With over three million daily players around the world, Wordle has grown in a global phenomenon
The free to play game, created in October 2021, has become the first craze of the new year. Its simplicity makes it highly playable and utterly infuriating.
Wordle’s premise is simple, you have to guess a five-letter word by entering characters into empty boxes.
The colour coded boxes show you which letters you have right and those you are yet to guess correctly.
Players only have six guesses to get the word right and you are only given one word per day.
Wordle was made by Reddit software engineer Josh Wardle for his world-game loving partner.
He then put the game online and, after tweaking the game to allow players to share results, its popularity exploded.
“It’s not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyeballs,” he said, committing to never monetising the game.
“It’s just a game that’s fun.”
Wardle told the New York Times that was deliberate and part of the appeal.
He said: “It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day. And that’s it. Like, it doesn’t want any more of your time than that.”
What is the best word to start with on Wordle?
The game’s popularity and race to be the first one in your family or friendship group to complete the day’s word, has led to users devising their own strategies.
Speaking to the Metro, Susie Dent, who has been in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner since 1992, has shared her tips.
“Sometimes I’m fairly systematic in that I will go with an opening word that has a lot of vowels,” she said.
“The letter ‘e’ is the most frequently used word in the English language. You’ve also got ‘t’ and ‘r’ and ‘m’. I think the most common letters at the beginning of words are ‘t’, ‘w’, ‘d’, ‘a’, and ‘o’.”
“If you want to be systematic about it, that’s a good place to start.”
Meanwhile, Richard Osman has been more specific on which word to start with.
Talking to Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2, he said: “I often start with the word ‘aline’ which is not a word it would ever be – because it’s too obscure – but it’s got three vowels in it and an L and an N, which is quite useful as well, it’s got an E in a very good place.”