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"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"
"The "Final FONTasy" of video games. [...] Type:Rider encourages players to learn about type by exploring a world of fonts."
"The unlikely appeal of Type:Rider, a platformer about fonts"
- Kill Screen
The European cultural TV channel Arte innovates and launches its first video game !
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
•• 3 types of controls: accelerometer, buttons and intuitive
•• 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.
What's New in Version 1.3
- Quality options pop-up correction
- Text correction
- Various bugs fix
Achingly beautiful & genuinely original
Firstly addressing the negative from other reviews, I've played through the first seven levels in multiple sittings & not yet experienced a single crash or instability in the app.
This is a mesmerising game, exploring each "book" (levels themed around a particular typeface, historic period & accompanying artistic movement) is a real joy. I've already found myself going back to revisit some simply for their particular atmosphere.
The platform game aspect can be challenging at times, but the developers have thoughtfully included three different control methods which players can switch between & I've found hopping between two of them allows enough finesse in control to complete all the puzzles so far.
There's no limitation on "lives" and regular waypoints are spaced throughout the levels so it's easy to make progress while still being enough of a challenge to be satisfying.
The documentary aspect could perhaps have been better edited - the text stumbles a little in places - and I would have enjoyed the option to zoom in on some of the illustrations. That said each of the little books you build up while playing forms part of an engaging and accessible primer on the history of typography, and if you've even a passing interest in design the game is worth playing just for that.
It's almost certainly unlike any other game you've ever played, and it's really beautiful.
Learning made fun
Loved this little game! Like some of the other reviews, playability was a bit frustrating - but the originality and depth of creative thought put into this have kept me entertained for a good long while! Reminded me of my C64 gaming days, playing some of Jeff Minter's quirky games! As a graphic designer, I've also loved passing this informative game on to junior designers who (unfortunately) have not learned their craft very thoroughly. Great fun to complete - I look forward to seeing more from these game developers.
Great game, keeps crashing
I really enjoy this game, and it's absolutely worth five stars when it works. Unfortunately it crashes about every 5 mins on my iPad 2 - looks like it's running out of memory. Performance can also be quite sluggish. It's a shame, as there's an absolute gem of a game in here but it needs some optimisation. Devs, if you're reading, please go back and have another look at this as it is so close to greatness. Keep up the good work.
- Category: Games
- Updated: 20 November 2013
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 541 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: ARTE France Apps
- © Arte Experience, © Ex Nihilo
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.