Wordle is available free in The New York Times Crossword app

Wordle is available in The New York Times Crossword app for iOS and Android users. The online game is still free for now. The addictive guessing game joins The New York Times Crossword game edition, Spelling Bee, and more.

Users can also resume playing the game on their desktop and mobile site. The word-guessing game evolved into an immediate phenomenon after its release in October 2021.

The Times then received Wordle from its creator Josh Wardle in January. That decision was not without criticisms, as users began assuming that the game had become more demanding and some of their streaks were ruined. However, despite complaints after its acquisition, The Times said that the match permitted The Times to notice a jump in new subscribers at its yields meeting in May. In addition, it now says that as of July, about 10 percent of “active” players have recreated more than 145 games of Wordle.

Besides tackling the complaints, The Times has pinned the game during the year. It introduced the WordleBot in April for web Wordle players to help examine each puzzle to best come up with the best starting word for the game. The company finally tweaked the WordleBot to begin recommending a new start word, changing its identity to WordleBot 2.0.

Unfortunately, as cool as it is, WordleBot was only available to specific subscribers. The New York Times recently announced partnering with Hasbro to release Wordle as a fantastic board game in October.

Integrating the game into the Crossword app seems easy to keep the game in front of interested players. However, some are still wary that eventually, Wordle or some of its features could end up paywalled, requiring a subscription with The Times. The game continues to be accessible on both the mobile app and desktop website.

Wordle is a web-based match created and developed by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle and owned and printed by The New York Times Company since 2022. Players have six tries to guess a five-letter word, with feedback for each guess in colored tiles showing when letters match or settle the correct position.

The mechanics are almost equal to the 1955 pen-and-paper game Jotto and the television game show franchise Lingo. However, Wordle holds a single daily solution, with all players endeavoring to guess the same word.

Wardle initially started the game for himself and his partner to play, eventually making it public in October 2021. The game achieved popularity in December 2021 after Wardle counted the ability for players to copy their daily outcomes as emoji squares, which were widely shared on Twitter.

Many clones and interpretations of the game were also created, as were arrangements in languages besides English. The play was bought by The New York Times Company in January 2022 for an unrevealed seven-figure sum, with strategies to keep it free for all players; it was repositioned to the company’s website in February 2022.

A four-row grid of white letters in colored square tiles, with five letters in each row, reading ARISE, ROUTE, RULES, REBUS. The A, I, O, T, and L are in gray squares; the R, S, and E of ARISE, U, and E of ROUTE, and U and E of RULES are in yellow squares, and the R of ROUTE, R and S of RULES, and all letters of REBUS are in green squares.

Wordle game #196 solved in 4 guesses. Text saying “Wordle 196 4/6”, followed by four lines of five emoji boxes each: white, yellow, white, yellow, yellow; green, white, yellow, white, yellow; green, yellow, white, yellow, green; green, green, green, green, green.

The emoji grid is copied by sharing the outcome from the Wordle game. In row form: ??????? ??????? ?????? ?????

Each day, a five-letter word is picked, which players aim to speculate within six tries. After each guess, each letter is marked as either yellow, green, or gray: green suggests the letter is proper and in the correct position, and yellow means it is in the answer but not in the right place. In contrast, gray reveals it is not in the response at all. Multiple examples of the same alphabet in a guess, such as the “o” s in “robot,” will be shaded green or yellow only if the alphabet emerges multiple times in the answer; otherwise, extra repeating letters will be colored gray.

The game has a “hard mode” choice, which requires players to include notes marked as green and yellow in the following guesses. The daily word is identical for everyone. The game also has a dark and high-contrast theme for colorblind accessibility, which alters the color plan from green and yellow to orange and blue.

Conceptually and stylistically, the game is identical to the 1955 pen-and-paper game Jotto and the game show franchise Lingo. The gameplay is comparable to the two-player board game Mastermind—which had a word-guessing variant Word Mastermind —and the game Bulls and Cows, except that Wordle demonstrates the specific letters that are correct. The simple game uses a word from a randomly ordered list of 2,315 words.

Wardle’s wife chose the smaller word list and categorized the five-letter words into those she learned, those she did not know, and those she might have understood. Wordle utilizes American spelling; despite the developer being from Wales and using a UK domain name for the game, he is a long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York. Players outside the US have complained that this spelling convention offers American players an unfair advantage; for instance, in the case of the solution “favor.”