The Creator of Wordle Just Approved a Great New Word Puzzle
My friends don’t enthusiastically text me their black, yellow and green wordle clusters more. They no longer brag about how quickly they completed the daily word puzzle game, or complain about how the New York Times totally rigged after buying it from its creator, Josh Wardle. For the majority, wordle has joined the ranks of crossword puzzles and Words between friends as the glorified executioner, a pun you play when you remember, just with a few less stars in your eyes.
Unless, however, you are a fan of word games like me, in which case not only will you continue to play wordle daily with a monk’s discipline, but all the buckets of “games like Wordle” aren’t enough to quench your aching thirst for word games. This is not a problem-Josh Wardle himself recently recommended the game Keywordswhich was created by developers Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger and released on April 28. From one crazy word to another, let me tell you, it’s a charming and crafty experience.
The gameplay is easy, the game can be difficult
Or maybe I’m just stupid, which is also possible. If you’re playing for free (the full version of the game, which you can buy for $4.99 a year or a one-time purchase of $11.99, adds puzzles, hints, your personal stats, and color themes), a Summer Breeze- y Muzak fuels you as you choose between your two options: daily classic and the start of your monthly 30-puzzle puzzle book.
But all Keywords the puzzles use the same basic gameplay. You can think of it a bit like a person Scrabble game—each puzzle is made up of several anagrams, and you must lay out each anagram so that the whole table is readable. In the tutorial, for example, you have to rearrange the letters into two linked and confusing fragments, OW and RD, so that they end up being arranged as WORD.
The daily classic, naturally, is something you can only play once a day, and it offers a more succinct version of the word cards you’ll find in the monthly puzzles category. Some puzzles in the monthly dump also have general themes like ‘adjectives’ and ‘uncommon words’, although I felt the puzzle answers were pretty similar across all the free games. Keywords boards.
That doesn’t mean they haven’t charmed me, though. I even maybe, maybe, happily wrestled with them a little bit.
Embarrassingly, I had to use one of my limited hints, which regenerate every month, for the May 2 daily puzzle, which ended up taking me 47 minutes. Please stop laughing at me I just couldn’t process the word [redacted]. And in any case, the frustration I felt was the kind of satisfying, pushing your little head to the limit that you really want puzzle games to sprinkle on you.
But you don’t need to cut part of your busy schedule to play Keywords, Is. Most of the free monthly puzzles took me about one to five minutes to complete, and I could see myself coming back to them throughout the day for a serotonin shot in English. Similar to wordlehow many times are you able to untangle a Keywords The arrangement is determined by the softness of your brain and your love for solving benign problems.
Unlimited puzzles… for a price
As I mentioned you can play Keywords for free, but the full version is available as a subscription or one-time purchase. To pay for Keywords Gives you a few perks, like access to its archives and custom stats, but it kicks you into hard mode with twisting puzzles and “tricky” monthly puzzles.
I thought the twist puzzle option was particularly delicious – it’s a chart that represents the number of vowels in a section with numbers. Thus, if there are two vowels in a column of five letters, this will be represented by a “2” at the beginning of the column. Each time you place a vowel in this column, the number of vowels decreases until it reaches zero. Your goal is to get all vowel numbers to zero using the correct number of vowels while creating valid words.
Prime Keywords also let me change my word bank color to a starburst pink, which was much appreciated, just like the cartoon white rabbit that appears at the bottom of your screen and mutters excitedly when you win. Although this type is also available for free.
So you won’t miss the most enjoyable or crucial aspects of Keywords if you’re only playing for free, but the more personal and challenging paid version might be motivating for the die-hards among us. But whether you’re a pun expert or a newbie looking for a challenging daily game, I think you’ll appreciate the simple trick of a little Keywords. Don’t tell me you spent less than 47 minutes on your daily puzzle.
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