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Wordle is an addictive word puzzle game that can be played online in English and many other languages.
Wordle is a word game developed by programmer Josh Wardle, where you try to guess a five-letter word using five guesses. It’s a lot like the familiar game hangman.
After each guess, the game shows in green the letters that are in the right place, in yellow the letters that are in the wrong place but within the word somewhere and in grey the letters that are not in the word.
Wordle can be played in English in many places, but the New York Times Wordle is the official, daily word puzzle that is solved all over the world:
Versions you can play multiple times per day can also be found online, but they are not official versions.
Like good games in general, Wordle’s logic is very simple, so the code has already been copied from the original code or coded from scratch. In copyright terms, we are in a grey area.
You can’t get anything off the Internet, so there’s always some version out there, even if the New York Times legal department starts sending out notices to the sites hosting the game.
In Finnish, there is a Wordle equivalent called Sanuli.
By searching Google for “wordle suomeksi” you can also find other Finnish versions, from a variety of sites.
In connection with the purchase of Wordle, the New York Times said that Wordle will still be free, at least initially. It remains to be seen whether it will move behind the paywall at some point.
Wordle has been very popular in recent years. At least these factors explain the popularity:
Wordle was developed by Scottish programmer Josh Wardle, who came up with the idea for Wordle in 2013, but it wasn’t until October 2021 that it became available to anyone outside of Wardle’s inner circle. In 2022, New York Times bought Wordle.