Z-Type – The Keyboarding Space Shooter

Can you type fast? Try out your typing skills in Z-Type. Z-type is a game not too dissimilar to Typing of the Dead for the Sega Dreamcast, as hordes of enemies approach and try to kill you – in this case words and the occasional word that fires letters at you. This game was developed in JavaScript by PhobosLab and should work in most modern web browsers.

Here’s the score I got playing this the first time – I made it to level 25 before I was bs’d out of my last word after the text was blocked and was hit by the pieces previous to that word:

My Score on Level 25

Z-Type creates various enemies that approach you until you completely type their word. When you begin typing a word, you must complete it to begin another one. This tends to be difficult when you have multiple words and several getting close to you. Some of the enemies offer counter-attacks and fire off random letters. You aren’t required to type them all, but some of them can hit you. The next strong word fires off smaller words that look like little missiles. those  you must type, as they do target you. Each level you finish gives you a slight pause before dropping in more enemies, much like Galaga.

There are some caveats to the game, however. The text is small, at least for me. Trying to distinguish “i” from “l” and on occasion, “​a” from “o“.  Also, the words have a tenancy to overlap each-other, which blocks you from seeing that you are typing – which is what killed my first try at the game. I couldn’t see what letters I was supposed to type when it was blocked by letters that were spewed out.

Final Score: 8 / 10

Conclusion:
Z-Type is a free and entertaining typing game, that is… if you can type quickly and don’t mind looking like you’re hacking in a movie (see here).

Try out Z-Type Here:
http://www.phoboslab.org/ztype/

Shane Paris

Shane Paris

​Shane is the founder and Technical Editor-in-Chief here at That's It Guys. He enjoys Star Trek, 80s and 90s action movies, and everything tech related. Shane is highly skilled with computer hardware, software, and electronics.