The Typing of the Dead

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The Typing of the Dead

The Typing of the Dead
Publisher: Sega

Developer: WOW Entertainment, Smilebit PCs H.I.C.

System(s): Sega NAOMI, Dreamcast, PC

Genre: Action















Release Date RRP Code
Arcade JP 1999 ¥?  ?
Sega Dreamcast JP 2000-03-30 ¥4,800  ?
Sega Dreamcast US 2001-01-23 $?  ?
PCs JP 2000-12-07 ¥? HCJ-0405
PCs JP (US Edition) 2001-09-20 ¥4,980  ?
PCs US 2000-09-23 $?  ?
PCs EU 2001-09-23 £?  ?


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The Typing of the Dead (ザ・タイピング・オブ・ザ・デッド) is a Sega NAOMI game released in 1999 based on The House of the Dead 2. While the latter is a standard light gun shooter, Typing replaces the gun with the keyboard.

While the game is an educational game, as it requires players to enhance their typing skills to be successful, it has been praised by critics primarily for its comedic content. It was later brought to the Sega Dreamcast and Windows PCs.

The success of this game, particularly in Japan, led to many variations of The Typing of the Dead. This article covers the original NAOMI arcade version and its ports to the Sega Dreamcast and Windows PCs. It also includes the Japanese release of The Typing of the Dead US Edition (ザ・タイピング・オブ・ザ・デッド USエディション), as this is the Japanese release of the US version of the game. For the Japanese-only variants, see The Typing of the Dead 2003, The Typing of the Dead 2004 and The Typing of the Dead Syoukai.

Contents

Plot

The plot of the game follows that of The House of the Dead 2 almost completely. The story begins on February 26, 2000, where another zombie outbreak has occurred and several AMS agents have been dispatched to investigate. The player can control two characters, James and Gary, who are first sent to find the original game's "G" before being tasked with restoring order. Responsibility for the outbreaks is soon traced to "Goldman," a banking tycoon and scientist who is attempting to end human control of the earth. Much of the game revolves around destroying Goldman's creations, concluding with the final boss of "the Emperor." There are three possible humorous ending sequences, dependent on how the final questions asked to defeat the Emperor were answered.

Gameplay

The Typing of the Dead has been described variously as a remake or mod of the original House of the Dead 2. Like the original, Typing of the Dead is styled as a first-person rail shooter game, but substitutes shooting zombies and other enemies with typing out words or phrases to kill them. When enemies appear, they are accompanied by a box showing a word, sentence or phrase which must be typed to neutralize the enemy. The length, and complexity, of the phrases increase during the game's progression. Other features retained include the challenges of saving survivors, which will alter the path the player character will take to his final destination, and the secrets/bonus items hidden throughout the game.

All levels contain specific challenge areas, where the player is required to kill a certain number of zombies in limited time, and are ended with a boss battle using some sort of alteration of usual gameplay (e.g. a long phrase, typing the correct answer to a question etc.) The console ports have two modes, "Original" and "Arcade," for the main storyline, as well as "Tutorial," "Drill," and "Boss" modes for additional typing training. Other changes are mostly superficial, including replacing the weapons wielded by zombies with harmless items and equipping the AMS agents with keyboards attached to backpack Dreamcasts with oversized batteries.

Releases

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The Typing of the Dead was first released for arcades in Japan in 1999 with a special arcade cabinet equipped with dual QWERTY keyboards. The game was WOW Entertainment and one of the second developments by Smilebit, a developer team from Sega which had recently spun off as a new company.

The first home console release was made for the Japanese Dreamcast market on March 30, 2000. The North American release was made the following year in January. A PC port was produced by Empire Interactive, and released in September 2001.

Another port of the game was for the PlayStation 2, titled The Typing of the Dead: Zombie Panic. This version was released exclusively in Japan in late December 2004, and was packaged with a USB keyboard. The game was mostly unchanged, disappointing observers hoping for an update of the graphics, although the Dreamcast backpacks were replaced with PS2 backpacks and new "minigames" were incorporated into the main story.

Also, in Japan the PC port had its updates as separate games. It had a total of 6 releases:

  • The Typing of the Dead JP (Romanji/Hiragana Alphabet / December 7, 2000)
  • The Typing of the Dead US (English Alphabet / September 20, 2001)
  • The Typing of the Dead 2003 (Romanji/Hiragana Alphabet / December 5, 2002)
  • The Typing of the Dead 2004 (Romanji/Hiragana Alphabet / December 4, 2003)
  • The Typing of the Dead JP Ver 2 (Romanji/Hiragana/English Alphabet / September 22, 2005)
  • The Typing of the Dead Syoukai (Romanji/Hiragana/English Alphabet / July 12, 2006)

The demos of these releases can be found on the official Typing of the Dead Japanese website.

A sequel game, The Typing of the Dead 2, was released in 2007. This version was a revision of The House of the Dead 3, and has only been released in Japan as of 2008.

