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I planned for a while now to participate in Mozilla's Game On contest. I didn't want to submit Biolab Disaster as my entry, but instead make something new and fresh. After all, the deadline for the contest was still months away. When I read this tweet I realized it wasn't anymore.

At this point I started to work on a game I wanted to make for a long time. I always was a fan of Crimsonland's (a 2003 arcade game) Type-o-Shooter mode and recently discovered the Dreamcast classic Typing of the Dead. So the overall direction of the game was clear.

Today I finished Z-Type. Please Enjoy!

Z-Type

Monday, January 10th 2011

131 Comments:

#1Benjamin Meyer – Monday, January 10th 2011, 23:53

You need to overload the delete key. I would press it when making a mistake and end up going back in my browser.

#2Dominic – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 00:25

Good point. Fixed it. Thanks!

#3Amanda – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 01:45

I couldn't figured out how it works.

#4Dominic – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 01:53

Just type the words you see attached to the enemies to shoot at them. You know, with you keyboard :)

#5 – T – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 04:18

Love the game; great work!

#6 – Drewsome – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 04:21

Love the music. I wanted to download it.

#7Dominic – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 05:06

Here you go; that's the MP3 used in the game:
www.phoboslab.org/ztype/media/music/endure.mp3

The Music is from my good friend Andy. There's lot's of more stuff on his site:
no-fate.net/

#8 – mindeavor – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 05:10

Very fun. The game has just enough aesthetics to make every letter typed satisfying. I could even feel my typing improving over time.

I like the concept of the different ships, but the game doesn't get hard enough fast enough. I played through 30 levels before I got bored and stopped playing. Great potential, I can't wait to see what comes next.

Any chance you'll open source the project after the contest? I have tons of ideas I'd like to contribute.

#9George – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 08:59

Hi are you available for custom work for pay?

#10Allen – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 10:42

Just wanted to say good job on the game - it gets that Typing of the Dead vibe down pat and is pretty satisfying. Like another commenter said, though, the difficulty ramps up a bit too slowly and I went through 20+ waves waiting for it to crank up the challenge.

#11EgoPoisoning – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 10:57

Incredible work, great game! I've recommended it as virally as one lone carrier is capable.

I do agree that a method of throttling the challenge would be great...blame Mashable. They challenged English Majors to show their stuff, and good pants knows I'm not using my degree for a whole lot else ^-^. Thanks for your contribution to the internet, and please let me know if you set up a paypal or the like to donate to.

#12 – Q1 – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 11:12

Great game!

#13Michele – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 12:24

I like your game a lot. I was wandering if I can put it on my websites...
www.chewingames.net and www.typinggamesfree.net.

Thanks in advance for your answer.

#14 – Daniel – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 13:02

I like this game a lot. It takes a while to get difficult though so it would be cool to be able to start at higher levels or ramp up difficulty faster or something.

Good work!

#15 – PyramidView – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 13:48

Thanks. Really enjoyed the game. Need to add FB Like button.

#16 – benoe – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 15:05

I'm always surprised seeing so simple ideas so brillantly done - it is almost as classic game like Tetris. Thx.

For commenters: the simplest looking artwork needs the most of work. A perfect line consumes your whole life.

#17Hedaru – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 15:50

Super Addictive! I can even type all of those words in no time!
It would be cooler if there are some gun upgrades, power-ups, and any other interesting thing we can find in the game.
Good Luck!

#18Kissaki – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 16:11

Haha, so awesome.
Good work!
I love it, although it takes quite some time until it gets challenging for me.

This has been the top of my ideas I would like to do for a HTML5 game as well. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to participate in Mozillas competition, would have loved to do so.
Even did some thinking and concepts on a typing-game like this one.

#19negush – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 16:30

Interesting game... Chrome keeps crashing after the first 3-4 words... Too bad.

