Wordle_4 stars

Once in every few years, there is a game that will go viral and popular that will send a trend. One of them is Wordle, a daily word puzzle game online.

It was released in mid-October 2021 by Josh Wardle, an engineer at Reddit. It is a simple word guessing game you can play on your browser without having to download anything. It started becoming popular in less than 200 days on Twitter after Wardle added the ability to share people’s results online.

Curious, I looked for it online and played it.

Instructions are provided in a pop-up once you open the web page. The game allows you to guess a 5-letter word within six attempts. Guess the word in less than six attempts the better.

How would you know if you guessed the word right? A green square means correct letter and position, a yellow square means correct letter but different position, and a gray square means the letter incorrect letter. Now, this reminded me of the game MasterMind, with the skills of Scrabble.

If you play Scrabble a lot, you’ll start using the common words that use common letters like R, S, N, G, T, L, and the vowels A, E, I, O, and U. More often than not, you’ll get at least one green square, at least one yellow square, and at least two gray squares. However, you can’t just re-order the letters just like what you do on MasterMind. You have to re-type your new word guess.

To make the challenge a bit higher, there is a hard mode, which forces you to use the hints, instead of guessing words at random.

What I don’t like is you can only play this game once a day. Wordle resets at midnight.

Everyone is guessing the same word daily. The ability to share the results on social media to brag makes it seems everybody is competing against each other every day.

Overall, I’ll rate this brainteaser 4 out of 5 stars.


Towards the end of January, I learned of two news items about Wordle:

  1. There is a Filipino version (or clone) of Wordle called “Saltong”. Same game play but in Filipino plus a mini game (4-letter words) and a hex (6-letter words).
  2. New York Times bought the game Wordle for “an undisclosed seven-figure” amount. Don’t worry, the game is still free to play.

Published by Issa Bacsa

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