Wordle: All You Need To Know

It all started as a love story, the Wordle game. Josh Wardle, a software programmer in Brooklyn, knew his partner liked word games, so he made a private guessing game. Wordle was inspired by a play on his last name, Wardle. After months of intense play by the couple and their family, Josh felt he was onto something and decided to share it with the world. The once-a-day game, which challenges players to predict a five-letter phrase similar to the guess-the-color game Mastermind, has seen a meteoric surge. After guessing a five-letter word, the game will inform you if any of your letters are in the hidden word and where they go.

If you put the proper letter in the right location, it becomes green. When a correct letter is typed in the wrong place, it turns yellow. A letter that isn’t part of the word in any way appears gray. You can enter a total of six words, which means you can use five-burner words to learn about the letters and their positions. Then you just have one chance to use those hints. Alternatively, you can aim for speed by guessing the word of the day in three, two, or even one go. So what makes it a sensation? I mean, it’s just a word game. But, certain qualities made it special.

First, each day only has one puzzle for starters. This raises the stakes to a certain level. At the Wordle, you only get one shot. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to acquire a new puzzle if you make a mistake. Next, since everyone is working on the same puzzle, it is easy to ping your friend and talk about the puzzle for the day. This fosters a sense of belonging and makes it more enjoyable. Finally, sharing your results is simple: after you’ve completed the puzzle for the day, you’re welcome to share your Wordle adventure for the day. Talk about building engagement for your socials while having fun.