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Typoman: Revised – Quick Game Review

Typoman: Revised – Quick Game Review
Typoman: Revised (PC [Reviewed])
Developer: Brainseed Factory
Publisher: Brainseed Factory

Typoman: Revised is a 2D puzzle platformer developed by Brainseed Factory that requires you to use letters to make words in order to solve the puzzles.

UPDATE: 2 new modes have been added. See details here

You play as the hero and your body is made up of the letters spelling ‘HERO’.  It’s a game about good versus evil, and there isn’t much depth to the story. You will need to find and gather all the collectible quotes as you play though, in order to read it. 

As you progress through the chapters, you encounter various words and letters, and you need to build specific words to complete the puzzles. It would have been nice to be able to type out words instead of moving letters individually, but it wasn’t a big deal. There isn’t any direct combat in the game, but you use words as weapons in some levels, as well as on the final boss fight, and it was enjoyable.

There are a wide variety of words that you can make, but not all of them have a function. The part of the game that was the most challenging for me was figuring out which function I needed to perform. Once you know what you need to do, it’s then a matter of finding the right synonym using the letters you have available at the time.

Pros:
  • music and sound effects are good throughout the game
  • puzzles are good, and enjoyable – some of puzzles are more challenging, and really make you think about what you need to do (after being stuck for a bit, and then after finally realizing what word or letter I missed, I have to admit that felt pretty dumb for not realizing the word sooner)
  • there’s sometimes flexibility with what words you use (but not always)
  • checkpoints throughout the game are very frequent, so if you die or have to retry, you won’t lose very much progress; the game is very forgiving in that sense
  • good art style that fits so well with puzzle mechanics (letters and words make up various parts of the environments; even the monsters are made up of words, like ‘DOOM’)
  • decent port from the Wii U, and it has some improvements from the original
  • in levels where platforming plays a larger role, you’ll need to be quick with your word building and platforming to avoid certain death, and it adds some excitement to the game
Cons:
  • this game requires you to have a good understanding of English and spelling
  • a few times I made words that I thought should have worked in the situation, but they didn’t always (i.e. ‘RAINS’ does not work but ‘RAIN’ does)
  • not much depth to the story
  • initially interacting with letters thinking you’ve grabbed the letter, but didn’t interact long enough to fully pick it up can sometimes be annoying, and get you killed
  • lacks keyboard customization; the interact keybinding is bound to spacebar and it feels awkward right (you move with the arrow keys, but with your other hand using the spacebar, you will instinctively jump with spacebar instead of the up arrow key, and die) – using a controller might be easier
Conclusion:

The game took me just over 4 hours to complete, and there were just a few collectibles that I missed. I don’t feel the need to replay it, but there are several achievements that are still available. I enjoyed the word puzzles, and the game overall. I feel that the price is just a little too high for the game’s duration. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re someone who enjoys word puzzles, and puzzle platformers.

Review copy was provided by the developer.

Rating:

75