! I've been waiting for this to come out for a long time, and I'm happy to say it's everything I've wanted it to be so far. Even the loading screens have words you've learned to help strengthen the words you've seen before. Devs have been listening to feedback and polishing up the game and I hope that this finally gets me to where I want to be on my second language

yagigoay
yagigoay

It's such a unique and fun way to learn a language! But it does have many issues.
I am learning German but-
1-The voice record sometimes doesn't work. Every time I try to record a word it doesn't open until later and makes me fail every time. At times the record opens and closed immediately even when I hold the button as it told me to do.
2- Not to mention my mother language is Arabic, so it sometimes doesn't recognize the words I say even if I say it exactly how it spelled.
Despite that this learning game is interesting and immersing! I hope it gets better with the voice recognition!

tigcr
tigcr

I LOVE THIS GAME!
This game entertained my little pea adhd brain. It made learning...fun! And on top of that...it's language learning. I know. Crazy.
Here's a video review. Keep it up devs!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNckEuQ-wL8&ab_channel=tigcr

ArisingSun
ArisingSun

HUGE POTENTIAL ALL IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Been playing for a few days now and I have to say this is an excellent learning game that brings the necessity of immersion right to your room. Learning has never been easier when you get to hold the objects you learn about and build strong connections with the words you are practicing.
Getting to hold objects and learning about them is the most fantastic thing about this game. I hope they expand way more with words and learning scenarios.

FEEDBACK

1: NEED ADDITIONAL SETTINGS
Please allow a speed setting for rotating your character. It is too slow and I do not like physically turning my body because my wires get tangled and it hurts my eyes.

2: Needs Smoother NPC Communication

Please development a MORE STREAMLINE way to communicate. Allow us to walk up to NPC's and be able to strike up a conversation immediately by holding the trigger and talking. Once we have their attention, LIKE waving at them before hand! Right now the conversations are jarring and I do not like tapping through Lexibot to chat. Wouldn't it be cool if the LEXIbot taught you basic greetings first in a hub area that you can then use to wave and greet NPC's and also teach you phrases that can help you get more info from NPC's,
Phrases like "Can we talk?" or "I have a question." Instead of clicking those topics through lexibot?

I know lexibot stores these phrases already but they are more like options to talk than a collection of tools. To be able to research and memorize these phrases and then walk up to an NPC, wave and then start a fun conversation is the kind of flow this game needs to feel more rewarding!

I would like it more if the LEXIbot took a bit of a backseat so i can talk first and then when I have trouble, or have an NPC react to my mistakes by saying he doesn't understand. flip through the lexibot and check out my greetings or phrases. When the lexibot is always in my face I find it hard to commit phrases to memory as I have to almost close my eyes to avoid reading or cheating.

I cannot wait to see how this game grows!

Cykamourn
Cykamourn

This game is a great language learning tool, beats the pants out of Rosetta and various others I've tried for engagement. It has fun mini-games and voice recognition is relatively good, just make sure your mic settings are working properly. Only changes/additions I could wish for is more realism and some real time conversation capabilities recognition.

Edit: 17 played hours later and I still stand by the quality of this game. There's a few changes/additions I'd make to this game having played it more but the Devs already have most of my wish list items in their road map. Further, the Devs on discord are insanely responsive and are very open to feedback, bug reports, etc. Playing this is part of my morning routine now. :) A+ product would recommend.

RikoandTako
RikoandTako

Wanting to learn Japanese has certainly been a journey for me, I've been writing for a long time but I've always thought what if there was another way? Noun Town answers that with a beautifully fun response!

Quickly I thought of VR, especially with how immersive it can get.
In terms of language learning I've tried Duolingo and other applications, but none have achieved what Noun Town is doing now.
Again this might be because of the VR implementation but the interaction in this game is so well received, especially for the use of learning more effectively!

