The popular Rosetta Stone® language learning modules now have game! The company has launched Rosetta Stone Arcade Academy where users can expand their Spanish linguistic skills through various games within a mobile application. Users can get the app (149 MB) on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for free (as of October 2013).
Rosetta Stone Arcade Academy features 12 games with 120 variations that teach 50 core Spanish words and phrases in over 400 different combinations.
The game’s main theme/story centers on a teenage girl who relocates with her family to Bogotá, Colombia, and faces unexpected language and cultural challenges within a retro themed environments.
Users learn Spanish by stepping through levels of increasingly difficult game-play, identifying or matching images, words or phrases in one language with images, words or phrases in the other. Users can track their progress by accessing the Honors Page, a leader board that motivates players to continue learning, and encourages them to share their personal achievements with friends via Game Center.
This “first new gamified language-learning app for adults” follows the September 2013 release of Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds®, which was designed for children ages three to six. Additional mobile apps are slated to launch later this year and in 2014 (hopefully expanding the languages and available formats (Android, etc.)). Rosetta Stone Arcade Academy is iOS 7 compatible.