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Game #1358
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Education   Typing or writing

Rating: 8.22 (90 votes)

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing box cover

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing screenshot
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing from Software Toolworks is a revolutionary typing program that spawned many sequels and a host of imitators. 4-color CGA graphics don't hamper the game's appeal at all, as it's not only adequate, but surprisingly very pleasant: you see all the keys clearly, and there are "ghost" hands that track your typing in real-time.

The program is user-friendly: you can choose to skip lessons, play a fun typing game (3D racing), or read the vast amount of well-written on-line help and tutorials. Accuracy, speed, and % completion are shown as real-time meters to the left of the screen. You can even use a ticking metronome to time your key presses.

With excellent execution, outstanding on-line help, and a plethora of graphs and options to tailor the program to your typing preferences, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is, without question, the best typing tutor ever made, with a design that truly stands the test of time. Perhaps nothing attests to the program's endurance better than the fact that the series is still going strong (it is now a label of Brøderbund) even after its original developer The Software Toolworks changed its name to Mindscape. Definitely the best keyboard-related product since Dvorak's keyboard. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Henrik Markarian
Developer: Software Toolworks
Publisher: Software Toolworks
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Software Toolworks
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official Mavis Beacon Site
If you like this game, try: Mario Teaches Typing, Typing Racer, Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess

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