Talking more in-depth about Noun Town here are some of the things I love so far:

- SRS (the main lobby, an airship you start in) and its daily revision feature,
- Simplistic graphics, I think that this helps further with language learning, in how it doesn't distract you from what's the main purpose of this game (Like how Job Simulator remains one of my favourite games because of this aspect),
- At this point of writing I haven't played too many areas of the game (only 3 compared with more than 8 that the game has) but, each area is charming and full of life (once coloured in of course),
- Mini-games are not only super fun but in my opinion crucial to your learning,
- Might not be a major focus of Noun Town but the music is super chill and relaxing, a cute bop in the background ( I love how you have to seek and find the cassettes :)

The areas that I think could be improved on/ expanded, bear in mind I understand that the Devs have much much more planned:

- More music tapes would be nice, different styles and genres could be cool, I'd love it if they were hidden around more too,
- Expanding on collectables, perhaps rewarding the player with some kind of currency to purchase cosmetics, this can relate to the airship, I'd love to customise the colour scheme since the white can be a bit blinding :/,
- Writing mini-games/ lessons or practice would be nice, or even just a whiteboard on the airship to this in afterwards as well,
- A more fluid way to interact with the NPCs, perhaps you could even do an activity or mini-game with them,
- I know multiplayer will probably come about in 2023/2024, cross-play between PC and VR users could be good though, this could expand the use of this game to more people, especially since VR is still niche. For me, a lot of my favourite experiences/ games have this feature, like Rec Room for example.
- The physics are pretty good in my opinion but I feel like they could still be fleshed out a bit more, Relating it to Job Simulator or even Boneworks good object interaction enhances the overall immersion. And again this is where I think VR shines, if the devs can enhance the interaction further I think it'll for sure improve learning as an extra benefit.

In conclusion, especially for the price Noun Town is an amazing game/ language learning experience.
And with no doubt, I know that it'll develop even further with time! Honestly, you can already tell the developers are thinking right when there's a demo you can try out even before buying :)

Looking forward to more learning soon!

Suryong
Suryong

I believe this is a start to a brighter future for language learners (especially for those with social anxiety like me) and language learning in general.

I have so much excitement for the future of this game and cannot wait to see what it does with my language learning progress. I am already noticing better results than when I just used flashcards/anki and youtube videos; it feels like I'm actually acquiring the language instead of just learning or memorizing.

Highly recommend this to anyone who is learning a language. Absolutely brilliant.

ArticulateT
ArticulateT

A little touch and go with the controls, as grabbing certain items can be a bit weird. Still, I enjoy the artstyle and the gamification of language learning, especially with an immediately visible mark of your progress is quite helpful. Even stopping in, like, once a day to a half hour to an hour is enough to give plenty of information.

Been learning Japanese for the most part, and it's been fun!

BLACK-HAWKZ
BLACK-HAWKZ

So far 5.5 hours into the game, very enjoyable experience so far, the town is slowly but surely expanding and more content is being unlocked, its a nice way to progress so you are not overwhelmed from the get go. Graphics and art style are very attractive with the cute animals and quirky characters, UI is great and user friendly. I'm trying to learn Japanese and feel as through it has been a useful tool to add to the language learning arsenal and most importantly its fun.

Dandy  Dank
Dandy Dank

It is a fun experience but sadly i come across bugs every single session. There is currently a gamebreaking bug that doesn't let you click the 'upload words' button which makes progressing the game impossible. This is really sad since i have enjoyed the first few level quit a bit but restarting 2-3 times just to progress really takes the fun out of exploring new stuff.
Might wait for a few patches until they sorted out these issues.

FootBallon
FootBallon

This game has the potential to be one of the best tools for learning a new language. However, it currently has a few bugs, such as the voice not registering or remaining open even after clicking the stop button.

An other thing that should be look at would be : in Japanese, there should be an option to choose between reading in katakana/hiragana and or/with kanji, OR to use romanji as a preference when you see the word for the first time.

Overall, the game is great but could use some updates to be even better.

SammyDotNet
SammyDotNet

cool game, you can beat up the robot that's just doing it's job. pretty helpful in reinforcing your knowledge as you go through the game, too. every time you load into a different area, it gives you a 3 second timer to guess the word on screen which i thought was cool, as well as revision thing for each learning area

haven't gotten far enough to actually be able to tell how good it is at learning japanese though i just know a bunch of nouns like beef and drink and like 3 verbs

FreakOrama
FreakOrama

Played for about an hour in so far. (Learning Japanese)

Good for learning words, not so much for sentences, where you can learn how to say a sentence, but not so much what each word in a sentence translates to. Feedback: Put an extra button for each sentence said by a character that'll open up a new page to translate and teach each word of said sentence.

That's the main issue here / biggest feedback I have.

