Wordle is taking over the world

Grace Lormand, Staff Reporter

The brain-twisting game Wordle is sweeping the Internet. It’s a simple enough concept: use deductive reasoning to guess a five-letter word of the day. The daily test has become a morning ritual for people of all ages, and rightfully so. Even Burroughs students have been sucked into the addiction, with many students sharing screenshots or strategies for maximizing their winning streaks.
As the game has progressed in fame, other versions have been created for target audiences, such as the Taylordle for Taylor Swift fans, a Shakespearean Bardle, Lordle of the Rings, and a geography Worldle. Fans looking for a greater challenge or even more variation can try Crosswordle, four-games-at-once Quordle, or math-based Nerdle. Want to challenge your friends? Try creating your own like we did at https://mywordle.strivemath.com/.
The original game’s viral popularity even caught the eye of the New York Times, who bought the game from creator Josh Wardle last month. While that is likely good news for Wardle, fans are a little more wary as they fear the game may change or become fee-based.
Wordle’s “six chances and only six chances” feature is a crucial element of the game’s appeal. If the Times makes old Wordles available to do again or allows players to retry a day’s game, this could ruin the overall idea of the game and make it less enjoyable.
Though it may sound tempting to sit down and do every Wordle, a certain excitement would be lost knowing I could go back and do it again or retry for a better score. For many students playing the game, the feeling is the same – that pressure to get right on those first six tries is what makes the game so enjoyable and has students comparing notes and strategies on the best starting words.
For now, the Wordle is safe, free, and online to play at any time. If you haven’t given it a shot today, go try it out. I got it in two tries.