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This quirky and clever "Port" is a fun time waster Windows Kaddy B. (791)
WASD is not most dangerous four letter word in gaming Windows lasttoblame (427)
I don't think I've seen anything more bizarre in my life...but I sure as hell liked it! Dreamcast Satoshi Kunsai (2093)
type or die... but for experienced typists only Windows tante totti (15)
The greatest typing tutor ever programmed. Windows Dr.Bedlam (56)

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DreamcastThe Video Game Critic (Feb 18, 2001)
Is the underlying game really much different from House of the Dead 2? Well the violence is a bit turned down; the zombies carry plungers instead of axes. The heroes run around with keyboards and Dreamcasts strapped to them, which looks hilarious. But the level designs look the same to me, so don't expect many surprises if you've already played through House of the Dead 2. I should also mention that this game seems to appeal to women - even my wife likes it.
DreamcastGame Informer Magazine (Oct, 2005)
Imagine how much fun school would have been if all typing classes feature ravenous zombies, axe-wielding freaks, and characters so dull that they actually make your teachers seem cool. Typing of the Dead is undoubtedly one of the strangest games to crawl out of Sega's workshop, but it's also one of the greatest.
DreamcastDefunct Games (Sep 11, 2004)
Frankly, you won't have more fun typing out sentences, period. There is a lot of replay due to the random words, and the game really is a lot of fun just to challenge yourself. I will admit that I loathe the official Dreamcast keyboard (and wish I could use my ergonomic keyboard), but can surprise myself each and every time I play. The game is far too short, but it's fun no matter what age you are. A class act!
DreamcastGameSpot (Apr 11, 2000)
The concept of a typing game might not sound appealing right off the bat, but Typing of the Dead is lots of fun, has lots of replay value, and, perhaps most importantly, provides yet another great use for the Dreamcast keyboard. On top of the game's fun nature, the tutorial and drill modes can actually go a long way in teaching you how to be a better touch-typist. Keyboard owners should definitely check this one out.
DreamcastHappyPuppy (Feb 05, 2001)
All things considered, Typing of the Dead turns out to be a guaranteed sleeper hit. While its edutainment background seems at odds with the subject material, these two worlds collide rather splendidly. If life was fair, this game by all rights would bite horse hiney. The former sure as heck isn't and the latter darn well doesn't, so wannabe developers must yet again admit Sega's software labs are overflowing with creative juices. It's not merely enough that the game rocks. As an added bonus, you'll also learn practical skills through gameplay. Therefore it shouldn't come as a surprise when a rash of carpal tunnel syndrome breaks out amongst otherwise healthy teens. Remember, you've been warned.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Jan, 2002)
This game is incredibly addictive. The plot doesn’t make all that much sense—I never quite figured out why the zombies were there or whom I was avenging or what happened to my coworkers by the end of the game. But ultimately, I didn’t really care. Who needs an excuse to shoot up some zombies? And you don’t have to figure out who the bad guys are—they’re easily identified by the words and phrases that pop up across their chests.
80 (Dec 05, 2011)
The bottom line is that the game proves to be an exhilarating experience that will give anyone both a challenge and a nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome. The only downside may be the difficulty. However, I might just suck at typing.
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast (Feb 19, 2001)
Anyway, whatever. Whether you look on this title as a great typing experience or a great gaming experience, suffice it to say you’ll have a great experience. If nothing else, Typing of the Dead is kooky, fun and inventive, and a worthwhile addition to any Dreamcast enthusiast’s library. Uh, provided you own one of those keyboards.
80 (UK) (Feb 15, 2001)
The Typing of the Dead is a game practically anyone can have a go at without failing to have a good time. The frantic, shifting pace allows for a game that can be played at length without growing repetitive, but the serious skills building that lies underneath the brash surface offers any player the chance to brush up on their typing talent.
WindowsGame Vortex (2001)
Typing of the Dead is the sort of game that Smilebit and Sega are known for--crazy, strange, and hellishly entertaining. Nonetheless, this PC port is definitely inferior; with the lack of a decent interface, and the forced low resolution settings, it aspires to greatness but doesn't quite make it. Nonetheless, anyone who's looking for something completely different from the norm would do well to pick up a copy of Typing of the Dead, because it's definitely unique, even if you have played House of the Dead 2 before. Now, excuse me; I have to go rest my hands for a few hours. After wiping the floor with the last boss, my hands are rather numb.
WindowsIGN (Oct 04, 2001)
If you like fun, you'll like Typing of the Dead. Plain as sunshine, that's all there is too it. It's simple and immensely addictive. If not for a few graphical and aural problems it'd be a near perfect game to waste hours upon hours on. But then, you wouldn't actually be wasting them, but studying! How's that for a little parent/boss/souse justification?
