What is “Worldle?” Spin-off card game is like Wordle, but for geography buffs

FILE – A vintage world globe for sale at an antique store in a file image dated December 9, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Wordle, the five-letter word game that became one of 2022’s top viral trends, has since launched several spinoffs – including a new game “Worldle” that looks like a typo but is aimed at geography buffs.

The original Wordle game was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn. He first did it for his partner, but then went public in October. In just a few months, the free online word game exploded in popularity and has since been bought by The New York Times.

The simple puzzle, which lets players guess a five-letter word in six tries without a clue, now has millions of daily players, according to the newspaper. It’s also become an online phenomenon, spurring imitators like “Airportle,” where you guess airport abbreviations, and “Queertle,” with words for the queer community.

The final variation shows players a shaded outline of a country, moving the challenge from the dictionary to the world map.

What is Worldle?

Worldle shows players the outline of a county and allows them to guess the correct nation in six tries or less. Each guess must be a valid country or territory. The game was “heavily inspired” by the original Wordle game, according to the site.

After each guess, the game shows the distance, direction, and proximity between the player’s guess and the correct country – or basically a percentage of the “correct” guess.

The displayed distances, which are displayed in kilometers but can be changed to miles in the settings section, correspond to the distances between the centers of the selected countries and the target countries. For example, the calculated distance between the United States and Canada is approximately 2,260 kilometers (1,404 miles) even though they share a border.

What is the Worldle website?

The online card game can be played on a desktop browser or mobile device at worldle.teuteuf.fr.

Like the original Wordle game, it’s a simple website that doesn’t require registration. Players can simply visit the website each day to guess a new country or territory.

In the settings section of the website, players can also make the game more difficult by hiding the country image or rotating the country image randomly.

Who created the Worldle card game?

The game was launched at the end of January by a France-based website and game developer, according to Forbes, citing the person’s Twitter account.

The creator, who goes by the name @teuteuf, posted about the game on January 30 on Ko-Fi, a platform that functions as a tip jar – allowing creators to direct fans to their page to leave a tip. tip.

“Inspired by Wordle, I made a variation of this game where you have to guess a country instead of a word,” teuteuf wrote. “To find the correct answer, you start with the shape of the country and get clues after each guess: the distance and direction from your last attempt to the target country!”

“Every day you will have a country to guess, everyone has the same,” they added.

In mid-February, the developer wrote on Twitter that over 500,000 people had played the game in a single day.

“You crazy ones! This was supposed to be just a little side project! We are now half a million who have played #Worldle today!” the game creator wrote. “Thank you all!”

Other derivative games inspired by Wordle

For some, Wordle has become a daily obsession. But once played, users have to wait until the next day to guess a new word.

Luckily, there are other spin-off games that have been released that allow players to show their correct guesses in the form of green squares.

“Lord of the Rings” fans can try their hand at “Lord of the Rings,” which uses only five-letter words from the books.

“Nerdle”, created for those who seem to like math and numbers, asks players to guess the equation for the day in six tries. Instead of the alphabet, players use numbers and plus, minus, and equal signs.

“Squirdle,” a Pokémon-themed Wordle game, lets fans guess the correct Pokémon character in eight guesses.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.

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