Summary: This showcase highlights 18 creative typography games that will max out your font skills. Or at the very least, keep you from getting bored on the bus. Or during that boring design lecture you’re having in college. Or during that next board meeting your company is having for no reason whatsoever.
[dropcap style="2" size="3"]S[/dropcap]o you think you have pretty cool font skills but aren’t so sure where your level’s at? Then this showcase of 18 creative typography games is just for you. You’ll find a number of different games to help you to hone your typographic talents and bring them to the next level.
The best thing about these games is, if you’re a designer and you want to play something at work but don’t want to risk getting fired, you can tell your boss that you’re trying to harness the creative power of typography gaming to bring your design skills to the next level for the project you’re currently working on.
It’s time to play with typography…
(Looking for even more cool stuff to play with? Check out our showcase on 62 Creative Rubik’s Cubes…)
1. Cheese or Font
Font names can be quite confusing at times. There are so many of them out there. And a ton of them have the weirdest names. In fact, they sound so weird that they could quite possibly be mixed up with those strange sounding cheeses (like Helvetica Cheese… or was that a font?).
Cheese or Font takes advantage of this fact, and challenges you to differentiate between cheese and font names. Do you know your fonts? Their game statistics show that, on average, most people do better at recognizing weird cheese names than font names. So don’t feel bad if you don’t do so well at this game.
2. Deep Font Challenge
The Deep Font Challenge is a font recognition game that gives you a font, and several letters that might be in that font. You’ll have to shoot the letter which is in the correct font as the one that is named in the game. It gets harder with more and more options as you go along in the game.
3. Font Quiz
A pretty fun font game that relies on your knowledge of various cultural references. Font Quiz gives you pictures of various fonts that are used in brands, movies, bands, games and more. You’ll have to identify the names of the movies or brands, etc. in which those fonts were used.
Put your knowledge of everyday, famous fonts to the test with this cool little app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Challenge your speed at recognizing famous bands, movies, TV shows and brands. Each font has a pair of clues to help you try and guess as many as you can in two minutes.
Gametica was created from the combinations of passions for board games and typography. Its a simple board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls. Like other cross and circle games, it is similar to the Indian Pachisi.
In this version on board, icons were added on the board symbolize additional tasks. The 140 cards have been added to the game with questions about Helvetica, typography and design…
6. Helvetica vs Arial
If you’re a Helvetica hater, then this game isn’t for you. However, if you want to join in saving Helvetica from impending doom, then you might want to give yourself a go at Helvetica vs Arial. You take the role of Helvetica characters, and you try to avoid Arial from knocking you out. Pounce on Arial first and destroy their entire font family.
7. Kern Type
A very simple and fun game that will help you hone your kerning skills. The game presents a series of words and phrases that are out of sync. It’s your job to move the letters around so that you achieve kerning perfection. Compare your results to a typographer’s solution and see how you score.
8. Kill Comic Sans
Comic Sans is one of the most popular and widely used fonts in the world. There are currently two factions in the world of fonts. The anti-comic-sans font movement, and the defenders-of-comic-sans font rights. So depending on which you are, this game may or may not be for you. But if you’re convinced that Comic Sans is evil, and want to solidify that concept in the minds of your fellow designers, forward this game to them…
9. Name That Font
A simple and relaxing game that will have you bubbling with nostalgia over all the fonts that you’ll bring back to memory. You have five minutes to identify and name as many fonts as possible that are shown in their font grid. Are you ready for the challenge? Now go and name that font…
The Rag Time game challenges you to fix a bad example of ragged text and make it Swiss-perfect. Rag Time puts you up against the clock to make the best rag you can.
What’s a rag? Rags are commonly the most overlooked detail in typography. They are the line breaks to the right of paragraphs. A good rag goes in and out from line to line in small increments. A bad rag creates distracting shapes of white space in the margin, as shown in this example.
11. Shape Type
How well you know your type is closely connected to your familiarity with every curve and slope on every single letter for every single typeface. ShapeType is a game that allows you to prove that you have master knowledge by reshaping characters that have been bent out of shape. You’ll also be able to improve your skills with the Photoshop pen tool as well…
12. Shoot the Serif
You shot the serif, but did you shoot the deputy? I Shot the Serif is a fun, speed-based game where you identify and shoot serif fonts as quickly as possible before the time goes out. As the game goes on, you’ll have to sort through more and more different fonts and you’ll have less tries as well. Hone your serif identification skills to the max.
13. The Empire Poster Quiz
Another fun guess-where-that-font-came-from game. The Empire Poster Letters game allows you to test both your knowledge of fonts and movies at the same time. Can you identify which movie posters these letters came from?
14. The Font Game
One of the more popular font games out there, The Font Game presents you with several words that have been set in different fonts. its up to you to find out which fonts they are using. It’s a multiple choice game, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you. Hopefully…
They even have an iPhone version if that’s more your style…
15. Type Connection
Life’s too short to live alone. Especially if you’re a typeface character. In this special typographic dating game, you’ll be able to choose between various characters using different fonts and bring them out on a date. Each of the characters have different characteristics, so their dates may or may not work out. Find the best combinations, and create happy couples…
16. Type War
TypeWar is a cool and sleek typeface-identification game. You can build up your score, get a world ranking, and increase your levels as well. Really cool. They’ve even launched quests for the game, if that’s what you’re into. Don’t forget to check out their iPhone app so that you can play on the train…
17. Typeface Memory Game
Finally! A card-based memory game that tests your memory of different fonts. It’s so much better than just trying to remember and memorize numbers and card suits. Hone your typeface skills while having fun with your friends and family members.
18. Typography Star
Typography Star is a memory card game for iPad, based on the most famous typographies & typographers. Try to match Helvetica, Frutiger, Bodoni or Clarendon characters. Aha, then try to do it without the name. Maybe it’s easier for you? Are you able to match the typography and the typographer?
I hope you enjoyed this showcase of fun typography games. So you’ve gotten better at identifying typefaces now have you? Bookmark our site and subscribe for more cool stuff…