Wordle has taken the world by storm, and the hype around the simple puzzle game remains strong. However, there’s more going on with Wordle than just the daily puzzle. Here are five verbal facts you probably didn’t know about.
First Viral Trend of 2022
Sharing your daily Wordle story became such a big trend on Twitter that Twitter had to make the puzzle game the first big viral trend of 2022. Twitter revealed last week that since its October 2021 release, ‘Verdal’ has been mentioned a total of 840,000 times across the platform (as of January 14, 2022).
In India, 96 percent of wordlay conversations on Twitter took place in January 2022. Among Indians, the passion has steadily increased, with an average daily increase of 48 percent in wordlet discussions within the country.
Wordley was created by Josh Wardle, a programmer, in October 2021. Originally created as a game for Wardle and his partner Palak Shah, the game was made public in October and has since become a popular internet trend around the world.
The game continues to operate with a randomization algorithm that uses a word from a randomly ordered list of 2,315 words. Even Wardle, the game’s creator, doesn’t know what word is going to pop up next, allowing him to enjoy the game with the rest of us every day.
war of the wordless
Wordle uses US-English spelling instead of UK-English, meaning that the colors can be words within the game. However, according to a report in The Washington Post, this angered a lot of Wordley players in the UK when, one day, the word was FAVOR to guess.
As many people on Twitter complained that the game would give a natural advantage to those using American spellings of common words, every player now knew that multiple spelling was an element when solving wordlays.
Wordle remains a free-to-play game that can be accessed from any browser, any platform. The creators have announced their plans not to monetize the game in any way, but that hasn’t stopped many developers from copying core elements of the game into their own apps and games. Difference? These versions will be full of ads and in-app purchases.
The worst example of this came from Zach Shakked, a developer who not only created a clone of the game called “Wordle – The App” but also monetized it by adding a $30 annual subscription to allow players to solve an unlimited number of . Puzzles daily, instead of just one day.
Shaked and his actions quickly gained attention, and Twitter users criticizing the move bombed his account, until the developer was forced to remove the app and issue a public apology.
giving back to the community
Unlike many of Wordle’s clones, which continue to be criticized, “Wordle!” An entirely different word-based puzzle exists on the App Store. That’s because this game, which features different mechanics than the viral one by Josh Wardle, was actually on the store before Wardle became a thing.
The developer of the original game, Steven Cravota, has now reportedly teamed up with the developer of the new, browser-based game, Josh Wardle, to donate any money earned by his ‘Wordle! App for Charity. Developers will donate proceeds from the app to BoostOakland, a California-based charity that aims to tutor and mentor young Oakland children.