‘Worldle’ and ‘Globle’ are ‘Wordle’ with maps

A black outline of a country, with the word 'Worldle' above it

Popular word-guessing game Wordle has spawned clones ranging from guessing prime numbers to NSFW words. Now the global phenomenon gets two appropriately global spin-offs: Worldle and Globle.

Here’s how you can play both.

Worldle

Worldle, created by game developer teuteuf, is essentially a combination of Wordle and GeoGuessr. The goal is to correctly guess the mystery country of the day when given a shaded-in outline of the answer.

Like the original Wordle, Worldle gives you six chances for success. However, while Wordle gives its hints in the form of gray, yellow, and green squares, Worldle operates by a slightly different set of rules. When you make a guess, you’ll see five squares pop up: the number of green squares corresponds to how close your guess was to the answer. The squares quickly disappear and are replaced with other useful information: how geographically far your guess is from the answer and what direction the answer is in in relation to your guess.

A shaded-in country outline with "Worldle" written above it, and 6 boxes below it for guesses. One guess is filled in with Uruguay.
We’re gonna need another guess. Credit: Screenshot: Worldle/teuteuf

For example, in the Worldle puzzle above, we can tell that the country of the day is 4175 kilometers north of my initial guess of Uruguay.

Worldle‘s settings also offer opportunities to customize your country-guessing experience. You can toggle between getting hints in kilometers or miles, depending on what unit of measurement you’re most comfortable with. Geography whizzes in search of a greater challenge may also choose to hide the country image entirely, or randomly rotate the image.

Since its launch on Jan. 24, 2022, Worldle has already garnered quite a following, with half a million players on Feb. 13.

Globle

Developed by Abe Train, Globle also prompts you to figure out the mystery country of the day. However, you have unlimited guesses and use a globe to deduce the correct answer instead of an outline.

Globle functions similarly to a game of Hot and Cold. When you guess a country, it gets filled in in varying shades of red. The darker the shade, the closer you are to the right country.

A computer generated globe.
Getting warmer. Credit: Screenshot: Globle/The Abe Train

In the above image, you can tell that Italy is closer to the country of the day than Turkey or Pakistan, since it’s a darker shade. Globle also offers a color-blind mode with high-contrast colors for those who need or prefer it.

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