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Wordle and free games like Wordle that we just can't stop playing

Like Wordle, these games don’t need you to download an app, register or share any information to play. Plus, they are a welcome throwback to what seems like ages ago.

January 30, 2022 / 12:30 PM IST
Josh Wardle developed Wordle for his partner Palak Shah. The browser-based word game was conceived way back in 2013.

Josh Wardle developed Wordle for his partner Palak Shah. The browser-based word game was conceived way back in 2013.

Try googling ‘Wordle’ and you will see Google’s easter egg animate on the top of your screen. Google’s easter egg is the latest recognition of a word game that’s taken the internet by storm. The key word here being ‘Internet’. You don’t need to download an app, register or share any information like your email ID with Wordle.

Josh Wardle (that explains Wordle) never intended for the game to become a global phenomenon. It’s impossible to scroll through your Facebook or Twitter timeline without people bragging about their daily Wordle success. Is started as a game that was developed for his partner – Palak Shah – and him to bond over. In November, he decided to share access to his family WhatsApp group.

From 90 daily players in the first week of November to 300,000 in early January and probably millions now, Wordle has grown beyond a cult phenomenon in the English-speaking world. It has instantly transported us back to the early aughts before the iPhone debuted and Android was a sci-fi term.

As we become more enslaved to our smartphones, browser-based games like Wordle are a welcome throwback to what seems like ages ago. Wordle is not the only ‘smart’ game you can play from your desktop or mobile browser. Check out Wordle and other engaging, free game options this weekend: