The beginning of 2022 was marked with the flu season, another rise in alert level, and an influx of little squares shared on social media — a.k.a. Wordle. A couple of months after it first went viral, hundreds of thousands of netizens across the world are still playing the game. Many have been taken with the game’s one-word-a-day design. But some are looking for more words to guess. Good thing other developers are delivering different versions inspired by the original game.
What’s the latest with Wordle?
In case you missed it, The New York Times recently acquired the game after reaching an agreement with game creator Josh Wardle. While Wardle said that the game would remain free, netizens were a little frustrated that the NYT may possibly eventually put the beloved game behind a paywall (see Spelling Bee and their other games). Still, most netizens expressed their happiness and congratulations for Wardle and his successful deal.
An update on Wordle pic.twitter.com/TmHd0AIRLX
— Josh Wardle (@powerlanguish) January 31, 2022
Saltong and other iterations
For people looking for similar and free games, developers across the world created their own take on Wordle. In fact, we have our very own Filipino version called Saltong, created and managed by developer Carl de Guia. He has expanded his iteration to include Saltong Mini (4-letter word), Saltong Max (7-letter word), and Saltong Hex (a Filipino version of NYT’s Spelling Bee).
Some fans also created their very own fandom-specific version of Wordle. BTS fan account @btschartdata gave ARMY the BTS Wordle in their signature purple, while Swifties got the Taylordle from Holy Swift Podcast. They used a Github script created by developer Hannah Park to mimic the original Wordle game.
If the other versions are still not enough for you, we think we’ve got just the thing for you. Meet Squabble.me. It’s Wordle — but with friends (and even strangers).
I made a game
— Ottomated (@Ottomated_) February 3, 2022
Squabble is created and managed by US-based developer and content creator Ottomated. He is also the developer who created the Crew Link code used for proximity chat in the multiplayer social deduction game Among Us. Aside from Squabble, Ottomated’s most recent work is NoFt, a code that automatically blocks or mutes all NFT profile pictures on Twitter.
How do you play?
Like Wordle, there are five letter tiles in six rows, where you type your guess. The colors of the letter tiles will change to tell you if you got the letter in the correct position (green), if you got the letter right but in the wrong position (yellow), and if you just got the letter wrong (light purple).
The twist of Squabble is that you have health points (HP) to monitor. A right guess lets you deal damage to other players and a wrong guess takes damage on your HP. You also take 1 damage every second, so you need to keep on guessing to survive. If you guess right, you can also heal the damage you took.
Play Blitz or Squabble Royale
In Blitz mode, you can play with 2 to 5 players. Meanwhile, Squabble Royale mode allows 6 to 99 players — which could mean a really chaotic game!
Replay your game
If you’re curious how others fared during your game, you can opt to watch a replay of the game. The Squabble server records your game so you can review how well you did in comparison to other players.
Already lost? You can spectate
In games with three or more players, once you lose, you can choose to continue watching the other players guess the words through the Spectate option.
While you can play as a Guest, you can register on the website. You may use Twitter, Google, Facebook, or email to keep your records. The game is currently on beta mode, so there might be more changes still.
But what are you waiting for? Invite your friends for a game of Squabble now!
Watch Twitch streamers Sykkuno and Ludwig play 1v1 then Royale mode on Squabble: