I am a fan of the 8pen concept, but haven't been able to use the keyboard fluently enough to justify using it all the time. This game seems like a great way to get me over that learning curve, but I am unable to get past level 1-5 because the words will not pop up. Hopefully this issue can be resolved and I can bump up my rating.
The game is very effective at teaching 8pen! Initially I was excited that something as basic as typing had been reinvented for the smartphone. But I find 8pen to not be as efficient as it is advertised to be. I find Google's swipe keyboard much more faster, and it is so in an absolute sense. In 8pen the finger has to move much longer to even type small words. Of course QWERTY is not the best way to type on smart phones, but I don't think 8pen is THE typing interface that the world has been waiting for.
The game start off great an all but after level 4 it stops showing letters and eventually crash. I think the game engine behind it has changed website that is why it can't reach it. so sad :/ please fix it
I redownloaded 8pen and tried practicing using the app, but this game is broken past level 5 now. 8pen devs need to fix this among among othet problems with the actual keyboard.
I think they should advertise this game on their keyboard sales pages. So far its been really fun! I still find their keyboard very slow, but so far its only been about an hour.
Very frustrating 'game'. Will definitely not be using 8pen as my keyboard. Unresponsive during levels and doesn't get any easier.
I wish they would bring back 8pen, once I got past the learning curve, my speed took off. And I didn't have this awesome game to practice! I have never used a better keyboard than this, I will pay to have it back! Bring back 8pen!!!
The app itself is a great idea that is poorly executed. It stops working after the 5th level. Some bug fixes and we have a product!
Devs clearly do not give a hoot about this software. It's been broken for months now. Please 1 star this until they get the hint.
Seems to have a lot of problems.. Fails to recognize when I "circle" a letter about 90% of the time. Also, as mentioned by someone else, it stops on level 5 and I can't go further.
Is this some kind of practical joke? At least I now know not to bother with the keyboard.
I would really love to use this game so I can decide if I want to get the 8pen keyboard. However as it is, the game won't go past level 5. The level opens but nothing appears to 'type'. So until this gets fixed, I can only rate this as a 1.
I'm good at games but this is absolute crap. So frustrating. Bought the keyboard too but wish i didnt.. I'm using SwiftKey now. Much better.
Can't get pass "eat" on the Honolulu section. Would like to try a new way of typing, but with out the tutorial, I'm sick with the regular ole thing.
Too bad level 5 has been bugged for months
I understand the concept and idea behind 8pen and I was really hoping that it would be something that I could use as an alternate keyboard, but after playing this game I realize the keyboard isn't as intuitive or natural as they make it seem in the video. the input patterns were much too difficult and even after playing several levels I kept messing up...more than when I first learned to touch type with a qwerty keyboard
A game is a nice way to teach people something. Personally it bugs up on level five, but that's a technical thing. As soon as that's fixed I think this would be a great way to learn 8pen. After using the practice feature with the longest word I could think of... I need all the help learning I can get!
Like AJ, I am unable to get past Level 3 because the T just doesn't work. I am on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Hope they fix it, as I would like to test the 8pen method of typing/swyping.
The concept is hard enough. Fail to explain (the video on the 8pen app should be the first thing shown when the game opens), then add lots of bugs and you've done everything required to prevent someone from bothering with 8pen. ESPECIALLY since it's a paid app.
If you're interested in using 8pen this is the best way to "try" it out. However, it stops working at level 1-5 on my Samsung Galaxy S4
I can open level 4 but letters don't show up to play. I suggest that anyone having this problem email the developers. This would definitely be a big help learning the keyboard. I really feel as though I rewarded the developer by buying the keyboard even though this experience was so bad. If you want to know what I think of the keyboard, I think it has a lot of promise even though it isn't there yet. I'll write more about that in a review of the actual keyboard.
This game is a pretty good idea to teach people how to use the 8pen keyboard but letters/words stopped popping up on level 5 on my nexus 5. I think ill just stick with the swype keyboard
It's a great game for learning the keyboard. I give it three stars thou. I must say that although it does provide a way to learn it somehow, sometimes knows to get frustrating. For example as I play through the levels I've noticed that much of the levels are way to long, and I find myself not finishing a level just because I am tired of writing the same LAST word over and over again. I get tired and I lose the level just because the last word escapes. If you realy want to make a game for learning, make it to be easier on the next update. I am a great user of 8pen and this is just my opinion for the game.
