Forget Fortnite … the new gaming craze is a daily puzzle: the five-letter brainbuster is a surprise hit after gaining popularity over the holidays
- Hundreds of Thousands of Fans Have Played “Wordle” Online Puzzle This Christmas
- The objective is to guess a single five-letter word – the ‘Wordle’ – in six attempts.
- He has only one answer each day, everyone competing for the same challenge
- More than 300,000 people played on Sunday, according to the New York Times
Offering a five letter puzzle a day, it doesn’t sound that addicting.
But the online Wordle puzzle became a surprise hit, exploding in popularity over Christmas.
Hundreds of thousands of fans play the game – in which the goal is to guess a single five-letter word known as “Wordle” in six attempts.
The free puzzle – which is very similar to the Lingo game show – only has one answer per day, which means everyone is on the same challenge.
This is quite different from more popular online games like Fortnite, which tries to keep players hooked for long periods of time with lots of constantly updated action and challenges.
Instead, Wordle’s simple, everyday rule has helped it go viral, as many gamers post their attempts online to see how quickly they were able to find the Wordle compared to their competition.
Hundreds of thousands of fans play Wordle – in which the goal is to guess a single five-letter word known as “Wordle” in six attempts
On Sunday, more than 300,000 people played, according to the New York Times. And on Twitter, he’s been mentioned hundreds of thousands of times in the past week alone.
The creator of the game, Josh Wardle, a British software engineer, specially designed that there is only one puzzle per day.
He said he wanted Wordle to feel like a croissant, a “yummy snack” that isn’t overused.
“Appreciated too often,” he explained, “and they lose their charm. ”
Considered “easy to learn but just hard enough”, the game is also described as a cross between Hangman and Mastermind.
Despite launching over two months ago, Wordle didn’t go viral until Christmas – thanks to a new feature that lets gamers share their puzzle attempt of the day.
Mr Wardle graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, then went to the University of Oregon before joining social media site Reddit.
This is not Mr. Wardle’s first viral creation. In 2015, he created Reddit’s The Button, a bizarre game where a button appeared on a website with a 60-second countdown.
Every time someone pressed the button, the clock would reset to zero, but each person could only press it once. While there is no award for clicking it, the sheer reward of being able to tap it has seen millions of people click it.
Now based in New York City, Wardle says he enjoys “creating unique products that focus on human interaction.”