Wordle Scam Warning Issued For Popular Daily Pun

Millions of puzzle enthusiasts enjoying a new free online word game are being targeted by opportunistic imitators looking to cash in on the excitement.

The daily browser-based word game “Wordle” launched in October last year and had more than 2.7 million users on Monday.

But the growing popularity of the game has led to the appearance of a range of copied versions of the game on the App Store, with a hefty price tag.

While the real Wordle is completely free, knockoffs that appear on the App Store are riddled with ads and paid subscriptions.

According to the site 9To5Maccreator of the real Wordle Josh Wardle is committed to keeping the game free and ad-free, but does not own the name trademark. There is no “official” Wordle app.

Meanwhile, the American tech outlet The edge reports that Apple has now removed these clones from the App Store.

However, users are still advised to tire of any similar game they come across.

The Daily Word Game launched in October of last year. Credit: Powerlanguage.co
“Wordle” now has over 2.7 million users.
“Wordle” now has over 2.7 million users. Credit: Powerlanguage.co

What is it about?

The rules of the popular game are simple – players have six chances each day to guess a five-letter word.

Each day they have to guess a different word.

The free-to-play game was created by software engineer Josh Wardle who told NPR he loved the way his game has helped keep people connected.

“They will have a family focus group where they will share their Wordle results with each other,” Mr. Wardle said.

“And especially during COVID, it’s a way for people to connect with friends and family that they might not otherwise be able to see, and it just provides this very easy way to connect with others.”

The official Wordle game is not currently available on any app store, but can be played for free. here.


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