Wordle Knockoffs pulled from Apple’s App Store


Apple announced on Wednesday that it had removed several imitations of Wordle from its App Store, a website-only word game that has grown in popularity lately thanks to celebrities like Jimmy Fallon.

The once-a-day online word game, originally developed in October by former Reddit software engineer Josh Wardle, can only be played on its website and does not have a mobile app.

However, several developers have created identical app versions to take advantage of the growing demand for the game, with unsuspecting users spiking the clone app downloads.

As of Wednesday, the only remaining product in the App Store entitled Wordle !, a time-based game developed by Steven Cravotta more than four years ago.

Josh Wardle’s game has flooded Twitter and Facebook timelines for the past few weeks as players released their scores. There are six ways for a player to guess the secret word of the day, which is made up of five letters, and the goal is to find out the secret word with the least amount of guesswork.

The game is a free, ad-free experience on a simple website that doesn’t need to be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or Google’s PlayStore.

Bloomberg News first reported the news on Wednesday.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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