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Wordle and Things like Wordle

If you have been paying attention to things over the last two months, or follow anybody on Twitter, you might have heard about Wordle.  It became a huge deal back in January/February and you could hardly go on Twitter without seeing somebody posting their scores.  I had to mute the word “wordle” over there it got so bad.

A decent day at Wordle

It is a simple game web game, and something of an accidental hit according to the developer in a presentation at GDC.  I ended up playing it daily myself.  It is a simple, fairly easy, daily game that makes you think a bit.  You can find it here.

Of course, its popularity spawned a host of imitators.  On dev who made a mobile app that was simply a copy of the game wash shamed off of the app store by public outrage.  However, there are still a bunch of other clones there.

The game itself was bought by the New York Times and we’re all waiting for them to screw it up somehow.

But in addition to the straight up clones, some devs out there have taken the Wordle concept and run with it for different daily experiences.

For example, there is Quordle, where you have to guess four 5 letter words.  You get nine guesses, but you have to coordinate all four columns.  While I get Wordle most days, Quordle I am about 50/50 on.

I missed the last word on the last guess

Double consonants are my Achilles heel in these games.  You can find Quordle here.

If four five letter words are not enough, then there is Octordle, where you have to figure out eight words.  I play the above every day on my iPad when I wake up in the morning, but Octordle I save for my wide screen desktop monitor and let it sit in a tab for most of the day as I think about it.  Even then I am always in a bit of a hurry and I rarely win.

I was down to “theft” and “teeth” and chose wrong… in a hurry so forgot the H placement

If you like that many words, you can find Octordle here.  It has both a daily and multi-play options.  One if its drawbacks is that it needs a lot of five letter words, so you get some oddly rare ones in the mix when compared to Wordle, where the most common word that fits the clues is almost always correct.

Those three all have the problem, for me, where you end up with some letters where there are half a dozen words you could make out of them given the clues you have.

But say you don’t want to guess the word.  Say you want to lose… or just take a long time guessing.  Then there is Antiwordle.  Here you try to avoid guessing the word.


This has rules so you can’t just avoid the clues.  You cannot re-use letters that have been eliminated.  You have to use any letter that you have guessed correctly, and if you guessed it in the correct spot, you must use it in that spot going forward.

Embarrassingly, I have had days where I have gotten Wordle in five or six guesses and then Antiwordle in three.  Anyway, you can find Antiwordle here.

But suppose you just don’t like word games.  What if you like geography?  Well, there is Worldle, because of course there is.  Daily it shows you the outline of a nation and you have to guess what it is.

I want to say Northrend…

The primary problem for me is that some countries have very distinctive and memorable outlines… and some of them are just roundish, sometimes oblong, blobs.  Out of the context of their neighbors, where I could name them in a flash, places like Estonia, Slovakia, Bosnia, and Botswana kind of blend together in my brain when they are alone.

You also cannot use size to judge, as they scale them all the same in the picture, so Monaco was the same size as Australia when shown, such that you could pick out the detail of the harbor.

If you like maps you can find Worldle here.

But say you like trade rather than maps.  Then there is OEC Tradle, where you guess the country based on its exports and how much they total up to.

The oil and gas was kind of a tell

The primary exports are the general tell.  It is good to know who exports cars or oil as well as some secondary, as well as gauging that with the total export value.  I knew this was too low to be Saudi Arabia, so went for the smaller gulf states.  Oddly, Qatar was also the Worldle answer in the same week.

Then there was Spain, which I knew had a reasonable car export.

Cars, pork, quite the mix

So if you’re up on international trade, you can find OEC Tradle here.

But what if you just want to play again.  Tipa has been playing a daily title called Rogule, which came out of the 7 Day Rogue Like Challenge 2022, in which she also participated.

This gives you a daily web based Rogue-like to play.  But if you die, you’re done for the day.

And I am going to die to a rat almost immediately… welcome to Rogue!

I actually survived the rat with 1 hp, then later died to a snake.  It is a decent adaptation of the Rogue gaming style.

Like all Wordle knock-offs, it gives you a score at the end of you match that you can post to social media in order to annoy your friends, or at least push them to learn how to use the mute feature for words and people.

If you want to try you can find Rogule here.

There are, of course, many others, like Heardle, which has you guessing song titles, at which I am very bad, and various other trivia based versions.  But these are the ones I have found a bit interesting.

Scamville Juxtaposition

There is a nice piece up this morning over at The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs where Fake Steve (Dan Lyons) points out (with his usual flair) that while TechCrunch was going after Zynga’s scam ad driven virtual goods business all last week, over at the New York Times they were working on a piece that ran on Saturday about how virtual goods were now bringing in money, which included Zynga as an example of how this market was maturing.

Did the New York Times mention any of the practices that TechCrunch brought to light?


But which will influence people more?

Which article scares you more?