The Typing Of The Braindead: Type Hard

By Alec Meer on August 9th, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

Botulism! Just like old times.

I tried to look for a logical reason why typing strange and complicated words at angry Counter-Strike players at a LAN party would possibly calm them down, but then I remembered that Type Hard is based on The Typing of the Dead, a game which posits a world in which zombies can be killed with words. So it’s probably best to just go with this one, and indeed to enjoy the fantasy that online trolls really can be talked into submission by smarter minds. Ah, if only.

More fruit from the fascinating, strange tree that was this year’s Assembly Festival (which also brought us woodworking with a lightsaber), Type Hard is similarly technically accomplished and crazy as a bag of greasels. It does feature online leaderboards and bossfights, but there’s otherwise not a lot more to it – nor does there need to be. Plus, the frantic bleepocalypse that is its soundtrack lends a certain sense of manic desperation that the more ambling TTOTD sometimes lacked. Does mean my startled, exhausted brain does now feel like I’ve just gone ten rounds in the mental gym with Professor X, however.

Type Hard placed third in Assembly 2011′s game dev compo, and is the fruit of four students who’ve only been at this game-making lark for 18 months. Good work, those students.

That doesn’t really convey the outright, blinding, high-speed madness of the thing (nor does it entirely make sense to anyone who didn’t attend Assembly), but it’s all a lot more straightforward (relatively speaking) in practice: you can try it for yourself here.

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14 Comments »

  1. N says:

    Type hard and die harder

  2. Aloshi says:

    That reminds me, why hasn’t Typing of the Dead been released on Steam? And why hasn’t Typing of the Dead 2 been translated to English?

  3. fallingmagpie says:

    You are news on their website!

  4. gornmyson says:

    The headline for this post should so have been Counter-Stroke.

    Looks fun. Typing of the dead was ace, and actually helped, too.

  5. Yorick says:

    What is a “nuthatch”, an awesome slang word for your fly?

  6. karry says:

    “then I remembered that Type Hard is based on The Typing of the Dead”

    Does it explicitly say that anywhere ?
    Or did you just assume ?

  7. pakoito says:

    THE FUCK IS THIS

    THE FUCK WAS THAT

  8. lobstilops says:

    Most epic trailer for a typing game ever.

  9. Squishpoke says:

    This game is too damn hard.

  10. dX9b99ge3W2 says:

    Typing of the Dead is a great game, I even own a f’ing Dreamcast keyboard.

  11. n3burgener says:

    I wrote a brief review of Type Hard, if anyone’s interested in reading some more about the game before downloading it. It’s actually a surprisingly engaging game that manages to get my adrenaline pumping. It’s also fairly addicting once you get into the groove. Rather good for such a simple thing.

    http://thenocturnalrambler.blogspot.com/2011/08/type-harder-not-smarter.html