Wordle: What is it, How to Play the Viral Word Game Online, Today’s Answer 215 (Jan 20), Tips & Tricks, and More

This word game is taking over the internet! Here's how you can play it like a Pro!

Wordle has taken over Twitter and other social media platforms. The new online game is all about testing your vocabulary, though it is one of the simplest games in format you might have across so far. The rules are pretty simple and straightforward: all you need to do is guess the five-letter word. All users around the world will be attempting to guess the same word daily, with the goal being to get the correct answer in the fewest number of guesses.

The beauty of this online game is that it can be played in any browser, be it on a desktop or mobile. This coupled with the beautiful graphics that you can share when you guessed the right word makes it even more addictive. So, if you want to know everything about this viral game, you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to talk in detail about Wordle, how to play it, what the rules are and of course, some great tips to play it like a pro.

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Wordle: Today’s Answer 215 (January 20)

  • ROBOT

Wordle: What is it

Wordle is a daily word game that you can play in your browser. Do note that there aren’t any official apps for this game, although there are several copycat ones that have flooded the app stores. The game is quite simple to play: you will have to guess the word of the day in six attempts. The game changes the word every 24 hours. The goal of the game is to guess a random five-letter word. If your word has the right letter at the right spot, that letter will appear green. If your guessed word includes a letter that appears in the word of the day, but it’s at the wrong spot, it will be shown in yellow. Lastly, if the letter is not present in the word, it will be shown as grey. Players can only enter six words in the game.

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Why is it Popular?

Worlde has taken the internet by storm. The rules of the game are quite simple and the best part about it is that when you guess the right word, you can even share it on your social media channels. Interestingly, when shared, it only shows the journey with the series of grey, yellow, and green boxes and not the correct word. Moreover, all the other players are also playing the same puzzle, which makes a great way to start a conversation or boasts your achievements on your social media handle. More importantly, you can only play one puzzle per day, which means you have only one shot at guessing the right word on any particular day.

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Wordle: How to Play

Anyone can play Wordle, either from their desktop or mobile device. The game only requires an active internet connection and a browser. Here’s how you can play this game with ease:

  1. Click on this link to open the game on your browser.
  2. Once done, you will see a 5 x 6 grid, and a keyboard below.
  3. The first thing you need to do is guess any 5-letter word. If the letter is present in the final word but is not at the correct spot, it will be highlighted in yellow. If the letter is at the correct spot, it will be shown in green. If the letter is not present in the word, it will be shown as grey. Do note that you need to guess actual words, and not a random combination of letters. The game will only accept words in the dictionary.
  4. Using the process of elimination and guess work, attempt to find the correct word.
  5. Once you find the correct word or make six attempts, the game will show you statistics. You can click on Share to copy the statistics and share them on your social media handles.

Wordle Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks that will help you may find helpful while playing the game.

Choosing the first word

The first and foremost thing to remember while playing this game is choosing the right word. In order to cover the maximum letters, try using a word with three vowels and five different letters. For example, you can consider using words like Media, Radio, Notes, Acrid, Resin, Loath, Senor, Ducat, Chino, Roate and more.

The keyboard is your friend

Conveniently, the keyboard in Wordle also shows you letters in green, yellow and grey. This makes it easy to type out words either using or eliminating the letters as required.

Don’t guess new words with grey letters

Once a letter is greyed out, don’t use it in subsequent guess words. You’ll end up losing points in the game. Instead, take your time and try coming up with different word options.

Keep an eye on yellow letters

Once a letter is highlighted in yellow, you can be sure that it’s in your final word. Keep an eye on your subsequent guesses. You might discover the right location of a yellow letter just by eliminating the previous positions the letter appeared. For example, in the screenshot below, we were able to guess the correct location of the letters ‘R’ and ‘E’ just by using the process of elimination.

Guess both British and American spellings

Recently, Wordle sparked outrage after the word of the day turned out to be ‘Favor’, which is the American spelling of ‘Favour’. Since Wordle’s creator Josh Wardle is British, fans assumed that the game would use only British spellings. Clearly, that’s not the case so make sure you account for American spellings as well in future games.

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Rohan has more 9 years of experience in journalism, of which he's sent 5 years covering technology. He holds a degree in journalism and is obsessed about smartphones. In his free time, you will find him playing games, clicking photos or trying out new street food.