Gaming in Chinese 🕹 Your Complete Guide (for 2022)

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Are you Learning Chinese and enjoy playing video games?

Have you considered combining these two passions?

Chinese gaming might be the way to really enhance your Chinese skills.

We’ve got a list of games below that you might find useful to help improve your Chinese, along with some key vocab.

#1 – Age of Empires in Chinese

#2 – American Truck Simulator in Chinese

#3 – RV Golf Online in Chinese

#4 – Puzzle Poker in Chinese

#5 – Detention in Chinese

#6 – Rise of the Tomb Raider in Chinese

#7 – Rage in Peace in Chinese

#8 – Football Manager 2019 in Chinese

#9 – Farm Manager 2019 in Chinese

#10 – Cluedo Online in Chinese


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There are several benefits of video games such as improving co-ordination, problem-solving, memory and multi-tasking.

Maybe you can add one more benefit to that list. Speaking mandarin!

There is no reason your enjoyment for video games can’t be harnessed to enhance your Chinese abilities through Chinese gaming.

If you’re looking for some story-driven adventures that will keep you entertained plus be testing your Chinese listening skills and Chinese reading skills.

Look no further than this list we’ve put together of the top 10 PC games to enhance your Chinese listening skills:

#1 Age of Empires 2 in Chinese

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Age of Empires in Chinese

An oldie but a goldie.

Build your empire, destroy your enemies, learn the characters for wood, stone, gold and food.

If you’re a child of the 90’s this should be your number one choice for Chinese gaming; thrilling adventures and a fun way to learn Chinese for free!

Chinese words you should know:

  • Food – 食物 shíwù
  • Wood – 木 mù
  • Gold – 金 jīn
  • Stone – 石 shí

You might find some similarities to these 100 common Chinese Characters

#2 American Truck Simulator in Chinese

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Truck Simulator in Chinese

Trying to learn directions in Chinese?

This game is perfect for you. You’ll have to listen carefully to your GPS system giving you directions in Mandarin.

All the while you’ll be delivering packages all across the United States.

Chinese words and Chinese phrases you should know:

  • Straight – 直走 Zhí zǒu
  • Left – 左 Zuǒ
  • Turn right – 右转 Yòu zhuǎn
  • Turn around – 掉头 Diào tóu

#3 RV Golf Online in Chinese

Golf in Chinese
Golf in Chinese

Want to learn golf in Chinese?

You’ll be able to really impress your Chinese colleagues with your Chinese golf terminology after playing RV golf in Chinese.

Chinese words and Chinese phrases you should know for playing golf are as follows:

  • Hole-in-one – 一杆进洞 yī gǎn jìn dòng
  • Green – 绿色 lǜ sè
  • Putt – 推杆 tuī gǎn
  • Birdie – 小鸟 xiǎo niǎo

#4 Puzzle Poker in Chinese

Poker in Chinese
Poker in Chinese

Got a high stakes poker game in the hutong‘s this Friday night?

Might be helpful to know poker in Chinese. Check out puzzle poker in Chinese.

You’ll know how to raise, fold and lose all your money in no time!

Chinese words you should know:

  • Bet – 打赌 dǎdǔ
  • Raise – 提高 tígāo
  • Fold – 折 zhé
  • Check – 校验 jiào yàn

#5 Detention in Chinese

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Detention in Chinese

Want to learn Chinese Characters while being scared half to death?

Perfect we’ve got the game for you.

There’s no audio in the game, it’s all text based so you’ll have to keep a Chinese character dictionary or dictionary app close.

DID YOU KNOW – Detention is a horror game set in 1960s Taiwan under martial law.

It incorporated religious elements based in Taiwanese/Chinese culture and mythology.

Chinese words and Chinese phrases you should know:

  • Taiwan – 台湾 Táiwān
  • Horror – 恐怖 kǒngbù
  • Chinese culture – 中国文化 zhōngguó wénhuà
  • Chinese mythology – 中国神话 zhōngguó shénhuà

#6 Rise Of The Tomb Raider in Chinese

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Tomb Raider in Chinese

Explore ancient worlds, battle a ruthless rogue organisation, practice your Chinese reading and Chinese listening skills.

Sounds pretty good right?

Join Lara’s Journey in Mandarin in this action-packed game.

Fully supported in Chinese audio and subtitles.

Chinese words you should know:

  • Treasure – 宝藏 bǎozàng
  • Brawler – 争竞 zhēngjìng
  • Hunter – 猎人 lièrén
  • Survivor – 幸存者 xìngcún zhě

Like Lara Croft? Maybe you’ll enjoy reading our blog on Superheroes in Chinese.

#7 Rage In Peace In Chinese

Rage In Peace in Chinese
Rage In Peace in Chinese

In this game, you are Timmy a short cartoon character just trying to get through his day without getting his head cut off…

Yes, you read that correctly.

The controls are simple enough but there’s no audio, all text.

You’ll have to read in Chinese if you wish to keep up with the storyline.

Chinese words and Chinese phrases you should know:

  • Grim Reaper – 死神 sǐshén
  • Die – 死 sǐ
  • Traps – 陷阱 xiànjǐng
  • Pyjamas – 睡衣 shuìyī

#8 Football Manager 2019 in Chinese

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Football Manager in Chinese

Love football and love learning mandarin?

Check out football manager 2019.

It’s like playing fantasy football but you get to learn football vocabulary in Chinese at the same time.