Aside from that, grabbing objects is kind of annoying. It would be nice if there was a visible (yet transparent) pointer/laser from your hand to objects (should always be visible but in low opacity, and increases in opacity when it's pointed towards an object that you can grab / interact with within a certain range (not too short, perhaps 3-5 bodies of distance max) ).

Last but not least, game sometimes doesn't recognize words when spoken. Can't give much feedback on that aside from I hope you make it better. (in terms of UX: I'm assuming when it's red it's recording, right? Perhaps add a little text below that "Listening..." when it's red).

TJHyde.ttv
TJHyde.ttv

definitely feels like an effective way to learn a language. I'm only starting but plan to stick the program till the end then edit this review. HOWEVER, do NOTE that despite this game feeling like a very fun way to learn your language, bugs CAN get in the way. A few bugs I've noticed myself:

- Revision Game bugging out not letting you turn in items to the villagers, requires RESTART
- Conversations with villagers end abruptly and need about a full minute to boot up the conversation again, just for it to do the same thing with the end of the next question
-can mis/register words both from you saying them and the game reading them off in your ear

And just a few things I don't care for and can probably be changed

-remove the written words from the SPS Revisions, or at least deduct points if you need to show the written word so we need to go back to it
-add a revision game for the verbs as well

Will update review with time, otherwise definitely recommend regardless of bugs and some weird features. Have Fun!

air
air

This is amazing, two thumbs up! The developers have done an excellent job creating an interactive experience for learning language and vocabulary!

I recommend this to anyone learning any of the supported languages and are looking for a fun way to reinforce and build upon their vocabulary. This game does an amazing job of using the immersion and spatial interactivity that VR provides along with common learning reinforcement strategies to ACTUALLY teach you vocabulary in your specified language.

-Putting the objects up to your ear to hear the word for it is genius.
-Actually using the microphone to test your pronunciation is genius.
-The SRS system for spaced repetition and review is genius.

Noun town is innovative and properly challenging. It checks off all the boxes for me when looking for fun ways to continue my language learning journey. I cannot recommend this enough if you are thinking about building on your vocabulary in a given language in a fun and interactive way and I can't wait to continue using it and seeing the developers continue updating it. It's a 10/10 for me.

Typescript Ninja
Typescript Ninja

Couldn't get the game to start. Just starts some kind of loading screen on the PC and says "up next" for ever and ever in VR.

EDIT: Changing my review now that I was able to get the game working, This game is very well done, aside from it sometimes having trouble hearing me (although that could be me being soft spoken or mispronouncing the words).
It introduces words and then makes you practice listening, reading and speaking. It is the best experience I've had with a language app that "listens" to your speech. And it forces you to use proper pitch accents - something I'm very bad at. :)

Night Master
Night Master

You're thrown into the middle of a bland city without color, but every time you learn the name of something it becomes colored, and you don't get to see it completed until you learn how to correctly say the name of every object you'd find in a city. This concept is awesome, and executed perfectly, it makes the game very fun and engaging. The minigames inside of the locations are great too, if not repetitive, I think they could take a more career oriented approach for sure instead of all being the same grab an item and toss it at an NPC approach. Don't get me wrong, it works, and it works well, but it's not that fun.

KINGBEE9801
KINGBEE9801

I would literally do anything for every single one of the people in the project :') It is a really a unique take on practicing and learning languages and i have been enjoying the colorful atmosphere a lot!! The game is ideal for beginners to learn basic spoken structures/everyday words and for more advanced linguistic enthusiasts to brush up on their speaking skills. The community and the discord channel is also very peaceful and enjoyable + everyone gets almost an immediate response as soon as they report an issue/bug. As this project is still fresh with the PC version soon coming out, there are bugs some player experience (myself included), but the support from the staff eliminates a majority of the issues within one troubleshoot. The only reason I am refunding this game now is that i finally have it on Quest, so I will be continuing my journey there! Thank you so much for all the hard work and love you have put into Noun Town!

