Nerdle is an everyday math game that differs only slightly from Wordle by replacing letters and words with numbers and equations. The game was designed by Reddit user, TheMann0707. The game was made with Wordle in mind, and its creators have called it "Wordle for math geeks."The game presents you with 8 columns of 6 guesses where you have to guess equations daily. Just like in Wordle, you get color-coded hints for your predictions that you can use to come up with the right answer.
- Every guess is based on a calculation.
- 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + – * / or = can be used.
- There must be one "=" in it.
- It cannot have another calculation to the right of the "=".
- Calculate * and / before + and –, for example, 1+2*3=7 instead of 9!
- If the correct answer is 1+2=3, we'll accept 2+1=3 as well (unless you disable commutative answers in settings).
How to play Nerdle
Guess NERDLE in 6 tries. After each guess, the color of the cells will change to show how close you are to your solution. Similar to Wordle, when you guess, the cells will change color to show you are right, wrong or in the wrong place. Green brick means correct quantity and in the right position. Yellow means it's in solution but out of place. If a cell turns black, it means that the cell is not in the words.
Like they say, taking off is the hardest step in flying; it's the same as in Nerdle. To get started, take a bold step by generating a random equation using pre-existing numbers and symbols. When you successfully enter an equation, the game rewards you with a colored response. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Yes, it works just like Wordle.
But, wait, there's a chance. You cannot enter a bogus equation that defies the laws of mathematics. Numerical and symbolic data must be arranged in a logical and completely logical mathematical scheme. Now, this condition, while perfectly reasonable, at the same time makes the guesswork more immersive and brainy.
This is a good time to point out that Nerdle is designed specifically for math nerds.. However, that shouldn't be a reason to dissuade a casual player from taking on the challenge as the equation itself is limited to basic Addition, Subtraction Multiplication (DMAS) operations.
Numbers, symbols and equations
Nerdle plays the game with numbers rather than letters as objects. These numbers are accompanied by the symbols for addition (+), minus (-), multiplication (*), division (/) and equals (=). When combined to create different formulas, these objects form equations – they can be accepted but only partially or completely acceptable (correct answer). The idle game system rejects the input of irrational and illogical equations as conjectures. Example: Integers are accepted in Nerdle because they are rational numbers but powers, decimals, etc. Not accepted in the game.
It is also important to note that if an equation you enter is in the wrong order, the system will not accept it as a solution. For example, if the mystery equation is 1 + 2 = 3 but your entry is 2 + 1 = 3, the response you get will be purple-green-purple-green-green. To tackle the challenge, the order of appearance cannot be ignored. The image below shows an example of a true equation that gives a partially correct answer because the two parts look like they should go together.