Icarus Proudbottom's World of Typing Weekly
Season 1, Episode 1
You may remember Holy Wow Studios' Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing as a whirlwind of insanity and wonderment as you played a speed-based typing game with Icarus, and his owlkin, Jerry. Now our two heroes are back for more with Icarus Proudbottom's World of Typing Weekly, an episodic game packed with all the strangeness you've come to expect... plus... mystery and murder most foul! The gameplay remains the same as the original... you'll type passages of text as they appear onscreen, and any typos result in you losing a heart. Lose them all and it's game over! But type with speed and accuracy and you'll fill your Soul Gauge, which, when activated with [~], bestows either a points multiplier, or extra hearts!
Sounds pretty basic, right? But where Icarus Proudbottom's World of Typing Weekly gets its strength is from its immense charisma, colour, and sense of humour. It's sort of like Blue's Clues meets The Typing of the Dead meets my childhood with a concussion. This series of planned weekly installments tosses in a narrative, as you find yourself dealing with a heinous crime and a lot of suspects, though since the game is on the short side, it ends with a big ol' "to be continued" as soon as this is established. You'll mostly run through the basics, a few typing drills that deal with proper hand placement and speed, though nothing particularly challenging at this point. World of Typing Weekly doesn't really shake up the formula as far as the gameplay goes, but with a lot of wit and some stellar writing, not to mention a distinctive style and presentation, it's well worth the ten or fifteen minutes it'll take you. Icarus Proudbottom is how educational games should be made... engaging, funny, and memorable.