The Typing of the Dead
Windows - 2000
Description of The Typing of the Dead
The Typing of the Dead is a fun and addictive typing "game" from SEGA, essentially taking House of the Dead 2 and replacing the player's gun with a keyboard.
This review of the Dreamcast version (which is identical to this PC download in every aspect except the PC replaces a couple of game modes with IPX multiplayer) at GameCritics.com says it all: "A perfect example of such creative, atypical game design is Typing Of The Dead—published by Sega and designed by in-house team Smilebit.
Typing Of The Dead is a bizarre little game, the likes of which has never been attempted before to my knowledge. [The game] takes the entire content and framework of the arcade-style shooter House Of The Dead 2, but replaces the light-gun with a keyboard as the main method of interaction. Players still progress through the game in a first-person perspective while countless hordes of zombies, monsters and various other enemies attack, but the twist here is that each creature has letters, words or phrases floating in front of them. Players eliminate the unsavory elements by typing the appropriate combination of characters in a speedy and (hopefully) error-free manner.
To add some spice, each stage contains one or two short challenges with special requirements in addition to the general task of zombie depopulation. The game also includes a full-fledged tutorial which instructs the virtues of touch typing, as well as a choice between Arcade, Original, [or multiplayer] modes for gameplay enjoyment once a sufficient level of secretarial skill has been mastered.
Typing Of The Dead is a crazy, irreverent game, and such madness needs to be cherished whenever it appears, in my opinion. There's definitely an intrinsic, enjoyable quality to blowing off a zombie's head by typing the words "Rhythm Method." While some may not immediately see the appeal or value of a game that is played by typing, all it takes is five minutes on the keyboard to turn a crowd of naysayers into party people having a good time.
The main draw here is that the game is just raw, unadulterated fun. While House Of The Dead and its sequel were good gun games, Typing Of The Dead is just so much more enjoyable due to the funny words and phrases which add to the level of irreverence Smilebit aims at itself. With phrases and snippets like "I'll take him for 8 dollars." "La Dolce Vita," "Stop chewing on my toenails" and "Golf is seventeen holes too long," the silliness factor is a perfect match for the incredibly cheesy voices and stiff story scenes that the House series is famous for.
The difference here is that it while it was embarrassingly bad in House Of The Dead, it works to create a comical B-movie atmosphere that makes people crack up while delivering the big sleep to hordes of evil leg-draggers in Typing Of The Dead. A brilliant way the game subtly increases the appeal to people looking for a good dose of fun, the game has an excellent difficulty-adjustment system in place which makes sure players don't get overly frustrated. While going through a stage, the game will throw out long words and phrases with the first few zombies. If the player can type out the words quickly and with few errors, the zombies' floating marquees get longer and progressively more difficult the further a player goes without taking damage.
Conversely, if a player's fingers fumble and you start losing chunks of flesh to the rotters, the game picks up on this immediately and shortens the required inputs starting with the very next enemy. Going from "Burned lingonberry pancakes" to "Disco ball" is a big difference, and makes it more enjoyable and accessible to those who aren't good friends with Mavis Beacon."
Highly recommended, even for HOTD2 veterans.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Danny Ramirez 2021-10-02 1 point
The game only wants to appear on my second monitor and I'm not sure how to choose what monitor I want it to play on, anybody have any advice for this?
Mr. Chanrotha 2021-09-20 1 point
Well, I want to improve my typing skill because i work with my PC every day .
ARCHTANK 2021-07-29 1 point
Such an interesting idea, and I think it works well.
It's also funny to see the characters running around with fold out keyboards.
Pasta 2021-07-09 0 point
I can't get it to work at all. Installer runs does it's thing but when I try to run the game it says something about graphic not supported something like that, please help I'm not a huge computer person......
Star Lover 2021-06-07 0 point
Downloaded the RIP version. Didn't work.
Downloaded the ISO version. Didn't work.
Downloaded the Fix. It worked, but...
Running the game using TODUS.EXE didn't work.
Needed to run the game using the AUTORUN.EXE.
The interface is a bit dated, and I worry that the game might crash the computer because of compatibility issues, but so far it's been working and is entertaining.
Bought you guys some coffees.
Thanks for preserving old games.
VA 2021-05-25 1 point
thanks for this ive got so many memories of playing this game ive got one problem though so i went to set the game up on my computer went into the folder containing all the files and clicked on the install file and after asking if i wanted to let it make changes to my computer a small popup appered telling me it couldnt find install.dat (it was directly below the install file) would reinstalling it fix the issue or is there something else i could do to fix this?
W 2021-04-02 13 points
For those not having sound, you need to run "setup.bat" after you run "install.exe" but BEFORE you run the game itself. That will add sound.
My question: how do you return to the menu other than quitting and starting over?
Dixie Normous 2021-03-18 1 point
Hey Fat Weiner, I like your comment. I too enjoy long walks on the beech
BortOfTheDead 2021-03-05 0 point
Thanks a ton for posting this game, I've always wanted to play this so I really appreciate it. I'm really into improving my typing now, idk why - probably because i spend so much time typing all day for my job. So this is a cool way to improve it while also playing one of my favorite games from my childhood (rest in peace, arcades - you will never know how much they meant to some of us growing up)
I also didn't have sound until I ran the .bat Setup file - then everything worked great
tspike7 2021-01-01 1 point
Thanks!!! It works great now. just had to right-click and open it in compatibility mode. Otherwise I got a "no usable graphics card" kind of error.
