A free puzzle game conquering the online world: Wordle. How it works and where does the hype come from – we explain it.
Whether Twitter, Instagram or other social media: gray, yellow and green boxes are currently appearing everywhere with which users want to share their success. To be precise: Your success in online games”Wordle“. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the United States, Great Britain or Germany: Internet gaming has been on everyone’s lips for a few days now – probably mainly thanks to the minimal gameplay.
As some might suspect, “Wardl” is not a Swabian word, but a combination of the English “Word” and the inventor’s last name, “Wardl”.
Wordle is all about guessing words. Or rather: a word every day. Because that’s all there is to the original version of Wordle. At the beginning, the player receives 5 gray boxes that must be filled with an English word. The game then indicates whether the letter:
- occurs in the searched word and occurs in the correct position (green),
- occurs in the word but is not yet in the correct place (yellow), or
- Doesn’t appear in the word at all (gray).
You now have 6 attempts to find the word of the day. There is no second attempt or new words – only the next day.
Some players immediately notice the similarity of the logic game “Mastermind”, which works on a similar principle. A certain color sequence should be detected by successive guesses. It was one of the most popular sports in the world in the 1970s.
Wordle was invented by Josh Wardle during the lockdown in 2020. It was originally planned as a gift for his partner and was initially only played by the two of them. Wardle’s partner then gave a list of 2500 English words that could be typed into the game. Josh Wardley is no stranger to the Internet: He has already causedButton‘(2015) and’reddit place“(2017) caused quite a stir.
After Wardle launched the game on the Internet, they also added a feature that allows players to share their success in the form of colored boxes without having to tell the word of the day.
Wordle options partially removed
The original Wordle game is free for the browser. This app is not available for download in any other form.
Resourceful businessmen who want to benefit from the current hype have certainly already copied Wordle’s very simple game principle and introduced paid apps to Google and Apple’s app stores. The apps, which were sometimes offered for an annual fee of $30, were partially removed from the App Store.
However, there are still some Wordle alternatives available as apps. As a rule, you can play as many puzzles as you want at once and not all apps are chargeable. But the original Wordle version is a browser game.
Is there a wordle in german?
The wordle game that is currently so hyped works exclusively with English words. But of course there are word and logic puzzles with German words that can be just as much fun and are usually more than one puzzle per day. Examples of these apps include Word Guru, Word Cross and Word Blitz. However, they all operate according to slightly different game principles than Wordle.
Who knows – it probably won’t take long before the German version of Wordle appears on the web.
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