Racing is the main feature of Nitro Type. Racers try to type a passage or body of text faster than each other. Each racer's position is represented by a car on the track.
How to race
First, you must wait until the race track fills up. The track holds five racers in total. They can be real people or bots that fill in if there are no available people racing in your speed range. Second, you will be given a few seconds before racing. The text will be shown below the race track. It is either long or short depending on your words per minute, or WPM. But no matter what, the passage will take around 40 seconds to complete. When the green light is lit, start typing so that you can get to the finish line faster than the other people or bots that are typing along with you. You can use nitros to skip the current word if you have any. Read more about how to obtain nitros here. When you're finished, the race results will be shown. You can race again by clicking the race again button on the bottom right or pressing enter on your keyboard.
There are several different tracks are available to race on during your race. They are chosen randomly at the start of each race, except during some special occasions in the Xmaxx and Summer events. During these events, if you are using an event car, the race track will always be the theme of the event. For instance, in the Xmaxx Event, the track is icy with wreaths in the stands. In summer, a beach theme takes over. Other tracks include a desert track, a forest, and a lot others. Some pictures of the textures are shown.
Music and FX
During your race, in the top left hand corner, there are two options, to turn on Music and Sound Effects. If you choose to play the music, each race will have a chance of playing a certain type. For instance, https://www.nitrotype.com/dist/site/misc/sounds/music/ogg/8bit.ogg is a link to some music that will loop over and over again until you finish the race. If you turn FX on, it will play audio when you make a mistake, use a nitro, or finish the race. You can turn these options off by simply clicking on the buttons. During your first time racing on your account, not including the qualifying race, or your first time racing on a guest account, tabs will show up showing you the game sounds and music controls.
There is a settings button in the top right of the race track. By clicking this, it will show you your frames per second, whether you are using WebGL or Canvas, and some performance tips. When your frames per second is down, at the end of the race, a tab will appear notifying you. Similarly to the Music and FX, in your first race, not including the qualifying race, or as a guest racer, a tab will appear showing you the settings.
Here are some racing tips that you can use so that you can come in first nearly every time:
- If you type too fast, you may make mistakes. Slow down and type every word with good accuracy.
- Use nitros on hard words. Don't use it on easy words. Use them at the end to seal a victory, or use them to boost past your opponents. But don't waste them, as you can sell them for money.
- Race constantly, perhaps 10 races per day. You will improve slowly and eventually get faster and get more cash, nitros, and experience.
- Relax your hands! If you tense up your hands, they won't be flexible enough to reach and press letters accurately and quickly. If you find you can't loosen up your hands, you can shake them or do a practice race. Somehow, doing a practice race before a real one can help you go faster. It's magic.
- Usually keyboards have little bumps on the J and F keys, put your index fingers on those keys at the beginning of the race.
Nitro Type gives you tips as well while you are waiting for a race to begin. A list of those can be found here.
A full breakdown of the rewards system can be found here.