A new game has been launched for fans of Wordle

A software engineer from Kent has invented a new online game he hopes will rival hit wordplay, Wordle.

Toby Moore, from Folkestone, says hundreds of people have already played Riddle Today, which he launched a month ago.

Toby Moore has come up with the Riddle.Today online game.  Picture: Toby Moore
Toby Moore has come up with the Riddle.Today online game. Picture: Toby Moore

The idea is that people have six tries to guess the answer to a daily riddle.

The concept is similar to Wordle, where people have six attempts to work out a five letter word.

For both games, only one ride, or word, is offered each day, with fans having to wait 24 hours for the next game.

Mr Moore, who works for a London-based start up as a software engineer but likes to work on his own projects too, explained: “I’d started seeing Wordle being shared around one of my friendship groups and it caught my interest, due to its simplicity.

“After a few consistent days of posting Wordles in our group, my friends started exploring other platforms with a similar concept, such as the guess the country and guess the song sites, and we started playing those too.

A new riddle is published on the site every day
A new riddle is published on the site every day

“I’m a sucker for random facts and riddles and after asking my friends a riddle that I’d seen on facebook that day, I had a thought; wouldn’t it be great if there was a website where you could try and guess the answer to a riddle each day?

“Kinda like Wordle, but for riddles…. And that’s how the idea came to be.”

Mr Moore, 26, developed the site on his own over the course of a couple days as a “fun little side project”, using Facebook’s Javascript Framework; React.

He added: “We’re currently on the 30th riddle, so the website has been live more or less one month.

“The website has had 615 users to date, with an average engagement time of around 45 seconds throughout that month – it seems that’s how long it takes most people to guess the riddle!

Wordle has taken the internet by storm.  Picture: Wordle
Wordle has taken the internet by storm. Picture: Wordle

“Facebook groups have been the main driving force behind the activity on the website and is a great result to see for the first month.”

He still occasionally plays Wordle and thinks online games have a way of bringing people together.

Mr Moore said: “With Covid, we’ve all seen a massive growth in community engagement and seeing people come together, and I feel Riddle Today, Wordle and many other platforms like it really help to give people something to chat about.

“In addition to this, I saw the simplicity of Wordle and the technology they were using and really wanted to create my own little spin off; for my portfolio and also a little fun!”

He hand picks the riddles and says it is important that they are “challenging yet not too hard to discourage people from playing”.

He added: “I’ve collected a long list of riddles which are uploaded daily to the website at 6pm.

‘Kinda like Wordle, but for riddles…. And that’s how the idea came to be…’

“I’ve got a system ready to automate the update process.

“I’ve scraped thousands of riddles from the internet and filtered them to ensure they fit the right criteria for Riddle Today.

“I just don’t think it’s time to deploy the automation yet; I’m still having a lot of fun picking and updating the riddles daily anyway!”

To play Riddle Today, visit here.

Wordle was created by US-based software engineer Josh Wardle during the pandemic to entertain his girlfriend, who likes to play word games.

He then shared the game with friends and family, before releasing it to the world, for free, through a website.

Millions of people are now playing along, including celebrities such as Pointless’ Richard Osman and Paul Sinha from The Chase.

In February, Wordle was sold to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

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