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Typing of the Dead Overkill
Developed by: Modern Dream
Published by: Sega
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Available on: PC
Genre: Rail-Shooter
Number of Players: Up to two players
ESRB Rating: Mature for intense violence, strong  language, partial nudity
Price: $19.99
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I have not played the original Typing of the Dead game which was released in 2001, but when I saw this game on a recent humble bundle, I snagged it.  I have played my fair share of zombie games and was intrigued by the idea of taking them down with my mad typing skills (95% accuracy!).  

Typing of the Dead Overkill includes House of the Dead as well.  Each game has nine single player levels, mini games, and a multiplayer mode.   The brief amount of time I spent in this game was in the single-player campaign.   There are four difficulties with the hardest, Hardcore Mode, being locked.  The available difficulties from the start are B**ch, Agent, and Motherf***er.   As you can tell, there is foul language in this game.  The Lord’s name is thrown in for good measure as well.

Zombies and violence go hand in hand and I was expecting that.  I didn’t expect F bombs to be dropped every 10 seconds though.  There are a few characters you can play as in the single and multiplayer modes and two of them are female strippers.  One of the levels takes place at their place of employment, The Pink Pussycat strip club.  

Typing of the Dead Overkill
Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun and challenging game concept
Weak Points: The moral content ruins this game for me
Moral Warnings: Lots of blood and gore; blaspheming and f-bombs; scantily clad ladies and one level takes place in a strip club

The single player levels require you to dispatch hordes of zombies by quickly typing the phrases that show up on the screen. Sometimes you’ll have to type a random single letter to dodge an attack.  This game is a rail shooter, meaning that you are guided along the level and cannot freely explore it.  There are scattered goodies (including health kits!) around the levels; to pick them up you have to press the tab key.  

A terrifying boss awaits you at the end of each level.  They typically have harder phrases to type and more attacks to dodge but taking them down requires steady hands on your part.  If you die, you can be revived provided you have enough points accumulated.  The number of points needed to revive goes up with each death.  At the end of each level you are shown your performance statistics including accuracy and max combinations.  

Typing of the Dead Overkill
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 84%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 32%
Violence - 0/10
Language - 0/10
Sexual Content - 1.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 7.5/10

An online or nearby friend can join in on the action.  This game is fully integrated with Steam and lets you invite people in your friends list.  Like many Steam games, there are over thirty achievements to be had.  There are also various three dollar DLC packs available including one that replaces the phrases you type with famous movie quotes like “Houston, we have a problem”.  

To add a little variety there are three minigames.  Victim Support is not only about surviving, but rescuing civilians.  Stayin' Alive sends an increasing number of zombies your way until you die; how long can you survive?   Last but not least is Money Shot II (Did I mention that this game has sexual themes?) which is a carnival style shooting game.  

The graphics are a little dated, but still gratuitously show blood and guts as you blow away disgusting zombies.  The background music was fitting and enjoyable.  While Typing of the Dead Overkill is fun, it’s too raunchy and language ridden for me to enjoy it fully.  I’m glad I picked this game up for a buck instead of wasting $20 on it.  This is definitely not a game to be played by or near children.  

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