BrebLoaf
BrebLoaf

First off, this is THE BEST effort at "gameifying" language learning I've seen yet
Filling a world with color the more vocabulary you learn may sound bland, but trust me when I say it activates the monkey brain gamer in you that wants to unlock more content. The game does a great job pacing your learning so that you don't just pump and dump (from their spaced repetition learning system), which is extremely effective at helping commit a large library of words to long term memory over time.
Though I will note that this is definitely not meant to be the be-all-end-all of language learning, as currently it is limited in teaching grammatical rules and structures; I guess this is because the game assumes that you already know your target language to some extent and just need to learn vocabulary, which is a category I luckily fall into.
If you're someone who's struggling to commit time to learning new words in a language, get a video game addiction and come learn some nouns and verbs with me. You won't regret it (I hope).

5Alex5
5Alex5

It does a great job at avoiding the problem other learning games have: information overload. Games like influent give you unlimited and untimed access to the entirety of the vocab, and you don't really have time to absorb anything.
Also, they use a similar system to Anki that I've found super effective, which is basically showing you terms at a frequency based on how well you remember the term. If you can recall it easily they'll wait longer to show you it again. If you have trouble recalling it they'll show you it again sooner.
I do wish for the Japanese portion that there was an option for kanji + furigana, instead of just kanji/hiragana/katakana or romanji

dreadloxley
dreadloxley

Uninstalled after 29 minutes and requested a refund.basics of the game, voice record wasnt working at all.tried the usual reinstall, restart, run steam as admin etc. nothing worked.tested mic on screen record and it worked perfectly on playback.running on Pico 4 USB linked to the PC just so you know. everything set for mic from headset. got no other mics plugged into the computer for it to mistake either.

Urticator
Urticator

(Index) Noun Town is a very effective way to learn the sounds and basic vocabulary (mostly nouns) of a new language. The speech recognition is fairly strict.

I think there are two reasons it works for me. One, there's just something about being able to pick up and interact with the virtual objects. Two, memories are associated with places, and Noun Town provides entirely new places for you to visit.

As of April 2023, there are still plenty of rough edges. Probably it should be marked as early access. But, the developers are actively working on it, fixing bugs and adding more words and more languages. And, as long as you stay focused on the goal, learning the language, the rough edges don't matter.

My favorite detail: there are lots of animals, and when you pick them up they panic and wave their legs around. :o

Vanix
Vanix

I was extremely excited to give this game a try, as not only is it an excuse to use my VR headset, but it's also an excuse to start learning a new language (Japanese). I'm only 10 words in and taking it slow so that I can really memorize the sound and pronunciation as it relates to the thing. With that being said, the interactivity element really makes this game a cut above other language learning options. It's kind of therapeutic in a way- to walk around quizzing yourself on various objects that you've learned. There are also minigames interspersed to help make sure you're remembering the pronunciation.

Two comments for the dev team:
1. I know this game is called Noun Town, but this game already captures a fraction of what an even bigger language learning game/tool could be able to do. It might be a pipe dream, but it'd be so helpful if there were language specific grammar lessons and foreign character learning (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji/Hanzi). For now I will need to outsource that learning to other mediums, but if that could be integrated into Noun Town that would be phenomenal.

2. There has been some feedback from others about pronunciation not being picked up properly. I've had this problem with 1 word so far, however, I think there is value in knowing that I am not pronunciating something properly, so I'd definitely suggest prioritizing somebody learning the right pronunciation over giving them a pity star. Maybe allow somebody to manually override a word if there is a bug, but otherwise I don't want 'success feedback' if the vocal system couldn't pick up my word after the 3rd attempt.

I look forward to continuing to learn new words!

Tupatas
Tupatas

An interactive way to learn a language. Pretty cool how they made a world where you have to learn almost everything in it. The mini games are fun yet helpful too. I highly recommend if you enjoy learning languages.

Silverhollow
Silverhollow

Every time I try to go back to the cafe or go to the island it won't let me and takes me back to the airship, no explanation why. I go to all the highlighted areas and the markers disappear, when it returns me back to the airship all the markers are back and I have to go to them all again. Really annoying.

Gav
Gav

I really really love this game. I am currently learning French and I think this is an awesome use of VR. You get to walk around and learn objects, make sentences and understand the basics of a language. I highly recommend for anyone interested in learning in a more practical way. The community is awesome and the developers are fantastic - they listen and try to fix bugs that happen to players (All done through the discord).

LInks!
LInks!

I'm learning much faster using this game than anything I've tried before. Either online or in person with a teacher.

This game focuses on nouns, but you also learn verbs and adjectives. There is also opportunity to practice conversations with the residents of noun town. And various language learning games to play.

For me, focusing on the nouns first has been a huge help as now I can much more easily interpret sentences when someone is speaking the language I am learning. Even if I don't know every word, the foundation this game is giving me, I can decipher most of the sentence. I feel like many other learning methods focus too much too early on greetings and various sayings that you don't actually use that much. Noun Town is really providing me such a better foundation and it is fun and engaging and I'm remembering the words. I also think the VR element adds a lot to not only the experience but the ability to learn and recognize the words.

If you are interested in learning a language, I really can't recommend this enough. Will you become fluent by the end of it? I don't know, probably not, but I think it is such a good start.

CaleoGaming
CaleoGaming

What a wonderful learning experience.

It is simple, fun, interactive.

I just tried the new Korean update and it is super fun to learn new languages, and simply being able to physically pick up and item and bring the color back to the item by pronouncing the word correctly, is brilliant. We all learn in different ways, some learn through reading, through listening, or in this case, by physically interacting with stuff and using words in every day situations. So being able to play mini games where (for example) you are put behind a counter and customers come in to buy specific items from you that you have to find on the shelves, that is a GREAT idea for making learning FUN.

Huge kudos to the developers, please don't ever give up on this game and keep updating it - you are on to something amazing! It is in my opinion, the best game I have seen on the gaming market for learning new languages. Because it has been attempted so many times before but nothing ever came close to being a decent game and learning experience.

I can most certainly recommend Noun Town!

It-Dub
It-Dub

Seems to be a very nice and interactive game, but not super in depth from the hour and a half I've played. I'm not sure if it picks up more, but at least early stages in the game are solely focused on nouns and such, not conversations. The gameplay is pretty fun, and will teach new language learners some basic words and nouns to utilize in conversation. If you know nothing, this may prove very beneficial for you. If you know more than the basics of a language, then you may not be learning new content until later in the game. Regardless, the game offers many fun minigames to play in which you work in a shop, retrieving and selling items to customers, which is an excellent way to practice and learn as an early language learner. I love this experience, and will continue playing to see if it becomes more conversational.
My only complaint up to this point is that you can only learn so much in a single day, which is to improve retention, but I'm not sure that this method is the best, primarily limiting individuals who already have language experience. If this option could be turned off in settings, it would allow for further growth in people who know much of the language already.

ソピタ
ソピタ

i use this game because i am studying japanese and korean. my brother also uses it to study german. its a great tool especially for us that have ADHD and NEED to interact with things in order to grasp and learn material. memorization for us isn't learning. it's the doing that helps us keep that knowledge.

however, there are some issues that are very frustrating. it's nothing with the game's content, its more about how it plays and flows.

walking and movement- using the teleport option feels clunky. you press and hold the button assigned to teleportation and you point where you want to go... except it doesn't work well or maybe its designed to be this way.
each time you pick the area you want to teleport to, you have to put your arm down. sometimes it just gives up and it doesn't go anywhere. so imagine someone just raising their arm out in front them, then down, then up, then down, then up, then down. gets annoying really fast.

collision- there are some areas in the map that you interact with but the collision makes it nauseating. for example: there's a whack-a-mole minigame. if you get too close to the station (you have to, to reach the farther holes) the game will jitter and/or push you a bit. which is fine for walls and other barriers but this in a minigame. let me clip just a little so my arms can reach where it needs to reach. other examples include the buttons i need to press on counters or walls. yes. press. the game does NOT always let you use the trigger on your controller to select something. you have use your in-game fingies to press buttons and to select options in the menu. i guess i have t-rex arms cause i can't reach without the game trying to push me back, up, down, whatever.

those issues are annoying but i still come back because it works. it works if you are consistent and don't use noun town as a primary source for learning a language. use noun town as a tool. language learning is a mess of a blob that continues to grow so as long as you stay consistent and branch out to different forms of learning.
if you are reading this and don't know where to begin your language learning journey, then start here and keep it consistent.

revvy_
revvy_

What a fantastic little game for some secondary language input. I cannot express how much I love this game and truly believe it is a great tool to have available for language learning and especially vocabulary expansion.

As soon as my headset is charged I'll be playing a lot more.

Nymphaea
Nymphaea

This game is absolutely adorable and deserves the recognition for it!
As a person who has just about the worst attention span, I struggle with staying on course to learning new languages, especially on my own. This game holds my attention completely and gives me the ability to learn without losing focus. Here's a list of what I liked most from the game!

