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Online sensation Wordle going tabletop this fall

What began as a niche online game has exploded in popularity, though Wordle isn’t done yet. The word game is heading for real-world tabletops.


For those who haven’t been playing, Wordle is an extremely simple game to understand and play. But that said, it can be quite mind-bending, since it gives players literally no clues as to the word they’re trying to guess.

The game, which started life as an indie sensation before being picked up by the New York Times, gives players six guesses to figure out what the day’s five letter word is. Each time you guess a letter right, Wordle tells you, and also fills you in on whether it’s in the right place or not.

Run out of guesses though, and you’re done, seeing any streak you’ve got going snapped. As I said, it’s simple, but not easy. And now it’s making the leap to real-world tabletops everywhere.

That will come courtesy of Hasbro, who will have the game out this October. The tabletop version though, won’t be a solo affair, and will turn the game multiplayer, under the Wordle: The Party Game banner.

Wordle: The Party Game features the gameplay fans love, but now players must compete in real life to solve the Wordle. In each round, a player designated as the Wordle Host, writes down a Secret Word. Just like the original Wordle game, players have six attempts to guess a five letter word. But in this game, players are competing against others. The fewer tries a player needs, the fewer points they score. The player with the fewest points at the end of the game wins! Best of all, Wordle: The Party Game can be played repeatedly with the included dry-erase Wordle boards and markers. Players can also switch up the gameplay with four different ways to Wordle: classic play, fast, timed, or teams. Wordle: The Party Game makes a fun gift for ages 14 and up.

Hasbro press release

As mentioned, Hasbro is targeting October for the release of Wordle: The Party Game, and that’s a pretty interesting month for it. October 2022 will actually mark 1 year’s time since the game’s debut. So yeah, it’s been a bit of a meteoric rise for this little title.

Speaking of, puzzle games are nothing new for the Times. Though video game fans might be unaware, the Times has much more than it famed crosswords puzzle. The paper intro’d The Mini Crossword in 2014, and followed that up with “Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, Tiles and Vertex”. If you’re a puzzle game fan, you might want to check them out.

And if you’d like to pre-order Wordle: The Party Game, you can do so right here.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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