#20 – Fleeb – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 18:10

I encountered a bug (?). I am unable to reproduce. I was happily destroying the ships and suddenly...

imgur.com/J7sjF

#21 – Ben – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 18:41

Keeps crashing out after two words :(

#22 – teemack – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 19:09

@ #20 same here, using minefiled 4.0b9pre

imgur.com/jfDRu

#23 – Bram – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 21:47

Really nice! Hammered happily away through the levels.

#24Atma – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 22:01

Currently seems to be down. Good luck, look forward to trying it soon...

#25 – Raphael Tweitmann – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 23:24

nice nice nice! but need a Highscore!!!

#26Jay McCarthy – Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 23:59

I would like to make a version of this where I can control the word list and use it to practice hiragana and katakana. I notice (from the source) that the word list is just a mapping of type

Number to ArrayOf(String)
where the number is the string length. I'd would be happy to write JS for you to allow the user to put in a URL of a dictionary that Z-Type would load, if you are interested in integrating it. (Otherwise, I'd just download all the files and make my own hacked version for personal use, but I thought I should tell you my interest prior.)

#27 – Lucas – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 00:24

yes a local highscore board would be nice to track your own progress

#28 – Hanwei WU – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 00:24

Love it, can't stop playing ^^
You could also make this more script oriented like java, shell, or C++ to help people to remember flags and commands, ahhaha ...

#29Nirmal Patel – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 04:36

Love it! Only thing I want to add is a cookie to store which level I last successfully completed when I closed the window and an option to reset.

#30Kissaki – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 11:02

No answers to comments? :(
I’d be really interested in the license. Or if you will provide more info on that in a later blog-post. Maybe you wanted for GameOn to close before publishing under an open license?

#31Boldewyn – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 11:25

Thanks for this great game! I'm learning touch typing at the moment, so this is a great way to exercise... It works like a charm in FF3.[56].

#32 – Jin – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 11:43

Awesome game man! making me want to learn how to touch type properly.

You should have an option where the ship fires back if you get a letter wrong or something to that effect.

#33Dominic – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 14:48

I can't do anything about the crashing issues or the graphic bugs (#20, #22). These are flaws of the browser and we'll have to wait till Google/Mozilla fixes these. Sorry :/

@Michele: you can of course link to the game, but please don't host it yourself at this point.

@Kissaki: most of the game's code is part of my game engine Impact ( impactjs.com ). Maybe I will release the (uncompressed) source for the game alone at a later point. I'll have to clean it up first, though :)

Also, I can't currently make any changes to the game itself right now, because of the Game On contest rules. I will put together a new version of the game sometime soon after the contest ends.

#34Jo – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 16:34

productivity…gone!

:)

Best regards,
Jo

#35 – Emil – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 16:55

Great game! Please make the battle area wider, also moving the ship left or right with the arrows would be good if someone need to save his ass :D

#36noone – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 17:26

Awesome game, a source release would be another great example for the engine.

#37Deightine – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 19:21

Wonderful game! Lovely work. Any chance you could release it on the Google Chrome webstore as a Chrome app? It wouldn't be very difficult and you'd probably find a lot of people downloading it! This is remarkable fun, and easy to make self-contained, which is very clean and nice.

#38 – Andre – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 20:02

Doesn't work in Mobile Safari (iPad with 4.2.1). Load progress hangs.

#39Dominic – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 20:39

@Deightine: I released it on the Chrome Webstore yesterday :)

chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hepkcaoeagfebfkndfjeinnnfpcgobli

@Andre: That's the usual sound loading problems. I didn't bother with mobile devices yet, as I'll probably have to put some more time into it to get the keyboard working (if it can be done at all).

#40 – GPS – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 21:15

This game is great. Very addictive!! Anyway to post the scores? Loved to see how I'm doing. Also, maybe make it a bit harder sooner - the first ten levels are pretty easy. Is it based on time or levels? - I seem to get "Game Over" on different levels the couple of times I've played. Love it - Thanks!

#41 – Violetta – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 21:40

Cool!
Great work!!!

#42 – Nic – Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 22:51

Totally wonderful.

#43Chris Rojas – Thursday, January 13th 2011, 03:41

super awesome game. love it. tweeting and sharing it with everyone.

