You may have already seen the green, yellow, and gray squares appear all over your Twitter feed, but before you continue scrolling, here’s what they mean. In October 2021, software engineer Josh Wardle created and developed a guessing game for his partner, Palak Shah, who loves word games. With a bit of play on its name, Wordle was designed as a fun little game for both of them. But Wordle’s audience quickly became Wardle’s inner circle when he figured he was up to something. Today the game is a huge hit on Twitter and shows no signs of slowing down. So here’s a rundown of where to find and play Wordle, the new puzzle game Twitter is loving.
The puzzle game is simple in design and has no pop-up banners or ads to keep you entertained. In a January 3 interview with The New York TimesWardle said he thinks the non-flashy design is part of what puzzles users. “I think people kinda appreciate that there’s this thing online that’s just fun,” Wardle said. “It’s not about trying to do anything fishy with your data or your eyes. It’s just a game that’s fun.
The game is completely free on Wardle’s website, and solving Wordle’s daily puzzles has become routine for many fans. With just over three months since its debut in the world, Worlde continues to be the center of the conversation on Twitter as the pun now – following popular demand – has a ‘share on Twitter feature’ that allows users to share their results in a non-spoiling manner. The new feature was added in mid-December and has seen the game increase mentions by 1,764% since December 23, according to Twitter data the company shared with Elite Daily.
So what exactly is this game that has stars like Jimmy Fallon tweeting his results? Here is what you need to know.
What is Wordle
Wordle is a daily guessing game created by Josh Wardle. He created the game as a gift to his partner who loves puzzle games. The concept is simple: try to guess a secret five-letter word in no more than six attempts. As you enter guesses the game will reveal if you have any of the correct letters to help you out.
Where to play
Users do not need to download an app to play. Instead, head straight to your search bar and type in “Wordle.” The Word Game is a daily game that can be played directly from the website created by Wardle. Unfortunately, once you’ve played today’s puzzle, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for another one.
How it works
Players have six chances to guess a five-letter word. After each guess, the interface will tell you whether any of the letters you used are in the word or not by highlighting the letter with a green, yellow, or gray square.
Once all six chances are up, that’s it for the day as Wordle puts in a new word every day.
Green square: If the letter is highlighted with a green square, you’re in luck. This means the letter is in the right place and should be used as a reference for the next estimate.
Yellow square: Almost there! A yellow square means the letter is in the word but in a different place.
Gray square: Try again! A gray square means the letter is not in the word at all. It may seem like a bad result, but it can also be very valuable information about what the secret word is.
Once you’ve guessed the word – or not – you can share your victory and frustrations on Twitter by tapping the “Share on Twitter” button, which will post your game in a green, yellow, and gray square emoji pattern.