Press Kit

Press release

Focusing primarily on vocabulary acquisition and proper pronunciation, Influent is a fresh take on learning a new language through exploring a fully interactive 3D environment where absolutely everything can be selected, studied, and learned.


The game even manages to incorporate both Adjectives and Verbs by attaching them to nouns they are associated with like a Red Apple or to Read a Book. In this way, players will be able to easily recall these words by association.

Although Influent doesn’t offer grammar instruction currently, the developer, Rob Howland, has his sights set on making future installments in the form of episodic releases, should the game’s sales provide enough funding to hire the necessary help (artists, programmers, translators, etc).


Influent was originally developed as part of a research project at the Entertainment Computing Laboratory at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Research funding was provided by the Monbukagakusho (MEXT), also known as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan. Upon completion of the research term, funding from a successful Kickstarter Campaign aided in Influent’s completion. Influent successfully passed Steam Greenlight in January 2014, following the full release on March 20, 2014 on the Steam Store and Humble Store.

Press Kit: Download all screen shots & artwork as .zip (35MB)

Screen Shots



Award Nominee

  • “Award nominee for Best Use of Engagement Techniques in Education.” – GSummit, 2014

Past coverage

  • “Review: Influent”
    – Lee Cooper, Hardcore Gamer
  • “Influent – A Fun Supplement to Language Learning”
    – Joseph Rowe, Gameskinny
  • “Influent review: learn a language by crashing planes”
    – C. Custer, Games in Asia
  • “Rob Howland’s Influent is by far the most engaging language learning tool, with great interaction and visual presentation.”
    – Ron, NoobFeed
  • “Speaking fluent goat “
    – Shaun A. Noordin, The Star Online
  • “Análisis Influent. Aprende hasta 10 idiomas con un método muy divertido”
    – Jose Antonio Marín López, TecnoSlave
  • “Influent: review”
    – Sean P, Critical Gamer
  • “Influent Review”
    – Harrie Bailey, GameGrin
  • “Influent Review”
    – Nic Bunce, Continue Play
  • “Influent, Belajar Bahasa Asing Sambil Bermain Game [Review]”
    – Rizal Ziz, Segitiga.Net

Team Members

Rob Howland
Game Designer/Developer, Founder

Dan “Tsukasa” Elvins
3D Art Assets

Emily Olmstead
Art, Modelling & Texturing


Magnus Nygaard

Anthony Prusakowski
Web Guru, Marketing

Additional credits