Why you should give Wordle a go
Discover the mental and social benefits of playing Wordle
If you’re group chat or social media feed has become cluttered with those tiny red, amber and green tiles – then you’ve seen Wordle.
If you enjoy daily crosswords and word games, Wordle might just be the daily challenge for you.
Wordle has become an overnight success, with over 2 million users are playing Wordle globally – As people everywhere have realised that a) it’s great and b) it’s an easy way assert their mental superiority over others.
Wordle is free. No apps. You just need internet connection
The simple word game is a great 5-minute daily brain-teaser you can do over breakfast, in between TV shows or better yet, compete against your friend(s) or partner. And best of all, it’s 100% free, it keeps your memory active, and allows you to keep social and have fun with your friends and family.
Worlde can be played on any smartphone, tablet or computer – you just need an internet connection.
The website where Wordle lives is entirely free of ads and can only be completed once each day. There’s just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one.
The basics – How does Wordle work?
The rules are simple.
Wordle is an online 5-letter word game.
Each day a new word is released and players have six attempts to guess what the word of the day is. During the guesses, tiles will change colour to help players get the word.
- a Green letter which means it’s in the word and in the right place
- a Yellow letter signals it is in the word but in the wrong position
- a Grey letter means it isn’t in today’s word
Simply select letters of the alphabet on the virtual keyboard and enter them into the 5 blank tiles. When you’re happy with the 5-letter word guess, press the submit button.
This then checks the word and lets you know if your word or some of the letters are correct. If it’s completely right – the full 5 letters turn green.
If you correctly guess the word within the 6 attempts, then you win the game.
Remember: Five letters, six attempts, and one word per day for everyone.
Want to try today’s Wordle game for yourself?
Wordle is available to play online only. The best part is, you don’t need to download another app. All you need is internet connection.
To play the game, visit the website at https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle, and return each day to guess the new word-of-the-day.
If you win two days in a row or more, you automatically receive a winning streak. This keeps rolling over, unless you fail to guess the word one day and the streak is broken.
Many leave the webpage as an open tab on their phone to keep their winning streak going.
Who was the creator of Wordle?
Wordle was created by Welsh-born software engineer Josh Wardle. Josh first came up with the game in 2013, creating a prototype for his friends to play, but they didn’t take to it and he retired it.
Josh revisited the game again during the pandemic and after proving popular with family members, he decided to take it public. “Last year, my partner and I got really into crosswords and word games and I wanted a game for us to play each morning as part of our routine,” he told BBC’s Today programme.
“Since launching Wordle, I’ve been in awe of the response from everyone that has played,” he tweeted.
He added that it’s been “incredible” to watch the game bringing so much joy. And was pleased to hear personal stories of how the game has helped people, including players recovering from surgery.
The New York Times bought Wordle from Josh Wardle in February 2022. Though an exact figure wasn’t shared, it is believed that Wordle was sold for a price “in the low seven figures”.
The good news for users, Wordle will continue to be available to play for free when it moves to The New York Times. This has both been confirmed in statements by the newspaper and game creator Josh Wardle.