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 (635 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 6, 2013

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“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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
A beautiful, fantastic puzzle platformer that also happens to be educational, Type:Rider teaches you about typography through the ages. The design is impeccable: each era has a distinct visual and auditory style that is wrapped in a remarkably soothing package. The generally easy game does have the occasional difficulty spike and there are some rare typos/translation errors in the historic entries (nothing rendering them incomprehensible/unpleasant - at least in the English version) but it is definitely a journey worth taking. Don't let it's relatively short game time put you off, your time will definitely be well spent with this game!
Posted: October 11
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
This is a real eye-opener game. Unique design concept deep heart and it made ​​a very good detail. Plot is entirely inferior to Hollywood blockbusters. Role model is very fine, making good interface. So what? You worth trying to play!

這TM叫遊戲~玩個球!!
對,沒錯.就是玩球!他給你兩個球.讓你玩球.滾啊滾..
還建議你帶上高級的耳機去享受..
我去..整個遊戲比GAL還坑人.
幾張圖片加還算挺有意境的配樂就能賣錢了...
Posted: October 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
You go around collecting different letters and learn about the history of fonts.
What more do you want?
Visuals are cool and music is cool, It somehow manages to make you interested in fonts and is fun to play!!
10/10 would font again.
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Learn about fonts. This game is awesome as hell. You get to learn while you collect the letters of the alphabet. If I had the chance to replay the game...I might or might not. Not sure yet.
Posted: October 15
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
great. just what I like on indie games - something new - idea, design and fun :)
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Great educational game about history of typography.

I'm almost sure that first of all developers had idea to make a game about comic sans, though :D
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
At first, I thought I've found another game as good as 140 or Thomas Was Alone. It was until the second set of levels... Now first of all, the graphics are very good execpt for the Futura levels in my opinion. The music is really enjoyable too and the ambience is there. There's quite a few pages about typography history. But as with any games, the gameplay is the most important part and it's where this game has many issues...

First of all, the controls. Your character is a colon. Sure, it allows for some tactics with lines and such, but it also makes it hard to control. Also the gravity and acceleration are so wacky... It just doesn't feel right.

Then you get into bugs, a game breaking bug where a letter (letter are obstacles and platforms in this game) is facing the wrong way, making the level impossible to finish. In case it happens, you have to restart the level all over again and hope it's fixed. Sometimes the music/sounds go away and sometimes when you pause or alt-tab, the controls doesn't work anymore and you have to Alt+F4 out of the game. Also i've had an issue where my character got stuck in the middle of a letter and I had to restart the game...

Some more issues: the maximum resolution is 1600x900, there's no 1080p, there's a few frame drops throughout the game and the last achievement is really frustating. Also you need to modify your computer settings to change the language of the game (It's in your natal language or pc language by default).

I didin't enjoy playing through this game very much because of all the CONs i've listed. There are way more fluid and responsive platformers out there that you should play first, if you're out of platformers, you could always pick this game up, but with it's controls it's quite frustating to play.
Posted: October 24
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2.4 hrs on record
Super fun. The visuals and audio are great, I totally recommend this.
Posted: October 16
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3.3 hrs on record
An entertaining travel through the history of typography.

Note: DO NOT look for the secret level without having stomach pills at hand!
Posted: September 28
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2.6 hrs on record
Vastly underrated little game where you plays as a pair of designer black testicles.
Tight, responsive controls and charming visuals. Arguably best in the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ genre.
8/10
Posted: October 1
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1.2 hrs on record
Another beautiful game, the graphic and the music ... it is very challenging to solve as it is not easy to move around inside the game. It requires patient and stay intact being calm to conduct this game. I just enjoy being inside the game ... the whole thing is mesmirizing, going back through times to read the history of the typhography ....
Posted: October 5
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4.9 hrs on record
(Linux Version reviewed)
It’s a game about the obscure subject of typefaces..... and I enjoyed it! I’m as shocked as you would be, but Type:Rider is actually a competent physics-based platformer game that’s legitimately fun, and you don’t actually have to read the “educational” stuff if you don’t want to.

This game is similar to “NightSky,” which is also available on Steam (and is in no way educational). but for some reason I liked this better, even though I had no interest in the history of fonts. (But then again, who does???) It turns out that learning about fonts was actually one of the best parts of the game! The compulsion to collect more chapters of the “history book” and learn more about fonts made this game strangely interesting. You can skip the reading part if you want to, I suppose, and just enjoy the platforming, but I found the info intriguing.

As for the game itself, it’s a physics platformer that ingeniously uses fonts (of the historical period) as platforms and obstacles, with many interesting puzzles, treacherous jumps, and fast action.

Make no mistake, this isn’t a triple-A game, but it is fun, and I played it to completion. If you see this game during a “Steam sale” I would recommend considering it.
Posted: October 5
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7.6 hrs on record
Are you looking for a fun and still challenging edu-tainment game? This is it.

Learn about typography (e.g. fonts) from the dawn of history to the present in a jumping and rolling ride as a pair of dots otherwise known as an umlaut.

The music is exquisite and the level backdrops and design are enjoyable and evocative of the era explored.

There is however a downside...despite being an artsy game that tries hard to spread the word about typography and teach you its history there are numerous textual errors. These errors, usually in the form of missing words or badly formatted text are scattered throughout all of the articles about typography's history that you unlock whilst playing the game. Whoever did the english localisation for this game needs to be given the benefit of a proofreader. It is quite ironic that this is the main flaw with the game.

Other than that its absolute mint.
Posted: October 14
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0.2 hrs on record
I really really want to play this game (on Linux).

Unfortunately, I'm having massive issues with graphics settings and input. The game starts with only the left half of the screen visible on one of my two monitors. Upon correcting this (by chosing a fullscreen (no windowed mode), non-native (not my desktop resolution), not even the correct screen ratio, resolution), the keyboard loses all focus and the game is unplayable.

I have not left the first screen of the game.

Super disappointing. :(

(I'm going to change this review the second i find a fix or it's patched to a playable state)
Posted: October 14
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10.2 hrs on record
People who love art and music would love this game as it fuse these elements into the game perfectly.
Posted: October 3
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2.1 hrs on record
Type:Rider is a platformer about typography.

The player controls a (grammatical) colon, which bears a remarkable similarity to steering two sentient blobs of gelatin tethered by an invisible rope. This unique physical property gives the gameplay a silly, intentionally slightly awkward feel.

The platforming itself isn't incredibly challenging (except for the @%&^$#$% bonus level!), but each area, themed after a particular typeface, is unique, absorbing, and beautiful. Type:Rider is definitely a few hours and dollars well spent.
Posted: September 30
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0.4 hrs on record
This game is not available nor getting any support for Linux.
Posted: October 23
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13 of 14 people (93%) 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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