by: ARTE Experience • 471
Every so often comes along a game that blows you out of the water with flawless execution of a truly original idea. Bulkypix's Type:Rider combines an aesthetic feast - we're talking dynamic music and backgrounds that would be right at home in museums, folks - with actual hardcore educational information about typography. For those seeking something different, it doesn't get much better than this.
Travel as two dots - an umlaut, mayhaps? - in a world silhouetted against richly detailed historical tapestries. Surfaces are composed of an amalgamation of stray oversize letters in the typeface of that world's theme (Gothic, Garamond, Times New Roman, even everyone's favorite Comic Sans...), abstract forms, and dynamic puzzles involving everything from pebbles to printing presses. Collect every character from the world's typeface to ace it, plus gather pages of information to form an encyclopedic guide to the history of fonts.
It's educational, but it doesn't throw anything in your face. It's a game, but it's a simple and beautifully zen experience, totally lacking in the pointless frustration so common in m-games these days. And the graphics: if you can play this on a tablet, you must. The depth and detail merits as big a screen as you can wrangle.
Perhaps the only negative is that gameplay isn't ultra challenging. The controls are built to be maximally intuitive, and you're meant to jump and bump through the levels in an experiential way, as opposed to presenting a true "gaming" interaction. This is okay! Just know what you're getting into, and let it take your breath away.
You certainly don't have to be obsessed with typography to adore Bulkypix's Type:Rider - but if you are, brace yourself for an onslaught of bliss.
by Janel , Appszoom
Apr 10, 2014
- "An intricately-designed masterpiece that constantly throws fresh challenges and situations at you for the entire run of the game." - Touch Arcade - 4.5/5
- "You never realized fonts could be this exciting" - Kotaku
- "The "Final FONTasy" of video games. [...] Type:Rider encourages players to learn about type by exploring a world of fonts." - FastCoDesign
- "The unlikely appeal of Type:Rider, a platformer about fonts" - Kill Screen
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.
•• 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
If you encounter issues, please reboot your device. Then, reduce the resolution of the game in the parameters of Type:Rider and set the quality from « Fantastic » to « Good ».
IMPORTANT NOTE: Type:Rider is compatible with iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4 and up and iPod touch 5th generation – THE GAME WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER DEVICES