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BenBen Information Technology Officially Releases English-Language Learning Game “West Journey -- Spell force”

BenBen Information Technology has officially launched its English-language learning game, “West Journey -- Spell force” on the Android platform. The game is aimed at children and adolescents and promotes English learning in four key areas:

- A dynamic gaming environment in which users practice their spoken English and can measure their improvement;

- A learning program that employs voice recognition technology to automatically determine if the player has pronounced a word correctly - thus helping students improve pronunciation;

- An interactive feature that allows users to visualize their advancement, hence providing students with a sense of accomplishment;

- The integration of Internet gaming aspects, such as in-game ‘battles,’ to make the learning process fun, with educational content presented in a gaming context for a genuine learn-as-you-play experience.

Players advance through 81 game levels as they become proficient at more than 300 words and phrases. The words and phrases are logically organized according to their pronunciation characteristics, making it easier for users to learn certain vowel combinations quickly.The game requires each player to read a mysterious spell in order to do battle or decipher a puzzle. Each of the spells has a corresponding word in the game’s database, and the user only advances when he or she pronounces the world correctly. A video demonstration of the game can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UNbtRv1dAs while the learning guide can be accessed at http://benbeninfo.com/games/learning-guide/.

West Journey -- Spell force costs UD$4.99 and is available on Google’s Play Store, (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benbeninfo.west.en). At the same time, an advertising-supported free demo version is also available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benbeninfo.west.demo.

About BenBen

BenBen Information Technology develops industry-leading educational games. The company’s “XiYouJi ZhouYuLiLiang” app, a new educational gaming experience, represents the perfect marriage of traditional Chinese culture and advanced information technologies. Free downloads of the English-language version are available on Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benbeninfo.west.demo) as well as the Chinese-language version (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benbeninfo.west.zhad).

The original source-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the source-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.

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