#44 – taodih – Thursday, January 13th 2011, 12:50

It's great for learning to type !
But if possible to make it increase difficulty level a bit faster , it would be awsome.
you could even make it a profesional typing course.. wich I would LOVE to play 8D

Either way , Great game and i'll be plaing it alot , would be awsome if you could expand it a bit more and sell it as a game if possible as an exe or something alike (so you can play it from your PC offline)

#45 – halr75 – Thursday, January 13th 2011, 20:00

My son is learning typing skills at school at the moment and you NEED to make this at a 4th grade level, it would engage kids in an otherwise boring activity like nothing else.

#46 – Maddy – Friday, January 14th 2011, 01:29

It makes my CPU usage go up to 100% on both Firefox and Chrome and the game went really slowly so I quit after level 50 because I was bored.

#47 – Tobias – Friday, January 14th 2011, 02:04

Awesome game. Interesting bug in Chromium on Linux: Words are being destroyed when typing the last-but-one letter.

#48xax – Friday, January 14th 2011, 05:28

I am interested in turning this game into a Facebook application that allows user to challenge each others friends to beat their scores.

Are you okay with me taking your code and doing that?

#49xax – Friday, January 14th 2011, 05:36

i'm pretty good at arguing with the facebook api

#50Jerrico Usher – Friday, January 14th 2011, 07:14

I'd like to use this game on my site with control over the word list. What I want to do is put this game up as an "affirmation" tool. I sell instant meditation CD's that use affirmations subliminally and repetitiously but they can easily sit at a computer and play this game WHILE meditating.

The words they'd type would be the affirmations of that particular CD. I want to give them this fun option as an alternative to ordering a CD (and to keep them coming back to the site for more).

This game could easily help with learning languages and more... I'd like to talk to you Dominic personally to discuss a possible win win scenario.

I'd be willing to license a special version of the game for my site(s) where I choose the exact word list or can change it myself at any time.

I wouldn't make money from the game, it would be a helpful tool for use by my site members/visitors/customer, respectively to help empower people in a fun and tranquil way (my company is tranquil-wiser (www.tranquilwiser.com www.tranquilwiser.info).

Please let me know.

You can contact me via the site(s), the home page has a digsby widget on it you can use to instant message me. Thank you for your time! You can also reach me at www.jerricousher.com same widget, that's all that site is for really. I'm online mon-friday 4p-10p pacific standard time (usa).

Jerrico

#51 – emefer – Friday, January 14th 2011, 09:05

Fun! Would be nice to have it in other languages, too.

#52 – Siddharth Mandal – Friday, January 14th 2011, 12:25

brilliant work it's so much fun to play

#53 – Benjamin – Friday, January 14th 2011, 14:36

This one's a blast to play! I love those typing games and this one has a nice style to it, similar to Geometry Wars. Is there any chance of doing an offline version for Windows with a local (or even global) highscore list?

Awesome work!

#54 – jaime – Friday, January 14th 2011, 17:11

I Want to Donwload to my HD is possible, I dont like to play though inet, and I want to Keep it forever I´m very maniac about this, if the game one day will gone on inet, can I download it?.

#55 – q – Friday, January 14th 2011, 18:31

Accuracy is already included; how about adding words-per-minute (wpm)?

I see a lot of potential here to not only entertain, but also to really help people improve this important job skill (especially considering unemployment rates in a number of countries). Students in particular would benefit greatly from this.

As others have suggested, throttling would be very helpful, either in a range or by simple Easy, Medium, and Hard settings.

Good luck with the contest!

#56SchizoDuckie – Friday, January 14th 2011, 22:27

One of the best typing games ever.

My wishlist:
- Real-time score display (with both words and chars per minute)
- LocalStorage highscores (with facebook api?)
- window.onUnload 'do you want to leave the page?' hook. I accidentally pressed refresh when trying to copy the url and my game was gone.
- needs to get a bit more challenging (perhaps by words that move with transitions from a - b),
I was at level 40 and still typing away everything at the top row.

top notch work :) love to see the documented source

#57Lloyd Budd – Saturday, January 15th 2011, 06:40

Very cool! Have you tried other fonts with higher legibility?

