I’ve always loved word games. Word searches. Cryptograms. Boggle. Scrabble. Just about any word puzzle you can think of, other than crosswords. So it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of Wordle.
Yes, I’m one of those many Facebook users who fill their daily news feed with green and yellow squares. I. proudly share my Wordle score with my friends and followers.
For those keeping score at home, my current streak is 47.
The game may’ve been sold to the NY Times recently, but I’m still enjoying it. The only thing I wish I could do more of is play previous games. Wordle is a “one puzzle per day” game. If you miss it, you miss it. No reruns. No DVRs.
So to keep myself entertained, I’ve started looking for other Wordle-type games. There’s Nerdle, a confusing (yet challenging and fun) equation-type puzzle. Jewdle, a Wordle-type game with Jewish-themed words like “Shalom.” And even Taylordle, a Taylor Swift-themed game.
That really got me thinking. (A dangerous pastime, I know…)
If you could theme Wordle around certain topics, it’d be an absolute blast. You’d probably have to adjust the number of letters daily in order to accommodate a smaller all-around word list. But just think of potential. Why, off the top of my head, there are at least 9 Wordle Games I Would Love to See…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turdle
Kowabunga, dudes! Yes, a TMNT-themed Wordle game could cover loads of characters from the pizza-eating crew’s cartoon and comics. There’s Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Splinter, Shredder, Krang, not to mention pizza, ooze, sewers, and everything amphibian.
Walt Disney Worldle
From Dole Whips to Space Mountain, Disneyphiles will be grinning mouse ear to mouse ear as they guess the daily Walt Disney World-themed word. Granted, it may be a dead giveaway when there are 34 spaces available the day they use supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Spoiled milk. Moldy cottage cheese. When dairy goes bad! (If you’ve never read Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese, you’re in for a treat.)
Fantasy fans would swarm to this one as they’re forced to guess the daily words based on such classic tales as Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian, Highlander, and yes, even He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Penguins. Cardinals. Owls. Puffins. If it’s a bird, it’s fair game. (Or is that fowl game?)
Gotta spell ’em all! With literally hundreds of Pokémon types, not to mention powers, arenas and masters, you can definitely come up with enough Pokémon-related words to fill a Wordle-type game for years to come.
Puppies. Kittens. Pandas. Basically all cute animals that are super fuzzy. No snakes allowed.
Ernie and Bertle
Sesame Street‘s all about teaching vocabulary! From Oscar the Grouch to Big Bird, the cast of characters and general vocabulary lessons could easily fill an encyclopedia. A Sunny Day-filled Wordle game is a no brainer.
Agatha Christie. Angela Lansbury. Sherlock Holmes. A bunch of crows. You get the picture.
What Wordle-themed game do you want to see?