A new online word guessing game has become a big success online, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting the website to test their word skills.
Created by New York-based software engineer Josh Wardle, Wordle was created for his partner, Palak Shah, who loves word games.
As they played together, they shared it with relatives and eventually released it to the world in October after receiving positive feedback, Wardle told The New York Times.
“I think people kind of appreciate that there’s this thing online that’s just fun,” Wardle said on Monday 3 January. “It’s not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyeballs. It’s just a game that’s fun.”
The online game had 90 people playing it on 1 November 2021. It has grown significantly since then, with more than 300,000 players on Sunday 2 January.
How it works
The game involves trying to guess a five-letter word each day, with six attempts available. Each time you make a guess, it will show if the letter you used was correct and in the right space, correct but in the wrong space, or not in the word at all.
Wordle uses a colour system to help players understand this mechanic, with letters turning green if they’re in the right space or yellow if they’re in the wrong space. Whether you get it right or wrong, there is only one word available per day.
The word is the same for every player, making it possible to compare your results with others each day. There is also a hard mode for players who want an extra challenge, forcing players to use hints given by the game.
While the game has been around for some time, it recently created the option to share results online. This has lead to thousands sharing their success and failures on social media sites like Twitter.
Wordle 194 6/6
Almost hoisted by my own petard
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) December 30, 2021
While many are enjoying sharing their results online and comparing it to others, some people seem to be taking issue with the sudden viral craze.
One person on Twitter said: “Twitter is divided into three parts: people playing Wordle, people asking what Wordle is [and] people who have Wordle muted.”
It does not require users to download an app and can be played online on its website.
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