Way back in the 90’s Sega released a new brand of rail shooters into the arcades. Players wouldn’t be using the gun-shaped controllers to hunt down aliens or masked terrorists this time around. Sega would pit gamers against legions of zombies. The game was called House of the Dead and it wasn’t long before this fantastic title found its way to the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast consoles. With the release of the Dreamcast keyboard came a bizarre spin-off game in which players would take down undead foes not with bullets but with words they would have to type. The results were strange but weirdly addicting – no doubt aided by hilarious phrases which would pop up throughout the game. Several years later Sega would again apply this bizarre typing gameplay mechanic to yet another game. That one was called Typing of the Dead Overkill and we are going to take a look at it tonight on The Witching Hour.
If you have been following the history laid out above, that means we are technically looking at a spinoff game… of a spinoff. House of the Dead Overkill was originally released for the Nintendo Wii where the motion controls were a perfect fit for the aim-and-fire gameplay. This also happens to be my personal favorite of all the games in the franchise because it is set up like a schlock horror film from the 1970s. I mean, if you really need an idea of how cheesy (or sleazy) this game can be, check out this opening scene of a pole dancer wearing a belt made of bullets before pulling out a Wiimote from her hip holster and pointing it at the viewer:
The gameplay is fairly self explanatory. Each enemy you see has a word or phrase in front of it and you must successfully type it out on your keyboard in order to destroy that particular creature. As you can imagine, the action can get extremely hectic when there are several monsters on the screen at once and each of them has a fairly involved phrase for you to type.
I don’t want to get into the plot too deeply because the exploitation film atmosphere of the game is just too much fun and you should experience it for yourself. You play as Agent G and Detective Isaac Washington (who is very much modeled after Samuel L. Jackson at his crudest). The sheer number of f-bombs these two drop throughout the game along with the excessive gore and a bit of nudity means you won’t want to be playing this game when the kids are up.
Sadly, The Typing of the Dead Overkill has only been released for Windows PCs. You get the same story as the original HotD Overkill game but with typing mechanics. The good news is that you do not need a powerful computer to run this game and it tends to go on sale for very cheap. Best of all, it even includes the original HotD Overkill game as a bonus.