Worldle: It’s not a typo, it’s a geography game

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If you’ve been online, and especially on Twitter, for a few months, you’ve definitely seen Wordle’s green and yellow boxes. It’s the hit indie game that challenges you to guess the correct five-letter word in six tries.

Now there’s a new guessing game that takes the same structure and applies it to world geography. It’s called Worldle (I know, I know) and it shows you the shape of a country and gives you six guesses to get it right. When you start typing, a drop-down list appears, which is useful to make sure you spell the country name correctly.

After guessing, Worldle will give you three pieces of information about your choice: how far away it is from the correct answer in kilometers, which direction the correct answer is in relation to your guess, and a percentage that tells you how close you are close to being right. A score of 100% means you have the correct country.

It is important to know that the distances are measured between the geographical centers of the countries. So even though the United States and Canada, for example, share a border, they are 2,260 kilometers (1,404 miles) apart according to Wordle.

Worldle was created as a side project by a developer in Montpellier, France, who goes by @teuteuf on Twitter. They openly acknowledge being inspired by Wordle, and they even retweet other Wordle-based geography games, especially indie ones that are free to play and share. It is a good citizenship of the gaming community.

There is no app version, there are no ads and it’s free. It’s online only, but you can bookmark the website and save it to your phone’s home screen or web browser. And like Wordle, its popularity has skyrocketed since its launch. January 24, 2022. As of February 13, more than half a million people had played, and a few days later @teuteuf had to switch servers to handle the immense traffic. (I, a daily Worldle player, can report that the change happened without a hitch in gameplay.)

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