Older game called Wordle hits the jackpot, creator donates the windfall to charity

App developer Steven Cravotta has had an unusual experience. Five years ago Cravotta created an app called Wordle (thanks, GR+), a casual game that challenges players to make words out of letters within a time limit. Very recently, Josh Wardle (!) created a free browser-based game called Wordle that has become a viral hit. Wardle’s Wordle is designed to be played for a couple of minutes a day, with the results easily shareable around your social network, and its simplicity and universality has seen it picked up by millions of players as well as outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Jimmy Fallon show.

You can probably see where this is going. The current viral hit game is playable in your browser: It’s not an app. Cravotta’s Wordle is on iOS and currently sits as the number one app in the ‘casual’ category, and includes microtransactions for things like removing ads.



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