Massachusetts-based developer Skylight Games has recently released its educational title, Lyriko. The award-winning project aims to teach players new languages through music. According to the developer, “Learning a new language is one of the most important challenges many of us face.”
Players are able to learn through the lyrics of numerous songs provided by the game. There are currently four game modes available, the first of which focuses on visual learning. The second mode tasks players with noticing the subtle differences that occur with verb conjugation, such as learn/learns/learned/learning. The third mode is based on the removal of words in a sentence to further understand the relationship between written and spoken language. The final style enables players to easily absorb the translation of lyrics without any added pressure.
The developer states, “Progress through traditional educational challenges can open up with improved language skills. Business is becoming increasingly global, and knowing another language can unlock new opportunities. And studying another language and culture is one of the best ways the break down prejudice and build appreciation in its place.”
The game also features achievements that enable players to measure their progress. In-game achievements provide players with credits that they can gift to their friends, or use to unlock additional songs.