Z-Type: Fun and Educational Space Shooter
Article by George Norman
On 04 Feb 2011
I have to say I love Z-Type, a fun space shoot’em up game with an educational twist. I love it because it can be played inside the browser, because it looks good, and because it puts my typing skills to the test. To my mind, you could play the game to have fun while improving your typing skills. You will have fun playing a space shooter and at the same time work on your typing skills.

In the game you control a space ship and waves of enemies come towards you. You will have to shoot them into oblivion, but not in the traditional way. Instead of moving the ship left and right, up and down, clicking the mouse button to shoot and picking up bonuses, you have to type to destroy the enemies.


When an enemy ship appears on the screen, you will see a word next to it – something like driven for example. Type d-r-i-v-e-n and you will see that your ship will destroy the enemy ship. Once you’re done typing the word the enemy ship is completely destroyed.

Developed by Dominic Szablewski of PhobosLab, Z-Type won the Community Choice Award as part of the Game On 2010 Competition. The Game On community picked Z-Type as their favorite game and I can certainly see why; you will too after you try the game out.

Dominic Szablewski is one of the many developers who submitted their games and took part in the Game On 2010 competition. A grand total of 160 games have been submitted; 124 were selected and showcased on the Game On Gallery; 35 were selected by the jury to be Game On Finalists; and 8 were deemed winners (actually only 7 since 1 game won twice).

Here are the winners of the Game On 2010 competition:

Tags: Z-Type, PhobosLab, Dominic Szablewski, Game On 2010, Mozilla, Games
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