How to Play Wordle – If you are a frequent social media user and spend a lot of time on Twitter, you may have likely come across posts with green, yellow, and gray blocks with the title Wordle.
Wordle is a web-based word game developed by Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle in October 2021. He revealed in one of his interviews that the game was developed for his partner who loves word games.
It was bought over by the New York Times in early February 2022. It is a simple yet addictive word guessing game. One exciting feature of this game is that it is a browser-based free game; hence you can get started without having to sign up or download an app.
How Wordle works
Players have six attempts to guess a five-letter word, with feedback given for each guess in the form of colored tiles indicating when letters match or occupy the correct position. You will either see green, yellow, or gray blocks on the letters of the word. Here’s what each color in Wordle depicts:
- If you have the right letter in the right spot, it shows up green.
- A correct letter in the wrong spot shows up yellow.
- A letter that isn’t in the word in any spot shows up gray.
You can only play the game once a day and you get a new word every day. There’s just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one.
This has built anticipation among users and helped in retaining players. This explains the game’s popularity as it is reported by the New York Times that over 300,000 people play the game daily.
Where do I play?
Originally, Wordle was hosted on Josh Wardle’s personal website, www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle. The URL has changed since the New York Times bought it.
The new URL; https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html.
What made Wordle Game popular?
The popularity of Wordle can be credited to three major factors: Simplicity, Scarcity, and Community experience.
Getting started on Wordle is very straightforward and easy for anyone of any age bracket to play. Combined with this fact is that you can play it just once a day makes users come back to guess new words.
Another factor responsible for the popularity of Wordle is the shareability aspect. This explains users’ ability to easily share their results with their peers on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
This is one of the big drivers of Wordle’s success. Nonetheless, in a way that doesn’t spoil the surprise for anyone who hasn’t played that day’s puzzle.
When you click the Share button, you get a grid of yellow and green squares representing the path you took. This happens without revealing the actual letters.
Can you cheat at Wordle?
Yes, you can. But you shouldn’t, obviously.
If, however, you really want to delude yourself and your poor social media friends, you can quite easily open Wordle in an incognito browser window.
Take as many goes as you need to complete it. Then return to the window that’s signed in to your profile and enter the correct word.
Alternatively, you could search for today’s Wordle answer, then pass it off as your own. There, you did it in one guess. Aren’t you clever?
Are there other games like Wordle?
There are plenty of other Wordle-like games out there, ranging from unashamed clones of the worst kind to others that are clearly inspired by it. One of our favorites is Absurdle, which uses the same format but then puts a nice twist on it.
We’re also big fans of Quordle. (which makes you play four games at once). There’s Squabble (which lets you play against others online).
Of course, there are also many other games spread across Android, iOS, and the web that can help you get a fix of word-based fun while you wait for that timer to count down to midnight.
Why is Wordle so addictive?
Wordle isn’t massively different from plenty of word games available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. I play quite a few word games, and most are ruined by copious ads and repeated exhortations (if not extortions) to spend money on in-app purchases.
“Out of lives? Keep playing! For just £2.99 you can purchase this chance to win another go! Oh bad luck — but don’t worry, you get this free sticker!”
But Wordle isn’t like that. It doesn’t want to make money from you, and it doesn’t even want you to keep playing for hours.
“I am a bit suspicious of mobile apps that demand your attention and send you push notifications to get more of your attention,” Wardle told the BBC.
In fact, that’s another refreshing thing about it. Binge culture is very real, and like most people, I will regularly finish a Netflix show, or a game, in long bursts over a day or two. Mostly when I should be asleep.
I can’t do that with Wordle: one puzzle a day is so little, but it means the game is always fresh. Of course, the move to the New York Times has led some people to fear that it will be changed from what made it so special, but thus far at least those fears appear to be unfounded.