It’s quick. It’s addictive. And yet it doesn’t allow instant gratification. That’s probably why Wordle is such a fascinating rage of the moment online. It’s that one game I look forward to when I wake up. Previously it was Twitter (before it turned into a game of death and destruction) and now it’s Wordle.
It all began when I started seeing colorful boxes appear on my twitter timeline. Wordle? What’s a wordle? I attempted playing and magnificently lost. I began paying attention. Attention. Something that is so coveted and so rare in the day of multiple apps and multiple screens vying for your eyeballs. But wordle has it. And how. There is even a twitter account that tracks the top stats on Twitter.
#Wordle 212 2022-01-17
222,197 results found on Twitter.
5,640 hard mode players.
2: 🟩🟩 8%
3: 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 32%
4: 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 32%
5: 🟩🟩🟩🟩 18%
6: 🟩🟩 8%
— Wordle Stats (@WordleStats) January 18, 2022
Like any internet sensation, it has inspired its own set of memes.
pivoting to wordle memes pic.twitter.com/ig0MJIEd5o
— angeline rodriguez (@gelrdrgz) January 13, 2022
My Wordle score 20/3
⬜️ ⬜️ ⬛️
⬜️ ⬛️ ⬜️ ⬛️
⬜️ ⬛️👶 ⬜️ ⬛️
⬜️ ⬛️⬛️ ⬜️ ⬛️
— Grace Tame (@TamePunk) January 20, 2022
The Covid Eras:
-“Is This A Cake?”
-Pretending the pandemic is over
— Eden Dranger (@Eden_Eats) January 17, 2022
Hey there’s Wordle in German now!
— Adrian Daub (@adriandaub) January 18, 2022
It’s also gotten political. US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also used the Wordle format to make a point
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 19, 2022
So what’s so great about the game itself that has so many addicted? Perhaps it is the quality of the game itself. It’s short and fleeting but also challenging and like most word puzzles, makes you dig deep into your vocabulary.
Created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn, it was released in October 2020 but within a few months of its release there are over 300,000 players who are happily addicted to the word game.
You simply have to guess a five lettered word within six tries. A gray tile says the word is not included in the right word. A yellow tile says that the word is there but misplaced in your guess. And the green tile says the word is right where it belongs. You can share your results spoiler free online and there’s a new word every day.