HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 12: In this photo illustration, the word game Wordle is shown on a mobile phone on January 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. The online word game Wordle has gone viral after initially gaining momentum in October of 2021. Created by software engineer Josh Wardle, the game now has more than 2.7 million players. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Players are griping that Wordle, the popular, socially-shareable online word game, has changed since the New York Times took it over. So play these instead.

  • Lewdle

    It’s Wordle, but with dirty words. How are you not playing this already?

    Click here to play Lewdle

  • Absurdle

    In Wordle, you have six tries to guess the secret five-letter word. In Absurdle, you have infinite guesses…BECAUSE THE WORD CHANGES EVERY TIME YOU GUESS.

    Click here to play Absurdle

  • Quordle

    What, Wordle isn’t enough of a challenge? Quordle might be more your speed: you gotta guess FOUR five-letter words in nine tries, total. Good luck with that.

    Click here to play Quordle

  • Queerdle

    The self-described “yassification of Wordle,” Queerdle is Wordle but with slang and terms from gay culture. This is my current favorite Wordle-inspired game.

    Click here to play Queerdle

  • Worldle

    This one’s for geography junkies. Instead of a mystery word, it’s a mystery country. You get six guesses to identify it, and with each guess you get clues as to how far away your guess is from the mystery country, and what direction you’d need to move in to get there. Fun! Well, fun if you know world geography. A nightmare if you don’t.

    Click here to play Worldle

  • Hello Wordl

    Not feeling the whole five-letter-word thing? With Hello Wordl, YOU choose the world length: from four to eleven letters.

    Click here to play Hello Wordl

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