Platform games rarely deal with spelling, to be fair we’re all still trying to figure out if we can jump to that other ledge first before even considering how to spell ledge. Typoman, a platforming hero who made his debut on the Wii U last year, is again out to prove that spelling and action can just as easily work hand in hand whilst still being entertaining.
The general premise behind the game is an interesting one, not only because it has you running through a world that’s clearly inspired by the greats (Limbo comes to mind straight away), but a game that has you interacting with the environment through words. The game opens as your little letter O rolls around before forming into the hero himself … literally, his body is the word hero.
Unfortunately there’s no ‘actual’ typing to be done, you won’t be using a keyboard in the same vein as Typing of the Dead’, You will, however, be rearranging letters to create new words, such as ‘open’ to open a pathway or pushing a letter into another (in traditional platforming style) to move a nearby lever or platform. Other words will have to be interpreted correctly in order to proceed or to avoid traps.
This revised edition of Typoman, developed by Germany’s Brainseed Factory, has taken the feedback from its Wii U edition and updated it where they thought necessary, such as removing the original hints system and updating certain boss battles. The controls have also been given a revamp, though I’d love it if a keyboard/mouse option was available so you could type the words when appropriate. I don’t know why, I just think that would be cool, but I’m happy with a controller too.
Typoman: Revised writes its way to Steam on August 16th, and hopefully soon to PS4 and Xbox One. If you’re impatient, you can still find the original edition on the Nintendo eShop as well.
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson