Welcome to The Word Finder’s Lingle game! For all the Wordle (or Jotto or Lingo) fanatics looking for more linguistic fun, this is the game for you. In addition to 5-letter Lingles, we have 4- and 6-letter Lingles, meaning you’ve got endless opportunities for fun.
How to Play Our 4-Letter Lingle
- Guess an initial word. This can be any 4-letter word.
- If a letter has been placed correctly in the word, it will turn green. You will then know to include that letter in the same spot of the word for all future guesses.
- If a letter is in the word, but is in the wrong place, it’ll turn yellow. On future guesses, make sure to include the letter in the word, but in a different spot.
- If a letter is not in a word at all, it will turn grey. You shouldn’t include these letters in future guesses.
- Keep guessing words until you get the correct answer. Keep in mind that, in our 4-letter Lingle, you only have five guesses to get the word. So make sure to be strategic!
- If you don’t get the word correct – or even if you do! – you can try again tomorrow. Our Lingle board refreshes with new words every day.
History of Lingo, Jotto, and Wordle
You’ve probably guessed that this game is partially inspired by Wordle, but Wordle is far from the only game of its type. In fact, Wordle itself is very similar to predecessors Lingo and Jotto, two similarly-designed word games that were once big themselves (though perhaps not as big as Wordle.)
Lingo is based on an American game show of the same name. In Lingo, a five-letter word is randomly suggested by a computer, and contestants are given the first letter of the word. Players had five seconds to make a valid guess for the word. If they don’t guess the correct word, the computer will tell them which letters have been correctly placed. It will also tell them which letters are in the word but in the wrong place. Players have five chances to guess the correct word. Though originally only a game show, the game has since been translated to the digital environment so anyone can play. As you can see, this game is very similar to Wordle. The major differences are that players are given the first letter of the word before their first guess; and that players are under a time crunch.
Likewise, Jotto has a lot in common with both Wordle and Lingle. In Jotto, two players each choose their own secret five-letter words. Then they take turns guessing each other's words. For instance, if one person’s secret word was ‘THOSE,’ an opponent might guess ‘SHARK.’ However, the trick is, instead of being told which letters are correct, they are only told how many are correct. For instance, in the above situation, a player would only be told they had guessed two letters correctly (the H and the S) but not which ones. Unlike Wordle or Lingo, there are no time limits or limits on the number of guesses a player can make. All that’s important is that you guess your opponent’s word before they guess yours.
Finally, perhaps the most famous (recently) guess word game of this type is Wordle. The game, originally launched to the public in late 2021, skyrocketed to fame after catching popularity online. The game’s creator, Josh Wardle, first came up with the game during quarantine in 2020. In the game, players have six guesses to get a five-letter word. Players aren’t given any sort of hints about what the words might be, leaving some people to develop a specific strategy of what words they use for their first few guesses. As in Lingo, players are told which letters in their guesses are in the right spot, are in the word but in the wrong spot, and aren’t in the world at all. However, players have as much time as they’d like between guesses, allowing more amateur players to succeed at the game alongside wordplay aficionados.
Tips for the Best Lingle Guesses
Our Lingle game isn’t quite like any of the above games. Like Wordle and Lingo, it tells you which letters you’ve correctly guessed in a word. But unlike Wordle and Lingo, we have both 4-letter and 6-letter games as well as 5-letter games, and the number of guesses a player has to get the word varies accordingly. It can be difficult to figure out what to play when you’ve only got a limited number of guesses to spend. Here are a few tips for how to make the best Lingle guesses for any particular scenario:
- Be strategic with your first guess.
Some people like to choose their first word randomly. While there’s nothing technically wrong with that, it can be a real waste of a guess. Your best bet for a first guess is a word that contains a lot of common letters, especially vowels. For instance, ‘adieu’ and ‘ouija’ are two good options for first guesses because they can quickly tell you which vowels are in your word.
- If you’re really stuck, try guessing a word with a lot of common letters, even if you know it won’t work.
Okay, this is controversial advice, but you might want to give it a try and see if it works for you. Some Wordle solvers won’t play a word that isn’t a possibility for the final answer, based on the information they have at that time. However, if you don’t have a lot of specific ideas in mind, using a second or third guess to discover what common letters might be in your word can be helpful. Remember: the path to victory is not always a straight one.
- Don’t forget the possibility of double-letters in a word.
One of the easiest ways to get tripped up on a Wordle is when you forget that some double-letters can occur. Once you get a green or yellow light for a letter, sometimes you forget to try it out with future guesses. If you’re stuck, double-check that there aren’t any possible words you could play with double-letters.
How do you like our Lingle games? Was this game fun, or are there things you’d like to see change? Let us know using the feedback button below! Or check out some of our other fun games, including all the games in our Activity Room.