The origin of the online word game that kept the world guessing

New York: If you’re active on a social media platform, you’ve probably seen your friends post a grid of green, yellow, and black squares. It turns out to be a new pandemic phenomenon called Wordle, a free online game that offers users a new word puzzle every day. The game spread so far that it was bought by The New York Times Company for a price “in the seven figures”.Also Read – New York Times Company Acquires Popular Online Word Game Wordle

Touted as the first major viral trend of 2022, the obsession with gaming has also grown significantly in India, with gamers excitedly sharing their scores every day. One of the reasons for Wordle’s growing popularity is that every player guesses the same word on a particular day, making it interesting for people to share their results and see each other’s scores. After all, people share a common experience and struggle, which brings them together.

How was the game created?

Well, to sum it up in one sentence: gambling is a product of love. Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle created Wordle for free in October 2021 as a unique gift for his girlfriend Palak Shah. Wardle knew his partner liked word games, so he created a guessing game for the two of them. To play on his surname, he named it Wordle. Wardle told The New York Times that he was looking to create something that satisfied his partner’s appreciation for puzzle games, crossword puzzles and spelling games such as The New York Times’ popular Spelling Bee.

After the couple and their loved ones obsessed over playing the game, Wardle unleashed its potential and released it to the rest of the world in October. Although Shah was the proud recipient of the first game, she also played a key role in preparing it for the public, Wardle said. The initial list of all five-letter words in the English language contained several obscure words, so Palak sorted through those 12,000 words and determined whether she knew them or not. As a result, the word count was reduced to 2,500. Although Wordle is now shared with the world, she said she appreciates that Wardle originally created it for her. “It’s really adorable,” she said. “That’s definitely how Josh shows his love.”

What is the game?

Wordle is a guessing game that roughly follows the rules of the Mastermind guessing game, according to another report from The New York Times. The game is simple to play, but difficult to solve, much like cracking a code. A new puzzle is released every day and players can post how fast they solved the colored grid on social media.

Wordle gives players six chances to guess a randomly selected five-letter word. If you have the right letter in the right place, it appears in green. A correct letter in the wrong place appears in yellow. A letter that is not in the word anywhere appears in gray. You can enter a total of six words. The browser game had just 90 daily players on November 1 last year. It has now crossed 3 lakh daily players and is growing rapidly through various social media platforms.

How can you play Wordle?

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