Why the Online Game Wordle Went Viral, According to Psychology.
Twitter users may have noticed more and more people posting gray, green and yellow squares in a grid on their feeds this month.
On other platforms, memes, art and even cross-stitching inspired by these matrices have popped up across the internet.
The source is the latest pandemic craze: an online game called Wordle.
The goal is to guess a mystery five-letter word in as few tries as possible.
“After each guess, the color of the tiles will change to show how close your guess was to the word,” the directions state.
The simple premise is reminiscent of the color-guessing game, Mastermind.
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Green means the letter is in the correct spot.
Yellow means the letter is in the word, but in the wrong spot, and gray means the letter is not in the word at all.
The game can only be played once a day, and the answer—usually a common word in the English language—is the same for everyone.