Learn With Pokemon: Typing Adventure is what might once have been termed 'edutainment', a horrible portmanteau that makes us want to thrung (that's throw up a lung). It isn't so much that we don't like the sound of the word itself - though we'd be happy never to have to hear or use it again - but that it brings back bad memories of school days playing irritating maths games with self-consciously 'wacky' characters just to learn that 2 + 3 = 7. So colour us surprised to discover that this latest Pokemon spin-off is thoroughly, ahem, edutaining.
Colour us equally surprised to discover that we're actually playing it in English. It's been 17 months since it originally bounced into the Japanese charts before promptly bouncing back out again, and we'd probably have put money on a western release of saucy Skip oddity Captain Rainbow before Nintendo of Europe would localise this. Still, we're heartily glad it did, and not least because it has made us better at Tepig. Sorry, typing. Typing Tepig. That's the one.
You play as a new recruit to the Elite Typists' Club, your object being to help Professor Quentin Werty (get it?) and his assistant Paige Down (yes, very clever) with their Pokemon research. To which end, you glide down a series of routes - think Animal Crossing's rolling-world effect and you're halfway there - trying to catch Pokemon in your Typing Balls.
At first, you'll merely need to input the first letter of their name to snare them, but as you move onto tougher courses, the critters get progressively more elusive. You'll need to type in more letters, eventually moving onto their full names - fine when it's Aron, but much more challenging when you've got to capture a Whimsicott in a hurry.
As if that wasn't enough, you'll also be asked to dodge or deflect projectiles, tapping different keys to avoid taking damage, and occasionally locating specific items, like a key to unlock a new room containing a rare Pokemon.
Boss Pokémon, meanwhile, have a variety of fast-moving attacks that might require you to press three keys very quickly, or two simultaneously, while typing their name several times to bring them close enough to catch.