Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Instead of guessing the word of the day, Worldle challenges the player to guess the country of the day. 

The game launched on January 30th 2022 by a French game developer. Two weeks later, it was announced on Twitter that over half a million people had played the game on a single day.

“You crazy people!” Worldle creator @teuteuf tweeted. “It was supposed to be just a small side project! We are now half a million who played #Worldle today! Wtf?! Thanks to all of you,” tweeted Worldle creator @teuteuf. 

So how does it work? 

The player has six chances to guess the country of the day. After every guess, it is revealed how close your previous answer is to the country. Worldle reveals the distance, direction and proximity between your guess and the target country. These hints will help you get to the right answer.

For example, say the country of the day is “New Caledonia”. A shaded outline of this country will be shown on the top of the screen. 

Say Japan is your first guess. The game will tell you Japan is 6,979 km from the country of the day. An arrow will be pointing in the direction from your guess of Japan (in this case, the arrow will be pointing Southeast). A proximity score tells you a percentage of how close you are. Japan’s proximity score was 65% meaning your guess is somewhat on the right side of the world. 

Are you a geography whizz looking for an even greater challenge? Worldles settings allow the player to hide the country’s image entirely, or randomly rotate the image. You can also toggle with the unit of measurement used to deliver hints on how far the country is from your previous guess. Worldle uses both miles and kilometers to measure the distance.

“I’ve played Worldle everyday since it came out. It challenges my knowledge on geography, and it’s fun to compete with your friends,” said Chandler Morales, junior at Leesville.

Just like Wordle, Worldle gives the player the option to share your results as well as view your daily statistics.

By Maddy Winick, staff writer

Hi! My name is Maddy Winick and I'm a staff writer for The Mycenaean. My favorite things are music, sunsets, and cats, and I like to write.

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