By now you’ve seen the little green, yellow, and gray squares popping up on your Twitter timeline that share spoil-free Wordle results. Created by Josh Wardle, the daily word guessing game has quickly captivated users with its simple website design and easy rules. But there is a downside. Unlike most online games, Wordle limits users to one puzzle a day. Some might consider this one-word limit a good thing, as it won’t take up too much of your day, but if you’re looking for more fun, here are sites with games like Wordle that won’t limit your playtime.
Wordle was created with only two users in mind: Wardle and his partner who loves word games. So, lots of features were originally left out of the website’s design, like the ability to guess more than one word a day. However, this simple rule is what Wardle believes to be what brings players in. “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day,” he said in a Jan. 3 interview with The New York Times. “And that’s it. Like, it doesn’t want any more of your time than that.”
Since going viral, Wordle has amassed plenty of dedicated players. On Jan. 31, The New York Times announced its purchase of Wordle from Wardle in a seven-figure deal. Shortly after the announcement, fans expressed concerns that the publication would place Wordle behind a paywall but the NYT said in a Jan. 31 announcement the game would "initially" remain free to play. When Wordle heads to The New York Times, Jordan Cohen, Executive Director, Communications at The New York Times, tells Elite Daily, that “Wordle will be free to play for new and existing players, and no changes will be made to its gameplay.”
Cohen didn’t elaborate on future plans, so there may be a cost for playing Wordle in the future, but that’s not clear just yet. The New York time plans to host Wordle the domain “shortly,” per Cohen, but there isn’t a set timeline. Until the switch happens, you can still play Wordle on the original website, where your streaks and stats will remain in tact.
If you’re ready to try other Wordle-like games for more puzzle fun, check out these six sites where you can play all day long as you wait for the next Wordle.
Keep the word guessing going with Word Master. The exact same rules apply as Wordle: you have six tries to guess the five-letter word. But you’re able to guess more than one word each day for free online, so it’s the perfect place to scratch that Wordle itch.
Similar in both its spelling and website design, Hello Wordl is accessible for free online. The makers of the website even credit the game to Wordle on its website: “Hello Wordl is a remake of the word game Wordle, which I think is based on the TV show Lingo.”
Users follow the same rules as Wordle and try to guess the word in six tries. And players even have the ability to change the number of letters in the word they are trying to guess. If you’re looking for more challenging puzzles, that’s what Hello Wordl was made for.
Online Lingo is yet another free word game to play that won’t limit the amount of time you spend on the game. This interface allows users to choose from either a five or six-letter word to guess. One nifty feature of the game is that it gives users the first letter of the word and then leaves you to figure out the rest. However, things can get a bit tricky as Online Lingo does not gray out the letters that aren’t in the word, so make sure to pay extra attention.
Cat lovers, unite! Kitty Letter is a free app that is accessible for Android and iOS users. Unlike Wordle, Kitty Letter gives players a set of letters from which players have to create words. Every word created, in turn, creates an army of cats. The bigger the word, the bigger army of cats! The objective of the game is to continue to build an army of cats that keeps your defenses (aka home) safe from your opponents’ cat army. If your home is bombarded with enemy cats, it’s game over —but is it really though?
SpellTower adds a unique combination to the Wordle craze as the app adds Jenga-like qualities to its puzzles. The app is available for free for all smartphone users. The objective is to develop words off adjacent letters by sliding your finger across the letter tiles. Similar to games like Candy Crush, where candy tiles disappear after combining three in a row, each word created in SpellTower also sends a tower of letters falling off the screen, which allows for new letters and words to be formed.
Taylordle is a new word game inspired by Taylor Swift. On Friday, Jan. 28, Holy Swift podcast hosts announced the Taylordle game, and it’s exactly the same as Wordle but employs words synonymous with Swift and her career. Like the viral word game, you’ll have six chances to guess the word of the day, and there will only be one word puzzle per 24-hour period. You can play the game for free by heading to Taylordle.com.
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