Wordle becomes the worlds newest obsession

Review on Wordle

Midlo math teacher Ms. Elizabeth Daugherty indulges in Wordle daily.

Photo by: Abby Walsh

Midlo math teacher Ms. Elizabeth Daugherty indulges in Wordle daily.

Initially launching in October of 2021, under British developer Josh Wardle, Wordle took the world by storm. The online game revolves around players having six tries to guess a five letter mystery word that is changed daily. The activity instantly became a success, with over three hundred thousand people playing it every day and a staggering two million people participating globally. 

Recently acquired by the New York Times in January 2022, Wordle has reached a broader audience than ever, boosting its success rates even more. In a statement released after its purchase, the New York Times noted that “our games already provide original, high-quality content and experiences every single day. Wordle will now play a part in that daily experience, giving millions more people around the world another reason to turn to The Times to meet their daily news and life needs.” 

Given its popularity, over six different versions of Wordle have now been created as well, many of which are themed such as math with Nerdle and Numberle, as well as music with Taylordle. For those seeking a more rigorous endeavor than the single-word Wordle, there are now variations with even more words per game. Not only is there a Dordle with two five-letter words but there is also Kilordle which displays one thousand grids to solve at once. There is also a version called Antiwordle where individuals attempt to guess anything other than the correct word. 

The Wordle frenzy has even taken over Midlo as numerous students and staff indulge in the challenging game daily. Ms. Susan Willamson first heard of Wordle from her AP students and since that day, the whole class engages in a group Wordle every day. Freshmen Talia Ruzika, Claire Nawrocki, Frances Homiller and Nick Jiang have all successfully deciphered many of their Wordle words in just two tries. 

The interactive game has come to serve as both root of competition among friends to see who can solve Wordle in the least amount of attempts, as well as an activity that brings people together. With its growing popularity, the platform continues to expand beyond the scope of where it started. With millions making the game a vital part of their daily routines, many are eager to see what Wordle has in store for its players in the upcoming future.