This first “pilot” episode of the Icarus Proudbottom’s World of Typing Weekly series is titled “Pilot.” The mini-series (or the first episode, at least) is lightly inspired by Twin Peaks, the cult-hit serial drama and murder mystery by David Lynch. Everything from the swooping red curtains reminiscent of the Red Room, the smoky jazz piano adding an aura of mystery to the interrogation scenes and the ugly red-outlined green text of the credits, this game is a loving tribute to the show. My only wonder so far is if the owl is not what he seems…
You don’t need to be familiar with Twin Peaks to enjoy the game, since most of its references are subtle. As long as you love typing and were a fan of the main game’s silly, almost surreal approach to edutainment titles, you’re going to love this weekly series.
Since the first episode does feature a major plot point, it’s tough to talk about it without spoiling anything. In terms of gameplay, though, the rules are the same. Type what the game gives you, fill your soul gauge by avoiding mistakes and hit tilde to unleash its power for bonus points and extra HP.
This time around, the game does actually try to teach you how to type with a few exercises on proper hand placement, but remember that everything you type in the game is contextual. You probably could use it to seriously practice typing, since it is still, at its heart, a typing game, but most of the lessons are just there to drive the game’s story.
Just like that of its predecessor, Icarus Proudbottom’s World of Typing Weekly has such a weird story, and the way it’s delivered is so uniquely engaging that it’s hard to not be charmed by it. It’s comedic drama with a side of edutainment.
Imagine if a game like Math Blasters became primarily about Blasternaut and his buddies, who were all too lazy, incompetent or distracted to run a teaching game and decided to just do whatever the hell they wanted while the player remained, a confused, if not amused, onlooker.
It’s great, not to mention the weekly mini-series format, which I don’t think has been explored much in the realm of indie games.
Before you even think about playing Icarus Proudbottom’s World of Typing Weekly, go play Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing first. It’s free, as is the spin-off. The next episode of the mini-series will be made available on March 13th. Stay tuned!