Cladder: what’s a perfect online word game for Worlde fans – and how to play

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With only 60 seconds to figure out all 10 clues, will you have what it takes to crack Cladder?

If there’s one thing the internet can’t get enough of, it’s a good brain teaser or puzzle to really sink your teeth into.

Earlier this year, wordle took the Internet by storm and, after being bought out by the New York Times for over a million dollars, remained popular among his devoted fans.

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Part of the wordle calland probably one reason for its longevity, is that there is only one puzzle per daywhich means that its fanbase cannot deplete too quickly by playing it intensely for a short period of time.

However, if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your everyday confusing repertoire, let me introduce you to Cladder.

What is Cladder – and how do you play it?

Players have 60 seconds to solve the 10 clues. You will start with a starting word of three or four letters and you will be given a clue in which you must change a letter of the previous word to get the answer.

For example (this isn’t a real Cladder answer, so don’t panic about potential spoilers!), if your seed word is CASH and the clue says “to run fast” you’ll need to substitute the C by a D to make the word DASH.

You will then need to change a letter of the word DASH to solve the next clue, for example, if the clue says “a plate of food” you will need to change the A for an I to make the word DISH – and so on until until you have solved all 10 clues.

Can you correct all 10 words in 60 seconds? (Photo: Cladder)

You’re not penalized for incorrect guesses, and if you wait long enough because you’re confused, Cladder will highlight the letter that needs to be changed. However, you don’t want to spend too much time waiting because you’re on a pretty tight deadline.

If you’re properly stuck not knowing how to proceed, you have a jump you can use – but it comes at the cost of five seconds of your 60 second limit.

Just like Wordle, there’s only one new Cladder every day, however, if one Cladder a day isn’t enough for you, then good news – you can read the full archive of past Cladder puzzles if you feel so prone.

Simply click the archive option, located below the play button, and you’ll be taken to a numbered grid that represents all previous days of Cladder games.

What are the different modes you can play on?

In addition to being able to switch between dark mode and light mode, you can choose to play in three modes:

  • Hard Mode: Your jump will not be available, nor will you receive any indication of which tile to change if you get stuck. If you choose to play hard mode, your score will be marked with an asterisk to show that you have completed the hard mode challenge to your fellow Cladder players.
Do you know the answer? (Photo: Cladder)
  • Select Mode: In Select Mode, you simply tap on a thumbnail to change its letter instead of typing the entire word – mobile gamers in particular may find this a much more efficient way to play the game
  • Teacher Mode: This setting is designed for a classroom setting – in this mode there is no timer to encourage collaborative classroom play

You can also choose to play in practice mode if you want to familiarize yourself with the flow of the game without affecting your stats.

Who created Cladder?

Cladder was made by Joe Martella and his wife, Shannon.

According to Martella’s Twitter account (@martellaj), he is a developer for Microsoft and works on Outlook by day and Cladder by night.

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