For many of us, Wordle is the way we start the day. We spend a few minutes trying to solve the daily five-letter puzzle, groan a little over the answer or cheer when we get it within a few guesses, and maybe compare our results with friends (or even strangers).
But if you really like Wordle and want to take your game to the next level, the New York Times now has a Wordle companion called Wordlebot. After playing Wordle daily, you can visit Wordlebot for a granular analysis of your guesses, learn how to improve them next time, see all kinds of stats… and endure blunt insults every step of the way.
“WorleBot is a tool that will take your complete Wordle and analyze it for you,” says the New York Times (opens in new tab), holding back the fact that their bot will also mock your efforts and make you cry. “This will give you overall luck and skill scores on a scale of 0 to 99 and will tell you at every turn what, if anything, you could have done differently – whether solving Wordles in as few steps as possible is your goal” .
That last part is an important detail. If you really gamify Wordle and make your guesses the best they can be, this bot can help you improve. If you like to play games using fun words like PLUNK or SPURT or BONKS and see where they take you, Wordlebot will skin you alive.
See how to use Wordlebot. Once you’ve completed your daily Wordle, just go to the Wordlebot website (opens in new tab) (although it looks like you might need a $1 weekly subscription to the Times or at least a free account). As long as you’re using the same browser you play Wordle on, Wordlebot will guide you through your assumptions one by one and analyze your choices. And it can get a little blunt. He’ll tell you what he thinks was skill, he won’t be shy about pointing out our luck, and even when you’ve made a good guess, he’ll suggest a improve guess what, because it’s just much better at Wordle than you.
“Your guess has reduced the number of solutions remaining to three,” Wordlebot told me today about my second guess. “That’s great, but guessing HEMPS here eliminates more solutions than BEARS 76% of the time.” Oh, isn’t it? Do you do that, Wordlebot? Well, bears is a better word than hemp, because who says “hemp”? Nobody.
“Good job!” he says about my next guess, before quickly taking credit for it. “This is one of the words I would have guessed in this situation.” Wow! You don’t ever have to do everything about youWordlebot.
“You had two solutions to choose from and you chose the wrong one,” he scolds upon seeing my next guess. “It was bad luck, but a smart guess. And you narrowed it down to one possible solution. You must solve the puzzle on your next turn.” If noit implies.
“There was only one possible solution left — and you did it! Well done,” he concludes. Good job? In guessing the only possible remaining answer? High praise indeed. Then the bot starts driving the last nails of shame into my coffin of self-esteem, showing me how easily he solved today’s puzzle.
Okay, I get it, I suck at Wordle. All hail Wordlebot, connoisseur of words.
There’s more in-depth analytics and stats at each stage, so if you’re really into the Wordle metagame, you can get some genuinely useful information from the bot. Guess I’ll stay away and maybe play some other games like wordle (opens in new tab) instead for a while. Games that don’t have fellow bots to point out how bad I am. If you’re still interested, there’s a highly detailed explanation of how Wordlebot works. right here (opens in new tab).