It feels rewarding getting those high PR scores back for your weekly transcripts, but sometimes a more immediate reward can be more satisfying. As well as improving your speed and accuracy, typing games can quench that all too familiar desire for instance gratification’? Your computer can be telling you, ‘Great job! Your typing is top notch’ as you go! The following are two of the best typing games I’ve played that use typing as a game-mechanic in fun, silly and interesting ways.
Words by TN Transcriber Emily M
Best Typing Games
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill
Want to put your speedy typing to the test against hordes of zombies? In The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, words are your bullets. In this spin-off of the classic House of the Dead series, you shoot zombies by typing the words that appear on their bodies while following a ridiculous plot full of B-movie style tropes, characters and dialogue.
If you haven’t played many video games before, don’t worry! Your character moves on their own, so you don’t even have to learn any controls – all you have to do is type the words. As you type the words that appear, there is a bullet sound for every correct letter. When you successfully type the word, the zombie falls to the floor.
As well as a story mode there are mini-games. My favourite mode is called ‘Stayin Alive’, in which you simply defeat waves of zombies that increase in difficulty. This can work as a great ten minute break from transcription, and offers a great measurement of your personal typing improvement as you beat your own high score.
What makes this game perfect for transcribers is that it rewards accuracy and calmness as well as typing speed, which we all know to be valuable skills. You have to type quickly to stay on top of the horde, but a typo or misspelling means you lose your flow and can just as easily get overwhelmed. Your screen is filled with zombies and words, and you panic as you figure out which word needs to be typed next to avoid being eaten alive. To succeed, you must find the right middle ground, in which you are typing as fast as you can while maintaining 100% accuracy. Sound familiar?
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill
is available for £14.99 on Steam
and The Humble Store
, but both sites regularly have big sales. I picked up this game two years ago for a couple of quid.
Epistory – Typing Chronicles
Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a lovely RPG in which you control a girl riding a fox in a beautiful origami world, defeating obstacles ranging from fallen trees to monsters by typing the words above them. This game is a little more unique and complex. As the narrator tells the story of a girl on a quest to find inspiration to write her latest book, you explore the world and level up, solving puzzles and gaining magical powers of your choosing.
Don’t let the pleasant landscape fool you; I found Epistory – Typing Chronicles can be more of a challenge than The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, as it offers an adaptive difficulty. If you are clearly finding the typing too easy, the game will cleverly increase the difficulty, which makes it feel all the more rewarding. You are given statistics on your typing, so can once again track your improvement and pat yourself on your back. There is also a competitive arena, where you can show off your typing skills by defeating other players!
As well as tracking your own typing scores, both games compare your scores with other players. I’m sure that, as seasoned typists, we excellent transcribers at Take Note can show the scoreboards what we’re made of.
Neither games need powerful computers to run, but I’d recommend checking the specifications (which can be found on the store pages) before you spend the money. Steam does offer refunds if you find that either game doesn’t work on your computer.