Puns are great and all, but if geography is your jam, you must try a new online game heavily inspired by the viral daily spelling puzzle, wordle. At first it might look like a typo, but Worldle is, in fact, a new game that is rapidly gaining popularity on its own merits.
Like Wordle, it’s totally free and you have six chances to solve the daily puzzle. However, each World guess must be a valid country or territory instead of a random word. You also receive an immediate clue, as a silhouette of the location is provided with each day’s puzzle. But unlike the vocabulary game, you will also receive the distance, direction and proximity to your guess from the correct answer and there is no app to download.
Here’s a preview of what you might see when Worldle opens:
To play, go to worldle.teuteuf.fr and type your first guess in the field at the bottom of the list (if you’re worried about spelling, the game helps you by pulling the correct spelling from a list, based on what you type). Then press the To guess button and wait for your clues.
For example, the Anguilla estimate is 14,010 kilometers from the target country, the target country is southwest of the estimate, and the proximity is displayed at only 32% because it is remote. But, on the other hand, Sri Lanka is a bit closer and the target country is in the southeast, while Indonesia is even closer.
By default, the distance unit used is kilometers, but you can change it to miles by selecting the Settings gear icon. You can also hide the silhouette or rotate it randomly for a serious challenge. While the distance unit will change right away, the image modifiers won’t start until the next day. The display can also be changed between light and dark modes from this menu.
A party popper emoji appears in the steering column, and proximity changes to 100% when you’ve answered correctly. Just like in Wordle, you can then easily share your results on social networks. Every day a new puzzle is displayed, making it a fun way to test and develop your skills in world geography.
If you like the game, you can buy from its creator, who calls himself Teuteuf, an emblematic café in giving them about $2 at Ko-fi.