Typing Maniac



Fast-paced typing game desperately needs a landscape mode.

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Ease of play

The instructions are very straightforward and the game is easy to learn. However, there is no landscape mode, which makes it very difficult to type quickly on the very small keys. This is a challenge when zoomed in on an iPad, but it is practically impossible on an iPhone/iPod touch. The game's difficulty ramps up quickly, but it does allow kids to pause the game at any time. Kids can choose between the typing words being in British English or Spanish.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt into OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can also opt into Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app. Kids can also share their scores on Twitter or Facebook directly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Typing Maniac is a fast-paced game where kids type words as they fall down the screen. Words get longer and fall faster with each level; but special power-ups become available to help kids clear the words, including burning all the words on the screen, slowing down their movement, or freezing them in place. As untyped words fall off the bottom of the screen, pages stack up in front of the typist. When too many pages are there, the game is over. (Another special power allows kids to remove all of the stacked pages.) Difficulty ramps up quickly, so kids need to make use of the special powers. Kids get bonus points for not having any errors. Users can share high scores via Game Center or Open Feint, but participation is optional.

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TYPING MANIAC is an energetic and fun typing game where kids learn to find letters on the keyboard quickly and thus eliminate the words on the screen. The difficulty ramps up quickly, though, and the lack of a landscape mode keeps anyone from doing anything close to touch typing. The challenge of typing in portrait mode, even on an iPad, keeps the game from being fantastic, but it is still useful and fun.

Kids can also play the game in Spanish, but only the words typed are in Spanish. All the rest of the text in the game is still in English. When playing the game, sometimes players can be trying to type one word while the game thinks they are typing another one, due to an incorrectly tapped letter. This can cause confusion and more words lost off the bottom of the screen.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:February 18, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Size:11.50 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written by1W09 December 2, 2011

Great Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this a great game. this game will be hard for younger kids
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