WindowsGameZone (Oct 09, 2001)
In all seriousness though, the keyboard truly is mightier than the gun. While I don't feel that ALL survival/horror games should use key strokes instead of bullets, The Typing of the Dead is a great, original game that really stands out from the crowd. It's not just another shooter, nor is it just another word game. Don't let the silly (yet appropriate) title turn you off. The Typing of the Dead is an awesome game. It only costs twenty bucks, too. When's the last time you bought a brand-new survival/horror game that was that cheap? More importantly, when's the last time you bought a $20 survival/horror game that was this good? The answer: never. Try it out for yourself and see. But be warned: you may not want to stop playing, even when your fingers are begging you to take a break. If that isn't a sign of a good game then I don't know what is.
WindowsAll Game Guide (2001)
Like the arcade and Dreamcast versions, no mouse support is provided, limiting you to menu scrolling via the keyboard, as well as the Alt-F4 combo to quit the game. Despite some localization flaws, the game is innovative and enjoyable, and should appeal to most anyone open-minded enough to give it a try. And, you learn typing skills! Typing of the Dead may be based on a dumb idea, but it's an incredibly fun game nonetheless, with effective subtle, self-deprecating humor that adds a flourish to gameplay.
WindowsJust Games Retro (Mar 31, 2007)
The only genuinely disappointing thing about this game is that it reminds me how much better I am at typing than playing House of the Dead. Typing of the Dead is not only a great example of a studio having some playful fun with an old title, but it manages to also be the best educational software I've ever used. Make sure to stick around for the credits.
Typing of the Dead, with all of its wacky, strange and niche prospects, does it all and comes out smelling like an undead rose. While it definitely won't be the game that pleases all of the gamers all of the time, anyone who finds the idea intriguing (or who wants to get their data-entry girlfriends, boyfriends or moms in on some action) will have a field day. If you haven't already got a keyboard, go buy one. This game is just one more good reason why you won't regret it.
WindowsGameSpy (Oct, 2001)
By far the best thing about The Typing of the Dead is that it actually doubles as a valid typing tutorial program. Maybe it's not on par with Mavis Beacon, but it certainly one that shows you the basics, and facilitates lots of practice for almost any age (it is violent, but mostly it's cartoonish, and the blood is green). Look at it this way, if your kids are going to sit in front of the PC playing video games anyway…
77 (Feb 24, 2009)
En mi opinión, este juego se merece no solo el reconocimiento de la crítica como uno de los más originales juegos aparecidos en el mercado, sino también el reconocimiento como obra de valor educativo de gran valía, aprender mecanografía nunca fue tan divertido como con este juego.
DreamcastElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Mar, 2001)
Without a doubt, The Typing of the Dead is the best typing-training/zombie-murder simulator I've played thus far in 2001 (yes, even better than Night of the Brain-eating Mavis Beacons for PC), but I gotta wonder how much appeal this game will have for folks who long ago played, beat and buried The House of the Dead. Aside from its typing drills, "edutainment" value and sheer novelty, this sucker doesn't offer much new. And you really need to be careful where you place your keyboard or you'll be stuck in carpal-tunnel-syndrome city for a week (my fingertips are still tingling). Still, this game delivers unique thrills, and it's fairly cheap to boot.
WindowsGameSpot (Oct 09, 2001)
The Typing of the Dead is an unusual game that might not have amazing graphics or sound, but its gameplay is unique and extremely fun. Despite its strange, silly premise, it does have a few explicitly gory sequences--some zombies turn into sloppy messes when shot down, which is why it's an M-rated game. But if you like action-packed games or horror movies, you'll probably enjoy The Typing of the Dead...and even if you don't, you might want to give it a try.
DreamcastGame Revolution (Feb 01, 2001)
As I finish typing this review, I realize that my typing speed and accuracy has improved...and I have zombies to thank for it. The more I played the game, the more I came to like it. Still, a wholehearted recommendation is hard to give. It's the same game footage as HOD2, plus two keyboards and the game itself is a lot to pay. But without a doubt, this is the most fun you can have while increasing your typing speed. Zombies make good teachers.
WindowsGamezilla (Oct 17, 2001)
What can one expect out of the game? You’ve got to have some skill at typing to get very far, and on the plus side it does provide a detailed tutorial on how to become an accomplished typist. It has an interesting plot with lots of wandering around shooting off the limbs of the walking dead. However, you shouldn’t expect too much out of the dialogue or the background music. If you are the type of person who loves a challenge, and the horror genre of videogames, then you should go purchase a copy for yourself.
WindowsGame Over Online (Jan 23, 2001)
I'm not quite sure what the intended audience is for Typing of the Dead, perhaps those younger individuals who would prefer their typing skills be taught and tested with a little more oomph. Typing of the Dead is a perfectly good typing tutor hidden in a relatively solid action game. It's certainly limiting in some respects, no spaces or capitals required, and it can become a little repetitive as you progress through the levels, but it's entertaining in it's own quirky fashion. Typing of the Dead certainly isn't for everybody, but if you're looking to improve your typing skills and don't mind an environment that fights back, you might want to look into Typing of the Dead by Sega. Now, if only someone could hide my tax program within a game, I might actually get my taxes in on time for once.
