People all over the world wake up or stay awake until midnight with one thing on their minds: the new word of the day.
Online play is simple.
You have six guesses to discover the secret five-letter word of the day.
If a letter turns green, it means that you have guessed this letter correctly and that it is in the right place.
A yellow tile means the letter is in the word but is elsewhere.
And if it turns gray, it’s back to the drawing board.
The user interface matches the simplicity of the game.
The website is simple with no ads or graphics to spoil the fun.
And since there’s only one word a day, fans should make the most of it.
As the game has grown in popularity over the past few months, resulting in a seven-figure New York Times buyout of the game, so have similar word puzzles.
Spin-off websites have sprung up across the web, each adding a unique twist or theme to the game.
With a little something for everyone, here are 15 alternative games similar to Wordle:
Wordle was created by Josh Wardle for his partner, who loves puzzles.
So while Wordle was created for a benevolent and loving purpose, Absurdle is more like its evil twin.
Absurdle is an “adversarial” version of the game, invented by a coder under the pseudonym qntm.
In Wordle, the game identifies a word from its word bank which the player must then guess.
In Absurdle, the game aims to last as long as possible by using your every guess against you.
The algorithm finds a cluster of secret words from its 2000+ word bank with as few similarities to your guess.
To win, you must “hunt Absurdle around a corner” to the point where there is only one possible secret word left, according to the game’s methodology.
In Crosswordle, players must figure out two related words and how they intersect in a crossword format with as few guesses as possible.
If you get a yellow result, the letter could be in one of the secret words, providing an extra challenge.
Although this option is not for people who hope to tease their brains with more puzzles, this alternative allows you to become the code master and surprise your friends.
This game allows users to enter a word of any length, then it produces a shareable link to a version of the classic Wordle game for others to play.
Think of Dordle as a form of Wordle for multitaskers. Instead of solving one puzzle, players must solve two simultaneously.
Each guess applies to both secret words, which means your brain has to work twice to decode two mysteries.
If that sounds difficult, don’t worry, instead of six guesses, Dordle offers seven.
Hello Wordl works like the original game with one exception: players can choose the length of the secret word they want to guess.
Potential mystery words range from four to 11 letters, so players can test the limits of their vocabulary beyond words that are only five letters long.
If the only five-letter words you can think of are laced with profanity, Lewdle might be for you.
Lewdle uses a bank of obscene terms that players can guess.
The game only accepts rude terms, but there is an option for “protected mode”, which will accept non-vulgar guesses.
The Lord of the Rings
Lordle of the Rings is an example of a fandom-based Wordle alternative, requiring players to bring both their best guesses and knowledge of Tolkien’s vocabulary.
The possible mystery words and accepted answers are the terms and names from the main text of “The Lord of the Rings”.
If word puzzles aren’t your thing, Nerdle replaces letters with numbers.
In this game, players try to guess an eight-digit math equation using a mix of numbers and symbols.
The calculation must be true for the site to register your guess.
And forget the cumulative property you learned in college. Order matters here, which means that in this game, 10+20=30 won’t be enough if the answer is 20+10=30.
The eponymous “Yassification of Wordle”, Queerdle features a new word every day that ranges between four and eight letters, but is still tied to the LGBTQ+ culture and community.
The game was created by Jordan Bouvier, who recently told Xtra Magazine that the project is an extension of the experience of making friends over the internet.
“For me, this is my one chance a day to have a little fun and a little levity,” they said.
If guessing a word is too easy and Dordle’s option to guess two words at a time always is not enough of a challenge, there is always Quordle.
With Quordle, players have nine guesses to guess four words simultaneously.
If successful, winners can brag to their friends with a full board consisting of four times the number of green squares.
If “darth” or “vader” are go-to words for you, try Star Wordle.
The secret words in this alternate game feature terms and names related to the Star Wars franchise and fan culture.
Examples of words taken from game instructions include “saber” and “grogu”.
Taylordle is a Taylor Swift-centric take on the traditional game, where the secret word always refers to the “Swiftie universe.”
Previous secret words were song titles, such as “Style” and “Peace”, or references to people associated with her, such as “Alywn”, her current boyfriend’s last name.
This version of the game was created by the Holy Swift podcast, which breaks down Taylor Swift’s discography song by song.
Ideal for fans of the “Harry Potter” franchise, Wizarding Wordle is a “magical” version of the game.
Potential words include names, spells, and other five-letter words that can be found in the pages or on the screen of a “Harry Potter” book or movie.
If geography is one of your passions, Worldle may be for you.
Even though there is only one extra letter separating Worldle’s name from the original, the gameplay differs significantly.
Instead of guessing five-letter words, players have six tries to correctly name a country based on its shape.
After each guess, instead of yellow and green tiles, players will get three pieces of information: the distance between their guess and the answer, the direction of the target country from their guess, and the percentage of proximity between the guess and the answer.
If you really want to solve more than one Wordle puzzle every day, Wordle Unlimited is a platform with the same rules as the original that lets players try to figure out a mystery word over and over again.
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