Manage all your favourite players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in an unstoppable team while learning all about football in Chinese.

Chinese words and Chinese phrases you should know:

  • Football – 足球 zúqiú
  • Manager – 经理 jīnglǐ
  • Contract – 合同 hétóng
  • Players – 玩家 wánjiā

#9 Farm Manager 2019 in Chinese

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Farm Manager in Chinese

Farm Manager is a real-time strategy game, ideal for your Chinese gaming needs.

You’ll be designing the layout of your farm, deciding what equipment to buy, what crops to grow and learning how to read Chinese characters at the same time!

This game has great graphics and can be played at your own pace.

You’ll have all the animals in Chinese and plants in Chinese mastered after playing this game.

  • Tractor – 拖拉机 Tuōlājī
  • Crops – 作物 zuòwù
  • Livestock – 家畜 jiāchù
  • Barn – 谷仓 gǔ cāng

#10 Cluedo Online in Chinese

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Cluedo in Chinese

The classic game of who done it?

While you’re wrapped up in the murder mystery you’ll incidentally be learning the names of rooms in Chinese and how to say “Colonel Mustard with the dagger”.

  • Candlestick – 檠 qíng
  • Knife – 刀 dāo
  • Rope – 绳 shéng
  • Revolver – 左轮手枪 zuǒlún shǒuqiāng

So now we’ve picked up some new games, how about we learn some more vocab related to gaming in Chinese?

Chinese Gaming – Words and Characters You Must Learn!

If you grew up during the 90’s and enjoyed video games, you were likely under the same influence as yours truly when you got your first Nintendo Entertainment System (红白机 hóngbáijī, lit. Red and White Machine).

Ever since then Nintendo (任天堂 rèntiāntáng) has remained a powerhouse with a plethora of famous video games, which are both family-friendly and memorable, due to their unique characters and storylines.

Many years later, I still find myself drooling over new games of the various series and the combination of all of them in the massively popular fighting game, Super Smash Bros (任天堂明星大乱斗 rèntiāntáng míngxīng dàluàndòu, lit. Nintendo Star Brawl), which enjoys a following even here in China!

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Super Mario Bros Vocab

Super Mario Bros (超级马里奥兄弟 chāojí mǎlǐ’ào xiōngdi)

Super Mario Bros recounts the tale of the Italian plumber brothers Mario (马里奥 mǎlǐ’ào) and Luigi (路易基 lùyìjī), who go down pipes and through tunnels to save Mario’s beloved one, Princess Peach (碧琪公主 bìqí gōngzhǔ), from the clutches of the evil tortoise-like Bowser (库巴 kùbā, lit. Koopa).

Each time they reach a new castle and the end of the level, a friendly mushroom-like Toad (奇诺比奥 qínuòbǐào, lit. Kinopio) apologizes to them and says that Peach is in another castle.

Legend of Zelda Vocab

Legend of Zelda (塞尔达传说 [sāiěrdá chuánshuō)

In the Legend of Zelda, the main hero Link (林克 línkè) travels the lands in search for yet another princess, Zelda (塞尔达 sāiěrdá), and battles the evil warlord Ganondorf (加农 jiānóng).

He has to solve various puzzles, play various musical instruments and sometimes even turn into a wolf to accomplish his goals.

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Donkey Kong Vocab

Donkey Kong (大金刚 dàjīngāng)

Donkey Kong is among the first games created by Nintendo, and features the gorilla character Donkey Kong as the antagonist.

He is in charge of hindering the main player, Jumpman (跳跃人 tiàoyuè rén), later renamed to Mario), from getting to his girlfriend Pauline (保琳 bǎolín), by throwing barrels and fireballs at him.

Metroid Vocab

Metroid (密特罗德 mìtèluódé)

Metroid is a science-fiction action game, where the protagonist female bounty hunter Samus Aran (萨姆丝 阿兰 sàmǔsī ālán) has to run through various missions, protecting the galaxy from Space Pirates (宇宙海盗 yǔzhòu hǎidào) and their plans for world domination.

She travels through many caverns of various planets in her quest to destroy the cybernetic lifeform Mother Brain (母脑 mǔnǎo).

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  • Yoshi – 耀西 yàoxī
  • Castle – 城堡 chéngbǎo
  • Pipe – 水管 shuǐguǎn
  • Hyrule – 海拉尔 hǎilā’ěr
  • Triforce – 三角力量 sānjiǎo lìliàng
  • Ocarina of Time – 时之笛 shí zhī dí
  • Gorilla – 大猩猩 dà xīngxing
  • Rain Forest – 热带丛林 rèdài cónglín
  • Rolling Barrels – 滚筒 gǔntǒng
  • Galaxy Federation – 银河联邦 yínhé liánbāng
  • Galactic Warrior – 银河战士 yínhé zhànshi

There it is, your complete guide to Chinese Gaming and combining your two favourite things!

What’s your favourite from the list above? Want us to translate your favourite game? Comment and let us know below!

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Chinese Gaming – FAQ’s

How do you say Computer in Chinese?

电脑 Diànnǎo

How do you say Computer Game in Chinese?

电脑游戏 Diànnǎo yóuxì

Is Computer Gaming popular in China?

Absolutely! China is home to one of the most popular online gaming communities in the world.

How do you say Nintendo in Chinese?

任天堂 rèntiāntáng

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