Typing Isn't Dead

For the first time in awhile, I clicked through a Facebook ad. It was for a game called Epistory - Typing Chronicles. It's been a long time since I've played a game based on typing, but it is a game genre that I love.

Epistory is marketed as an RPG with typing mechanics. Basically what this means is all controls are related to typing, both movement and fighting. It also has a story, which at first glance is good but nothing to write home about, until you realize there's a story within the story.

It features an adaptive difficulty system, so the more times you die, the easier it gets. The higher your WPM gets the harder the words get.

The game isn't terribly long, but has a lot of extra things to do, including arena style battles. In these arenas, you are in the center of multiple enemy spawns and have to defeat them all before they reach you. Each enemy has anywhere from a single character to a series of words. The enemies throughout the entire game follow the same convention, so if you see an enemy once and it has three four letter words, it will always have three four letter words that you need to type to defeat it.

Movement is a little weird to get used to. Built into the game are two movement options. You can use the regular WASD, but that moves you on an angle from the game. If that doesn't work for you, you can use EFJI. As a regular gamer it was difficult to get used to that movement scheme, but in the long run it paid off. Using those keys meant my hands were always close to the home row so I could begin typing right away. There's also a third option that a modder has created. This adds HJKL as movement keys. To most people this may not make sense, but these keys are used in some of the popular programmer text editors.

I would highly recommend this game to anyone with an extra 4-5 hours who enjoys a good story, or typing games.

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