2022 was the year Wordle became a daily routine for many of us. The five-letter puzzle was officially the first viral Twitter trend of the year, with many users posting their daily Wordle score. The game was later acquired by The New York Times and is now part of the NYT Games feature. But if you are bored of Wordle now and looking for another word puzzle to play, Knotwords is the one you should try. The game is available as an app on Android, iOS, Mac and Steam (PC). It also has the endorsement of Josh Wardle, the creator of Wordle.
Knotwords is a crossword type puzzle game, but there are no clues unlike a typical crossword game. The only clues are the letters, which are part of certain blocks on the columns and rows.
According to its creators Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger, the rules are simple. Users only have to “arrange the letters in each section so that each word is valid, from top to bottom”. The creators note that while the puzzles may seem difficult, it “gets easier as you progress” and “each step guides you naturally to the solution.”
In fact, Wardle even retweeted developer Zach Gage’s tweet and praised the game, calling it “a stylish everyday pun”, which was “clearly built with a lot of thought and care”.
Check out Wardle’s tweet below
If you like Wordle, you should check out Knotwords. It’s an incredibly stylish everyday pun. What impresses me the most is that, despite its deceptively simple appearance, it was clearly built with a lot of thought and care. https://t.co/LizoE6mIvv
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) April 29, 2022
a minimal and elegant logic puzzle — with words… is now available!@games_by_jack and I hope you like it!
iOS / Android / Steam (Mac & PC) – https://t.co/ZO1ZMg1hJohttps://t.co/47Q9dh0n5vhttps://t.co/VbfbDASTmghttps://t.co/gsCUQy9Y90
— Zach Gage (@helvetica) April 28, 2022
What is Knotwords, how to play?
Knotwords offers several Wordle quizzes in the form of crosswords. Some alphabets are part of the word block. These are clues that users can rely on when guessing the word for a particular row or column. Users must form a word for each row and column. But to complete the Knotword puzzle, you have to make sure that the way the words are lined up forms a valid English word in the entire row or column. This is easier said than done and given the somewhat tricky task, it takes some time to find the best word to fit in a particular row.
Knotwords offers a hint if you get stuck in the middle of the game. But each hint means a three-minute time penalty which is added to the player’s stats.
The game offers the possibility to play the daily classic where you can see the puzzles of the last three days. To access the archives and play previous puzzles, you will need to pay and subscribe. The subscription costs Rs 469 per year on iOS or you can pay Rs 1,099 all at once and buy it for life.
Check out the YouTube clip below for how to play the game
Cost on Android, other platforms
The game is available on Steam (Mac/PC) for $4.99 per year or a one-time purchase of $11.99. On the Android store, it has a 10% discount, bringing the price to Rs 359. The full version gives you access to old Knotwords archives, tips, personal stats as well as color themes.
Let us know if you’re considering trying Knotwords.