You all must have seen thousands of people posting black, yellow and green boxes on their Twitter over these last few months. Have you wondered what those boxes represent? Well, you will find all your answers here! They are related to a very popular internet based word game called ‘Wordle’.
Since 2022, The New York Times Company has owned and published Wordle, a web-based word game conceived and developed by Welsh software programmer Josh Wardle. The game mechanics are very simple. Players get six chances to guess a five-letter word, with coloured tiles showing whether letters match or occupy the right location providing feedback for each try. Every day, Wordle has a single answer, and all participants try to guess the same word.
Wardle made the game for himself and his spouse to play before releasing it to the public in October 2021. Wardle added the ability for players to replicate their daily results as emoji squares, which were extensively shared on Twitter, and the game acquired a lot of popularity in December 2021. There were several clones and modifications of the game, as well as versions in languages other than English. The New York Times Company bought the game for an unknown seven-figure price in January 2022, with the intention of keeping it free for all players; it was relocated to the company’s website in February 2022.
How Does Wordle Work?
Every day, a five-letter word is picked, and participants have six chances to guess it. Once you open the website, type in your first guess and press the “enter” key on the Wordle keyboard to submit your guess.
After you enter your word, the colour of the tiles will change. Each letter is coloured green, yellow, or grey after each guess:
- Green indicates that the letter is accurate and in the proper place,
- Yellow indicates that it is in the answer but not in the correct location, and
- Grey indicates that it is not in the answer at all.
The game has a “hard mode” option that asks players to incorporate green and yellow letters in consecutive guesses. For everyone, the daily word is the same. The game also offers a dark and high-contrast theme for colour-blind accessibility, which switches the colour palette from green to yellow to orange and blue.
How Has Wordle Taken Social Media by Storm?
One of the main reasons for Wordle’s popularity is that social media sharing is encouraged, but only in a way that does not give away the solution to anyone who hasn’t completed the puzzle that day.
When you click the Share button, you’ll see a grid of yellow and green squares that correspond to your guesses on that particular day, but no real letters. This makes it simple for users to share the game on Twitter or another social networking site without giving anything away about the game or the word of the day.
As simple as the mechanics of the game are, it is equally competitive. People can easily compare their solutions with those of strangers on Twitter or friends in a WhatsApp group because everyone is playing the same problem. This creates a sense of healthy competition among the individuals playing the game. Wordle is undeniably more than a word puzzle; it’s also a bit of a mind game that can really make the screws in your brain turn.
It’s especially popular on Twitter, where various hashtags and search phrases have sprung up around it and are routinely trending.
Some Useful Wordle Tips to get You Started:
- Many players believe in starting with the same word every time hoping one day they will get lucky.
- Keep your first two guesses as different as possible to eliminate as many letters as possible.
- Start with a word that has a lot of vowels like ‘adios’ as statistically the word of the day will contain at least one vowel.
- Avoid using words with the letters ‘x’, ‘q’, ‘z’, etc, as they are not very common.
- Don’t be scared of experimenting with words; you never know when a completely random guess will be the key that you have been looking for.
You can now also challenge your friends and family to a Wordle match. To play Wordle with others visit: https://wordleplay.com/tournament and enjoy. Good luck!
(This article is written by Shanaiya Bagban, entertainment reporter at Clout News UK)