Wordle: The viral word game causing a buzz explained

·News Reporter
·2-min read

I’m said to be a man of few words.

Which is why I’m struggling at this new game called Wordle.

Wordle, which as you have probably guessed by now, is a word puzzle game.

And boy has it got people hooked, at least if you check Twitter.

“I got it wrong, Wordle is actually my game of the year,” one man tweeted.

So how does a person play Wordle exactly?

A woman sits on a skateboard looking at her phone.
People seem to be hooked on the game Wordle at the moment. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

How do you play Wordle?

Wordle can be played online but unfortunately, you can only play it once a day.

Each person is given six lines containing six words along with letters to choose from.

Once you select all the letters on the line, press enter on the keypad.

The aim of the game is to determine what each word is. You get five chances at each word and a clue too.

What do the Wordle colours mean?

If a letter tile goes dark, it means the letter is not in the word. Different colours suggest a letter is in the word but in the wrong place or that you have it in the right place.

For example, you might guess the word is “round” when it is actually “sound”. In this case, the last four letters will go bright green telling you you need to change the “r”.

The game Wordle is seen.
The colours of the letter change depending on whether you got it correct. Source: Wordle

If all the five tiles in the word are bright green then you have the correct word.

A wrong answer after five attempts doesn’t eliminate you from the game. You simply move on to the next one.

As you can see from my attempts, I am not very good at Wordle.

The game Wordle is seen.
You know what you can't spell with five letters? Disappointment. Source: Wordle

Do you have any tips on how to play Wordle?

The best piece of advice is to pay attention to the clues. 

It really does come down to trial and error when guessing what a word is.

It’s also invaluable getting a clue which tells you a letter is not only correct but in the right place in a word.

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