Everyone loves Wordle – and with good reason. It’s a masterpiece of tiny game design, with a built-in hook that makes you return every single day and it utilises social media in a way that encourages a natural leaderboard between you and your friends. It’s delectably moreish and there’s no wonder why it’s managed to take over the world.
Let’s face it though, one Wordle a day isn’t enough. Here are some of our favourite word games and Wordle alternatives you can play right now on PC to take the sting out of having to wait a whole day to play again. Let’s sate that hunger for puzzles.
Scribblenauts is a series that delights in using words in as playful a manner as possible. You take on the role of Maxwell as you explore a series of levels, grabbing Starites by completing tasks for NPCs and solving puzzles.
The main tool in your arsenal in Scribblenauts Unlimited is the ability to spell out the names of things and have them spawn into the world to be a part of your adventure. It’s a true sandbox in that regard, letting you experiment and explore this huge adventure, letting your playfulness shine.
It’s definitely not as fiendish as some of the games on this list and won’t have you swearing online after not getting the Wordle of the day, but it’s a brilliant way to explore and play with words. And who knows, maybe it’ll serve as the spark of inspiration you need for your next 5 letter starter word.
If you think about it, numbers are really just funny letters.
OK, that might not be entirely accurate, but puzzle games and numbers have a long history together and if you’ve done your Wordle today, why not try something a little different as a palate cleanser. SUMICO – The Numbers Game is a match three game that incorporates maths with an engaging and simply-to-pick up series of systems that help you work on your maths and puzzle skills for hours at a time.
The difficulty curve is the real draw to SUMICO, as you’ll start off and feel like a genius. It’s just some simple arithmetic, after all. Then it comes crashing down around you, you’ve made a mistake, you’ve run out of moves, you’ve locked yourself into a corner. After this comes mastery, you start seeing ways to chain together moves, and soon you’re earning three star results left right and centre.
SUMICO lets you both challenge yourself and relax all the same time and what you get out of it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re tired of seeing letters floating in front of you, give numbers a try instead.
What would happen if Scrabble and Sudoko had a child? Lexica is the unlikely progeny born of that illicit meeting and it’s just as intriguing as that sounds.
Like the very best puzzle games the idea behind Lexica is simple. You have a grid and a series of letters that you can slide along the vertical and horizontal axes. By doing this, you can combine letters into words. Get the right words, fill out the grid, and you’ve won.
Easy, right? Well with eight different difficulty levels with 288 puzzles to master, Lexica is a game that will test you to your limits, pushing your lexicon to breaking point. If you’ve Wordled out for the day, if you’ve seen the Wordle alternatives and decided that they’re just too simple for you, then Lexica may very well be the game you need to take your puzzling to the next level.
One of the key components of Wordle is the ability to share your wins, and losses, with everyone and take part in a global event. Why not take that experience and make it a little smaller, a little more raucous, and a little more varied?
The various Jackbox Party Packs are the best way to bring life to any gathering, filled with mini games that are sure to keep the party going into the wee hours. From You Don’t Know Jack to Job Job and Quiplash, there are tonnes of games to explore, meaning you’ll find the best game for your needs. More wordplay? More drawing? More quizzing? There’s something here for everyone, we guarantee it.
What’s better is that there’s just so many different party packs to choose from. Go on, take a peek, we’ll wait. Even if you get tired of one party pack (probably impossible but we suppose it can happen) you’ll still have a load more to take a look at.
Finally, let’s bring together word-based puzzles and a delicious battle system together in Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered. The grim reapers need your help to battle a series of monsters ranging from evil bunnies to ghosts, and there’s only one way to fight them.
With the power of words, of course.
By spelling out words using the letters provided you’ll score points, defeat enemies, unlock rewards, and smash your foes into the ground as you go on this epic letter journey. Letter Quest really puts the game into puzzle game, and with the addition of an endless mode and improved keyboard support you’ll find that this is a quest that never has to stop.
So the next time you need a new puzzle game or an alternative to Wordle, dive into one of the games above and enjoy our selection of games that are both something similar and also something fresh. If Wordle has unlocked the joy of puzzle games in you, expand your collection and see where puzzling can take you.