The Typing of the Dead

  • Developer: Wow Entertainment, Inc.
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Windows (1999)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.0/10 - 6 votes
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Game Overview

Make no mistake about it, The Typing of the Dead is a freaking weird game. It is weird, but it is also awesome and it is by a mile the best typing tool/tutor or whatever you want to call it I have had the pleasure to play. Taking Sega’s hit arcade light gun shooter and then putting typing into the mix sounds like a strange idea, but it works far better than anyone could have ever imagined.

Don’t Come!

The story of the game is the same as it was in House of the Dead 2. That is because The Typing of the Dead is that game, but with a keyboard instead of a gun. You play as one of two agents who have been sent to Italy to find the missing agent G and you end up trying to put a stop to a zombie outbreak caused by a madman who wants to take over the Earth.

The game is well known for having horrendous voice acting, but it is the kind of voice acting that is so bad it is funny as hell and has a lot of charm to it. Most of the time you will end up skipping the cut scenes, but I think it has a nice B movie kind of charm to it.

Words Are Weapons

The gameplay of this is pretty fun. You have to type to kill the zombies instead of shooting them. The early part of the game will have zombies and monsters appear with just one small word, you type this before the box goes red and they die. It is as simple as that. As you progress through the game things get much tougher. As well as longer words, The Typing of the Dead will throw full phrases and questions that you must answer your way. The boss battles usually have a bit of a gimmick of their own too!

The gameplay is fun and it sounds easy, but even seasoned typists will struggle here. While as an actual video game this is a lot of fun. I do not doubt that this will make you a better typist. You have plenty of game modes with there being a straight port of the arcade game, an original mode, a boss rush, and a drill mode too. You even have multiple endings so playing through the game multiple times is a must.

That Is Not A Proton Pack!

The presentation of the game is great. It has the look of a Dreamcast game. I mean that in terms of the visuals and also because your main character has a Dreamcast on their back in the same way a Ghostbuster has a Proton pack. I found this hilarious and it helps add to the campy charm of the game. There is a decent variety to the locations you will blasting monsters in and overall, I like the whole style of the game.

I know that The Typing of the Dead is an odd game to talk about, but I have still even after all these years never found a person who has played this game that did not have a lot of fun with it. This may sound crazy, but I would play this over the standard House of the Dead 2 any day. This is a fun video game, but as a typing tool, it is also fantastic and will 100 percent make you a more efficient typist. Plus, if we do ever end up in a zombie apocalypse that requires typing skills to survive you will be fine!


Final Score


  • The game is really fun
  • The voice acting is so bad and cringy that it is awesome
  • Wearing a Dreamcast on your back is cool
  • The game will help you become a better typist
  • It has a ton of game modes


  • Some might find the bad voice acting more annoying than charming
  • I do wish they did House of the Dead 3 and 4 in this style too!

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-100

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:The Typing of the Dead supports single modeSingle game mode

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