A typographic odyssey.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,179 reviews) - 80% of the 1,179 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 6, 2013

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Reviews

“You never realized fonts could be this exciting.”
Kotaku

“Type:Rider is a reminder of just how beautiful stories can be, regardless of what they actually say.”
Kill Screen

“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

Uncover the history and secrets of Fonts & Characters in a fascinating and unique experience!

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible SB16
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Original combination of gameplay, history & art

Type:Rider is the first game developed for the European tv channel Arte, which focuses on arts & arts history. So it comes as no surprise that the actual theme of the game is all about history: in the course of ten levels, the player discovers the history of ... typography, of the different fonts used from the earliest printed books back in the Renaissance right up to the newest developments.

While this may sound boring and very school-alike, it isn't. The development studio, Ex Nihilo, has managed to transform this theme into an interesting and original game. The actual gameplay is rooted in the tradition of the platformer: you control two dots, who travel through a level filled with letters and other items related to typography. There are problems to be overcome, gaps to be jumped and letters to be collected. Played with a controller, the game let me control my dots quite accurately, and even as a platform-noob, I didn't encounter too many difficulties in finishing all the levels (only the bonus level took me quite some time). Besides jumping and controlling the dots' speed, there is no other action, so no firing or whatsoever.

But there is more to this game than some simple and well-known platform mechanics. Traversing through the levels, you'll unlock a lot of historical information on the different fonts and the context in which they were developed and used. The presentation of this is very well done, with short to-the-point texts and a lot of visual information. Graphically, the game is a gem: every level is transformed into an evocation of the period of its particular font, with sounds and music increasing the historical feeling. The game does have trading cards & achievements, some of which are challenging and encourage you to discover every corner of every level.

Highly recommended to everyone with some interest in history and/or arts. Those looking for an exciting and challenging platform-game should probably go elsewhere though.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Type:Rider is a lovely little puzzle plattformer with stunning background graphics, interesting story and very nice music.

To explain this more:
You play as 2 marks in a 2d world and need to jump, roll and puzzle through the different worlds. The worlds are dedicated to different fonts and show you each and every letter, which you also need to collect. There are bonus letters (the amperstamps) which you can collect for achievements.

The levels are well designed and the background absolutely incredible! The sounds are also enjoyable, completing the gameplay experience.

The game has a few difficult spots but is overall absolutely doable for casual people (like me). With a playtime of 5-6 hours it might be a little short, but some achievements ask you to do something more difficult, making you replay some of the levels.

I enjoyed the game very much and i can only recommend everyone else to try it out yourself.
10/10 Greatest Plattformer i've played until now.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
This game was hella cute and relaxing. You play as a colon adventuring through text, collecting all of the letters A-Z, *'s, and 1 hidden & on each. It's not very challenging or long, but enough to be engaging and interesting. Pretty cool game.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Never before have I seen such an amazing concept ruined by terrible execution.

For all of the time this game spends talking about design, you think the developers would have paid attention. Many of the levels are needlessly punishing, made worse by the infuriating controls. It's frequently possible to get stuck and need to restart the game. The "book" translations on the history of the fonts are poorly done and often nonsensical.

The visuals are nice, the music is fitting, but the gameplay itself is lackluster at best. Pick it up on sale if you must.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Indie, Artsy, Educational, Platformer.

Roll and bounce your balls across an obstacle course. Watch as your balls get squashed, trapped, spiked, shot at, or disappear all together. Learn all about the history of written and typed language. Playing with your balls has rarely been more educational.

I found this game easy, with only a couple of retries on certain sections, I breezed right through the ten levels. But I can see why this might be frustrating for those not adept at this genre. It was good quick fun and I admit I learnt some stuff along the way. Game play and controls are super simple. Nice mix of environments, great backgrounds, good music and sound for each age, and a little touch of logic puzzles to keep things interesting.

I got my copy in one of the eight cheap bundles it has so far appeared in, but it is alo regularly offered at 75% off.
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