WindowsShooterplanet (Aug 15, 2004)
Ein schönes Game für zwischendurch mit viel Witz, Action und einem ungewöhnlichen Prinzip. Außerdem dient das Spiel gleichzeitig als Hilfe zum schnellen Tippen. Leider ist die Langzeitmotivation nicht gerade hoch und auch an etwas Abwechslung mangelt es. Horror- und Zombiefreunde können aber ruhig einen Blick riskieren, besonders, da das Spiel uncut erschienen ist.
WindowsPC Gamer (2000)
Sega’s added in plenty of typing drills and extra modes, such as one where you fight all the bosses in the game, one after another. Some of the words you’ll have to type are a bit odd: I’ve seen “unisex codpiece,” “brain douche,” and “male corset.” The game’s genuinely fun — for the first 10 minutes or so, before it gets repetitive. Still, I’d rather play this than Mavis Beacon Typing any day.
WindowsGamekult (Mar 29, 2001)
Au final, Typing of the Dead est un jeu facile à jouer, extrêmement fun et à la durée de vie fort sympathique avec ses différents modes, ses nombreux classements et sa difficulté bien élevée. En contre-partie, il faut savoir faire abstraction de son calamiteux aspect technique : graphismes... à chier (y'a pas d'autre mot) et mode réseau un peu limite. Un jeu vraiment sympa, mais à la réalisation indécente.
WindowsPC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
The graphics are pretty poor but, if you're anything like us, you'll spend most of your time looking down at the keys rather than at the screen. TTOTD is probably the first game where, instead of finding cheats on the Net when you get stuck, you need to hire a secretary and, as a typing teaching tool it beats Mavis Beacon to a bloody pulp. After playing, I wrote this review in just under two minutes. Thank God for spellcheckers, though.
48 (Feb 11, 2001)
House of the Dead 2 ist auf der Dreamcast in Verbindung mit einer Light-Gun einfach ein Heidenspaß. Da hat ein PC mit der Tastatur nur das Nachsehen, zumal die Grafik zum größten Teil wirklich hässlich ist. Stellenweise kommt Spaß auf, aber für den Preis eines wesentlich aufwändigeren Spiels bekommt man nichts Lohnenswertes geboten.
WindowsGameGenie (2000)
The Typing of the Dead is certainly an interesting premise, and for that it gets some s. I don't think that a sheer typing adventure has been done ever. But, the port from the Dreamcast is surely evident, and the game shows its old age in many places. I would like to see this idea in another game, but not one this ancient. It will hold your attention for a short period of time, and then end up on the shelf. And even worse, my hands hurt.
WindowsPC Player (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Worte können töten: Eigentlich ja eine ganz witzige Idee, doch der Hauptgedanke bei diesem Spiel ist sicherlich der, Dreamcast-Kunden zum Kauf der zugehörigen Tastatur zu animieren. Nach kurzer Zeit wird das Ganze recht öde, die grafischen Verbesserungen fallen nur Leuten auf, die nicht beim Tippen auf das Keyboard schauen müssen. Hilfreich ist auch nicht gerade das englische Vokabular, das hiesigen Bewohnern einfach nicht so leicht aus den Händen fließt wie Deutsch. Und trotzdem habe ich auf Anhieb drei von sechs Kapiteln geschafft. Das 15 Jahre alte Spielprinzip wirkt außerdem langsam etwas angestaubt.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Der Ansatz von Typing of the Dead ist so schräg wie genial: Schreibmaschinenkurse ersetzt es durch motivierende Action. Wer gewinnen will, muss zügig und treffsicher in die Tasten hauen können. Tutorien, Bewertungen und genaue Tipps helfen. Leider hat sich der Hersteller nicht zu einer Textübersetzung ins Deutsche bequemen können, außerdem wird das Horrospiel erst ab 18 Jahren empfohlen. Als Trainingsprogramm für Tastaturneulinge disqualifiziert es sich somit selbst.
DreamcastVideo Games (May, 2000)
The Typing of the Dead verspricht Arbeit, schweißnasse Hände und Hektik - alles, bloß keinen Spielspaß. Der blieb schon wenige Sekunden, nachdem wir zu Beginn in brüllendes Gelichter über die Agenten mit ihren vor der Brust hängenden Tastaturen ausgebrochen sind, auf der Strecke. Da helfen auch keine Arcade-, Original-. Drill, Boss- und was weiß ich noch für Modi mehr - die spielerische Substanz hinter The Typing of the Dead ist gleich Null. Man hätte es eigentlich auch als Schreibmaschinen-Lernprogramm mit Animation vermarkten können. Das aber zeugt irgendwie schon wieder von Potential für einen Kult-Titel. Wir haben aber schnell die Tastaturen wieder bei unseren Redaktions-PCs belassen und stattdessen die Lightgun aus dem Schrank geholt.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2001)
Dumm nur, dass ausschließlich englische Begriffe und Redewendungen auftauchen. Das verlangt heimischen Spielern erheblich mehr Konzentration ab als ihren englischen Leidensgenossen. Auch die müssen mit der strunzhässlichen Grafik leben. Die grob-motorischen Bewegungen verdienen die Bezeichnung Animation nicht. Selbst hart gesottene Zombie-Fans sollten Segas interaktiven Schreibmaschinenkurs meiden.