Online games are fun to play as they transport us to new realities and tend to satisfy our need for recognition and achievements. These games make you feel like you are in control, and evidence suggests that playing games is good for you.
According to one study, online games can help to develop concentration, communication, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. They also allow young people to practice communication and conflict resolution.
In recent years, online games have taken the internet by storm. Due to their easy access and one-of-a-kind experience, these games have been popular among young and old. There are a ton of options to choose from, and you can play most of them without even paying a penny. There is a game available for each age group. You’ll find coloring games for youngsters and technical games like sudoku and word puzzles for elders all under one platform.
Modern technologies have, without a doubt, changed the gaming experience. This is especially true for games like Wordle. This simple game took the internet by storm at the start of 2022. It was reported that Wordle had 2 million players each day. Not to forget, it was recently sold to The New York Times for Millions of dollars.
So what’s so special about this game? We will try to come up with an answer as we discuss what the game is about and how you can play it, followed by an introduction to the different types of wordle. So let’s get started.
What is Wordle?
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Wordle is a popular online game that challenges players to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. The game was created by Jonathan Feinberg, a software engineer from New York City, and first appeared on his website in 2008. However, the game gained widespread attention in early 2022 after it was featured on the website of The New York Times.
The objective of Wordle is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts by typing in words and receiving feedback on which letters are correct and in the right position, which letters are correct but in the wrong position, and which letters are not part of the word. The game starts with a random five-letter word, and the player must guess the word in six tries. Each guess is highlighted in either green, yellow, or gray to indicate the correctness of the letters in the guess.
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Wordle has gained popularity due to its simple, addictive gameplay and the social media buzz it has generated. Players are encouraged to share their results and strategies on social media, leading to a community of Wordle enthusiasts.
One of the unique aspects of Wordle is its algorithm for generating the secret word. Instead of using a fixed list of words, the algorithm generates a new word for each game, making it easier for players to rely on previous knowledge. This ensures that every game is unique and challenging.
Wordle is a free game that can be played on any device with internet access. It has become a popular pastime for people of all ages and backgrounds, providing a fun and engaging way to exercise the mind and improve vocabulary skills.
How to play Wordle?
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When you visit the Wordle website, you are greeted by a 6-long 5-wide grid of empty white boxes. Each box can be a letter, and so you guess the answer by typing in a five-letter word and pressing enter.
You aren’t given any clues up front, so you can type down any five-letter word to get the game started. This is when the game starts.
This free-world guessing game requires you to guess a five-letter word in six tries or less. Wordle explains the rules of the game in a handy pop-up as soon as your game loads. Here’s what happens:
- If the letter from your guess is not correct, the letter will turn gray.
- It will turn yellow if it’s correct, but you haven’t placed it in the right position.
- And if the letter is correct and you have succeeded in putting it in the right place, then it will turn green.
Is there a Wordle app?
When it comes to games, everyone’s first instinct is to download it on their Android or IOS device. After finding out about the game, many people were hopeful of finding it in their respective apps stores. However, the game is only available online.
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You may come across many options when you type the word Wordle in the search bar of your app store but do not mistake them for the real thing. The original Wordle game developed by Josh only has a browser version. Hence, you can only find it online. If you are someone who has been playing the game on an app, we are sorry to tell you that you have been playing a fake version of the game.
Tips and tricks for playing Wordle
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In this part of the article, we will discuss a few tips and tricks that will allow you to become a pro at the game. Read along to find out what these tricks are.
That pop-up window you see the first time you visit the site is a fixed tutorial and is not a clue for the day’s puzzle. It is clearer on a PC display than it is on the smartphone browser, so that’s probably not a common mistake many players make. Hopefully, you have not been making this mistake.
In the realm of more helpful tips: It’s not clear until you’ve played a few times, but you can have words that use the same letter in multiple spots. So if the day’s word was “APPLE” and your first guess was “PAPER,” the first “P” would get a yellow box for being the right letter in the wrong spot, and the second “P” would get a green box for being correctly picked AND placed.
