Tux Typing – typing tutor designed for children

Tux Typing is an open source educational typing tutorial game starring Tux, the Linux Penguin and mascot. The game is designed to be fun and to improve words per minute speed of typists.

The player guides Tux to eat fish which are falling from the top of the screen. Each fish has a letter written on it. When the player presses the corresponding key, Tux will position himself to eat the fish.

The game is intended for children learning to type, though it does have higher difficulty levels which even experienced typists may find challenging.

Features include:

  • Two Games; for each game different languages can be selected as a source for the words:
    • Fish Cascade – control Tux as he searches for fish to eat. Fish fall from the top of the screen. These fish have letters on them. Unfortunately for Tux, eating a fish with a letter on it will cause his stomach to become ill, so it is up to you to help Tux eat fish.
    • Comet Zap – comets come from space and can hit buildings form the city where Tux is guarding. Pressing the letters that appear on the comets tells Tux which one he should obliterate with it’s laser beam.
  • Lessons – uses XML-based scripting to run various other parts of the program in a specified order, including the “Practice” activity.
  • Practice – involves typing phrases or complete sentences, with measurement of accuracy and typing speed.
  • Different levels of difficulty.
  • For each level of difficulty you can use either letters, short, medium or long words and finger exercises.
  • Cross-platform support.

Website: sourceforge.net/projects/tuxtype
Support: SourceForge Project Page, Mailing Lists
Developer: David Bruce and many other coders
License: GNU General Public License


Tux Typing is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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