Welcome to The Word Finder’s Lingle game! For all the Wordle (or Jottle 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 have endless opportunities for fun.
How to Play Our 6-Letter Lingle
- Guess an initial word. This can be any 6-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 6-letter Lingle, you only have seven 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.
Ways to Make Lingle More Challenging
If you’re a real word-guessing aficionado, you might find your average 5-letter word guessing game to be too simple. Maybe you get your puzzle in two minutes every morning. Maybe you’re sick of guessing everything by the third try. Either way, if you’re looking for some ways to make your Lingle more challenging, here are a few tips.
- Use our six-letter Lingles.
If you’re sick of the five-letter Lingles, you’re in luck: our six-letter options will provide you with just the challenge you’re looking for. Not only is it more difficult to think of six-letter words, but you’ll also find that you have more letters you need to fit into the word, so you’re less likely to stumble upon the answer with a single good guess.
- Set a timer for yourself.
One of the best ways to make any word game harder is to put yourself under a time crunch. One of the things that made Lingo so difficult was the five-second time limit, which gave players very little time to think, even though they had a starting letter for their word. Five seconds might be a little severe on Lingle, but if you’re trying to make the game harder, try setting yourself a time limit. What this time limit is will vary depending on your average speed. For some people, fifteen seconds might be enough, while for others, one minute is a more reasonable challenge. But with a bit of experimentation, you’ll be sure to find something that’ll challenge you appropriately.
- Compete against an opponent.
Similarly, try to pit yourself against an opponent. Like a timer, this will put you under pressure in a way that makes it harder for you to work effectively. However, the cool thing about playing against an opponent is that you have no idea what to expect. You can’t pace yourself like you can under a timer; you have no idea what your opponent is doing! This type of game can be particularly fun if you’re a naturally competitive person.
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.