Redactle is a brutal version of Wordle that can take hundreds of guesses

Part of what makes Wordle so popular and so capable of cloning is that it’s a simple game where you have six guesses to figure out the solution. It’s a short riddle that you can spend a few minutes trying to figure out before getting on with your day (unless you want to use wordlebot to explain in detail how bad each of your guesses was).

But maybe you’re looking for something a little more difficult, a daily guessing game where you could guess dozens, if not hundreds of times and still not stumble over the solution? If you’re a hunch glutton, I’ve got you covered.

redact serves you a Wikipedia article every day. THE entire Wikipedia article, to be clear, top to bottom, picked from their own list of “vital articles” of which there are just over 10,000. The fact is that almost every word has been edited out of the article, so to find out which article you are looking at, you need to start guessing the words that might appear in it. Guess a word correctly and it will be discovered, and once you’ve figured out a bunch of words, you can really guess what the article is about. But we’re talking about many, and many, and lots of guesses first.

Not all words are covered up. Words like It’s, this, one, in, The, and other prepositions and articles are shown, along with punctuation, which honestly doesn’t help much when literally everything else is blocked. But slowly and surely you can remove the mass of hidden words and perhaps reveal something like a whole sentence that will (hopefully) hint at the actual subject of the written Wikipedia article.

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The interface is quite simple – when you discover a word, it is highlighted and you can click on it in the sidebar to quickly take you to each point that appears in the article, like a text search. Another button allows you to quickly go back to the top of the page. I hammered at Redactle on two different days before giving up after about fifty guesses, even after figuring out a bunch of words. But I have a short attention span and I’m sure the most dedicated puzzlers will enjoy guessing until they get it right, no matter how long it takes. I’ve seen people on Twitter who solved a puzzle in less than 40 tries, and some with more than 300. Try it and see where you get.

Redactle reminds me seed, which is another Wordle-inspired puzzle game where your guesses can easily run into the tens or even hundreds before you solve it (or give up). In this daily game, you are trying to find the secret word by guessing words with similar meanings instead of spelling them. If Redactle and Semantle are a little too punitive for you, I suggest checking out our list of the best games like Wordle.

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