Wordle with friends – why I think the Wordle board game will be a massive hit

Wordle with friends: Wordle The Party Game is coming from Hasbro and I want it already

Wordle board game
(Image credit: Hasbro)

I'm a sucker for Wordle. It's that little daily habit that I've gotten into. Even on days when I don't have the time or forget, it'll be a pre-bedtime sprint to get it solved. It's strangely satisfying, even when the word is really tough.

So the announcement that toy-maker Hasbro is bringing Wordle into the real world brought a little ray of sunshine into my life. "Wordle with friends", I thought (and sorry NYT if you're already working on such a project), giving a different angle to the otherwise previously online only and (sort of) solo game. 

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I say "sort of" because so many people I know already challenge one another to maintain the longest success streak, or to succeed the day's Wordle in fewer moves than their friends and colleagues. It's just that the online game hasn't leveraged that any further just yet.

So to bring Wordle 'into the real world', if you will, makes total sense. I'm not entirely sure why it's even taken this long, really, nor why there's no mention of it being a licence outside of the USA (cue me making a sad face if I can't buy it by this December in the UK).

Wordle board game

(Image credit: Hasbro)

So how will Wordle: The Party Game (as it's to be known) work? Well, the principle is the same: there's a five-letter word and you have up to six tries to crack what that word is; when you guess a letter correctly it'll become yellow, where you place a correct letter within the word it'll become green.

Only, in The Party Game, this will be done manually: a Wordle 'master' will set the word for participating players to guess; then will manually place those yellow and green transparent tiles over their friends' letters as applicable. Once the round is solved, it moves around so each player takes turns in setting the word.

That, to me, sounds like the recipe for total success. Not as a daily habit, mind, rather a board game that you crack out at Christmas or over various holiday periods. I'm sure you've got plenty of other similar rarely-used games on the shelf somewhere too. Well, here's another to add to the pile – and irrelevant of how often it's used I'm sure it'll be a massive hit.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.