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Looking for more games like Wordle to keep you occupied while you’re staying home during the fifth wave? We’re rounding up the most addictive user-created wordplay games on the internet, inspired by everything from Korean superstars BTS to Mahjong.

Unless you’ve been taking a very long digital detox––and kudos to you if that’s the case––we bet you’ve heard of Wordle. Simple in premise but less so to solve, the game’s cryptic yellow, green and grey tiles started popping up on social media feeds at the end of 2021, and now, just a few months later, the world is Wordle mad. So much so that The New York Times (the home of cult-favourite word games including Spelling Bee) acquired the game from its creator for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in January 2022. 

For the uninitiated, the aim of Wordle is to solve the day’s five-letter word in six goes or less. Every guess you make reveals if you’ve found letters from that day’s word. Yellow means the word appears but is in the wrong place, while green means it is the correct letter in the right place. Like so many great trivia games, Wordle is easy––but only if you know the answer.

The game’s simple format and open-source code have inspired numerous copycats which are just as addictive as the original. If you’re looking for more Wordle-inspired games to play while you’re staying home during Hong Kong’s fifth wave, take a look at a few of our favourites. 

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1. Mahjong Handle

Mahjong Handle is a Wordle-inspired game that replaces English words and the Roman Alphabet with 34 Mahjong tiles. Players must guess the order of the day’s hand correctly in six tries or less. With 14 tiles to put in the right place, Mahjong Handle is fiendishly difficult.

Play it here

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2. Worldle

Test your geography knowledge with Worldle. Instead of coloured correct letters and placements, Worldle gives users clues––including an outline of the country or territory––to help them guess it in six goes or less. Once you’ve made each guess, the game will let you know how close your guess was to the correct country, theoretically making it easier to guess.

Play it here

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3. BTS Wordle

Created by BTS superfans, this Wordle-inspired game gives fellow fans the chance to guess the daily BTS related word in six tries or less.

Play it here

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4. Nerdle

Are numbers more your thing? Then Nerdle is for you. Adding a layer of complexity to the Wordle format, players have six chances to guess the daily formula (which must be mathematically correct) using 0-9, +, -, /, * and =.

Play it here

5. Hogwartle

A riddle that no amount of Professor Trelawney’s divination classes will help you solve, Hogwartle is a Wordle inspired game for Harry Potter fans. Like Wordle, you have to find each day’s word––which is inspired by words featured in or characters from the Wizarding World.

Play it here

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6. Star Wordle

“These are not the droids we’re looking for…”––or maybe they are if they’re five letter words inspired by George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Put your knowledge of the movies, shows and characters to the test with daily puzzles here.

Play it here

7. Lordle of the Rings

Test your knowledge of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with Lordle of the Rings. Each daily five-letter word (including names) appears at least once in one of the books, making this Wordle-inspired puzzle extra tricky, even if you are a super fan.

Play it here


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