Developer & Publisher: Thalamus Digital
Reviewed For: Nintendo Switch
Easy Japanesey 2 unfortunately inherits the same fundamental flaws that plagued its predecessor. Despite the addition of some grammar and sentence structures, these new features fall short of providing any real educational value, especially for beginners. The game still lacks comprehensive lessons or effective methods to facilitate learning Japanese, making the new content seem superficial for those not already well-versed in the language.
Further exacerbating the issue is the game’s design, which restricts players to a tablet-only mode of play, ignoring the functionality of buttons. This design choice not only limits the game’s appeal but also hints at a lack of consideration for diverse user preferences and accessibility. Moreover, the game’s description mentions a study guide, yet this feature is either well hidden or excluded, adding to a sense of disappointment.
The inclusion of leaderboards also fails to impress. These leaderboards are basic and are sparsely populated, which undermines their purpose. No one is playing, and that’s probably for the best.
Easy Japanesey 2 seems to miss the mark yet again, echoing the shortcomings of its predecessor. For those earnestly seeking to learn Japanese, turning to more established and proven resources might be the more fruitful and enjoyable path. Unfortunately, the Switch doesn’t seem to have these resources yet.