Typing of the Dead: Overkill

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Typing of the dead: Overkill fuses the horror and comedy of the legendary House of the Dead series with unique typing mechanics in order to deliver a truly original gaming experience!

This gruesome shooter puts you in the middle of a mutant outbreak in Bayou county. Blast pieces out of the zombie horde across 9 stages, one keystroke at a time, in order to save you and a friends life as you work to uncover the mystery behind the outbreak.

Key Features:

  • Randomised kill-words to make every game experience unique;

  • Your keyboard is the weapon – type bullet holes into those zombie hordes!

  • Three difficulty levels included to test your typing skills to the max as well as a special ‘hardcore’ level for true keyboard warriors!

  • Redefined HOTD gameplay to complement the new typing mechanics;

  • Full Steam integration

  • Full and faithful port of the original PS3 edition of HOTD included in game

  • Plus more to come*

  • Two-Player co-op multiplayer coming shortly after launch as free DLC

Customer reviews


I wish there were more games like this.

jonathanrflores | Feb. 18, 2015 | See all jonathanrflores's reviews »

Typing of the Dead is an on-rails zombie shooter where you type phrases on the screen to kill the zombies. If you like typing, shooting zombies, and you would like to kill zombies by typing, then definitely check out this title.

There are some downsides.

First, the phrase list in the game is actually pretty limited. You'd think that they'd have you typing all kinds of phrases, but during your first playthrough you're going to notice a lot of repeated vocabulary. To increase the number of phrases that are used in the game, you'll have to buy the DLC; I think it's a little silly to pay like three dollars just to add some words (So I didn't).

Second, this is a zombie game - great for adults. It's gross and violent and some of the monster designs are super disgusting. There is a ton of cursing. You really don't want to have little kids playing this, which is a shame because I'd love for my little cousins to have a fun typing game. Oh well.

Third, the game missed out on a lot of potential. The gameplay is pretty much the same the whole way through. Words appear on the screen, and then you type them - about as expected. But the final boss in this game changed everything. To fight the final boss, words don't appear on the screen as before. Instead, you're given a category and your job is to type as many words within that category as possible (word association). By far, the final boss was the most interesting typing experience in the game. It's sad that there weren't more mini-games like that.

Finally, I don't know about the replay value of this game. I played through the main game once (which is like five hours of typing) and I haven't played it since. Since its an on-rails game, there aren't random scenarios or places to explore; to play again, you just start the game all over again.

Keep in mind that this game is not a typing-teacher. You should already know how to type a good bit before playing. But if you're looking for a fun way to practice some typing, Typing of the Dead isn't bad. I bought it during a sale which and I thought was a decent deal.


Unique, fun gameplay, over-the-top story, and a dash of crazy

Lorddyran | Oct. 26, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »

Let me get this out of the way right away: this game is not as good as the original Typing of the Dead. The original Typing of the Dead was just as weird but took itself seriously, and that made it much funnier.

This sequel has the same basic gameplay, and there are no complaints there - but it misses out on the story side. It tries to be ridiculous and over the top, and it ends up seeming just silly, and not even in a fun way. Thankfully, though, the mediocre story is made up for by the gameplay, and it on the balance ends up being a lot of fun.


Very enjoyable

tyui123 | Sept. 11, 2014 | See all tyui123's reviews »

A game where you kill zombies (or as they're called in the game, mutants) by typing. Fun to play, hilarious dialogues and also an amazing soundtrack. Features low to high difficulties which I think add to the replayability too. I recommend this game to everyone.


Enjoyable and funny!

TPCGorillaMunch | July 19, 2014 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »

This game isn't the best tool for learning how to type quickly but it isn't bad either. If you want to improve your typing skills and kill zombies at the same time this could be the game for you.

The game can be played cooperatively and also includes mini-games and almost endless replayability due to the ability to beat your high scores. The game also includes The House of the Dead Overkill which is basically the same game except you click to shoot, rather than type words.

The game is funny with hilarious characters and overall an enjoyable game that I would recommend trying, particularly if you want to improve your typing ability.


Ridiculously hilarious typing exercise.

MafuMafu | June 23, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »

Do you expect this game to be a serious FPS and/or FPT? (First Person Typing. Yes, I genre that I've just made up because I want) Well, think again. This game is ridiculous. That amount of swearing in this game is also ridiculous. It feels like an 80's movie. You can either type or aim in Typing of the Dead or House of the Dead, respectively. Your choice. With the challenges and the hardcore mode, you can replay the game as much as you want or until you master your typing powers. Buy it now or zombies will eat your brain.