Typing of the Dead: Overkill

8 Overall Score
Graphics: 6/10
Gamplay: 8/10
Motherf*****in': 10/10

Goofy grindhouse humor and fun gameplay

After three times through the 2009-era content doesn't always hold up.

Written by on November 14, 2013 in [, , , , , ]

A few weeks ago Typing of the Dead: Overkill showed up on Steam virtually unannounced. It was one of the more pleasant surprises I’ve had since the original House of the Dead: Overkill came out on the Wii as an antithesis of everything we assumed the Wii to be.


You type the word, then he explodes

You type the word, then he explodes

House of the Dead: Overkill is basically a light-gun version of the Planet Terror flick from Grindhouse. It stars a pair of sunglasses in a suit and a stereotypical angry rogue cop whose catchphrase is “motherfucker.” And several thousand zombies. The gameplay itself was pretty rote, but the utter madness was what made the game wonderful. And now the gunplay has been replaced by typing.




Typing of the Dead takes you through the same content (using the up-rezzed assets from the PS4 release of the game) after replacing all of the gunplay with words to be typed. You kill zombies by typing the words or phrases in front of them, and the longer you go without being hit or missing (by mistyping) the higher your score multiplier goes. It’s a pretty basic arcade mechanic, and it works well here.

What really makes Typing of the Dead stand out past the basics of the mechanics is the charm of the game. The grindhouse presentation (complete with goofy trailers before missions), ridiculous voice-over, and liberal use of cheddar in every bit of dialogue and plotting is Overkill’s biggest asset. It can also make this version tougher to appreciate, as many of the game’s fans have already played it to death as a Wii title or PS3 rerelease. Typing of the Dead is also riffing off a film style that was popular several years ago, and doesn’t always hold up now. If you’re a fan of Evil Dead, Grindhouse, or general goofy schlocky horror Typing of the Dead: Overkill is going to be right up your alley. The unfortunate side of this is you likely already own the game.


It's Ok, Ma'am, I've had my flu shot. Really.

It’s ok, ma’am, I’ve had my flu shot. Really.

At $20 Typing of the Dead : Overkill does offer a good deal of content, though much of it is dated. In addition to the weirdly fun typing gameplay, the game comes with the promise of multiplayer and the entirety of the lightgun version of House of the Dead: Overkill. Pointing and clicking through a lightgun game with a mouse is probably one of the least desirable ways to play it, but it’s a PC game. People find a way. Typing of the Dead: Overkill is a Sharknado of a video game: it’s knowingly stupid, crass, and unapologetically offensive. It’s also pretty fun. Check it out if you haven’t.


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