The Typing of the Dead (Dreamcast)

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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 Dreamcast How to Play, Part 1
The Typing of the Dead Dreamcast Sweet Backpack
The Typing of the Dead Dreamcast Zombies Like to Read, Too
The Typing of the Dead Dreamcast Boss Battle

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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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I don't think I've seen anything more bizarre in my life...but I sure as hell liked it! Satoshi Kunsai (2085) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2001 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Sep 11, 2004 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Apr 11, 2000 8.7 out of 10 87
HappyPuppy Feb 05, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.) Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Feb 19, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Feb 01, 2001 B 75
Video Games May, 2000 3 out of 10 30


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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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