If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve probably seen posts full of colored squares and wondered what it was. This is the result of the game wordle, which went viral on social media.
Wordle has a very simple operation and manages to be a lot of fun. It’s the classic word builder mixed with gallows where you have to find the right word by guessing letters. You are presented with a 5×6 square grid and below you have a virtual keyboard. For each box there is a letter and the lines form words. With each set of guesses, the software will show you which letters are in the right place, which ones exist in the word but in another order and which ones you got wrong.
– If the letter turns green, it means that letter is in the word and is also in the correct position.
– If the letter turns yellow, it means that the letter is in the word but in the wrong position.
– If the letter remains gray, it means it is not part of the word.
The game also gives a helping hand by marking the letters you have already used. As the grid already indicates, the player has five chances to get it right and can share his result on social networks.
Another point that may have helped in its popularization is that Wordle is completely free. So far, it doesn’t display advertising, doesn’t collect your data, doesn’t ask for subscription, doesn’t recommend another game from the creator, doesn’t offer the Premium plan to unlock the next level or anything like that. The original game can be played in English or Spanish, but there are already Portuguese versions such as Termooo and Letreco, which work in the same way.
But what we do know is that the game won the internet. So much so that another game with a very similar name – Wordle! – received over 100k downloads recently. The owner of this one, Steven Cravotta, got in touch with Josh Wardle, the creator of the game that went viral on Twitter, and they both agreed to donate the winnings to Boost! West Oakland, an American charity focused on technology mentoring for kids, in San Francisco. Wardle has already mentioned that he does not intend to monetize his successful game.
Have you ever played Wordle? Let us know what you think of the game in the comments!
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