Could be better with a few tweaks: * Allow settings changes that are available in the 8pen keyboard * Don't have so many levels with hard split-up-into-letter words (7-3 is ridiculous), they're just annoying and they don't teach anything you'd actually use, or show off the keyboard * LOAD FASTER! Is the Facebook integration what takes so long? Make that wait for actual login to do anything. Seriously, the game takes a really long time to load. * The Pause functionality is broken. Why does it exit the level when the screen turns off? What is the point of that? * Make it so, if you keep clicking "Back", it exits the game. Really annoying to have that prompt open that I then have to click on
As a game, it's kind of fun. You use gestures to "shoot down" letters and words as they appear on the screen. As a tutorial for the keyboard, it's very effective, as you learn and practice common letters and simple words, building up to more complex things and increasing pace as you go. But it's most valuable to me as a free trial. I quickly learned how the keyboard works, how simple it really is to use... And how, because of my mild to moderate dyslexia, this keyboard just isn't for me.
It's a great way to learn 8pen, though it quickly ramps the difficulty beyond novice. Slower speed and a 3 lives rule would help a lot.
Great way to learn and get practice! However, the game stops working at level 1-5. Once fixed, this rating will easily go up to 5 stars!
I find the game to be annoying. I used the keyboard for a while a long time ago and don't find the game's method of teaching easier than learning the positions yourself. It also makes my index finger ache. I'll try 8pen again someday but not because of this game. On the third level it's already outpaced me and getting finicky about the loops. Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4
I think this game is really helpful and fun until a certain point. In Tokyo at stage 11 I can't pass because the game requires me to move faster then light. What a shame, but the game has quite a few flaws, simply lacks the appropriate build quality. I really want to get better. I will find other means...
I was thinking about buying the 8pen keybouard and thought I'd try this game to see how long it takes me to learn. It is good and I picked it up relatively quickly (although I didn't realise that I had to return to the center after each letter initially which I stubbled upon after many frustrating failed attempts). As a learning tool, I wish I could skip to the harder levels without going through every single beginner level to see what it is like to use the whole keyboard and not just a limited 5-10 letters. TL;DR Good game for learning on although is very slow to progress through to the harder levels.
There's two main things that really annoy me about this method of learning 8pen, I don't know if I will buy it because of the first. The letters are really unresponsive for me, I'm doing the right movements over and over again but it's completely random whether or not it will register and type the letters. That makes me wonder if the actual keyboard is that touchy, and if so, I will be less inclined to buy it. I thought maybe I just needed to stay more towards the center lines but that didn't help, I still only get the word I'm trying to type maybe 3/5 times. Also, this is the only app I have that covers up my status bar (I have the LG Optimus V btw). Granted, I don't play any other games on my phone so maybe that's normal, but I don't like that I have to back out of the app to get to a text message or something. I really love the idea of 8pen and when I can get the game to actually respond quickly enough it's super fun... and maybe this is just an issue with the Optimus V because my Pandora app buttons are also really unresponsive. Overall though, it does make for an annoying experience.
Great concept but too unresponsive. Simple gestures are not always recognized on first attempt as others have commented. Would like to try the 8pen app but due to this poor "touch" experience has put me off. Also as others have said, of restarting a failed level, out shouldn't be right from the start. Gets a bit annoying and frustrating. Improve on the "flow" and I may consider to use.
I think this keyboard is really interesting. It reminds me a little of writing chinese characters. I wonder if anyone is actually faster typing with 8pen than regular keyboard or swiping. It's a great concept project. However I doubt it will gain traction. The game sure helps. But I just can't imagine it catching on in a big way. If the same could be done for flowing cursive that still resembles writing I think it could be big. Never theless, great ideas.
I really like that that this feels less like a typing tutorial and more of a fun game that gets progressively harder. Because I play this on a tablet, and I have small hands, I have to use my stylus to really get a good flow going, even when in portrait view, but this somehow makes it more fun, to me, as it almost feels like a drawing game. My only issue is that my arm, wrist, and hand eventually tire out. But that should change, with more practice.
Unlike quite a few people who rated this game poorly, its a good game and teaches you how to use the interface. After level 4 it stops giving you hints, but everything works fine. To those of you experiencing issues due to your phone, that stinks, because it really is a fun way to type.
No letters shoot out at level 5. Please fix. Other than this. The app its incredible, but with this it's useless.
I love 8pen. It's the touchscreen homerow! This input method is truly amazing in how fast one can begin to type with certainty, fluidity, vocabulary, and eloquence of speed that one would only otherwise be able to achieve with a physical keyboard using touch typing. Brilliant!
Level 5 never starts. I really can't give an app more than one star if only four levels appear to work. Happy to revaluate if level 5 is fixed.
Interesting concept, but buggy as hell. When backspacing in dolphin browser often moves the cursor randomly backward. Sometimes the numpad button gets stuck, and types "1" instead of opening the n numpad. Paid $1 for this but these bugs make it unusable. Recommend not paying money for this open beta test.
I love the actual keyboard and had it on my last 4 phones. Have a new phone. Went to install and can't bc its not on the market. Have a htc one M9 sprint