Jimmy fallon likes Wordle

Wordle game is proving to be the low-key obsession Toronto needs right now

One word to describe the new viral word game Wordle that’s on Toronto’s radar right now: addictive. A quick buzz through Twitter, and the number of puzzle games shared is increasing exponentially, kinda like that other thing we are all talking about.

Jimmy Fallon loves it, and so does Toronto film director Sarah Polley, and a veritable who’s-who of local wordsmiths are proving their linguistic mettle on the daily including the likes of Justin Ling, Lauren Pelley, Fatima Syed and Ed Tubb.

Wordle is the work of Josh Wardle, a former Reddit software engineer from Brooklyn who created the game for his partner, a huge word puzzle fan. As of Monday, the game had amassed more than 2.7 million players.

Wardle told The Guardian, he’s pleased with the much-needed respite the game has brought to so many.

“I get emails from people who say things like ‘hey, we can’t see our parents due to Covid at the moment but we share our Wordle results each day.’ During this weird situation, it’s a way for people to connect in a low effort, low friction way.”

As you make a guess, the letters flip over in different colours. If it’s gray, the letter isn’t in the word. If it’s yellow, the letter is in the word but not in the right place. A green letter means it’s in the word, and in the right spot. A new puzzle is released each day.

Wordle is free to play, there are no ads, and you don’t have to download an app – you play on a simple, old-fashioned website.  And you don’t need a stellar vocabulary or be a word lover to be good at it.

“It’s something that encourages you to spend three minutes a day,” Wardle told the Times. “And that’s it. Like, it doesn’t want any more of your time than that.”

A bonafide hit across the globe, Twitter is ablaze with users sharing their scores. Even celebs are obsessed.

Jimmy Fallon is a fan.

And Questlove soon followed suit.

Ready to give Wordle a try? You can check it out here.

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