Popular Wordle spin-off Nerdle has launched a new fast-paced variant. Nerdle challenges players to identify a mathematical equation in six attempts. Similar to Wordle, you have to pay attention to the color of the tiles after making a guess. The new Speed Nerdle variant adds a timer into the mix, which means you’re not just trying to solve the puzzle in as few guesses as possible, but also in the fastest time. Speed Nerdle also starts with the first row filled, which will eliminate lucky early hits.
Nerdle creator Richard Mann explains further: “The rules are the same as classic nerd, with the added challenge that players must complete as quickly as possible – a timer that appears in the middle of the screen to keep a trace.
“The timed element means a completely different strategy is required and you have to think fast. Additionally, the front row is pre-filled, creating a level playing field by eliminating lucky early moves.
“While other versions of nerdle let you boast your score based on the attempts you made, speed Nerdle shows how long you took to complete the puzzle as part of your score when you share it.”
If that wasn’t enough, Speed Nerdle is also introducing time penalties on certain lines. You will have a ten second penalty when you reach the fourth row, a 20 second penalty for the fifth row and a 30 second penalty for the sixth row.
Mann believes that three minutes is a good score to aim for, while anything less than three minutes is exceptional.
Speed Nerdle is one of five iterations of the Wordle spin-off. There’s the Classic Nerdle, the Instant Nerdle, the Pro Nerdle, and the Mini Nerdle.
Instant Nerdle is a fun variation, challenging players to solve the puzzle in a single attempt. You start with all the correct letters and symbols, but not in the correct order.
Mini Nerdle offers fewer tiles for beginners, while Pro Nerdle offers user-created puzzles for an extra challenge.
There’s even an Archive mode called Nerdle Replay, where you can rewatch any of the puzzles you may have missed.