Introducing 'Worldle', the Geography-Themed Guessing Game Inspired by 'Wordle'

Since Wordle took the internet by storm earlier this year, there has been a slew of imitators competing for its crown.

Many of these have been blatant rip-offs—utilizing the exact same premise while trying to squeeze cash out of players via intrusive microtransactions—while others have managed to put their own unique spin on the formula.

For instance, Lewdle is a raunchy take on the popular word game that has you trying to identify NSFW terms, while Nerdle switches letters for numbers and Quordle ramps the difficulty up to the next level by making you solve four crossword puzzles at once.

Now, there is also a geography-themed guessing game inspired by Wordle, that bears a frustratingly similar name. Worldle (which is a real mouthful if you try saying it out loud) borrows a lot of the same rules from its predecessor, including the fact that you only get six guesses and that the puzzle refreshes every 24 hours.

However, there is obviously one big difference, as you're not trying to figure out the word of the day but rather the country of the day. Here is everything you need to know.

How To Play 'Worldle'

Developed by a Wordle enthusiast who goes by the display name "teuteuf," Worldle (it never stops being confusing by the way) is hosted on its own website where you can play for free.

When you visit the site, you will be confronted with the outline of a country that has been cut out of a map. You are only granted six tries to correctly identify this landmass based on its outline, but you will be given the solution if you don't manage to get it.

Unlike with Wordle, you won't need to manually spell out the entire answer because each territory is featured in a drop-down menu. All you've got to do is pick the right entry from the list.

You are given clues after each attempt to help you narrow things down. Rather than getting green and yellow tiles as you do in Wordle, you are instead informed of how far off you were in terms of physical distance and which direction (relating to a compass point) you need to look in.

For instance, if the answer is Lebanon and you guess Chile, you will be told that you were 13,557 km away from the target country (it uses the metric system by default but you can change the measurements in settings) and that you need to look farther to the northeast.

You will also be given a percentage score, which basically acts as a "Warmer-Colder" indicator, with 0 percent meaning that you are on the opposite side of the globe and 100 percent, meaning that you have found the right territory.

The idea is that you keep getting closer with each guess until you hopefully arrive at the intended destination. Obviously, you need to have a certain degree of geographic knowledge for this to be possible, especially on days when the target is more obscure.

As with Wordle, you then have the option to share your results in the form of a social media friendly grid. There's also a nice feature that links to the respective country's Google Maps page, where you can learn a little more about its history and culture.

Is 'Worldle' Related to 'Wordle'?

Having kickstarted this guessing-game craze, Wordle was developed by a software engineer called Josh Wardle, as a way to pass the time during lockdown.

He has since sold his creation to the New York Times Company for a seven-figure sum, which is now the home of the only official Wordle game. If you see anything else with a similar premise or a suspiciously similar name, it has nothing to do with Josh Wardle.

The "How to Play" guide on the Worldle website notes that the geography puzzle is "heavily inspired" by Wordle and does credit it. Yet the two games are not affiliated in any way.

If you worry that you don't know enough countries to be a viable Worldle player, and would rather just stick to language-based puzzles, then you might to try some of these alternative .

Worldle February 15 Answer
Image shows a game of "Worldle." The answer for February 15 is "Guyana."