Wordle Prepares for IRL Release
Wordle, everyone’s favorite addictive word game, is moving from laptops and phones to the physical realm. (I always start with “REAMS,” while my wife chooses “ADIEU.”) The New York Times, which owns and platforms the game, has joined forces with Hasbro, as per a press release on the newspaper’s website.
Wordle: The Party Game will be available for purchase in early October, joining beloved tactile vocabulary games like Scrabble, Boggle, and the grossly overlooked Perquackey. And while your first instinct may be “aha, a perfect holiday gift!” your second thought, especially thinking about those green and yellow letters, might be “wait, how the heck will this work?”
“In each round, a player designated as the Wordle Host writes down a Secret Word,” the announcement says. “Just like the original Wordle game, players have six attempts to guess a five letter word. But in this game, players are competing against others. The fewer tries a player needs, the fewer points they score. The player with the fewest points at the end of the game wins!”
This still doesn’t answer the yellow or green thing, does it? Well, sometimes reading game instructions aren’t enough, you just have to see it. Luckily, Hasbro has embedded a short video that shows everything in action on a page that also lets you to pre-order the game from various online outlets.
“Wordle truly brought us all together and that’s what makes it so special. With each daily puzzle, we’re connected with friends and family through social play,” the Times’ head of Games, Jonathan Knight said. Hasbro exec Adam Biehl called Wordle “a staple in social and pop culture vocabulary.”
Biehl. That’s a pretty good Wordle word. You’ve got the E and the I and the L, and I’ve found that H shows up more than you might think. Look at that: “might think”—you’ve got an H in both of those words!
Wordle was created by the Welsh-born, Oregon-based Josh Wardle, and, yes, the name of the game was intended as a play on his own. Though he had initially tinkered with it years before, he went back to it and presented it to his partner, who enjoys puzzles, as a gift during the COVID pandemic. It then sold to The New York Times for an “undisclosed price in the low-seven figures.”
Back in February, V.F. published an ode to Wordle from Monica Lewisnky, who admitted she once toiled for eight hours before she realized she could reuse a green letter.