1.) The world gaining color as you adventure, learning more words and more pronunciations.
2.) The ability to hold objects, listen to the pronunciation and then have the bot record you to see if you
said the phrase correctly.
3.) You can throw the robot.. If you get annoyed at it for pointing out your incorrect pronunciation, just
throw em, he'll come back.

This game is absolutely adorable and I would recommend it to any and all who are looking to learn new languages!

Pickles Are Fruit
Pickles Are Fruit

Honestly a lot of fun. I've been learning German with this, and so far I think it's going well. The game does force you to take breaks, but that's good, as it helps with retention. My only advice going in is to do your SRS stuff right after you learn a new batch of words

jTiKey
jTiKey

EDIT: After more playing, the game is very bugged. You just don't progress. Please, make games playable before selling them.

Love the game!

Here are some issues I found:
The recording is clunky. The red recording color looks like "you did something wrong". You need a loading icon or something to show that you are "checking" it.
When switching locations it shows some weird artifacts.
Do at least some interactions with the robot - throwing something at it, interaction with the hand.
Sidewalking is not affected by the speed you select in the settings
When walking to the location for the tutorial the robot is really close so it's hard to read

ABadAnimator
ABadAnimator

I really wanted to like this game and I do not like leaving negative reviews, but I encountered so many issues that the game was nearly unplayable. I had selected the French language learning option. Here are a few examples of issues I experienced:

1. There were some mistakes in the French text, which is critical for a French language learning experience. The biggest mistake I remember was in the dialogue during the "remettre" ("to put back") activity in the supermarket. The character said "Il faut remtter [with the typo] ce melon avant qu'il ne tourne mal". Afterwards the same character said (approximately) "Je dois me remettre" which didn't make sense to me. The English translation said (approximately) "I need to return to my filing", which was very different than the French text.

2. I could not take meaningful screenshots because attempting to take a screenshot would often cause my character to be launched upwards into the sky.

3. There is a "revision" activity where characters come up to you and request a word you have learned, and you need to give them the corresponding item. Sometimes an item will not load into the game and can not be given when requested. In addition, some of the items shared the same name in French. For example, both a "pot" and a "jar" were referred to as "le pot". Characters would simply ask for "le pot", and I would have to randomly guess which one they actually wanted.

4. There is a "hidden treasure" activity where you follow directions on a tablet to find an item. The directions kept wanting me to clip through walls or go out of bounds.

5. To talk to characters, you need to stand directly in front of them. Sometimes the characters load in facing a wall, making it difficult to talk to them.

6. I had somehow not unlocked a single achievement despite fulfilling some of the listed requirements.

RussianJello
RussianJello

Amazing interactive game that keeps you interested with its many mini games as well as well-paced to not overload. It absolutely is helpful for learning a new language and just fun in general. AMAZING team of people working on this btw, I had a huge issue when the game first released (obviously, the game just released there's going to be issues) and they would not stop helping until it was figured out! The customization and the use of romaji along with katana/hiragana and kanji is awesome. Beautiful game, definitely recommend.

spidertyler1122
spidertyler1122

I actually really like it so far, Only a few problems, but nothing too big. I have seen others with issues, but its not a big deal for me

I do wish for more stuff with verb conjugation in spanish. Some kind of minigame would be nice. This game seems great for learning verbs tho

Only other gripe is the non-literal translation for conversations, but I also kind of prefer it at times. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I can tell you that having to actually say your response/question to an NPC out loud is just amazing, I love how fun that is.

cafeinoz
cafeinoz

The microphone, by default, seems to have its sensitivity set to minimum, so even if you shout, it won't hear you and there's no way to change this in game. Some of the options in the settings menu don't seem to work and have no effect. It's just too buggy to justify the price and I hope they work out the issues with it.

Sadae101
Sadae101

I enjoyed the game and loved the concept! However, in its current state, I don't believe it's optimal for Japanese learning. It's been shown that the use of romaji can greatly stunt a learner's growth. That said, there isn't an option in the game to turn this feature off!

At first, I tried to block out the words but then ran into a problem during the store minigame. Romaji on one row and Japanese script on the other. Despite my best efforts to ignore it, I found myself reading and registering it before the below Japanese script as my eyes are used to reading English characters.

