Monday, January 17, 2022

Wordle, Mastermind, Jotto

At first, when people began posting Wordle results, I had no idea what it was – although I was able to conclude that it is a word game. The images people posted did not give me a sense of how the game works, but then an article in the Washington Post explained it. And I was surprised to discover that it's just the 70s board game Mastermind, but with words and letters instead of colorful pegs. With its five-letter words, it's also reminiscent of a game my family played back then, which we called Jotto, but unlike Mastermind and Wordle, we only counted correct letters and not the position of the letters. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 January 2022)




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