The Typing of the Dead


Publisher: Sega
Hardware: Naomi Cart
Year: 2000
Controls: 1 Keyboard Per Player
Number of Players: 2 players
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Ported To: Dreamcast


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What do you get when you take House of the Dead 2, remove the gun support, and add support for the Dreamcast keyboard? That's right, it's Typing of the Dead, Sega's typing tutor for the Dreamcast. The concept sounds extremely strange, but in practice, Typing of the Dead is extremely fun. And like Bill Cosby used to say, "You just might learn something by the time we're done."

Probably the coolest feature about Typing of the Dead is its sense of humor. It would be easy for the words and phrases contained in the game to be extremely dry and meaningless, but the game has tons of different phrases - some of the boss fights even tell a little story with the phrases as you type. Phrases like "yellow zebra" and "Internet crime" are fairly common, but the game mixes up its phrases enough to give the game a lot of replay value - perhaps even more than the original House of the Dead 2.

Graphically, the game looks just like House of the Dead 2, with a few exceptions. Instead of running around with guns, your posse members are each strapped with a keyboard at chest height, and they each have a Dreamcast unit and large battery strapped to their backs. Instead of axes and other gory elements, some of the monsters are packing maracas, mallets, and other cartoonish weapons. The soundtrack is identical to House of the Dead 2, complete with the amazingly horrible, yet horribly funny, voice work.


(Description written by: Jeff Gerstmann)

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