I decided to not refund this game as I hope an update comes out to fix this option! Otherwise, the game is great and I can't wait to play once this problem has been fixed.

Josh
Josh

It's an interesting gimmick, but nothing more. Not a good way to learn.

It's way too basic to be useful for anything beyond your first few months of learning a foreign language. Even then, there are faster and better ways to learn: flashcards, for example. After all, this is essentially a flashcard system, but one where you have to stumble around a virtual environment looking for those flashcards. And if you're using another SRS flashcard system already, like most students are, there's no way to export your vocab list from this to that.

The one nice thing is that it does test your ability to pronounce the vocab words. Although it's not smart enough to tell you how *well* you're pronouncing a word (you can say things with a very thick American accent and get by - subtly mispronouncing vowels and consonants, dragging vowels out too long, etc.), it's better than nothing.

If you're hoping for an immersive way to surround yourself with your target language, like I was, this isn't it. This is a place to learn some vocab in a painfully slow, indirect way.

Shelm
Shelm

I found Noun Town to be a creative and useful tool for language studies! It suggests an optimal learning rate and word reinforcement exercises, but at the same time offers you the freedom to progress faster if that is how you want to study.

Marvelous Ducky Turret
Marvelous Duck…

This game is the sole reason why I am learning hiragana and kanji... Like, nothing else in my life could get me to learn it.... except this game! I have been motivated to learn japanese just to play this game better (and it's awesome and as I have learned all my hiragana and some kanji... I guess it's time to dive back into it)

muguiraj
muguiraj

I've played for a few hrs now and its honestly a lot of fun, I do wish that there was a feature where you go in like an alleyway and they teach you curse words (can be barred by parents). I think that would be a lot of fun

Thaumics
Thaumics

This is currently buggy as expected, with it constantly saying you are disconnected from the internet, even when you are not and the short-range grabbing being a hit or a miss. Other than that, I like the art style, the translations and interactions with "villagers" seem somewhat authentic. The SRS is a good tool, but it would be nice if you could add support for out-of-vr SRS study with a separate launch option, so that you don't have to be in vr every time you study. Overall I like this so far based upon the tutorial.

porgh chap
porgh chap

So far i've very much enjoyed talking to myself in my room, although it doesn't even feel like it! If I could ask/add anything, it would be a feature where i am able to pull up a list of everything i've learned, sort of like a dictionary. Overall, Fantastic so far and i cannot wait to see how it progresses!

achaha
achaha

Great game! if you are looking for a fun way to learn a language and have VR this is a perfect way to start. They have an active discord server that is taking feedback and suggestions to improve the game to make it better.

SugarHammer
SugarHammer

Tried Noun Town in Japanese (not a beginner, have also tried Duolingo, pimsleur's and Rosetta Stone)
I love the idea of language learning as a VR game and this way of learning definitely more enjoyable than mobile Apps,
The demo of this game showed more conversation so looking forward to progressing to that.
Overall, worth the money :)

Mágganon
Mágganon

Very promising game/ learning tool with what looks like an active and responsive development team over at Discord. Looking forward to future updates/ features but what is here looks great so far, if a little buggy.

Dr.Bright
Dr.Bright

I would highly recommend this game if you are currently learning or even starting to learn a new language. It is so immersive in how you can interact with the objects, hear them, and see how the words are pronounced and spelled in your language. What makes this even better is they have you reviews to keep your learning consistent and it paces you so you don't take too much or too little in per session.

KogleruTTV
KogleruTTV

This game is wonderful. I feel like I learned a whole ton even tho I only played for 30 mins. Love all the languages. My only complaint is the jarring noise when you're in the white land. Once its color, it sounds ok, but the no color land sound is awful.

CineMason
CineMason

For starters, I want to say this game is very fun. Immersing yourself in a world where you are learning the names of everything around you by picking them up and hearing how to pronounce the word is a great way to teach basic vocabulary in a new language. I started playing this the other day and immediately wanted to keep playing. The main thing that stopped me was a bit of motion sickness caused by infrequent playtime in VR mixed with the full movement in the game. This would probably be resolved if I used the Teleport Movement feature instead. I can't wait to continue using this as one of my primary learning methods for Japanese.

Once I have played more I will update and add more info to this review.