Greydrop 2020-12-10 2 points
To fix the sound you need to double click on the setup.bat file. It's in the directions of the INSTRUCTIONS text file.
Omid 2020-11-22 -1 point
lak ich habe es vor 6 jahren gespielt und es hat spasssss gemacht deswesen will ich es runterladen und spielen wallah ich hab das mal gehabt also mein bruder wer das bin zum ende gelesen hat ist hobbylos
Heikai 2020-11-22 1 point
I'm too quick to comment. Everything works fine. Just run the batch file.
Heikai 2020-11-22 0 point
The "Tod_e" exe doesn't launch for me. I tried running as administrator also.
other commenters are dumb 2020-11-22 0 point
Works brilliantly on Windows 10. Thanks for the upload!
Zx 2020-11-05 -1 point
Thanks a bunch for an awesome game! It worked like a charm on my windows 10 computer. I love this game and would gladly buy it if that was possible.
Mushahid 2020-09-24 0 point
When I was a kid I used to Play this game a lot, but then for so many years I didn't played it. But now I am again going to play this game to recall my childhood memories and to improve my typing skills while enjoying the game. Thanks for this game.
Danny Stewart 2020-07-31 0 point
I cannot type number while playing this game. What should I do?
RK 2020-07-29 -2 points
any tips in running network mode, it will simply hang a few seconds after connected in local lan.
gamerboy 2020-07-26 1 point
saw this game on TerminalMontage channel
the video about this game is gold
Lee 2020-06-16 -7 points
Beware. Typing of the Dead could be malware.
Typing of the Dead did not install correctly but created a password protected file that could not be deleted without using a second OS.
DreymaR 2020-06-12 0 point
For everyone saying "NO SOUND": You need to unpack the compressed sound files.
Jeff 2020-06-10 3 points
Can someone please post how to install this properly please :) I'm struggling to get it to run.
PR 2020-04-30 0 point
i like this typing because it make me improved the typing and it like game but it have the useful thank for made this programe
typing king on the rise 2020-04-23 4 points
Whenever I want to launch I get "Not Support Graphic Device" is there a fix to this? (I downloaded RIP and ISO
SunFist 2020-04-02 1 point
My brothers are about to get a job in a call center and I think that this game will be a good way to better they typing. Thank You for upload this file I hope everything is good.
Observer 2020-04-01 -4 points
The world is full of different kinds of people! Some assume they should just get anything they want for free, others make an effort to show appreciation. What sort will you be today?
runket 2020-02-24 1 point
The installer doesn't seem to be completing even when it has reached 100%. Is there any way I could fix this?
JARED 2020-01-31 0 point
after download then click which command coz after download still can't operations
Kai 2020-01-07 1 point
Has anyone ever come across the Japanese version of this. Learning JP atm and it would be real helpful to have it!!
AngKangThong 2019-12-03 2 points
I want to play this game so much and i want to study about typing
Sarah 2019-11-18 1 point
hi this is my first time playing this game so i think i will have a little difficulties in typing
but the earlier problem that i will face is downloading that may take some time
i hope i will play well i want to be a good typer hope this game make me put into top 10 player just kidding
Mr Touseef 2019-11-07 3 points
this is gonna be the best typing game that i have ever had , it improved my typing skills ,
for me it is the best typing game as compared to all other typing games.
Andrew Wong 2019-09-24 4 points
For those found there is no sound. please try to execute the setup.bat in the folder.
pile 2019-05-09 17 points
i found a trick for red blood
-go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\SEGA\The Typing of The Dead US\tex"
-copy and paste "scr_blood_red.bin"
-and rename the pasted one into "scr_blood_green.bin"
yeah bloody shizzle
pile 2019-05-08 0 point
its kool but i want red blood and is that bellow windows 10 patch or what
blamemehjones 2019-03-30 0 point
CD Key wont work. Keeps saying I need to input the key but where? I tried literally everything and the most I get is a black screen and something about NVIDIA lighting then a not responding error. Oh well.
adnan 2019-02-08 3 points
this game is so good for developing the skill of typing.
when i was kid i play it alot due to which now a day my typing speed is 70 wpm without taking any type of classes for typing.
Arif rezaei 2019-01-29 3 points
I used to play this game when I was a kid.
And right now after many years I'm gonna download and play it again.
raqeebullah seemabb 2019-01-14 0 point
indeed the game typing of the dead is my typing tutor,it taught me much more
Sader 2018-12-16 1 point
This Game Is Awesome! It Is Very Usefull FOR Typing. Thanks So Much????
Dae Thara 2018-12-08 0 point
I really like this game and trying to make myself in typing lesson.
Vanthy 2018-09-17 1 point
this game is cool i didnt know how to beat the three dargons but thank you the game
Shadab 2018-08-25 -1 point
I played this game... It's an enjoying material as well as learning tool
Seven VannaK 2018-08-23 0 point
I like this game it is more important than game because it have improve my typing skill
raqeebz seemabb 2018-08-01 1 point
The game the typing of the dead is one of the fantastic games I have ever played
Dogo 2018-05-31 0 point
This game is so much fun! Sometimes I couldn't stop laughing at the ludicrous sentences the game came up with and got myself killed a few times! The earlier levels are easy enough, but eventually it evolves to full sentences.
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