#58Michael Nischt – Saturday, January 15th 2011, 12:28

Live the game!

Works great in Chrome (9.0.597.45 beta, Ubuntu 64bit Linux) but keeps loading forever on my Nexus One (Android 2.2)..

#59 – Aric Goodman – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 00:05

I would love to have the ability to use a preset word list... So one could practice say for a spelling test.

#60Eric Mill – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 02:55

Awesome, awesome. I wish it continued getting harder, or got harder faster, or something - I had to just stop after Wave 63, it had plateaued and no ship had ever fired a shot at me.

Incidentally, tip from a fellow software developer: open source first, clean up after. It's the only way you'll ever get to it!

#61 – el_nene – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 18:19

great game
few suggestions:

- as others already mentioned, being able to choose different languages would make it more fun and more didactic, being able to add your own word list would be the best

- you could make it hard by only accepting a completely correctly spelled word, cause if I need to shoot the word "dog" I can typ in "DsdflkhsdfOaölsdkjasG" and would suceed, this way I kinda wouldn't really improve my tiping skills

still a very great game, nice grafics, sound etc

congratulations from germany

#62 – cece – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 19:48

Would you like some help to bring it in french?

#63 – Tryagan – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 21:26

From my perspective as a Game Development student I wanted to comment on a few features of this game.
Overall, it is a great concept. The graphics are commendable. Personally, I feel the Game Over screen could bring some more attention to the final score (perhaps making it a bit larger).

#64 – Reloko – Sunday, January 16th 2011, 22:19

it crash in level 55, in lastest versions of firefox and chrome run under wXP

#65 – Walter – Monday, January 17th 2011, 02:06

I would have loved this back when I first learnt to touchtype!

Also you should add a <Facebook Like> tag or a link to wherever we can vote for it.

#66 – jiaix – Monday, January 17th 2011, 11:04

I think you just made the Game of the Year :)
Best combination of multitasking strategy, reaction and skill I've seen since the original Tetris. And it's actually useful for the player too ... Brilliant! Bloody addictive :D

And yea ...
*ramp up the difficulty faster or let the player restart the game -3lvls or use a level code or something
*use numbers, punctuation, upper case and whole sentences + add a jam delay for mistakes for Insane mode (For those crazy freaks who can do like 40 lvls in a jiffy ...)
*maybe make it bigger
*optional teamplay

Will post it EVERYWHERE now ... Thanks for sharing :P

#67Rainer Jenning – Monday, January 17th 2011, 14:31

Congratulations to making this nice and addictive game :)

Plays really well but some letters are hard to tell apart on their own (l and i for example) - I think different languages and perhaps some kind of highscore would improve it even more.

#68 – Kascade – Monday, January 17th 2011, 16:34

Great game! Fun and interesting game =]

I got overwhelmed when I saw those massive ships shooting 10+ letters at me! Maybe you should ease the player into it ? Possibly having smaller ships shooting 4 at once ?

#69 – Kascade – Monday, January 17th 2011, 16:36

Oh, and you got a post over at Geek.com (That's how I found you)

#70Jonathan – Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 03:21

Awesome game! I am addicted! Tweeted!

#71Alex – Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 10:27

Nice re-make of an old concept! I still have the game page open in the background because the music is great.

Welcome to the club of HTML5 typing game developers, by the way!

I built TypeRacer a few years ago, which might have been the first browser-based typing game in Javascript (certainly was the first multiplayer typing game). It was a lot of fun for me to invent a new typing game and make the vision a reality. I'm still actively developing it, as a matter of fact.

I think you guys will love typeracer.com as well, and Dominic, email me if you might be interested in collaborating on future projects like this or if you'd like to exchange links (alex AT typeracer.com).

#72Rolando Ajata – Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 02:00

Muy entretenido tu juego!!
Me costo un poco la rapidez en inglés. Sería fantástico que hubiera una versión en Español.

