Everything you need to know about the word game that’s taken the world by storm, including what to play when you’re not playing it...
By now you should have all heard about Wordle, even if you’ve never played it. The game has become a viral vocabulary phenomenon, and one of the best word games we’ve seen for a long time.
It was created by Josh Wardle and made public in October 2021. Since then it’s become a daily obsession for people all around the world – including all of us at BS HQ!
In fact, Wordle has become so successful, it’s spawned hundreds of different versions. There are games similar to Wordle popping up almost every day.
However, if you’re new to this word craze - where have you been!?! - you might be asking: But, how do you play Wordle? Or, where can I play Wordle and games like it? Well, we’ve got you covered.
We have compiled a list of word games like Wordle online. But, being a maker of physical games, we’ve also thrown in some of our favourite card games similar to Wordle that you can buy and play with other human beings.
So let’s find out more, shall we…
Is Wordle free?
Yes. Wordle is free. Wardle said he had no intention to monetise the game. It was originally created for him and his partner to enjoy.
And since he sold it to The New York Times in January 2022 for an “undisclosed price in the low-seven figures” 🤑🤑🤑, it’s remained free on their website.
How do you play Wordle?
Wordle asks you to figure out a five-letter word in six or guesses or less. After each guess, the game shows grey blocks for wrong letters, yellow blocks for correct letters in the wrong spot and green blocks for correct letters in the right spot.
It's addictive, but after you solve the daily puzzle or use up all your guesses, you have to wait until the next day to play again.
And it’s this one-puzzle-per-day element that has contributed to the game’s success. As it creates a sense of scarcity, leaving you wanting more. It also means you only spend three minutes on the game each day.
Where do I find word games like Wordle online?
Shortly after gaining viral popularity among English-speaking users in January 2022, Wordle was adapted into other languages.
An open-source version of the basic Wordle game was created, and by the start of February 2022, at least 350 other versions of Wordle had been documented on the website “Wordles of the World”.
These include at least 91 versions based on real languages, including historical and regional dialects of some languages, and indigenous languages.
There are also other atypical uses of the Wordle formula for symbolic languages like Chinese chengyu and American sign language – and for fictional languages such as Klingon!
This Wordle remake gives you six tries to guess a five-letter word. And it uses grey, yellow and green blocks in the same way as the original. The difference lies in that it allows an unlimited number of games so you don't have to wait 24 hours till the next one.
You can play Word Master on any web browser.
Hello Wordl is another Wordle remake. It gives you six tries to guess a word and uses the same colored blocks to track your progress.
In addition to unlimited games, Hello Wordl also lets you change the number of letters in the word you're guessing. Guess a four-letter word or use the in-game slider to go all the way up to an 11-letter word. You still get six chances to guess no matter how long a word is, though.
You can play Hello Wordl on any web browser.
Absurdle is positioned as the adversarial version of Wordle. This is because it actively tries to avoid giving you the answer, as opposed to nudging you in the right direction with each guess as Wordle does.
Like playing I Spy against someone who doesn’t decide definitively on what they’re spying until the guessing has begun 🤬, Absurdle doesn't pick a word at the beginning of the game. Instead, it uses your guesses to narrow its list of words down in an effort to keep you guessing as long as possible.
The final word might not even include a yellow letter from one of your earlier guesses either. You do have an unlimited number of guesses, though… It would probably be impossible otherwise!
You can play Absurdle on any web browser.
Of course, there’s a rude version of Wordle! It was only a matter of time before someone corrupted this purist's pursuit with profanity, vulgarity and obscenity. We only wish we’d got there first!
Lewdle comes with a content advisory. And the words range from mild – like poopy – to words that would make a sailor blush.
Other than that, Lewdle is exactly like Wordle: you get six tries to guess a five-letter word; grey, yellow and green blocks are used; and there's only one puzzle per day.
You can play Lewdle on any web browser, so go forth and get those rude and crude juices flowing.
Lordle of the Rings
Credit: Jorge Arimany, Wikimedia Commons
Lordle of the Rings is exactly what you think it is: a catchily titled Wordle for the Tolkien fan. The grey, yellow and green blocks are here, and players have six tries to guess a five-letter word from the main Lord of the Rings text. That makes it trickier if, like us, you only consume books in film form.
Possible guesses for Lordle include places, like Rohan, and well-known characters like Frodo and Smaug. But there are also tons of lesser-known places and characters like Harad, Turin, Hurin and Idril 🤯.
There's only one puzzle a day, but you can play that puzzle more than once in the same day if you want.
You can play Lordle of the Rings on any web browser.
Where do you find fun word games similar to Wordle in physical form?
So, yeah, despite what Mark Zuckerberg might be planning, life continues to exist in the physical realm. And there are some great word games out there if you consider yourself a skilled wordsmith – and even if you’re not.
Keep your eyes peeled for these titles…
Bananagrams gets you racing your opponents to use up all your letters by building individual word grids. Think of it as a kind of free-flowing Scrabble without the board.
Like Wordle, it’s addictively simple… and simply addictive. It’s also fast and frantic as you trawl your vocabulary to come up with words that fit into the grid. The first to use all of their tiles is the winner. And they are crowned “Top Banana”.
Similar to Wordle, with Bananagrams you’re only limited by the words you know – but there is a degree of luck to it, too.
And, like Wordle, Bananagrams’ success has spawned some additional versions, like Big Letter Bananagrams (for low vision players), Double Bananagrams and Word-A-Melon.
Out of Order
Out of Order gets you answering quirky questions to score points. Seems straightforward, right? Not so fast. There’s a catch… You have to give the answer to the question before!
Question topics range from music to food, and fashion to general knowledge. But what makes this a word game is the way the questions come at you, bearing in mind you’ve got to answer them out of order. For example, the answer to the question you’re hearing might rhyme with the answer you’re meant to be giving.
The words are very much working against you.
You’re sure to be caught out, and often the answers will have you in stitches!
And it’s those laugh-out-loud results that make this one is perfect for a games night in or after dinner party. It’s also family-friendly.
With Gamophobia, your word skills are challenged in a slightly different way. The likelihood is you’ll know very few of the proper names for the fears. But your knowledge of etymology and powers of deduction will be worth their weight in gold.
Like Out of Order, Gamophobia is comically confusing. But, more than that, it’s a phobia-themed game of trivia, mime and memory that’ll test and trick you and your teammates across 3 ruthless rounds.
If you’ve got an ear for a fear, you’ll be just fine. But if not, you’ll find yourself shouting out some embarrassingly nonsensical non-words. Expect sweaty palms with this one!So that’s our brief roundup of alternatives for Wordle lovers. Good luck and don’t forget to check out Wordles of the World for the most extensive list of word games like Wordle online.