If you’re on Twitter, chances are you’ve seen people all over the place in recent months sharing a set of green, yellow, and gray squares. Either you’re confused and don’t have the slightest idea what’s going on, or you’re just another user of the trendy game that’s now everywhere you look: Wordle.
Wordle was created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn, in October 2021. The game that has now taken over the internet, however, started in a very curious, and romantic way. As The New York Times recalls, it so happens that months before its launch, Wardle created it as a kind of gift for his partner, who loved word games. The concept would be one of word guessing, and the name would be a fun one that would combine the pillar on which it was designed and the last name of the person who created it: Wordle.
At first, it was played only by Wardle and his partner, and after several months of obsession, they decided to share it with their families. Shortly after, in October, it would be released worldwide. On November 1st, 90 people played it. Two months later, on a Sunday, 300,000 people were playing it.
One of the reasons why Wordle has become popular so quickly and has won the affection of millions of users is because of its friendly design and easy gameplay. In addition to having a fairly simple concept compared to others that can be found on the Internet, Wordle does not have advertising or annoying pop-ups.
How to play Wordle? You have to guess the Wordle in 6 tries. Each guess must be a valid 5 letter word. Hit the enter button to submit your guess. After each guess, the color of the tiles will change to show how close your guess was to the word. A new Wordle will be available each day! Here are some examples:
Today the game has millions of users around the world, but among the first loyal users, we must recognize a group of enthusiastic Croats who saw in the original concept an ingenious way to promote the Croatian language and encourage its learning. ”At our language school we were early fans of Wordle, so we decided to create the Croatian version – as a tribute to the original and a fun way to play with the Croatian language”, recalls Maja Jukić, teacher and school manager at the Školica Croatian Language School in Zagreb.
Maja and her colleagues called their Croatian version Crodle, and tell that, just like the original, it’s completely free and there’s a new word to guess every day. ”Apart from our fellow citizens here in Croatia, we already have enthusiastic Crodle players with Croatian origins living in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand”, adds Jukić.
The Croatian version features the full Croatian alphabet, but to keep things simple they have considered the letters Dž, Lj and Nj to be counted as two separate letters. (Screenshot/Crodle)
”As we became addicted to the popular word game Wordle, we decided to build a Croatian version for our language students to practice with, and for everyone else to enjoy. Crodle is built with open-source software”, can be read on the game’s website.
Anyone can play Crodle from their phone or computer, it’s free of ads, and it has a friendly design. To play, click here. Enjoy!
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