Felicitaciones!!!!

#73 – Zach S. – Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 04:44

You sir, are a master. Love this game. I found that after playing longer rounds this was more enticing throughout the day when only playing until I had a predetermined number of misses to stop playing / restart. Any thought of adding a couple of options like x misses = game over, or perhaps a words-per-minute threshold that speeds up the attacks when WPM is low?

Thanks for a great piece of HTML5 art!

#74 – Jacob H – Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 06:35

Great game! Very nicely done.

I ran into a couple issues. I run Win7
While playing in Chrome 8.0.552.237 performance is so-so, and when it skips the sound is really bad.
It plays better in Firefox but at about phase 48 Firefox crashes. I was watching my memory footprint rise the entire time playing. Maybe a leak somewhere?

#75 – q – Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 20:12

@Alex:

Your post reeks of sour grapes--the whole thing is a poorly-disguised, passive-aggressive swipe at Z-Type and an unsubtle attempt to promote your own (ignored, apparently) game.

I see this "Welcome to the club" backhand all too often now on sites like HN. It's simply code for hurt pride and envy.

"Nice re-make of an old concept!" = Way to steal my precious idea!

"Welcome to the club" = I was here first! Infantile.

"might have been the first browser-based typing game in Javascript"
and "It was a lot of fun for me to invent a new typing game and make the vision a reality" = Just really pathetic bitterness

"I think you guys will love typeracer.com as well" = Here's my self-promotion wrapped in a fake compliment. Won't someone visit my site? Please?

"email me if you might be interested in collaborating on future projects" = Now that I've insulted you about 7 times, won't you teach me how to successfully promote my game like you did yours?

#76 – Toik – Thursday, January 20th 2011, 06:22

Alex I just played your game and it's shit.


However, I fucking LOVE ztype... so addicted.

Is there a way that there can be highscores or something?

#77 – bububububub – Thursday, January 20th 2011, 12:27

@q:

maybe you are passive-aggressive yourself?

showing other people your great psychological and analytical skills? :D

sure there are a lot of idiots around in the world, but why do you need to smash them in the face? does is make yourself feel better?

you could use your alleged intellectual superiority to help people instead of chewing people out.

#78Fernando – Friday, January 21st 2011, 13:23

Shit just go serious.

#79Fernando – Friday, January 21st 2011, 13:24

*got. God dammit.

#80Lee – Sunday, January 23rd 2011, 22:59

This is great! Congrats for a job well done. Great graphics, great sound, and the subtle bits of feedback keep you wanting to play.

#81 – Pieter – Monday, January 24th 2011, 18:26

How easy is it to upload other languages (say: Dutch)? Great for practicing spelling and typing at the same time.
Also: can you have the words being read out loud?

#82 – ilschir – Monday, January 24th 2011, 22:21

For me it crashed at level 48.
Maybe I made more mistakes :-) than the one getting at 55.

#83 – <33 – Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 03:42

I love this. A few features I'd like to see added that have been mentioned.

- score
- a way to make the player type the exact word without mistakes like having to press the backspace
- custom word lists, this way it could be used as a tool for people that are learning to type or learning words from other languages.
- saving progress

#84 – Arthur – Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 20:53

Awesome game, great for typing practice. It would be even better if I could add words from my language.

#85David Sweeney – Friday, January 28th 2011, 10:36

This game is brilliantly addictive and a great demonstration of your talent, well done!!!

#86 – TheRealShark – Saturday, January 29th 2011, 09:35

Found this on Reddit, have enjoyed it a bit, but only played through twice. I type rather well. I got to level 60-something and level 70-something. Usually, I get bored with the early levels and stop in the 20s or 30s, never having been in any danger.

I must agree with the others that have suggested making it harder, but I think more important, make it more interesting. I thought a cool idea would be to extend the bonus system for consecutive key streak. It seems to max out at 4, why not let it go higher? You could even do a more variable bonus, say if you miss a key you drop 3 bonus levels or something, so that a player could get a pretty high multiplier going. I really think that would make the game more interesting.

