Typed to death by The Typing of the Dead

What a brilliant, twisted idea: crossing “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” with “The House of the Dead”. Whoever thought of it should be knighted. Seriously…

Monsters and zombies are attacking you from every angle, but instead of shooting them with a game pad (or keys or mouse), you type in words and phrases on the keyboard. The faster and more accurately you type: the quicker you blow the monsters to pieces. Genius! That is: unless you’re not so good at typing… But, listen: if you aren’t – keep playing this game and you’ll definitely get better! Practise really does make you improve! [Patronising introduction over].

That said: even someone who types a lot and who is reasonably quick can get caught-out with The Typing of the Dead: Overkill. The key to survival, really, is being able to type without looking at your hands. Which is easier said than done. My own personal experience is of hampering myself even further, with a black keyboard, playing it in the dark (meaning that I can’t see the keyboard at all while playing). So knowing the correct position of the starting key is all-important if you’re trying to touch type. But, hey, fuck it – let’s not kid ourselves: this is one tough son-of-a-bitch survival game however you play it. The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is beautifully-presented (and heavily influenced by Quentin Taratino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse films, and grindhouse cinema in general), and the dialogue and scenes are genuinely funny, and peppered with all kinds of fruity, bad language not seen outside of something like Planet Terror. And I haven’t even mentioned some of the phrases that come up, that you have to type to win. I lost count of the number of times I typed “Big melons” and other innuendo, though the developers stopped short of having you type REAL profanity, which is a bit of a cop-out. Still a fun game though, and highly recommended if you want to improve your typing while simultaneously shortening your lifespan due to stress.

Paul Mallinson

Loves “grabbing”. No, that is not a euphemism. “Grabbing” is a term video games magazines used in the 1990s for taking digital screenshots of games for inclusion in their printed articles. Some might call it ‘in-game photography’ – the art of taking screenshots of what you’re playing. Good grabbing requires a good eye, good timing, and good editorial skills.

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  • Nov 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm
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    I’d also advise giving a gander at the DLC!

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