Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about a new quiz sensation called Wordle. Wordle is a puzzle game in which players must work out a five-letter word in up to six guesses. It’s a simple enough game to understand, but difficult to master, especially as you only get one chance to solve the puzzle each day. Fans craving an additional Wordle fix may have downloaded an app from the iOS App Store and Google Play. However, one thing you may not have realised is that there isn’t actually an official app for the popular puzzle game, so be warned.
With the popularity of the game soaring – thanks to its celebrity following and competitive element – hundreds of “Wordle apps” have appeared in iPhone and Android.
These apps are far from official, however, and some could actually be damaging to your phone.
Some of the Wordle clones feature paid subscriptions, while others contain invasive adverts.
Apple has since taken matters into its own hands, banning many of the Wordle clones from appearing on the App Store.
But with more and more Wordle apps appearing each day, iOS and Android users should be careful about what they download.
You should be particularly careful about handing over any money, especially now there’s a possibility Apple will remove the app.
If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of a Wordle app, it’s better to err on the side of caution, and stick to the official game on the website.
If you haven’t found the time to try out Wordle, then the rules are very simple. Players are given six chances to guess a five-letter word, by process of elimination.
For each guess, the letter tiles will show up in one of three colours. If the turns grey, the letter does not appear in the word you are guessing.
If the tile turns yellow, the letter you guessed is in the word, just not in the correct position. If the tile turns green, the letter is in the word and in the right place.
The app keeps track of your statistics, showing the number of correct answers you’ve managed, and your winning streak.