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15 Games Like Wordle

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Wordle is an online word game all about guessing five-letter words. It became a global sensation in 2020, with millions of users playing every day.

The limitation of Wordle is that you can only play once a day, since the secret word refreshes at midnight.

If you wish you could play more word games, you’re in luck—there are many other options you can try.

In this article, we’ll give you 15 games that are similar to Wordle.

How to Find Wordle-Like Games

If you want to find new games like Wordle, there are a few different places you can look.

One option is to start with Wordle’s parent company, the New York Times (NYT). You can go to the NYT games page to see what other games they have. You’ll find Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, the Crossword, the Mini, and more.

If you like playing in-person games as well as online games, you can try going to your local board game shop and asking what they’d recommend for a Wordle lover. Most likely, they’ll be happy to help you find word-based board games.  

Finally, you can read lists like this one. Many blogs compile lists of word puzzles, which suggest new games to try if you like a specific one.

So, if you’re reading this article, you’re already in the right place!

What Are the Best Word Games Like Wordle?

Without further ado, here are 15 word puzzles similar to Wordle.

1. Scrabble

Scrabble is arguably the most classic word game of all time. So, if you’re looking for word games, there’s no better way to start.

The game involves forming a crossword-style grid of words, using letter tiles. Players take turns adding words to the board, and after the first word, each new word has to share at least one letter with a word that’s already on the board.  

It’s a fun game you can play with your fellow word game lovers to see who has the best vocabulary.

2. Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a word game similar to Scrabble, but more based on speed rather than strategy.

Your goal is to form your own word grid using all the letter tiles you’ve been given. Once you’ve used your letters, you shout “Peel!,” and everyone else has to take another tile.

The first person who successfully uses all their tiles wins the game. Best of all, the game comes inside a banana-shaped bag, making it a funny addition to your game cabinet.

3. The New York Times Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee is an anagrams game owned by the NYT, which is the same company that owns Wordle. If you have a subscription, you can play both games from the same webpage.

Each daily puzzle consists of seven letters, which are laid out in a honeycomb shape. Your goal is to form as many words as you can using those seven letters. One additional constraint is that all valid words must include the middle letter.

Every day, there’s at least one pangram, which is a word that includes all seven letters. For example, if the pangram is VOLLEYBALL and the middle letter is A, other acceptable words might include ALLY, EYEBALL, and LOYAL, just to name a few.

4. Dordle

Dordle is a Wordle-inspired game that essentially gives you two Wordles at once.

The game gives you seven tries to guess two words, instead of six tries to guess one word.

Every guess you input gets applied to both secret words, so you have to think strategically in order to guess words that help you out in both games. It’s a slightly harder version of Wordle, but it’s just as fun.

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5. Quordle

Quordle is like Dordle, except it gives you four Wordles at once. You get nine chances to guess all four secret words correctly.

Just like with Dordle, Quordle applies each guess to all the possible answers, so you have to be strategic about which letters you guess and how many boards those letters might apply to.

6. Octordle

If four secret words isn’t enough, try eight! Octordle is like Quordle and Dordle, except this one gives you eight Wordles at once, with 13 total guesses.

7. Sedecordle

Sedecordle gives you 16 Wordles! You get 21 guesses to figure out all 16 secret words. This one’s definitely a game for the hardcore Wordle fans.

8. Jumble

Jumble is a game that asks you to solve a series of anagrams. For example, the game might give you the letters KORCA, which you have to reassemble into the word CROAK.

Once you’ve guessed all the anagrams in the puzzle, you can use the circled letters within each correct word to figure out the final answer phrase.

Each puzzle comes with a clue to help you figure out what the answer phrase is. Often, the answer is a pun or some other kind of joke that might give you a daily chuckle once you’ve figured it out.  

9. Waffle

Waffle is a daily word game that gives you a crossword grid full of letters, but the letters are jumbled up.

Your task is to unjumble the letters to create a grid of real words. With each move, you can swap the positions of two letters, and you get 15 moves to complete the puzzle.

Just like Wordle, Waffle tells you which letters are correct by coloring their tiles green, yellow, or gray. It’s a fun way to play Wordle in a crossword format.  

10. Worldle

Worldle is a geography-based guessing game where you have to guess the mystery country of the day based on the outline of the country and some simple facts.

Each time you guess a country that isn’t the correct answer, the game will tell you the distance between your guess and the correct answer, and which cardinal direction it’s in. That way, you can narrow down your guesses based on your knowledge of geography.

Wordle-Type Games for Kids

If you want to introduce your kids to Wordle, it might make sense to start with some games that are specifically designed for children.

11. Wordle for Kids

There’s a version of Wordle specifically made for kids. It uses a dictionary of possible words that goes up to an eighth grade reading level.

Like Wordle, it asks you to guess a five-letter word within six guesses. Everything is the same except for the difficulty of the five-letter words.

12. Wordle Jr.

Wordle Jr. is a version of Wordle that’s slightly easier than the normal version. It gives you a four-letter word instead of a five-letter word, and seven guesses instead of six.

It’s a great way for kids to learn new words in a less challenging setting.

13. Kidle

Kidle is a version of Wordle that lets you choose between three-letter and four-letter words, depending on the reading level your child is at.

You can also choose how many guesses are allowed, to make the game easier or harder. Try it out and see which settings work best for your child.

14. Spellie

Spellie is a version of Wordle that lets you select from three levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard.

The Easy mode asks you to guess a four letter word and gives you the first letter upfront. This is a perfect option for kids who are learning how to spell new words.  

15. ESL Wordle

If your kid is learning English as a second language, ESL Wordle is a great game to try.  

There are eight different categories to choose from: countries, animals, body words, food, prepositions, sports, clothes, and irregular verbs. Kids can learn English while having fun at the same time.

The Benefit of Daily Games Like Wordle

Playing brain-teaser games like Wordle can have a lot of benefits.  

The most obvious benefit is that it will improve your vocabulary. You can learn lots of new words by playing word games and refresh your memory on words you’re already familiar with.

Another benefit is that puzzle games can actually help prevent cognitive decline. Doing a daily game like Wordle or Sudoku protects your brain and exercises crucial cognitive skills.

Finally, the main benefit is simply to have fun. Solving a puzzle game can give you a serotonin boost that makes each day a little bit more exciting.

There you have it—our top recommendations for games similar to Wordle.

Good luck, and happy playing!

Be confident about grammar

Check every email, essay, or story for grammar mistakes. Fix them before you press send.