Using video games to make languages more fun to learn
GengoGames is an educational video game app, consisting of a collection of mini games and resources to help make learning languages a hobby instead of a chore.
(Side note: gengo (言語) means language in Japanese!)
Role & Responsibilities
• UX design
• UX research
• Visual & brand design
• Video game design
Rikiya Klasen (solo passion project)
• Adobe XD, Illustrator, After Effects & Photoshop
March - June 2023
Lack of Engaging & Effective Language Learning Games
As the final portfolio project for my UX bootcamp, I was inspired by my part-time job as a Japanese tutor to design a video game app to help make languages more fun and engaging compared to current popular language learning apps.
This portfolio project also turned out to be my biggest passion project, as I have a strong desire to step into the video game industry.
How Does GengoGames Work?
I first completed foundational research, which consisted of synthesizing the experiences and features of competitors, which are various language learning apps as well as online video game websites.
I discovered that my target users have a frustrating time looking for apps or websites that teach them language in a fun but more importantly effective manner. Some users also wish that their Japanese teachers were better at doing their job.
Putting Pieces Together... Figuratively and Literally
To figure out what elements I want incorporated into GengoGames, I first sketched out some paper wireframes for the overall navigation of the app, as well as sketches of various game ideas within the app.
Sketches of various mini game ideas within the app
Paper wireframes for the overall navigation of the app's homepage
The Game Platform
Based on usability study insights, I made each game thumbnail less overwhelming, simplified the visual design, and added a feature that lets users see what language level they are at.
The high-fidelity prototype also goes through an onboarding process that initially assesses the user's language level, before getting taken to the homepage.
Keigo Champ (mini game)