The daily Wordle: The mostly joyful word-game craze that’s sweeping the internet

Thousands play this simple game every day, then share their scores on social media. The sharing seems to be the only downside – for those immune to the game’s charms.

By Shelly BrisbinJanuary 27, 2022 12:50 pm, ,

If you’re on social media, you’ve seen the grids of colored squares, topped by a pair of numbers. Those are your friends’ Wordle scores. Wordle is the latest viral phenomenon to take over the internet, and if you’re not playing, you probably know someone who is.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga plays the game, and wrote recently about how addicted Wordle players can fill the time between daily puzzles. He says you can only play Wordle once per day, which accounts for some of its popularity.

Highlights from this segment:

– Wordle’s creator, Josh Wardle, created the game for his partner, then released it on the internet late last year.

– Wordle is a simple word game that involves solving for a five-letter word, based on a maximum of six guesses. When you choose a correct letter, the game tells you, indicating whether the letter you’ve chosen is or isn’t in the position you selected.

– Copycat apps have been removed from app stores because they tried to cash in on the free game. Gaming news site Polygon calls the copycatting “the Wordle burgle.”

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