(NEXSTAR) – If you’ve ever been frustrated with Wordle’s amazing ability to make you feel like an absolute jerk, prepare to be thoroughly infuriated with “Worldle.”
The latest of many daily puzzles to try and capture some of Wordle’s success, Worldle tasks players with identifying one of the world’s countries by its outline. Like Wordle, the game also gives its players six chances to guess and provides hints to the correct answer after each incorrect entry.
It works like this: Players visiting the Worldle website are greeted with the outline of the “target” country or territory. Anyone who risks an incorrect estimate – say, Chile, for example – will receive the distance from Chile to the “target” country, as well as the direction of the target country from Chile. The game ends when a player correctly identifies the target country or fails to find the answer in all six guesses.
Win or lose, Worldle also provides players with a color-coded grid that they can share on social media, because of course it is.
Worldle, meanwhile, is just one of many “-dle” games to flood the internet following the original success of Wordle (Lewdle, Absurdle, Nerdle, etc.). But what sets Worldle apart from its competitors is its growing popularity: the game’s creator, a web developer who goes by @Teuteuf on Twitter, claimed on February 13 that more than 577,000 played that dayagainst practically zero at the beginning of February.
On Tuesday morning, the game was also switched to a new server to cope with the influx of players, according to the creator.
“There are too many of us,” he wrote. on Twitter. “I need to change my hosting service.”
Obviously, Worldle may not be everyone’s idea of having a good time – especially, folks who’ve never bothered to memorize the shape of the Northern Mariana Islands. On the other hand, people familiar with world geography might find the game a bit too easy, which is an issue @teuteuf has prepared for by giving players the option to completely hide the outline or make rotate “randomly” the image of the country.
Most players, however, seem to think Worldle is hard enough, thank you very much.
“Worldle is difficult because most countries are just pieces,” wrote one Twitter user.
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