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 (609 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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    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
30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Type:Rider is a puzzle platform game designed more of an educational experience to introduce you the history of typography than to provide a thrilling and testing game experience. As the aforementioned educational experience it's really interesting, purely as a game it can be frustrating.

You control two balls, a colon(?), inexorably linked across 10 levels, one intro, 1 hidden and 8 main ones representing the various ages of typography each with a font theme appropriate to the era. From Gothic to Time, Helvetica to Pixel, each level has it's own unique idenity and all are very different, thankfully never feeling grindy.

On each level the goal to collect the entire typeface, A through Z, 6 or so asterisks' and a hidden ampersand. Apart from the sort of hidden ampersand, you really won't have to go out of you way to collect anything. None of the levels are difficult, you are meant to experience this game, not be challenged by it and with the fine ambient music, levels are a joy. Each main level is split into 4 parts, two collectable platforming sections and 2 puzzle areas. These puzzle areas range from Arkanoid and Peggle clones to shifting a third ball around through typeface to open a door, all doors requiring a third ball, key, to open.

As a game it is let down by frustrating controls, the wall jumping doesn't quite work right. Jumping is also an inexact science and once you get to the final level there are sections that really deserve better controls. This game isn't Super Meat Boy, but a little more time was needed to finesse the gaming.

It's definitely worth your time, a couple of hours, at a decent price, but I can't help the feeling that if they had made the control and physics more predictable, it would have made a better game.
Posted: April 8
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Type: Rider is a short, 1,5-2 hour platformer about the existence of fonts, Or something like that.
You play as 2 balls (no, not those kind of balls ;)) and you have to navigate through levels by rolling and jumping around, ocassionally solving simple, physics related puzzles.

There are 10 levels in total and every level has an entire alphabet for you to collect, in addition to some history pages, which can be found by collecting asterix symbols (*), or secrets, which can be found by collecting the ampersands (&).

Near the end of the game some of the gameplay becomes a bit annoying because the physics don't exactly react the way you want them to, resulting in many accidental deaths. Especially the bonus level (which is one of the shortest levels) had me in rage mode. It's by far the worst level in the entire game, but thankfully it's entirely optional.

All in all Type: Rider isn't that bad. And because it's a short experience it's a game anyone can try and finish.

[Rating: 70/100]
Posted: April 21
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12 of 12 people (100%) 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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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Very simple platformer where you play as a couple of wheels (colon?) while exploring the history of typography.
The game has great music and a very great artstyle.
Sadly, the game is also really short (around 2 hours), but somehow it seemed fine.
Posted: April 10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
I liked the audio/visual part of the game (the music is probably the best part and makes this a cool experience) and all the interesting info it provides.
The gamplay part is pretty simple, though it had some enraging moments for me when trying to get past some specific places (like the S in the Comic Sans level) and ending dead over and over.

All in all I had a good time with it and the game is cheap, so I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting experience and to learn something about typography.
Posted: April 8
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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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