Monday, October 14, 2013

Type:Rider is a Video Game for Typography Nerds

Guiding the little wheels through the wordplay world of Type:Rider
Video game nerds are not known for being the coolest guys you might run into.  But a new game for the iOS and Android platforms requires a very specialized geeky taste to appreciate.  Type:Rider is a two dimensional side-scrolling game where the player guides a little vehicle that resembles two disembodied wheels through a landscape of letters.  Your journey is a chronological one, from the beginning of the written word to modern computerized typography.  And all through the various levels of play, your progress and scoring earns rewards in the form of facts and tidbits about the history of fonts and typefaces. If you are looking for a cheap gift for a typography and design-obsessed friend, the $2.99 game should give them a nice cheap thrill.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
PC World

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Excerpt: "Type:Rider is more than just a clever play on words. It's a 2D side-scrolling platformer that not only looks cool, it teaches you about the history of typography. Everything from Garamond to Comic Sans is included in this tour of lettering. Type:Rider was designed with font nerds in mind, and that's not something you can say about many games.

The game is organized historically starting in the prehistoric past with the roots of the written word, then progressing through pictographs and finally to the modern font. The levels in Type:Rider actually use gigantic letters matching the level's theme as platforms. You might roll up a 'G' and launch yourself across a chasm, eventually coming to rest in a nice, safe 'U.'

You control a pair of dots in this game that behave like a little car. Tapping on the left and right sides of the screen sends the car-thing rolling in that direction. Tapping with a second finger while moving triggers a jump. It's a simple control scheme and it works pretty well.

Throughout each stage you'll collect glowing icons on your way to the exit. These will unlock more of the backstory in your book. You can page through it to read up on font history and design, or just power through and enjoy the game. Type:Rider uses a very cool ambient soundtrack that makes the game feel introspective and epic. You could say it's good reading music.

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