You can also click the gear icon at the top of the Wordle website to tweak a few things. There’s a Dark Theme option for those who prefer to protect themselves against the intensity of a mostly-white screen.
You can also switch to the “Hard Mode,” which requires all guesses after the first one to account for revealed hints. (So, turning back to our previous “APPLE” example, every guess after “PAPER” would have to use “A,” “E,” and two letters “P,” with one of them always plugged into the third box.) Finally, there is also a “Color Blind Mode,” which uses high-contrast colors for those who need or prefer it.
Some people have gotten into analyzing Wordle’s inner mechanics and how it gets us playing with (the English) language. Others have taken more of a lesson from Wardle’s initial DIY vibe with the game and embraced that for their lives.
There’s no wrong way of playing the game. The beauty of Wordle lies in its simplicity. Every guess you make is checked against Wordle’s own dictionary. In case you’re trying to outsmart the game and guess a word that isn’t real, the game won’t allow you to push it through.
Different types of Wordle
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Twenty of the best ‘Wordle’ clones because one word a day isn’t enough. If you’re someone who is addicted to Wordle and wishes to play more than a one-word puzzle a day, you are not the only one. For this reason, we have rounded up a list of some of the best Wordle clones that will give you a similar gaming experience. So without further ado, let’s start with the 20 best Wordle Variants online games:
1. Who are ya?
This is one of the top tier sports themes wordle games. The objective of this game is to identify a current player from one of the big five European leagues, but the twist is that there is a facial silhouette that becomes more defined as you get closer to the correct answer. The green/gray elements are also fantastic, with graphics indicating the player’s nationality, league, team, position, and age. This game will still be enjoyable even if you know little about European soccer; you can look up players on Wikipedia while playing. This game is a blast and the deserving number one
This game has 16 wordles and 21 guesses. We can say that in the case of this game, the saying “the bigger, the better” is true. Sedecordle is fantastic. You’ll feel like you’re in the matrix as you attempt to solve it, and the closer you get to your last guess, the more satisfying it becomes as the pieces fall into place. This game is a gem.
3. Lewdle & Sweardle
It wasn’t long before the NSFW versions of Wordle appeared on the internet. Both these games expect you to guess words that are pretty rude and inappropriate. However, if you are someone who would enjoy that, you would love to play these games; we mean, come on, the humor in this game is great; you get words like “handy,” so clever, yet so NSFW. But be sure to keep them away from your kids.
Lewdle, like Wordle, gives its players six attempts to guess a mystery five-letter word. On the other hand, in Sweardle, you need to solve a four-letter word game. It’s more difficult than wordle because, in wordle, you must solve four letters; in Sweardle, it is 4.
It is a clone game of Wordle, but unlike the original game, you have to guess two words simultaneously. The game is played on a double field; your words are entered into two fields simultaneously. As usual, you have six attempts to determine which two words were hidden in the game.
Quordle was created in January 2022 and had more than 500,000 players daily. It is a somewhat intimidating version of Wordle. With Quordle, you must guess four different words and have nine attempts. When you input your guess, it will be entered into each board, so you are guessing all four words simultaneously.
Octordle is a new rendition of Wordle, a spin-off built for players seeking to guess more words per game. Created by Kenneth Crawford, the game is an exponentially harder version of Wordle. You have to think of eight five-letter words, in one game, in up to 13 tries. All eight words have separate grids dedicated to them. These grids work independently of each other.
This game is similar to Mathler (which we’ll get to later on) but with a better design and a slightly more interesting premise. In Nerdle, you must construct the entire formula yourself rather than trying to make it fit a solution, and there are more spaces to play around with. Once again, it’s surprising how much fun this game is.
Finding an equation should not be this engrossing, but the game is oddly addictive and well thought-out. Who would have thought that math could be this exciting?
