David Lynch Teaches Typing is a short comedic interactive game that was recently released by Rhino Stew Productions. Players become the pupil of accredited filmmaker and jack of all trades David Lynch as he teaches the seemingly computer illiterate how to type properly.
For those unfamiliar with Lynch’s work, his films usually lean towards the bizarre and unusual, with Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive being excellent examples. Lynch is best known for resurrecting surrealist filmmaking for the American mainstream, and is beloved for his outrageous personality. His particular inflection and charm is captured eloquently within David Lynch Teaches Typing through creator Luke Palmer’s impression. His narration is spot-on, and almost uncanny.
The gameplay consists of David Lynch carefully detailing how one’s hands should be played on the keyboard before yelling instructions regarding what keys to press and when. In a manner similar to Simon Says, players are expected to follow along as the all-mighty Lynch commands. He is easily impressed, and encourages players with kind remarks for their progress. After some typing, the game appropriately takes a bizarre turn, and asks the players to perform unruly tasks. Players perform typing speed tests, dabble in fourth-wall breaks, and are urged to participate in Lynch’s classic coffee and smoke break. The ending of this game will leave players feeling confused, uneasy, but hopefully more enlightened in the scope of typing.
David Lynch Teaches Typing can be experienced for free on itch.io, which shares compatibility on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.