Video Game Review: Typefighters (Steam Edition)
Do you think you’re a whiz with your keyboard skills? Perhaps you’re nothing more than a keyboard sloth? Then look no further, this is a game (that isn’t Typing of the Dead) which will see if your claims to keyboard stardom are right. Join Timlah as we look at this incredibly cheap and easy to play game on Steam, Typefighters.
I really enjoy a good typing game, as they get your fingers warmed up for any writing. That’s what happened in this case, as I decided I needed to find a game that would inspire me to write about it. Lo and behold, I find Typefighters, a game that’s all about typing. If that doesn’t get you in the mood to write about something, nothing is! Now, I only purchased the game because I saw it was a mere £1.19, which is cheaper than a bottle of cola in some shops or vending machines, so I really had low expectations. Having played it, I’m pretty certain I know what makes it the price that it was (That was on offer… At a 25% discount.)
|Platforms||PC, Steam (Windows, OS X and Linux)|
|Steam Release||18th April 2016|
|Price||£1.59 (non-sale) on Steam, Free version|
Of course, there’s no story to a typing game (Well, usually) and this is no different. So we’ll discontinue story from our review. Instead we’ll focus purely on the gameplay, about what makes it good, or bad.
In Typefighters, you are given a series of single player modes you can play against an AI with, or you are given the multiplayer modes, which are the same modes as the single player. I was unfortunate enough to not be able to find an online match to go and try against, so I really can’t say much for the multiplayer aspect of it. Having played the single player however, plus how much I know about the modes already, I can assure you that you’re not really missing out on much. If someone with an average Words Per Minute (WPM) of 120 plays against someone with a 50 WPM, you are onto a bad start. In this regard, the game is immediately flawed.
However, for the price of the game, you’re not looking at much for a bit of a fun game to play with someone you know has an equal typing speed/accuracy. You would need to create a game and get your friend to join you, but the mere concept of going against a complete stranger, knowing just how tricky it can be to learn to type at speeds, seems to be a bit flawed. With this said, where the game lets itself down, it does manage to claw back its dignity.
For its price, it’s got a reasonable amount of features and some amusing little extras. For instance, the menu can be typed out rather than clicked on. Therefore if you want to play a “Singleplayer”, you will need to type that word in to get to the correct menu. Whilst this doesn’t warrant £1.19 in its own rights, with the really smooth typing this game offers, it does feel like the developer, Christian Reuter, put decent effort into the game, foregoing the aforementioned flaws.
One thing I’d like to both applaud and shake my head at is one of the primary game modes: Stream mode. The concept of it is truly brilliant – A static line of words going from right to left, which you and the opponent need to type out in a battle of who is the fastest typist. If you play this on the single player mode, you go against an AI who at 2x normal speed is quite competent. However, the issue comes in that to really make this a challenge, you should turn the speed of the game mode to 2x normal speed too (as fast as it can go). Once you do this though, the words are hard to read and the AI is able to “see it” with no real issues and still a high accuracy rate (often 100%).
I’ve found the different game modes to be a lot of fun, so for the modes alone, I would recommend this game. However, in the two modes I played the most (Stream and Tug), I did find issues. The previously mentioned issues with Stream is one thing, but when playing the Tug mode, having words stuck behind the timer is a little bit of a pest. Nothing too bad, but once I got the tug line so high up, half of the word wasn’t visible to me, so I was unable to even guess what the word was. I can’t imagine that would be easy to recreate, but if I can, I will certainly get a picture of it.
The music in the game is obviously minimal to help you with paying attention to the game itself. But what it does is give you a very clean sounding game. The music is simple ambiance compared to the pong-esque sound effects of “plink, plonk”. Whilst the music sounds good, it’s not really needed. I do find having the sound effects going whilst you’re typing to be a great audio cue for if you’ve done something right or wrong on the game.
As you can imagine, a typing game isn’t exactly the fanciest when it comes to its graphics. Still, it’s nice and clean and I can’t complain. Here’s some screenshots I took during the game:
Really, the easiest way to describe this game is that there are some parts that are good, some parts that are bad. The things it does right, it does really right. The things it doesn’t do so right, it doesn’t do very well at all. I can’t comment much on the multiplayer, having been unable to get a game on there, however I would assume people would just join a random person. The match making system had better be on point, but because I haven’t been able to try it (not through lack of trying), I cannot comment on this. I will give an extra big thumbs up to the screen customisation, as without having a darker theme, I think the game would have hurt my eyes a bit with a blinding white background.
What I will comment on: The clean visual style is highly appealing and if you and a friend have a similar typing speed, then this could be a great game for bragging rights. With little quirky elements and for a devastatingly cheap price at less than a bag of chips, you really don’t have much to lose by picking this up. I’m satisfied with my purchase, but if you are the thrifty sort of person, then you can pick the game up for free minus a few features via the Typefighters website. Check it out at least, it might be your cup or tea, or it might not be. Yes, it’s flawed, but I quite like it through its flaws.
With that, we come to the end of another review. What do you think of Typefighters? Would you play a typing game like this? What do you think of the idea of modes like stream mode? Is the AI a little too easy, or even a little too hard for you? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.