9. Evil Wordle
If you have a penchant for trolling, then you’ll find this game incredibly entertaining. Evil wordle aims to tip you up from the beginning. You guess a word, and it switches the target word to something entirely different, resulting in a full gray response to your first guess. You must then guess again, and it changes once more, but the rule is that it cannot break the previous answer, making it more difficult but not impossible to evade. The chase is on, and the game ends when the evil wordle can no longer dodge your answer, and it confirms it as correct. The game is extremely challenging, sneaky, and quite amusing.
10. Star Wordle
Star Wordle is a new challenger created exclusively for Star Wars fans. It’s a Wordle created by Aurebesh Files in which only words with a connection to a galaxy far, far away are admitted. It also includes a Delete key in the style of the Millennium Falcon.
Star Wordle represents Star Wars’ vast, rich, and ever-expanding world, which will test even the most devoted fans of a galaxy far, far away. Fans must dig deep into their Star Wars memory banks to find the answer among the countless Star Wars films, television programs, comic books, novels, and video games available. May the Force be with you at all times.
The online game is straightforward. You get six chances to guess the five-letter secret word for that day. If a letter turns green, it implies you guessed it correctly and it is in the correct location. A yellow tile indicates that the letter is in the word but not in the correct location. It’s back to the drawing board if it goes gray.
The game’s minimalism is mirrored in the user interface. The website is simple, with no distracting advertisements or images. Because fans only get one word per day, they must make the most of it.
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Heardle is a musical guessing game in which the player has to figure out which song has been randomly selected that day. The site says: “A respectful homage to Wordle, with a musical twist. “Each Heardle is semi-randomly plucked from a long list of popularly streamed artists. Much love, and all relevant copyright, to those featured.
“Heardle was made for a small group of friends, then gained millions of players overnight. Please be kind.”Following the format of Wordle, the site records how many games you have played, your wins, and your current and highest streak. You can also share your results on social media.
The premise is simple; you must guess the song from the snippet of music you have been given. To do so, you are given the first second of music to listen to. If that isn’t enough, you can choose to hear a second more, and so on, until you either guess or run out of tries. You can have a total of six seconds, and the song is the same for everyone.
One of the best side-effects of Wordle is the number of clones and spin-offs that others are producing inspired by the simplicity of the daily puzzle game. One of the best being Globle, a geographic interpretation of the form, where you must guess that day’s chosen nation.
Presented with the entire globe, your daily challenge is to guess the selected country out of a possible 197. While Wordle limits you to six guesses, Globle offers unlimited tries to pin down the correct country. The only limit is the humiliation you can cope with as you catastrophically career off the continent in desperation.
BTS wordle is a wordle clone that requires the players to guess a secret five-letter word in 6 guesses. Most importantly, these words are related to the famous South Korean band BTS. There is no mention of whether Wordle inspires this game, but it is similar.
Here’s how to play BTS-Wordle:
- The secret five-letter word is related to BTS.
- You get only six chances to guess the Wordle of the day.
- Every day, a new Wordle is available.
- With each guess, the tiles change color, indicating how close you are to the answer.
- Purple: When a letter is correct, the tile’s color will change to Purple.
- Yellow: Yellow tile indicates that the letter is in the word but is not placed correctly. In short, it is not in the right spot.
- No change: It indicates that the letter is not in the word.
Describing this game is a bit challenging, but it is well-made. But it is well-made. You guess the flag of a country, and the game shows you a silhouette of the flag with the correctly colored parts. For example, if you guess the U.S. flag, it will show you where the target flag’s red, white, and blue parts are. If you are into flags, you’ll appreciate this game, and the plus point is that the design is unique. However, it may become less entertaining if you do not know or care about flags.
This NBA-themed game has incredibly impressive graphics. But it draws from the entire current roster of the league, including many lesser-known players. Although the game is well-executed and enjoyable, it may be more fun to play while accessing Wikipedia, especially if you are not a die-hard NBA fan.
