In the end, 2022 might be remembered as the year of Wordle. The daily word game was being played by fewer than 100 people at this time last year, but after a year it has gained worldwide ubiquity. The New York Times has also purchased it.Wordle must by now be at least somewhat familiar to you, if only because your friends have occasionally bugged you about it. Here is everything you need to know if you’re interested in learning more about its history and how it came to be so popular.
What is Wordle?
Wordle is an online daily word game. It’s simple, entertaining, and limited to one game per day, just like a crossword. Every day, the new word of the day, which is revealed every 24 hours, must be found. The website itself is excellent at outlining the rules:Wordle gives players 6 chances to guess a randomly chosen 5-letter word. As illustrated above, if you have a correct letter in the right place, it turns green. An incorrect letter in the same position shows up in red.A letter that doesn’t belong in the word anywhere shows up grey. You can enter a total number of six words, meaning that you can enter five burnerwords from which you can learn clues about the letters and their positions. Then you get one opportunity to apply those clues. Or you can try to perform and guess the word of today in three, two, or one go.Wordle is a very simple game to play, but it has a number of standout features that set it apart from the competition. Which are:
You can only play one puzzle per day
Everyone plays the same puzzle
It’s easy to share your game on social media without spoiling other people’s feedback
Here’s a bit more detail on the basics of the game:
Your task is to correctly guess a five-letter word in six tries. You are told the letters you chose and whether they were correctly arranged in the final word after you guess.
Where to play
On the website of the New York Times Games, you can play Wordle (opens in new tab). If you see something claiming to be an app, it is a fake because there are no such things.When the New York Times acquired Wordle in early February, it was no longer hosted on Josh Wardle’s Wordle website(opens in new tab). Some claim that Wordle has become more difficult since the NYT took control, but this is untrue. It is still free to play and ad-free, just like it was at first.
When to play
Wordle has a daily cap of one completion. That’s right, refrain from engaging in three-hour Wordle sessions when you should be working. If you’re really eager, you can stay up and finish the game while everyone else is asleep because it resets at midnight every day.