That first word is an alternative American spelling of eyrie (pic: Absurdle)
If you’re finding Wordle too easy now, Absurdle is a much trickier alternative that changes its secret word with every guess.
The popularity of Wordle has naturally invited carbon copies looking to take advantage of its virality. Most of them are cynical attempts to scrape out a bit of cash from unsuspecting players, but some are genuinely decent, such as Wheeldle and a new effort called Absurdle.
Absurdle could be described as Wordle hard mode, but not only does Wordle already have a harder difficulty option, Absurdle technically isn’t more challenging – it just cheats.
It mostly functions exactly like Wordle: you are given a secret word that you have to guess. The key difference is that with every guess, Absurdle changes what the word is.
That said, it isn’t designed to be impossible to beat since if you do correctly guess one of the letters, the next word Absurdle picks will still contain that letter.
Let’s say the secret word is BEARD to begin with and your first guess is HOUSE. The next word it changes to will contain an E in it, like EMPTY. If your next guess is EVERY, then the next word will be limited to any word that begins with an E and ends with a Y.
The creator, only known as qntm, has a far more detailed explanation, but it’s ultimately a novel take on the game that manages to remain fair in spite of its seemingly nightmarish twist.
There’s no turn limit either so there’s less pressure, but this does mean a single game can eat up more of your time than Wordle if you’re particularly unlucky.
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Much like Wheeldle, it’s not limited to one puzzle a day; you can play as often as you like. Plus, it’s completely free and doesn’t feature any ads or attempts to pry money out of you, so it’s automatically better than the clones on the iOS app store.
There certainly is demand for a dedicated mobile app version of Wordle, but creator Josh Wardle has expressed zero interest in making one.
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