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The Typing of the Dead

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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Dreamcast
84
3.6
Windows
65
3.2
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Description

This is essentially the same game as the arcade light-gun rail-shooter House of the Dead 2, except they've turned it into a edu-tainment typing trainer. Instead of guns, your characters have keyboards strapped to them, and instead of shooting the zombies that constantly jump out at you you'll need to type out the words attached to the zombies in order to kill them before they crack open your head and feast upon the goo inside. The game ranks you on your typing speed and provides various tutorials and other edu-tainment sundries.

Otherwise it's pretty much the same game as House of the Dead 2. Much like the Resident Evil series, the zombie hordes have gone from infesting a vaguely gothic creepy old mansion to infesting a vaguely gothic decaying city, and its your job to stop them and save the human race (as usual).

Screenshots

The Typing of the Dead Windows Menu
The Typing of the Dead Windows Some kind of sea mutant
The Typing of the Dead Dreamcast Zombies Like to Read, Too
The Typing of the Dead Dreamcast Sweet Backpack

Alternate Titles

  • "死亡打字機" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "死亡打字员" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ザ・タイピング・オブ・ザ・デッド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

This quirky and clever "Port" is a fun time waster Windows Kadath Bird (706)
This is... funny Windows אולג 小奥 (168964)
WASD is not most dangerous four letter word in gaming Windows lasttoblame (393)
I don't think I've seen anything more bizarre in my life...but I sure as hell liked it! Dreamcast Satoshi Kunsai (1813)
type or die... but for experienced typists only Windows tante totti (15)
The greatest typing tutor ever programmed. Windows Dr.Bedlam (53)

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Oct, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Dreamcast Sep 11, 2004 89 out of 100 89
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.) Dreamcast Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro Windows Mar 31, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
SegaFan.com Windows Feb 24, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamezilla Windows Oct 17, 2001 72 out of 100 72
Shooterplanet Windows Aug 15, 2004 69 out of 100 69
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 6 out of 10 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 2001 21 out of 100 21

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Typing of the Dead appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

M-Rated

Quite possibly the only M-rated typing game (or edutainment for that matter).

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