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The Typing of the Dead (Windows)

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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).


The Typing of the Dead Windows Menu
The Typing of the Dead Windows Strange words
The Typing of the Dead Windows Typing Tutorial
The Typing of the Dead Windows Some kind of sea mutant

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 Kadath Bird (712) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
This is... funny אולג 小奥 (168604) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
WASD is not most dangerous four letter word in gaming lasttoblame (393) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
type or die... but for experienced typists only tante totti (15) unrated
The greatest typing tutor ever programmed. Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated

The Press Says

All Game Guide 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Oct 09, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Feb 24, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
GameSpot Oct 09, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamezilla Oct 17, 2001 72 out of 100 72
Shooterplanet Aug 15, 2004 69 out of 100 69
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult Mar 29, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gamesmania Feb 11, 2001 48 out of 100 48
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2001 21 out of 100 21


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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.


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

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Alan Chan (3601) added The Typing of the Dead (Windows) on Feb 03, 2001
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