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The Wordle game, a love letter for words, has gone viral


It all started when Josh Wardle, a computer engineer at the Reddit forum, wanted to create a game to entertain his wife and loved ones during lockdowns linked to COVID-19.

In his Brooklyn residence, he therefore created Wordle, a happy mix of the board game Mastermind and game show Lingo, according to Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau, cultural columnist of the show All morning on ICI Première.

Faced with the success of Wordle with his family, the engineer decided to make it public in October 2021. At the start of 2022, it is estimated that 300,000 people break their heads daily on this online game.

It is a game based on the love of words and the pleasure of playing. There are no ads, no notifications and no data is collected, mentions Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau.

The game’s rules

Every day, a new enigma is asked, putting Internet users in competition.

The player must find the five-letter word of the day in six tries or less. When a letter is entered and it is not in the targeted word, it turns gray. If, however, it is in the search word, but it is not in the right place, it turns yellow. It is displayed in green when placed in the right place.

Boxes and letters on an online keyboard.

The game “Wordle” went viral around the beginning of December.

Photo: Wordle

If the user fails all six attempts, patience is required, because it is only the next day that a new riddle appears.

The results can be shared on social networks, which could partly explain the virality of the game. Internet users brainstorm together to find the word of the day, a task that is not easy, considering that the Scrabble dictionary has nearly 12,500 five letter words in English.

Wordle is available free online in English only at this time.

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