It is a map game where you are presented with a darkened silhouette of a country, and you must guess which country it is. Once you guess, the game informs you how far you are from the correct answer and in what direction, allowing you to narrow it down.
It can be enjoyable, but sometimes the distance can be misleading since it is calculated from the geographical center, causing countries that border each other to be listed as far away. It would be a better game if there were some border notifications when you got close.
This is a wordle game with a nice theme, and unlike other games like Bardle, it does seem to stay on the theme throughout. Now isn’t this just some harmless fun, right?
This interesting game requires players to guess the three next moves of white and black using wordle style color codes. However, the openings are limited, and players with knowledge of chess openings may find it easy, which could reduce its appeal to the intended audience over time. Nonetheless, it can still be an enjoyable game.
It is a Wordle variant that focuses on Shakespearean words, which seems like a good idea. However, it has a limited word size, and any word used by Shakespeare is included, which raises the question of whether it is specific enough to justify the game’s creation.
It is an interesting concept where the players choose a word, and it displays the percentage of similarity to a keyword. Unfortunately, the database use is inadequate, and the percentage is nonsensical, making it challenging to guess the keyword. Solving it can take up to 400 guesses, which is frustrating and discouraging. As a result, we do not recommend playing it.
These are just a few of the alternative versions of Wordle that are available. Each one offers a unique twist on the original game and is a great way to test your knowledge and skills.
Is Wordle a part of your daily routine
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I have to say that it definitely is! I’ve been using Wordle for a couple of years now, and it’s become an essential tool in my daily workflow. Not only does it help me to focus on the most important keywords and concepts in my writing, but it also allows me to visually see how my text is structured.
What are some other variants of wordle?
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There are several words and guessing games that are similar to Wordle. Here are some of the most popular alternatives.
- Mastermind: In this game, one player creates a code of colored pegs, and the other player tries to guess the code in a limited number of turns. The code maker provides feedback on each guess by indicating how many pegs are the correct color and in the correct position and how many are the correct color but in the wrong position.
- Hangman: One player thinks of a word, and the other player tries to guess the word by suggesting letters. For each incorrect guess, a part of a hangman figure is drawn. The guesser wins if they guess the word before the hangman is fully drawn.
- Anagram puzzles: These puzzles require players to rearrange a set of letters to form a word or phrase.
- 4 Pics 1 Word: In this game, players are presented with four pictures with one word in common. The player has to guess the word that connects all the pictures.
- Guess the Song: In this game, players are given a series of lyrics from a song and have to guess the song’s title and the artist.
- Trivia games: Trivia games test players’ knowledge of a variety of topics, including history, science, literature, and pop culture.
- Cryptogram puzzles: These puzzles involve a coded message where a different letter, number, or symbol replaces each letter. Players have to use logic and deduction to decode the message.
- Wheel of fortune: This game involves guessing a phrase by spinning a value to determine the value of each letter and guessing a consonant. The correct consonants are revealed, and the player can choose to solve the puzzle or continue guessing the letter.
- Taboo: In this game, one player has to get their team to guess a word without using a list of taboo words. The player can use synonyms, definitions, or another descriptive language to get their team to guess the word.
- Codebreakers: This game involves guessing a secret code, where each digit is a different color, number, or symbol. Players have to use logic and deduction to figure out the correct order of the code.
There are several other games available on the internet that you can download on your phone or PC setup to play instead of wordle and its likes. Even though wordle is quite a fun game, sometimes playing one game regularly can be quite boring, so just check out one of the games mentioned above when you start losing interest in the wordle game.
There are numerous Wordle spin-offs available on the internet. Depending on your interest, you can choose a word puzzle you are likely to enjoy playing the most. The above-listed word puzzles are some of the best, which shall give you a similar and, in some cases, an even better experience than Wordle itself. Hence, see which one fits your needs the best and start playing!