Beautiful African female teacher Mavis Beacon enlists you in class to learn the touch typing. The lessons are explained on chalkboard, and you have to type the proposed words with the certain set of keys by typing them with proper fingers. The keyboard and fingers are shown as well as the text rows necessary to be typed and typed by you. The first lesson begins with "ASDF" keys of Standard QWERTY keyboard, but the Dvorak keyboard is also supported and may be adjusted before the gameplay.
Also in the game the Arcade Racing is present. You should type the scrolling text as fast as possible to win a race with drivers of different skills. The skills of drivers and speed of typing are increased from level to level.
Progress Graphing is present to show your progress with over 20 graphs of different parameters. You may use this information to create your own lessons.
The multiple settings of gameplay may be adjusted, your actions and types of games may be explained by help and Mavis` comments, and your progress is saved.
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 doesn'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 is are "ghost" hands that track your typing in real-time.
The program is user-friendly at its best: you can choose to skip lesson, play a fun typing game (3D racing), or read the vast amount of well-written on-line help and tutorial. 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 Broderbund) even after its original developer The Software Toolworks changed its name to Mindscape and later bought out. Definitely the best keyboard-related product since Dvorak's keyboard.
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