Lots more than one

Is there anyone left in the connected world that doesn’t know about Wordle yet? Among my circle of connected friends, it’s a very popular game. Lots of people share their scores and their successes. Others don’t, and that’s OK.

People seem to fall into two camps – one camp loves the game and the other camp refuses to play it for whatever reason. Maybe because it only offers one chance per day? Or they’re not on the bandwagon.

Personally, I probably play it more days than I don’t. I do allow myself a few moments in the morning for game playing and it’s usually been Words with Friends, Boggle, and 7 Little Words. They’re all applications on my phone and so it’s difficult to miss. Wordle needs a visit in the browser and I typically don’t think about it until I notice someone else playing and sharing a score!

We know the history of the program (and if you don’t, there’s no shortages of articles about that) and that it’s been acquired by the New York Times where it continues to be freely available. If you haven’t noticed, the original United Kingdom URL now redirects to the New York Times. The big fear among many is that it may ultiimately end up behind a paywall. There are no shortages of suggestions about how to download the entire game to your hard drive to avoid this. Most of the Wordle posts talk about how to play the game so I’ll avoid that as well.

Recently, it’s been hard to noticed that there are all kinds of other implementations of the game available freely on the web. It was Lisa Cranston who first took me down this rabbit hole when she shared a like to Wordle2. Then, yesterday, another friend Linda Willson shared a score from Brydle and that got me even further down the rabbit hole and I went looking for others. That’s what you’ll find below. We all have the original Wordle to thank for the inspiration and perhaps the fear of the New York Times making it pay for play to have people come out with their own.

Here’s what I was able to find. I did limit myself to things that could be played in a browser so that I could easily check them out and not have to download. No guarantees about any of them but it was just an interesting collection to build. Given the special topic of words, I hope that I get them all in alphabetical order correctly!

Wordle – the original – https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html


Do you know of any others? Please add to the list via comment below.

I’ve created this Wakelet as a place to bring all this together.

5 thoughts on “Lots more than one

  1. Doug, the only other one I know is mini-Nerdle, but it is connected with Nerdle: nerdlegame.com/mini. I might never get out of the Wordle rabbit hole now. 🙂

    Aviva

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  2. Good morning Doug! Good morning Aviva!

    I was a latercomer to Wordle — i’ve been playing for three weeks now – – and I think it was Doug‘s post about Ooodle (the math variant) that led me to try Wordle, because I needed to understand Wordle so that I could get Ooodle to work.

    Since then, I have played both games on a daily basis.

    My results with Wordle vary with the word – – I have seen people talk about having a system, but I go with whatever five letter word seems to spark joy that particular morning, and work from there. Any strategy that I have seems to revolve around identifying the words vowels, and getting them in the right spots. My results are fairly evenly distributed between three and five guesses, with six being an outlier. I managed to get the word in two once – – sheer luck after getting one letter correct on the first guess. I have not gone looking online for any kind of analysis on the probability of getting a word in five guesses, but there’s probably something written by someone somewhere. A lot of Wordle, however, is dependent upon your knowledge of how letters are grouped in the English language, and your grasp of five letter words.

    Results with Ooodle, on the other hand, seem to be very consistent, and I put that down to the fact that there are only 12 numbers to select from (rather than 26 letters), there are only four boxes to fill (rather than five) and the order of operations allows for the application of a consistent logic. Whereas Wordle allows for a letter to be used more than once (although it has no way of communicating that you have correctly hit on a letter that appears twice), Ooodle only allows a number to be used once, which simplifies the elimination process. The two bugaboos with Ooodle are:
    • it does not respect the commutative property of multiplication, and so even though 5×10+3-1=52, if Ooodle is looking for 10×5+3-1, it can cost you an extra guess to find that out.
    • Ooodle is looking for you to provide the identical solution, so if there are multiple possibilities, you have to work your way through them. Today, for example, I managed to get in the correct ballpark on my first guess with the correct multiplication, but needed the remaining two terms to result in a difference of two — requiring two additional attempts to get the one that Ooodle wanted. All 3 attempts were mathematically valid, but Ooodle would only accept one.

    I will take a look at the puzzles in this new list, and look forward to getting a bit of an understanding of what makes them unique — and what limitations emerge in how they work.

    Andy

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  3. I don’t have any explanation why no one in my family is playing it. A few of us are quite the “wordy” types, but no takers yet. I might be reluctant to add more screen time to my day at this point, even if limited to one shot. Hope it continues to be fun for others. The winter of wordle 🙂

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