By this point it’s likely that Wordle plays just as important a part in your daily routine as your morning ablutions, or that first bowl of cereal.
Since the daily word game gained traction around the turn of the year, its seen player counts go from being in the hundreds to the thousands.
In its wake, hundreds of spin-offs and tributes have been born.
There really is something for everyone: a cycling-based version that has you naming pro-riders? Bikle. A number-led version for the more mathematically minded? That’ll be Nerdle.
Now, geography nerds are getting their time in the sun, as a new variant which has players guessing landmasses, countries and territories has hit the web.
This is Worldle.
What is Worldle?
Worldle works in much the same way as Wordle (this is going to be a nightmare to proofread).
Only, instead of attempting to work out the five-letter solution in six attempts or fewer, here we’re working with countries.
Players are presented with the silhouette of a country or territory, and can begin guessing (or applying their geographical knowledge) to work out the answer.
Each guess must be a valid country or territory. After each try you’ll be given the distance your guess is from the target country, the direction it is from your guess, and the proximity from your guess and the solution.
How can I play it?
It sounds slightly more complicated than Wordle when written down, but in reality, Worldle is fairly simple to grasp.
Check it out for yourself by heading to worldle.teuteuf.fr.
Who created it?
The new version - which was “heavily inspired by Wordle created by Josh Wardle” - was created by @teuteuf, a web developer from Vincennes, in the eastern suburbs of Paris.
How is it different to Globle?
Worldle is similar to Globle, another geography-based spin-off of Wordle.
The difference there is that Globle only signals how close your guess is to the target country by highlighting the area you entered in a shade of red.
The darker the red, the closer you are to finding the answer.
While Worldle may give you more hints, it doesn’t display them in such a visual way, so is an arguably tougher challenge.
Both are great fun though, so worth checking out! You can play Globle here.
What other versions of Wordle are there?
For many players, one Wordle a day simply isn’t enough - thankfully there are loads of spin off games you can turn your attention to.
Wordle creator, Josh Wardle, has said that he “loves” the seemingly infinite amount of spin offs that the game has created.
Talking to Slate, Wardle said: “As someone who creates stuff, to see people so inspired by something that you created that they want to riff on it, that’s amazing. That makes me feel so good.”
Lewdle employs all the same elements of Wordle - the five letter secret word, the method of figuring out the correct letters - but all of its solutions are rude words.
Absurdle pitches itself as an “adversarial version” of the game, featuring a much more complicated playing style; where Wordle only has one correct answer for all players on a daily basis, Absurdle’s winning word actually changes with each guess.
- We’ve rounded up 11 more of our favourite Wordle variants here.
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