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ZType is a brilliantly addictive way to learn to type while having fun


ztype2 small ZType is a brilliantly addictive way to learn to type while having fun

If you use a computer you should be able to type. Not just hunt and peck either, but proper multiple finger typing where you don’t even have to look at the keyboard. Most people tend to just manage the two-finger plunk of course, mostly because it takes time and effort to learn to do it properly. But now this new little browser based game could help.

ZType is actually more of a demonstration of HTML5 technology than a proper teaching game, but even so it’s a great fun way to practise and improve your typing. The format is similar to the old Asteroids game. Your vessel at the bottom of the screen shoots out missiles and your objective, should you care to accept it, Jim, is to type out the words on screen and thereby blow them up before they hit your ship.

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It’s fast and furious and incredibly addictive. I guess that it could be a little frustrating if you’re a complete typing novice, but for those with at least a little skill, it can be a real challenge to wipe out those pesky words before they get to your craft. I managed to survive for 20 rounds, and reached 39 words per minute, which is fairly average for typist type people.

 ZType is a brilliantly addictive way to learn to type while having fun

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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