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What 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.
Is it any good?
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.
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