Another idea: keep top 10 lists of highest scores, highest level achieved, and highest bonus achieved. You could have a local and even a global top 10. Maybe if you host stats for the global top 10, it could get your ad-revenue up?

Question: is the game winnable? It takes soooo long to play to level 70 something, I don't want to start over and do it again. In the back of my mind, though, I wonder if level 100 is the limit.

#87 – Dodfr – Saturday, January 29th 2011, 15:27

Simply incredible, amazing effects, smooth gfx !!! very nice for kids to learn keyboard typing, as some told before, language selection would be nice you may also improve the game with calculation challenge : some ships may carry something like "3+2+8" and then you must type "13" to kill it and this time, no language selection needed ;-)

One thing I regret HTML5 motor request a lot of CPU resources. Biolab that a kind you may find running on 90' early machines eats 50% for each core on my dual-core 2.2Ghz CPU using FF 4.0beta10, that is far too much, but this is not you fault.

#88 – Anonymous – Sunday, January 30th 2011, 18:17

Great game, albeit, it sometimes crashes on me.

#89 – john – Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 17:26

Why doesn't it run in internet explorer?

#90 – Vasily – Friday, February 4th 2011, 10:28

best game!thanks form Latvia!

#91 – Greg – Saturday, February 5th 2011, 03:04

Nice—thanks! Fun to play, and I like that I'm getting some typing practice at the same time.

If you're interested, I have a few ideas that I think would make the game even more enjoyable: first, I think it would be better for improving typing skills (and would make the game harder) if a typo resulted in that ship's word resetting to the whole word. Second, what about having some of the higher levels introduce short sentences, with capitals and punctuation, etc? The bigger ships could have longer and/or more complicated sentences, especially as the levels increase (typos reset the word of the sentence that you happen to be on). That said (third), I feel like the difference between the levels is a bit too slight. I found myself seeing little difference between levels 1 and 7, or 12 and 16, etc., so it started to get a little dull until I got to the levels in the mid-to-late 20s. Maybe introducing capitals, punctuation, and sentences would help with this?

Anyway, just my two cents. Thanks again!

#92 – Required – Sunday, February 6th 2011, 16:18

AWESome game! i'm using it to get used to my very own idiothic keyboard layout.

but: wouldn't there be a way of automaticly and rapidly adjusting the level according to the user's hability?

it takes me about 35 stages before it starts getting interesting.

TYVM""""

#93Dmitry Anufriev – Monday, February 7th 2011, 21:09

wow! Great! Works fast (Chrome 9.0.597.84). Have a nice game!

#94 – tkab – Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 11:08

Downright dangerously addictive.

#95 – Jens – Friday, March 4th 2011, 10:47

Hi!

its a really great game! but: why is the new version just on facebook? i don't have facebook, and i don't want to sign up. but i really love z-type!

Best Jens

#96 – Farhan – Friday, March 25th 2011, 17:47

wow .. dude that's an awesome game .. found it today and have been playing it since then ... :) need some fixes though .. but still great ... make it available on FB soon ..

#97Khey – Monday, March 28th 2011, 13:48

Best typing game ever!

#98 – damon holmes – Tuesday, March 29th 2011, 11:03

this game is awesome! too bad i can only get up to level five because i am crappy at it

#99 – Benoit – Thursday, April 28th 2011, 10:29

@Dominic I'm currently learning written Thai and indeed typing on a keyboard is a challenge in itself. I'd appreciate to be able to submit my own words on the game in some way. Does it sound like a reasonable request? :)

#100KarlitoX – Thursday, April 28th 2011, 22:31

Your game is great!
What about translations to other languages?
I'm latinamerican and i'd be more than pleased to translate the complete list of words :)

Congrats for the game,
KarlitoX

#101 – Eric – Monday, May 2nd 2011, 07:00

Hey, sometimes the sound stops working at random times.

#102 – Martin – Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 12:23

hey, great job!
If you could use a database for the words with 2 languages. So the shown word is "to go" and the player has to type the german word "gehen" to solve it.

