mode of expression, LLC
Based in New York, NY

Release date:
Q3 2017



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Beset by a curse cast by the warlock Yakusho, the gentle denizens of Benkyogoku need your help to free their brethren and restore their land! Discover the power of the Slashcards -- defeat monsters and unlock treasures by mastering reading and writing of Japanese. From snowy glades to misty castles, you'll master kana, vocab, and kanji over the course of this epic journey! Play with a friend--or friends, with four player local co-op. Or challenge them to a variety of competitive versus modes! Slashcards: Learn Japanese, Adventure Together!


After a multitude educational apps, musical instrument apps, mobile games, and a baby-tossin' VR game, mode of expression, LLC and its founder Charlie Deck have created the first action RPG about learning Japanese! Initially conceived as part of the Seven Day Roguelike game jam, Slashcards: Learn Japanese is an action adventure that challenges the player to level-up their Japanese mastery to complete their quest. Featuring beautiful low-poly design, quirky animations, procedural levels and up-to-four-player co-op, Slashcards: Learn Japanese! invites players to adventure together, and learn to read and write Japanese!


  • Learn how to read and write the two Japanese alphabets, hiragana and katakana!
  • Then, take on vocab and more than 100 kanji!
  • Explosive action that hinges on your Japanese mastery!
  • Cross a vast world over the course of an epic quest to free the adorable Tainiis!
  • Procedural forests, mountains, and dungeons to keep you on your toes!
  • A knowledge engine that tracks your progress and offers intelligent, challenging questions!
  • Up to four player local co-op, supporting gamepads and keyboard!
  • Innovative, gamepad-friendly input methods: type Japanese and English fast and easily, so you stay in the action!
  • "Stroke" questions challenge you to draw kanji and kana yourself, fostering mastery of written Japanese!
  • A variety of competitive versus modes for 1-4 players--optionally with AI opponents--including Battle Bingo and Slash Racer!


Slashcards: Learn Japanese! 0.85b Gameplay Trailer YouTube

Slashcards: Learn Japanese! Beta Longplay Trailer (10m) YouTube


Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Title.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Cutscene Desk.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Cutscene Falling.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Multiplayer Coin Clash.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Writing Kana.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Co-Op Snow Glade.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - In-Game Review.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Hiragana Forest 1.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Kana Input.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Writing Kanji.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Multiplayer Slash Racer.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Collected Slashcard.jpg
Slashcards - Learn Japanese - Header.png
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Multiplayer Bingo Battle.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Mult Choice Kana.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Kanji Intro.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Co-Op Forest .jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Multiplayer Bingo Battle 2.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Town Lesson.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Overworld.jpg
Slashcards  - Learn Japanese - Typing Kana.jpg


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About mode of expression, LLC

mode of expression is an independent studio that creates creative apps, cutting-edge web experiences, and unique games.

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Slashcards: Learn Japanese! Credits

Charlie Deck
Designer/Developer, mode of expression, LLC

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