The European cultural TV channel Arte innovates and launches its first video game ! Immerse yourself in this fascinating and unique experience to uncover the history and secrets of Fonts & Characters ! Play as 2 dots and travel through the ages of typographic styles and techniques.
User reviews: Very Positive (632 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 6, 2013

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Reviews

“You Never Realized Fonts Could Be This Exciting”
KOTAKU

“The unlikely appeal of Type:Rider, a platformer about fonts”
Kill Screen

“TYPE:RIDER--THE "FINAL FONTASY" OF VIDEO GAMES--ENCOURAGES PLAYERS TO LEARN ABOUT TYPE BY EXPLORING A WORLD OF FONTS, MARIO-STYLE.”
FAST COMPANY

About This Game

The European cultural TV channel Arte innovates and launches its first video game !
Immerse yourself in this fascinating and unique experience to uncover the history and secrets of Fonts & Characters !

Play as 2 dots and travel through the ages of typographic styles and techniques.
From the rock paintings of prehistoric times to Pixel art of the 2000’s, solve all the riddles by riding the most popular fonts and characters (Garamond, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Pixel, Comic Sans...) in a very captivating musical and visual environment.

Type:Rider is an adventure puzzle game produced by AGAT – EX NIHILO and ARTE that brings gaming experience to a whole new daring level.

Key Features:

  • 10 worlds echoing key periods of the typograhy’s history
  • Breath-taking artworks and musical vibes
  • Immersive and intriguing atmosphere
  • Great historical archives and paintings

System Requirements

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Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04.3
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
A short but sweet review for a short but sweet game; Type:Rider is a simple and delicate platformer type game - great for the casual gamer! It involves some clever physics mechanics, it's very pretty to look at and listen to, little to no learning curve so it's quite easy to play, and you may even learn a thing or two about the history of typography (font) while playing. It's a little bundle of quality craftsmanship from the developers/designers, you can tell a lot of love went into the game.

It's affordable as it is, and if you see it on sale, go ahead and grab it. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody.

8/10. Enjoy!



Posted: September 13
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Upsides:
it looks lovely, it sounds lovely and you will learn something

Downsides:
the control of your 'character' and the physics which you have to contend with are pretty nasty - I'd liken it to trying to steer a fish through treacle - actually make that a bipolar fish and treacle of greatly varying viscosity and which has currents (and possibly currants!!)
There are also bugs which can stop you in your tracks - the 'key' item is sometimes immovable, for example - and there seems to be a font issue with some dialogue which is quite amusing/ironic?

Summary: nice face, shame about the legs...
Posted: April 30
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
First off, Type:Rider is a good casual typographic platformer. It's especially fitting for people who like learning something new on the side while playing a game for relaxation. As purely a platformer, the game is quite low on the difficulty. There are a few collectibles here and there but they don't necessarily pose a challenge. I admit though that there were 1 or 2 achievements that required me to redo 1 or 2 levels a few times but other than that, the game itself was a breeze. Despite the low difficulty, the game is great for entire different reasons. It has great ambient music (which unfortunately is not sold separately on Steam), interesting aesthetic level design, a rich amount of information to impart, and an overall good feeling for completing each stage/level.

I recommend this game if you want a casual platformer to be immersed in for relaxation. From an information standpoint, it's also great if you are into typography.
Posted: May 19
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Very frustrating to play on the pc without touchscreen. The game is meant to be played with touchscreen. I can't give it a recommendation for the general PC version on steam because of the clunky controls. The concept is nice, the art work is amazing but if you want to truly enjoy this game play it on your touchscreen compatible pad or phone.
Posted: May 25
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
This is a good platformer. I only used a controller and it worked great. Its an easy game to get 100% of its achievements and aside from being fun, its actually educational. You unlock book chapters in each level of each map and they give background information about the history of human writing and some information on how certain fonts came to be. Reading that stuff is completely optional, so feel free to skip it if you want. Its a short game, I think I beat it around 4 or 4.5 hours, but its a good length for what it is. It you're a fan of platformer games I'd recommend it.
Posted: April 27
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69 of 87 people (79%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
First off: This is meant to be an educational experience, if you don't like 'games' like this move on and don't read further.

The levels are composed of letters of whichever font you're playing, and they look gorgeous.
Everything is simple, yet aesthetic. The music fits, spot on. I was surprised on how everything works so well together. Each world has their own theme that reflects the font (and the era it's from). For someone like me, who didn't really know anything about font history, Type:Rider was truly informative. It never seemed boring and always kept my interest.
The only downside I can think of, is that sometimes the physics seem a bit off. Otherwise well worth a buy, defenitely while it's on sale.

Posted: December 2, 2013
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