Review Type Rider
A side scrolling maze through fonts, text and literature
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 27 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Every level brings something new, dynamic game play, two-finger controls
Controls take some getting used to, too easy
Type Rider for Android is an unusual, side scrolling adventure that places two balls into a text based maze environment where you literally traverse through fonts and books to conquer and escape pitfalls and obstacles. The play is innovative and fun.
Type Rider touts itself as a typographic video game, and indeed delivers on that notion. The play follows two lone dots, perhaps a pair of periods, or even a colon that's fallen onto its side, through a series of side scrolling mazes laden with perils. Whatever they are, our two little dots travel through various landscapes that are literally populated with text, images and books that you must successfully navigate to advance to the next round. Each level brings something a little new and novel to the table, assuring the game never gets tired and keeps you guessing. The play feels oddly retro, yet totally new and innovative too.
The controls use one fingered touches on the left or right side of your screen to move in each respective direction, and a seconds screen tap while moving to jump. It all takes some getting used to but is effective once you get the hang of it. The graphics are truly intriguing because you want to know what the words say, but the text comes at you in various shapes and sizes, so as to always leave comprehension just out of reach. The animation is excellent with really nice physics. And the sounds feature a quiet, meditative score that adds to the intrigue.
Type Rider has a lot going for it. If you love platformer and arcade style play with a twist, then this one is not to be missed.