Part of the appeal of Wordle is that there is only one puzzle per day, and everyone has a chance of arriving at the same solution. That said, maybe 10 minutes of wordplay a day just isn’t enough for you. If you fancy more word games, there are plenty of great options that offer unique experiences. We’ve rounded up seven of the best games like Wordle that are worth checking out.
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SpellTower is a word search game with a strategy twist. Unlike a traditional word search, SpellTower lets you zigzag through letters to form words, so you don’t just find horizontal, vertical, and diagonal sequences. This leads to nearly endless word possibilities, but you must be strategic and deliberate in your choices: if a letter hits the top of the board, your race is over. If you like word searches, chances are you’ll have fun with SpellTower. It features a variety of game modes, including a daily puzzle (like Wordle!), a speed-focused mode, a relaxing zen mode, and more. The original game is free on iOS and Android, and an updated edition called SpellTower+ is on Apple Arcade.
Wurdwerb is basically a crossword game combined with Scrabble. You are given a set of words to place on the board. Each word must connect to another, just like Scrabble. Bonus tiles are scattered across the grid to incentivize foresight and strategic moves. Wurdweb has an infinite number of puzzles to play, so no two games are the same. It also has several different game modes with unique objectives, including a variant in which there is only one possible solution to emerge victorious. Wurdweb offers a compelling take on classic word games. It is exclusive to Apple Arcade.
Change of type
Developed by Zach Gage, the creator of SpellTower, Typeshift is an anagram-style puzzle game with a fast and fun loop. Like the other games on this list, Typeshift draws inspiration from various word games, including word searches and crosswords. In Typeshift, you receive a handful of letters stacked in a series of columns. Your job is to create new words in the middle row by going through the letters. In that respect, it’s actually somewhat similar to Wordle. Typeshift has a daily challenge that gets more complex as the week progresses. It also has a Clue Puzzle mode that allows you to decipher the mess of letters using various clues.
If you like cute bears and puns, Alphabear 2 is for you. In Alphabear 2, your job is to join letters into words and amass the biggest bear you can. Using all the letters on one side of a bear makes the bear grow, but you can’t just focus on one area. If the letter tiles remain untouched for too long, they turn to stone. Naturally, the bigger the word the better, as you get more points and inevitably have a better chance of growing your bear. Alphabear 2 is available on iOS and Android.
Letter Quest Remastered
Letter Quest is a turn-based dungeon crawler that uses words as weapons. You play as a little Grim Reaper named Grimm (of course) who defeats monsters by creating words. By default, there are 15 random letters to use in your attacks. Letter Quest keeps things fresh by having varying rules conditions, such as monsters that only take damage of certain words in length and tiles with status conditions that must be used or avoided to succeed. The loot-based upgrade system is worth tackling some of the tougher levels to become a scythe-wielding word master. Letter Quest Remastered is available on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
Puzzlejuice blends word search with the falling block puzzle format to create a unique and fun twist on both genres. It plays like Tetris, with blocks of different shapes falling onto the board. Instead of making even lines, you have to match the colors of the blocks. Matching tiles then turn into letters, which you then use to create words. Like other falling block games, the round ends if you run out of room on the board. Puzzlejuice is an interesting word game that is definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a Tetris fan.
Babble Royale is a genre-bending competitive multiplayer game that released in late 2021 as an early access title on Steam. This free game pits 16 players against each other in a fast-paced word game where only one player can emerge victorious. Players make words on a grid as fast as they can. If you connect your last word to another player’s word, they are out of the game.
Like other battle royale games, Babble Royale inevitably forces players to compete against each other by steadily shrinking the playable space. Power-ups are scattered all over the map, and you can collect loot from enemy corpses to become more powerful. Players can also spend money – earned by creating words – on new letters or items. If you like your word games to be competitive, Babble Royale is probably the perfect match for you.