Photo 14:29 14 Aug 2023

Ukrainian developer offers to explore Ukraine's poetry through free mobile puzzle game

Photo: Sasha Kozlov

A free mobile puzzle game on Ukrainian poetry called "Lahoda" was created by the Ukrainian mobile game developer Oleksandr Kozlov.

"Lahoda was designed to be a calm, meditative game," the creator said on his Facebook page. "This puzzle doesn't challenge you. It just wants to help you relax. A lot of attention is paid to the sound effects and atmosphere. No timer pressures you, and no advertising banners pop up everywhere. There are no such things in the game at all." 

At the beginning of the game, the user receives a poem with a somewhat distorted meaning according to one of the algorithms: letters or words are rearranged, letters are hidden, or extra words are added that need to be removed.

To pass the level, the player must correct all the mistakes: the fewer they make, the more points they will get. By collecting points, you can discover new authors in the library.

Photo: Sasha Kozlov

Photo: Sasha Kozlov

Now the game has over 400 poems by more than 30 Ukrainian poets. There is poetry by Taras Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, Panas Myrny, Mike Johansen, Todosya Osmachka, Andrii Malyshko, and others.

According to the developer, "Lahoda" has a convenient toolkit for sharing poems: their background can be colored before sending to social media. The game is available for Android and iOS devices.


Oleksandr Kozlov also created the games "Kobza," "Literali," and "Word Game" for learning Ukrainian.

"Literali" is a word game for smartphones and other devices that can currently be downloaded only to gadgets running on the iOS operating system. It has 200 levels and 77 tasks. The concept of the game is to complete timed tasks. Unlike the previous "Word Game," where you could compete with another person, only one player is involved in the process.

Rubryka reported that the popularity of the Ukrainian language has increased in the Steam PC game store: in July, it surpassed 10 European languages.

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