Would be great, if the game uses the data from a CSV-file or something like that and the player can fill it...

bye bye martin@steinherr.de

#103 – Jesse – Friday, June 3rd 2011, 22:55

game makes me mad because it crashes my browser each attempt I play! it takes forever to get to level 50 and it still isn't difficult at all, but usually crashes before I even get to that =\

#104 – Greg – Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 05:01

anybody get to level 60?

#105 – IFTN – Wednesday, June 22nd 2011, 23:25

Has anyone ever beat Wave 105 or 45808 points? We need a hi-scores list!!

#106Xah Lee – Sunday, August 28th 2011, 09:58

please please, implement high score list, and let user jump to a wave.

also, the vocabulary seems very very small. The words gets repetitious. Can we increase the vocabulary too?

#107 – Giovanni – Monday, August 29th 2011, 05:18

I'm a computer science student, i'm mexican and I really like the game, thanks, and i love the music too, sometimes i just enter the game in order to listen to the music though my friends get tired of it after a couple of hours, haha.

#108 – Kim – Saturday, September 3rd 2011, 23:11

HI!
I love your game!

It occurs to me that this would be a FANTASTIC way to practice spelling words for kids.

I wonder if it's possible to make it so that players could enter in their own word lists?

#109janne – Sunday, September 18th 2011, 18:40

God game , any chance add other languages ?
my kids would like swedish instead ,
maybe add simple maths, like 5*6 = ? etc

#110Melquisedec Alvarado – Tuesday, September 27th 2011, 04:46

Janne's suggestion is good. You can (I know you can) make a game to practice maths. The further you go the harder it gets.
Of course, it would mean a lot of work. So if you evar feel like making it just put a donation button and i'll be happy to fulfill your pockets :)

#111Huy – Monday, October 3rd 2011, 02:58

Z-Type Suggestion:

Sometimes the word that is orange/focused, is hidden behind another word. I suggest, once a word needs to be finished, it should be on top of everything, so you know what you're supposed to be typing, and not waiting for it to show.

Great game though. I finally died at around level 71, 72, or 73, with a Final Score of 012160, with an accuracy of 89.1%

#112 – xxan – Tuesday, October 4th 2011, 21:57

Love the idea.

My wishlist:
- It should get harder faster, I got bored at level ~40
- Needs better font or a fullscreen mode
- I don't have a facebook account.

#113 – Lorriane – Friday, October 7th 2011, 21:10

Two times after I reached level 36 the game messed up. The words would disappear except for at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. It's maddening when you get that far and you lost because the program messes up! I love the game though... It really helps me kill 10 or 15 minutes.

Change up the music??

#114LAMONT ALEXANDER – Saturday, October 15th 2011, 00:17

I wondering if I get a link from the site owner or web master of phoboslab.org, who is linking to your competitors at www.genycis.com, www.beats4legends.com, or www.rocbattle.com

#115 – Stoneghost – Saturday, October 15th 2011, 18:29

Not sure how much you read these anymore but I have loved Z-type for months now. I was even happy to see that you added an ad banner a few weeks ago; I was able to feel like I contibuted a little bit everything I came here (which was multiple times a day).

However, I find the new Z-type unplayable. I appreciate the addition of the expert mode and all, but just the game in Normal mode is no longer a good time waster. The latest changes make it harder, but not in the right way. I think the complaints about it being "boring" or that it ramps up in difficulty too slowly have everything to do with typing.

The latest version does not address this. The new increase in difficulty has only to deal with the ability to see the actual words. With the increased speed in which the three letter words are now coming, they all stack on top of each other and you cannot make out what you are needing to type. So now it isn't, "chill for a bit until the game matches my skill level and then get overwhelmed eventually in a blaze of last ditch effort," it is simply a matter of "spend 10 minutes and get ran over because you can't tell if something is AFFECT or EFFECT in the midst of 20 overlapping targets."

I say bring back the old Z-type unless you can space everything out better so that we can see what is expected.

