The New York Times turns Wordle into a board game

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The New York Times is partnering with toy maker Hasbro to turn popular online word game Wordle into a board game. On Thursday, the media firm revealed that the board game called Wordle: party gamewill be released this October in North America. You can pre-order it on Amazon, Target, and Hasbro Pulse for $19.99.

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While the online version of Wordle is a single player game where you have to guess a five-letter word in six attempts, the offline game tries to recreate the same experience and also pits you against other players.

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“In each round, the player designated as the Master of the Wordle writes down a secret word. Like the original Wordle game, players have six attempts to guess a five-letter word. But in this game, players compete against each other, ”the NYT press release says.

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“The fewer attempts a player needs, the fewer points he scores. The player with the fewest points at the end of the game wins.” For those who have always wanted more Wordle than you could get in the online format – it’s only rated for one word per day – the board game has the distinct advantage of being able to set as many secret words as you want.

The board game announcement comes days after the NYT announced that players would be able to link your Wordle online game statistics to your NYT accounts.

New York Times acquired the rights to Wordle from creator Josh Wardle in January for an undisclosed seven-figure price. AT pre-acquisition interview with TechCrunch, Wardle mentioned that the game has about 2 million players. In May, Twitter published a study stating that since its launch in mid-October 2021, the game has been mentioned in 32.2 million tweets, with a December peak of 500,000 tweets per day.

Since then the New York Times ported the game to own domain. The firm benefited from buying the game as “tens of millions of users” visited its site in the first quarter of 2022. While Wordle remains free to play, the NYT said its $5-a-month (or $40-a-year) NYT Games service hit an all-time high for the quarter. , which includes titles like The Crossword and The Spelling Bee in terms of increasing subscribers.

Wordle’s success also influenced other games inspired by it. Earlier this week Spotify bought a song guessing game called Heardle to improve your music search.




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