It’s official: The Wordle clones are breeding like rabbits.
First there came the original: one five-letter word, six guesses. Then alongside a raft of themed imitators, came Dordle, where you must solve two at once, with each guess counting against both grids, with only seven guesses allowed.
If you know your times tables, you know what’s coming next.
Yes, Quordle is here. It’s basically Dordle but twice as much (or Wordle, but four times as much). The number of guesses has been generously upped to nine, but everything else remains the same — right down to the colour-coded keyboard, each key split to indicate which letters do and don’t appear in each of the four grids.
On my first go, I solved three of the four, but ran out of guesses before I could get that final word. Quordle made me feel like the Spongebob meme where he’s reading two pages in a book simultaneously, right down to the pained expression. I’m pretty good at Wordle! I am sitting on a 50+ day streak! But this? This broke me.
It doesn’t help that, in what’s probably an attempt at keeping it phone-friendly, the four grids are stacked two by two, which means you can’t see all of them at once and have to scroll between the levels to see where you’re at letter-wise, even on a desktop. But creator Freddie Meyer (who also credits both Dordle creator Guilherme S. Tows as well as prototyper David Mah) has kindly also included a Practice mode so you can break your brain over and over again.
But what’s next? Octordle? Decahexordle? Googordle???