Fearless of Typing

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Gun-slinging typing app uses violence to motivate.

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Ease of Play

The app is easy to navigate and use, but it only works in portrait mode, making it slightly more challenging to use the virtual keyboard in a traditional sense. The game uses an old computer-style font, resulting in some easily confused letters (namely "O" and "D" as well as "V" and "Y"). Also, there are some "words" that don't exist in the dictionary, which can be particularly difficult as the speed progresses.

Violence

Kids use six-shooters, Old West-style, to shoot at oncoming creatures. The creatures disappear when destroyed. If kids fail to type a word in time, the creature will destroy their character by using a weapon. There is no blood.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fearless of Typing is designed to teach kids about typing. Creatures approach the gunslinger character at various speeds. You must type the word over the character's head to destroy them. If you don't succeed, the creatures attack the gunslinger and the game is over. The characters are cute but because kids end up shooting at them, this ends up being a violent typing game. Because of the size of the keyboard and the lack of tactile feedback for finger placement, it's not the best tutorial for teaching kids how to type, although it may help them to text faster since they are learning where the letters are on the keyboard.

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Is it any good?

FEARLESS OF TYPING is kind of fun if you can get past some of the challenges, namely the confusing letters and some incredibly long and difficult words like "misanthropists" and "pedestrianizing." The arcade mode is best for kids. It is broken out into levels and starts with relatively short words. Even if you don't know what they mean, you can easily type them. The endless mode quickly ramps up to the longer words, which are difficult to type even if you can spell them on your own. It's tricky to type quickly on a virtual keyboard, so this game has a certain frustration factor built in.

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