#116 – k – Sunday, October 23rd 2011, 22:51

great game!
But to be honest, my first thought was: That is for sure hypnosis and google-led!" so I stopped shooting to be able to read all the words of one level and tried to find a sense in the word-combinations. Like "CAR, HAPPY, COOL, BUY" when I was watching cars before or something like that. You know what I meen?
Noone else had that idea yet except for that guy who wanted to have the game for his meditation-site?

You should ask political parties and for sure google, if they want to buy it. Get a copyright on the idea first, maybe...

Sorry, I read to many articles these days about google trying to know everything about you.

The game is great though and everybody else of course is right, it would be great for learning vocabulary or stuff like that. Or perhaps for self-hypnosis ...
"WORK, BETTER, WASTING, STOP, TIME" ... :-))

No, honestly, you did a great job.

#117 – AnAngryPasta – Friday, December 2nd 2011, 02:30

This is such a fantastic game dude! Me any my friend found it why we were bored, she hasn't stopped playing it since!

#118 – Avian – Sunday, December 18th 2011, 23:09

I'm finally learning to touch type. Thanks for an awesome game!

#119Justin – Monday, December 19th 2011, 07:40

That's a great game. I was looking at using Impact for some projects and Z-Type has sold me. It would be really great if you could release the source. I would like to make a version for my students where the words were configurable, and with a few other tweaks for non native learners of English.

#120 – headie – Friday, December 30th 2011, 14:36

I really want to play this game, how come all of the words aren't showing? Just the space ship and the orange targets..

#121 – fucktard1 – Saturday, January 21st 2012, 04:51

love the game but when ive tried to play recently, every time i hit enter to start playing, it reloads of the the windows my browser has open. idk if its just my computer or what

#122 – Beavis999 – Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 16:10

Great Game, Great music. I want that music on youtube to put on my playlist, sick!

#123 – gf – Friday, March 9th 2012, 09:49

hello,the ztype is awesome!And I want to play it offline,but it doesn't work if I just save the page,so how can I play ztype after I cut off the network?Please help me!
gf05170620@gmail.com

#124 – Menja – Thursday, April 5th 2012, 13:18

OMG! I fell in love with this game on first sight. The graphics are smooth and the controls are sleek and feel right. I'm going to be a very good typer by the time I'm done with this game. 5/5 for the most brilliant educational game yet.
p.s. I was wondering is there any way I could play this game without internet I would love to play this on the go and put it on my sons computer (which doesn't have internet)
Email: menja12@gmail.com
plz respond and thanks in advance...

#125Miguel Guhlin – Sunday, May 27th 2012, 20:18

Any chance you'd consider releasing the code so school districts can host it on their own servers for students?

#126 – Yasin Abbas – Friday, September 14th 2012, 05:11

What Miguel said. I'm worried one day we'll lose the link to the game. Is there a chance you could package this for us so we host it locally on the school network.

#127Typing Fan – Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 01:39

Z-Type is definiely very cool! I'm already addicted to using it.

#128 – César Pacha – Thursday, April 18th 2013, 03:43

this is a great game!!! super addictive. Is there a way to change language or select a different dictionary? I'd like to play it with spanish or portugese words

#129 – Gennie – Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 19:49

Awesome game...any chance some of our student could have a version we type shoot words for selected article or webpage? Might just help revision a bit.....xx

#130 – Alex – Sunday, May 12th 2013, 21:52

Cool game. Could you suggest what is required to learn do something like that, but my own. Is there a place where you can explain how this one was made? Or where you game gets deconstructed?

#131 – Joe – Monday, November 4th 2013, 03:28

I wasn't able to read through 100% of the comments, so forgive me if I repeat someone else's suggestion.

First off, this is great!

If you ever get a chance, I think it would be really cool to see a graph of a person's typing speed and accuracy as the game progressed. Even though the words sped up as the game went on, it seemed that my accuracy improved as the game went on -- at least up until the point that my hands began to get tired. It would have been cool to be able to see if this observation was true.

Keep up the great work!
Joe

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