If you enjoyed wordle, but have started considering alternatives for some particular reason, there are certainly many options – so many, in fact, that it could be overwhelming. It can be helpful to have an idea of where to look, so we’ve put together a short list of wordle-adjacent games you might want to check out.
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These titles include everything from spatial organization to grid-filling games, plus there’s a clone if that’s what you really want. Many of the options on this list are available on multiple platforms, including web browsers, Android and iOS devices, Steam, and game consoles.
While not all of these alternatives are specifically puns, we’ve tried to keep the spirit of wordlethe accessible yet challenging approach to mind-bending puzzles. Additionally, we found an almost direct copy of wordleone that brings some small additions to the formula.
Triple CityPuzzles are much more focused on space and object placement, but no less taxing on your brain. Everything on the board – from rocks and trees to buildings and bushes – can be combined into connected groups of three or more to create an “upgraded” room (three grass tiles become a bush, three bushes become a tree).
What’s so insidious about Spry Fox’s puzzle game is that the board can fill up pretty quickly, leaving you with fewer good spots to place the next piece. Stray bears don’t help either. The game may not use words, but it can be extremely difficult to put down all the same – even if (or when, really) you lose. But if you’re up for the challenge, you can find Triple City on iOS and Android for free, or on Steam for $9.99.
You won’t guess the letters and words, but nonograms still require a fair amount of deductive logic. All you have to do is use the numbers provided in the various rows and columns to determine which squares to fill in and which to leave empty – similar to something like sudoku, but more visual and a bit less mathematical.
by Barry Gilbert Online nonograms gets a recommendation as it’s a solid starting point for new nonogram players or a good way for more experienced players to hone their skills. There are no real penalties for getting it wrong, the puzzles can be adjusted from 5×5 to 25×25 grids, and there are several to work through.
Really, the only downside is that unlike other nonogram puzzles, you don’t end up with a pixelated image when you’re done. Nonogram-style puzzles come in many varieties spread across just about every platform imaginable, but Online nonograms is specifically available in your web browser.
contrary to wordleRocketship Park’s goal word forward is to use a grid of letters to spell out a group of words rather than piecing together a specific word. It’s kind of like Boggle in a way, except successfully spelling a word makes the rest of the puzzle harder. Each time you complete a word, your letters disappear, so you’ll have to plan ahead on top of all the spelling you’ll already be doing.
This is all the more difficult when you consider that every move you make is locked in, so you can’t go back and change your mind. At least it was, but a recent update added an undo feature. And even though it’s not a free download, word forward is available on multiple platforms, including Android ($2.99), iOS ($3.99), Switch ($4.99), and Steam ($4.99).
Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger spell tower is another strategic word search, but now you’re on the clock! Or more specifically, you have to spell words and erase letters fast enough to keep everything from piling up and reaching the top of the screen. If even one letter hits the top, it’s game over, so you’ll have to keep your cool while trying to spell within a time limit.
This game also adds a layer of complexity by having the tiles move and settle whenever the space is cleared. This dynamic will change where different letters are in relation to each other as you play to open up new spelling opportunities – or close others completely. If you’re not careful, you could end up making things more difficult for yourself. If you want to check spell toweryou can download it for free for iOS or Android, or get it through Apple Arcade.
If anything other than wordle won’t, there’s always hello motlwhich is essentially right wordle. It’s the same “six guesses to find a five-letter word via the process of elimination” approach you’re probably already familiar with. Except that’s not the case either, because in addition to the daily one-try word puzzle, you can also continue to play random ones to your heart’s content.
Additionally, the word size is adjustable using a slider at the top of the page that allows you to choose between 4 to 11 letter puzzles. Just like Wordle, you can play the game in your web browser or save the bookmark to your phone’s home screen, making it work like an app. The game is free and the info page says it will be forever.