Wordle clones draw ire of the Internet

Clones come and go, while the original remains free to play.

In a matter of months, Wordle has single-handedly demonstrated everything that’s good and bad about our beloved Internet.

Developed by Brooklyn-based software engineer Josh Wardle, the simple, free-to-play game started life as a harmless bit of fun, with dozens of players logging in each day to solve the word-finding puzzle. Fast forward a couple of months and the game has gone viral, attracting over two million players and, inevitably, a long list of developers and entrepreneurs looking to cash-in on Wordle’s success.

Though there is no official app – Wordle resides exclusively at powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle – the Apple App Store has this week been flooded by clones replicating the core functionality of the game, albeit with added monetisation strategies including monthly subscriptions.

Uninspiring app names include Worgle and Wordle – The App, and the creators have once again drastically misjudged the Internet by openly bragging about their copycat creations.

In what has become a familiar cycle, the online backlash has led to said developers withdrawing rapidly from social media, and in a surprise turn of events, Apple itself appears to have removed a number of clones from its store in accordance to its developer guidelines.

Amid the mayhem, Wardle, originally from Wales, has stated he feels “a sense of responsibility for the players” and wants to “keep things running and make sure everything’s working correctly.” Here’s hoping that good work continues.