Do you know your countries, islands and borders like the back of your hand? Now you can test that theory by playing Worldle, the latest in a series of spin-off games inspired by the daily Wordle word puzzle.
Rather than showing a number of letters for a word to guess, Worldle (note the extra L) shows you a black shape representing a country somewhere around the world.
Based on the shape and size, players have to guess the country based on their knowledge of the world map.
If your guess is wrong, the game gives you a percentage representing how close you are to the correct answer, plus the distance in kilometers between the real country and the one you guessed – meaning you can get closer plus within five guesses before your sixth and final try.
Geography and travel enthusiasts have been wondering about the game since January 27, when its creator and French web developer, Antoine Teuf, launched it for fun.
He nods to the website’s original format, saying, “WORLDLE was heavily inspired by Wordle, created by Josh Wardle.”
“A few weeks ago, I discovered the original Wordle and loved it straight away,” Teuf said. The Independent.
“I really liked how efficient and simple it was, and I love how it allows everyone to play together with just sharing the result as a short text with emojis.
“That’s why I decided to make a geographic variant. After talking about it with my girlfriend, she reminded me of that old Facebook game called GeoChallenge where you had to guess a country by its shape.
“I created the game in just a few days.”
He was amazed when, after a few weeks, his daily players hit 1,000. Now those numbers are in the hundreds of thousands.
“Yesterday, 970,000 people played Worldle! This is crazy!” Teuf wrote on Twitter in February.
It’s not the only geography quiz to pull a leaf from Wordle’s book – another daily guessing game, Globle, launched on January 30 with a slightly more complex format.
This time you guess a country to start the game, and your chosen country appears in a color ranging from pale pink to red to show how close it is to the country of the day.
Without the distances that Worldle gives, it’s much harder to get the right country with a few guesses, but the game is much more visual.
Creator Abraham Train offered Globle in mid-January as part of a project to test his design and programming skills.
“It’s inspired by Worldle, of course, and geography games on Sporcle,” says Train, who is currently looking for web development work.
“I’ve heard great things from all kinds of people, including travel enthusiasts, but the kindest comments come from geography teachers who want their students to play. I’m excited to see the game used in education; it means the world to me – pun intended.
Social media users are sharing their joy and confusion at the two games daily.
“After 13 guesses, I had to consult a map and it took 2 more guesses AGAIN!” Globle user Brent Black gushed on Twitter.
“Our Wordle family group chat has turned into a Wordle Quordle Nerdle Globle Worldle group chat,” joked Dr. Katie O’Connor of Wordle’s many spin-offs.
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