There is a new free game for Android that is conquering users. At stake is Wordle, a guessing game that has been going viral since the last months of 2021, but beware! It is not officially available in the Google Play Store for Android or the App Store for iOS.

That is, to play Wordle, the official game, you have to use your browser or search engine, with only the Web version of the game in question. However, a simple search in the Play Store and App Store will find several titles with the same name, or derivatives that are extremely similar to the new word game.

Beware of game clones in the Google Play Store and App Store

Above we see one of these clones of Wordle, apparently genuine, but created by another programmer, in this case, the FatCat Studios – Word Games studio, already available on the Play Store since 2018.

The danger is, objectively, in the different applications that pretend to be the version of Wordle for mobile devices, some of which may contain malware Of some kind. Watch the number of clones than a simple search reveals.

It is important to note that the original version of Wordle is available online and not on mobile platforms – Android and iOS. Something that also led the creator of the game, Josh Wardle, to express his concern about the recent explosion in popularity of his recent creation.

Wordle, a daily guessing game I made, was recognized in the NYT newsletter today: Thanks @melisakirsch You can play it here:

– Josh Wardle (@powerlaangustia) November 24, 2021

Apparently, the programmer wanted to introduce his partner, Palak Shah, a new word and puzzle game with a modern design and a spirit of challenge. Wardle did, mixing up his name and the word “word” to name the set of letters he had just created.

The success of this word game has its creator worried

#word 204 2022-01-0991,477 results found on Twitter. 1,913 players in hard mode 1: 1% 2: 3% 3: 🟩🟩🟩 13% 4: 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 27% 5: 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩 🟩 30% 6: 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 22% X: 🟩 4%# word204

– Wordle Statistics (@WordleStats) January 10, 2022

Its creator does not hide the concerns that the abrupt success of his game would cause. “Going viral is not surprising at all, to be honest. I feel a sense of responsibility towards the players. I feel like I owe something to the players by keeping things going and making sure everything works properly,” he says.

On the other hand, history has shown us time and time again that whenever new content becomes brutally popular, the trend does not go unnoticed by unscrupulous programmers.

Clones and copies may contain malicious software in the Play Store and App Store

That is, without there being an official app for the game for Android and iOS, we have several clones that may or may not be suitable to fully enjoy Wordle. That is, it is very likely that some of these copies contain some type of malware or fraud.

We have seen this happen over and over with the most popular apps at one point, so we warn readers of this fact. As of this writing, there is no mobile version of Wordle for Android or iOS.

In short, explore the web version and if you want to have something similar on your smartphones, do so at your own risk.


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