Martin Brinkmann
May 1, 2008
Updated • Nov 24, 2012

No more games I said. And still, this one is just to good to pass on. I already wrote about it on my new games blog Take9 but since it's relatively new I thought it would be ok to post about this game here at Ghacks as well. Typeracer is a game that you play in your browser. It worked surprisingly well in Firefox which is something that I have not expected.

The objective of Typeracer is to type faster than all the other players. Each race consists of a few sentences that have to be typed as fast as possible in a text field. Typing a word correctly moves your car a tad closer to the finish line. That pretty much sums the whole game up.

What I like about Typeracer is that you can start playing right away. No registration, no plugins, no downloads. That's awesome. If you are a little bit shy you can practice at first and start a real race once you feel comfortable with the game mechanics.

A word per minute (wpm) count of 50-60 usually is enough to finish the game first. It's lots of fun and you probably improve your typing skill as well. Who's up for a race?

Update: The developers have added a third game mode to Typeracer. You can now race your friends by creating a private game that only you and the people you invite can join. That's excellent if you do not want to play with strangers on the Internet or prefer to race against your friends to find out who is the fastest typer among you.

High scores are displayed on the page as well, with some users reaching scores well beyond the 100 words per minutes mark. You can also check up on your past scores, but that features becomes only available after you create an account on the site.


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  1. Tris said on January 2, 2009 at 3:59 am

    The late Barbara Blackburn clocked the world’s fastest typing speed at 212wpm. She used Dvorak.

  2. Keule said on May 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Would love to see a German version of this.

  3. Martin said on May 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I doubt that this is possible. Probably a cheat

  4. Marc-O said on May 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Can someone really type 218 wpm??

    funny game, but way too much intense for me, my hands are aching.

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