Production Credits

Dreamcast Version

Producers: Rikiya Nakagawa, Shun Arai, Takayuki Kawagoe
Director: Masamitsu Shiino
Planners: Masato Shimamura, Wataru Taguchi
Designers: Makoto Takanashi, Tomoharu Tanaka
Programmers: Isao Watanabe, Naoto Takahashi, Tensei Ueda, Teruaki Nakamura, Yoshinori Hironaka
Sound Designer: Tetsuya Kawauchi
Word Editors: Osamu Shibamiya, Satoko Arima, Luke Valentine, Yoko Sasaki
Special Thanks: Jin Shimazaki, Koji Ooto, Yoshinao Satou
Created By: WOW Entertainment, Smilebit (Co-Developer)
Presented By: Sega

PC Version

Producers: Shun Arai, Rikiya Nakagawa, Takayuki Kawagoe, Masato Ozutsumi
Director: Masamitsu Shiino
Planners: Wataru Taguchi, Youichirou Inoue
Designer: Tomoharu Tanaka
Programmers: Tensei Ueda, Ryou Matsunuma, Kouji Nakamura, Teruaki Nakamura, Kunihide Izawa, Eiji Horita, Jun Fukushima
Sound Designers: Hirofumi Murasaki, Keiichi Sugiyama
Word Editors: Luke Valentine, Osamu Shibamiya, Satoko Arima, Yoko Sasaki
Special Thanks: Jin Shimazaki, Ken Seki, Luke Valentine, Nobuhiko Ishihara, Katsuji Doujun, Yasushi Nakajima, Ryousuke Kaji, Gou Tokunaga, Masaru Igarashi, Toshirou Nakayama
Created By: WOW Entertainment, Smilebit (Co-Developer)
Presented By: Sega

Empire Interactive

Design Coordinator: Benedict Wilkins
Product Manager: Stephen Wickes
Art: Phil Goldfinch, Paul Flewitt, Stephen Brennan
Lead Testers: Florence Kum, Lee Clarke
Testers: Simon Lewis, Nmlotey Nartey, Mark Klocek, Edward Albert Wilson, Christopher Giggins
Special Thanks: Tristram, Danny, Ian, Justin, James, Liz, Jimmy

Take 2 Interactive

Producer: Brian M. McGinn
VP of Business Development: Jamie Leece
VP of Publishing: Chris Mate
Graphic Artist: Christine Lagna
QA Supervisor: Frank Kirchner
Lead Tester: Stephen Thomas
Quality Assurance: Lisa Nawrot, Kai Ma, Josh Rose, Joe Covello, Stacey Sharpe, Joshua Noll, Scott Vail

Physical Scans

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Sega Dreamcast 82 Sega Retro Average
Based on 2 reviews
Publication Score Source
Consoles + 83 №101, p129
Official Dreamcast Magazine (US) 80 №12, p77
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External Links

The House of the Dead series of games
Arcade The House of the Dead (1996) | The House of the Dead 2 (1998) | The House of the Dead III (2003) | The House of the Dead 4 (2005)
Zombie Revenge (1999) | The Typing of the Dead (1999) | Ai Sareruyori Ai Shitai: The House of the Dead EX (2008)
Sega Saturn The House of the Dead (1998)
Dreamcast The House of the Dead 2 (1999) | Zombie Revenge (1999) | The Typing of the Dead (2000)
PC The House of the Dead (1998) | The Typing of the Dead (2000) | The House of the Dead 2 (2001) | The Typing of the Dead 2003 (2005) | The Typing of the Dead 2004 (2003) | The House of the Dead III (2004) | The Typing of the Dead Syoukai (2006) | The Typing of the Dead 2 (2007) | The Typing of the Dead Featuring Rakuten Minna no Shushoku Katsudou Nikki (2010) | The Typing of the Dead: Overkill (2013)
Game Boy Advance The Pinball of the Dead (2002)
Xbox The House of the Dead III (2003)
PlayStation 2 The Typing of the Dead: Zombie Panic (2004)
Nintendo DS Zombie Shiki - Eigo Ryoku Sosei Jutsu: English of the Dead (2008)
Nintendo Wii The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (2008) | The House of the Dead: Overkill (2009)
PlayStation 3 The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut (2011)
PlayStation Network The House of the Dead III (2012) | The House of the Dead 4 (2012)
iOS Zombie Uchi: Flick of the Dead (2012?) | The House of the Dead: Overkill The Lost Reels (2013)
The House of the Dead related media
Albums The House of the Dead 2 (1999) | Zombie Revenge (1999) | The House of the Dead 4 Original Sound Tracks (2005)
Books The House of the Dead Official Guide (1998) | The House of the Dead Dennou Shinan: Dr. Curien no Houkoku Sho (1998) | The House of the Dead 2 G's File (1999) | The House of the Dead 2 Perfect Guide (1999) | Zombie Revenge Perfect Guide (1999) | The House of the Dead 2 Official Strategy Guide (1999) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: The House of the Dead 2 (1999)
Film House of the Dead (2003) | House of the Dead II (2005)